Talented youth players on display at id² Training Camp in Taunton, Mass.

Talented youth players on display at id² Training Camp in Taunton, Mass.

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A total of 95 players from 50 different clubs participated in an id² Training Camp at ForeKicks Soccer Complex in Taunton, Mass., Sept. 25-28. This was the third id² Training Camp of the current age group cycle, which targets boys born in 2001 and girls born in 2000.

Players competed in several training sessions and games over the weekend, as well as participated in off-the-field presentations discussing tactical or other developmental themes. Throughout the camp, emphasis was placed on teaching players the mentality and behaviors necessary for long-term success.

Director Gerry McKeown led the boys program, while Rory Dames and Tricia Taliaferro led the girls program. US Club Soccer Executive Vice President Christian Lavers was also in attendance to oversee the program.

Staff at the camp included some of the best youth coaches in the country. Coaches in the boys program were: David Allred (Wake FC), John Newman (Princeton SA) and Chris Payne (FC Bolts Celtic), while Matt Davison (FC Stars of Mass), Brian Moore (Concorde Fire) and Hayley Siegel (Bethesda SC) and Jason Dewhurst coached the girls program.

U.S. Soccer sent three representatives to scout talent at this camp. Tony Lepore (Director of Scouting) and Scott Donnelly (Technical Advisor for the Northeast Region) observed the male players, while April Kater (U-14 Girls National Team Coach) kept a close watch on the girls.

Lepore and Kater each led presentations on Friday night. Lepore broke down game film of the U-17 Boys National Team, which includes several id² alumni on its roster. “Hopefully one day I’ll show a video of ’01s just like you,” Lepore told the group, “and we can say that some of those players went through id² and were sitting in these same chairs.”

Kater also gave a presentation about the traits U.S. Soccer looks for in players selected to national team camps. “Don’t hold back,” she said. “Be comfortable in the uncomfortable situations.”

Players received evaluations from their id² coaches and left camp with tools for personal success and a vision of the potential future for them on the field.

There is no cost to players to be identified for or participate in the id² Program. For id² Training Camps, all lodging, meals and training gear are provided at no cost by US Club Soccer and Nike. The id²² Program is open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation or lack thereof. It is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.

The final camp of the current cycle will be held Dec. 11-14 at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. Top performers from all four camps, including two in the spring (Raleigh, N.C. and Beaverton, Ore.) will be invited to id² National Selection programming in 2015.

The dates and location of the 2015 id² National Selection International Tour (Boys) will be announced soon. The 2014 Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id² (Girls) concluded this past August at the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.

US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.

Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and the Army National Guard.

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