Keeping up with the inaugural National PDP Competition in Westampton, New Jersey

Keeping up with the inaugural National PDP Competition in Westampton, New Jersey

US Club Soccer is hosting the inaugural National Player Development Program (PDP) Competition, Aug. 10-12, in Westampton, New Jersey. PDP selection teams from three of the strongest NPLs around the nation will be competing this weekend, with a total of 50 boys and 51 girls participating across the three groups.

Top standout players from NorCal Premier League, NYCSL and Virginia NPL PDPs, born in 2005 and 2004, will converge at Westampton Sports Complex for this full weekend of competition and training. 

PDPs are identification and development programs conducted within the id2 Program umbrella. id2 Boys and Girls Program Directors, Gerry McKeown and Tricia Taliaferro, will be among the scouts on-site. College coaches and U.S. Soccer Federation scouts are also expected to be in attendance for the scouting opportunity. 

Consistent with US Club Soccer’s philosophy that identification and development should be free to players, there is no cost to players. PDPs are approved as an Olympic Development Program by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12:

The first group of players took the field bright and early at 8:00 a.m. to play their last games and wrap up the weekend. The league PDP selection teams were completely scrambled ahead of today and one boys game and one girls game were played at 8, while the remaining athletes kicked-off their matches at 9:30. After the 80 minute games, the players said good bye to their new friends, after forging friendships training together over the past 4 days, and checked out of camp to begin the journeys home. Hopefully, the players will walk away with new techniques, lessons, and a refreshed even stronger passion for the game 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11:

Due to impending heavy rain and potential storms, Saturday’s schedule is being altered to allow teams to still play the scheduled games and train. This means every team will play 2 matches early in the day, before heading back to the hotel to eat lunch and rest, ahead of their late afternoon training sessions. 

Saturday afternoon saw every team take the field at 4:00 p.m. to begin a training session. Each league PDP selection team was scrambled early into the session and the new teams participated in many short matches, where they had to adapt to new teammates frequently and quickly. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10:

With NorCal’s PDP selection teams arriving Thursday evening and the remaining players arriving early Friday afternoon, the players waited until 3 p.m. ET to take the field today. After making some schedule changes due to impending weather affecting tomorrow’s times, each team played matches today, allowing each team to get a glimpse of the other as the weekend began. 

Saturday will be more intense, as the players will get the full day started on the field at 8:30 a.m. Each team will play a match again, while also participating in a training session. 

Stay tuned to @USClubSoccer on Twitter and Instagram for further coverage, including photos and video.

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