23 Mar First id2 Training Camp of cycle targeting ’03 boys, ’02 girls takes place in California
A total of 108 players from 60 clubs across the country participated at the id² Training Camp at Glendale Sports Complex in Glendale, Calif., March 17-20. This camp served as the first programming element of the current age group cycle, targeting boys born in 2003 and girls born in 2002.
Players were challenged both physically and mentally with rigorous training sessions and off-the-field presentations led by some of the best coaches in the country. Training sessions consisted of: dynamic warm-ups, improving offensive tactics and positional awareness, 11 vs. 11 scrimmages and a general emphasis on field communication.
id² Program Directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Rory Dames (girls) facilitated the curriculum for the id² Training Camp. NPL General Manager Leo Garcia was in attendance to oversee the event.
Coaching the boys were: David Allred (Wake FC), Eddie Henderson (Issaquah SC), Rene Miramontes (San Diego Crusaders SC) and Carlos Parra (Weston FC). Leading the girls were: Matt Davison (FC Stars of Massachusetts), Chris King (Eclipse Select), Zeca Neto (San Juan SC), David Robertson (NorCal Premier Soccer), Adrian Solca (Solar SC) and Mike Stauber (Pateadores SC).
U.S. Soccer technical advisor Alex Zotinca scouted for potential invitations to future youth national team programming.
Players received evaluations from their week-long id2 coaches and left Glendale with tools for personal success and an invigorated vision of their future on the field.
US Club Soccer’s id2 Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth players to be identified and developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s national team programs. A comprehensive national scouting and recommendation program is used to form a pool from which top players are invited to attend an id2 Training Camp.
There is no cost to players to be identified for or participate in the id2 Program, an Olympic Development Program open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation. For id2 Training Camps, all lodging, meals and training gear are provided at no cost by US Club Soccer and Nike.
The next camp of the current cycle will be held April 7-10 at WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh. N.C. Top performers from all four camps, including two in the fall – dates and locations to be announced soon – will be invited to id² National Selection programming in 2017.
The National Selection element of the previous age group cycle – for boys born in 2002 – concluded earlier this month after a 10-day trip through Spain. The 2016 Nike National Training Camp, powered by ECNL and id², will be held this summer and target girls born in 2001.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, and a variety of other programming and services. Anchored by Players First, US Club Soccer supports all facets of youth soccer through the five pillars of Players First: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. Other programming elements include National Premier Leagues, the id² Program and Player Development Program, and the National Cup.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and is supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.