MELBOURNE, Fla. – The first id2 Training Camp of the 2019 cycle targeting 2006 boys and 2005 girls was held February 28-March 3, at Viera Regional Park. A total of 61 girls and 56 boys attended the four-day camp, hailing from 61 clubs across 25 states, ranging from Florida to Washington. The athletes participated in a multitude of on-field training sessions, including two-a-days on Friday and Saturday, as well as tactical classroom sessions.
The athlete’s daily field sessions focused on technical and tactical abilities, such as advanced dribbling drills and building out of the back, while also featuring full-length scrimmages played Saturday evening by the girls and Sunday morning by the boys.
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), Eric Dade (Liverpool FC International Academy Texas), Ben Moane (Boston College), Ian Mork (NorCal Premier), Tom Shields (STA) and Mark Wilson (formerly Manchester United). The girls were coached by: Matt Davison (FC Stars), Jason Kutney (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Zeca Neto (San Juan SC), Stuart Self (Challenge SC) and Michele Rodriguez Smith (formerly William & Mary). Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager and US Club Soccer Vice President of Competitions, was also on-site to oversee the program.
Two more id2 Training Camps will be held in the fall for the current age cycle and extending to 2006 girls, before their respective National Selection programming gets underway next year. In a few weeks, the 2005 boys cycle will depart for their National Selection International Tour to Belgium and France, after a brief training camp in New Jersey. This summer, US Club Soccer and ECNL will co-host a domestic camp for last year’s 2004/05 girls id2 National Selection players.
This was the first id2 Training Camp hosted at Viera Regional Park.
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.
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.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.