02 Oct id2 Training Camp targeting 2005 boys and 2004-05 girls hosts more than 100 athletes in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kansas – The second id2 Training Camp of the 2018 cycle targeting 2005 boys and 2004-05 girls was held September 27-30, at Pinnacle National Development Center and Wyandotte Sporting Fields in Kansas City, Kansas. A total of 107 players attended the camp, hailing from 59 clubs across 25 states, ranging from Florida to Washington. The athletes participated in multiple on-field and classroom training sessions each day, as well as being treated to presentations from program coaches.
The on-field sessions emphasized both technical and tactical abilities, such as dribbling, passing, attacking shape and building out of the back. Before the final day, the teams were shuffled to play matches on Saturday evening for the girls players and Sunday morning for the boys players.
The classroom sessions ranged from presentations on tactics, positioning and mentality, to team sessions to build their own specific tactical plans, and even personalized meetings with Players First partner Beyond Pulse to analyze the players’ physical performance data.
On-site to implement and oversee the id2 curriculum were boys program director Gerry McKeown and girls program director Tricia Taliferro. Assisting McKeown in coaching the boys were: Matt Bernard (San Juan SC) Ian Mork (NorCal Premier), Carlos Parra (Inter Atlanta and former MLS player), Ray Selvadurai (Manhattan SC) and Tom Shields (STA). The girls were coached by: Laurie George (Bethesda SC), Stuart Hilton (Sting FC), Chris King (Ohio Premier), Kevin Mascary (FC Stars) and Ruiari McGuinness (East Meadow SC). Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager and US Club Soccer Vice President of Competitions, was also on-site to oversee the program.
One more id2 Training Camp will be held December 6-9, in Casa Grande, Arizona for the current age cycle, before their respective National Selection programming gets underway next year. Eighteen boys from this cycle will be invited to the 2019 National Selection International Tour, while US Club Soccer and ECNL will co-host a domestic camp for the 2004 girls id2 National Selections next summer.
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This was the first id2 Training Camp hosted at U.S. Soccer’s fields at Pinnacle National Development Center.
Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth soccer players to be identified and developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs.
The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program (ODP) approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation. There is no cost for players to participate or be scouted, and all meals, lodging and gear are provided by US Club Soccer and Nike.
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