01 Aug Fifteen members of 2018 id2 National Selection girls team hone skills at ECNL/id2 National Training Camp
PORTLAND, Ore. | The 15 athletes who comprised the 2018 id2 National Selection girls team converged at the University of Portland, July 24-28, for the 2018 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp. The athletes were invited to Portland after standing out amongst the 164 girls who participated in 2017 id2 Training Camps, which targeted girls born in 2003 and 2004.
The id2 girls team represented 15 clubs across 12 states and trained alongside 80 other girls invited to the camp by the ECNL, participating in multiple sessions per day at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field.
Daily training sessions focused on various skills and tactics, such as breaking lines, penetrating defensive lines and creating overloads to attack. The coaches often ran brief scrimmages on a portion of the field to wrap up the sessions, which would focus on implementing the subject of the session. With the athletes divided into six teams, every team played two matches on Merlo Field with college and U.S. Soccer Federation scouts in attendance. The two teams featuring the id2 National Selection squad – Teams 1 and 2 – played each other on Wednesday. Team 1 turned their 2-1 halftime deficit into a 4-2 win in a competitive game that saw three id2 girls find the back of the net.
In the final matches played on the last evening of the training camp, Team 2 beat Team 3, 2-0, while Team 1 camp up short to Team 4, 1-0.
On the first night of camp, the athletes were treated to watch Manchester City W.F.C. play Paris Saint-Germain Féminines at Merlo Field.
In alignment with the core values of the id2 Program, there was no cost to players to participate, and selections were made regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation. All costs, including airfare, lodging, meals and training gear were covered by US Club Soccer and Nike. It is sanctioned as an Olympic Development Program by U.S. Soccer and the United States Olympic Committee.
The training camp coaching staff consisted of Aaron Brunner (Richmond United), Andy Lee (FC Wisconsin), Chris King (Ohio Premier), Christian Lavers (ECNL President and FC Wisconsin), Clyde Watson (McLean YS), David Nikolic (Northwestern University), Doug Landefeld (Michigan Hawks), Hideki Nakada (Stanford University), Jason Dewhurst (US Club Soccer Board of Directors member and FC Stars), Mike Kelley (Mustang SC), Ruairi McGuinness (East Meadow SC), Shannon MacMillan (US Club Soccer Board of Directors member and DMCV Sharks), Stuart Self (Challenge SC), Tiffeny Millbrett (Colorado Rapids) and Tricia Taliaferro (id2 Girls Program Director and FC Prime).
At the camp’s conclusion, staff coaches selected a Best XI list, which included id2 National Selection’s Molly Martin (FC Stars of Massachusetts). For a full list of camp participants, please visit this link.
2018 marked the sixth annual event for the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp. Most of the 79 id2 National Selection alumnae are currently playing or have commitments to play at the next level – Division I power conference and/or U.S. Soccer youth national team programming.
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The 2018 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp officially concluded the National Selection programming element for the id2 age group cycle of girls born in 2003/04 and boys born in 2004. In March, US Club Soccer brought 18 top boys players to Spain.
The current id2 age group cycle, targeting 2005 boys and 2004 girls, hosted a training camp in Raleigh in March, and will hold one Sept. 27-30 in Kansas City, Kansas, and a final camp in Arizona, Dec. 6-9.
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
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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 environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
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