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Keeping up with the id2 Training Camp in Austin, Texas

By US Club Soccer, 09/26/19, 11:30AM EDT

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Austin, Texas | The second id2 Training Camp of 2019 is being held at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, Sept. 26-29. 

As per 2019 id2 programming, the four-day camp targets boys born in 2006 and girls born in 2005, who were selected from US Club Soccer’s Player Development Programs (PDPs) and other nationwide scouting efforts. US Club Soccer will invite top performers from this full age group cycle to participate in the id2 National Selection International Tour. The id2 National Selection International Tour for boys will be held in Spring 2020, with details for the inaugural girls id2 National Selection International Tour coming soon. Prior to this cycle, selected girls players attended the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp in Portland, Oregon.

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. id2Program directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) implement curriculum and direct activities. 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.

Thursday, September 26

The first day of id2 Training Camps saw the athletes arrive throughout the morning, before meeting their coaches and teammates for the next four days. After lunch and brief introductory meetings, half of the teams took the field for the first session. 

The opening session is a lighter one as the players warm up to their new peers with passing and building out of the back drills, before light scrimmaging.

After the second group completed training, the players headed back to the hotel for dinner and an evening meeting. id2 Program Directors Gerry McKeown and Tricia Taliaferro presented what they will be scouting for in each position to their players.  

Friday, September 27

Friday was the first full day of the weekend and brought double training sessions for the athletes. In the morning session, the girls played their first 11 v. 11 scrimmages, while the boys participated in tactical drills and walkthroughs.

After lunch, the players switched sessions, with the boys kicking off their first scrimmages and the girls worked through tactical and some technical drills. 

Saturday, September 28

On the second and last full day of the training camp, the players followed a very similar schedule to Friday. However, while the girls took the field for tactical walkthroughs in the morning, the boys stayed at the hotel for a classroom session. 

The boys players were split into groups by their positions and watch live Premier League matches. After the game, each group presented a player performance analysis of a player of their position from the match. 

After lunch, the four girls teams each played their last scrimmage of the weekend, while the boys held walkthroughs before a scrimmage of their own. 

The athletes spent the evening meeting individually with their coaches for player evaluations heading into the final morning of camp. The girls were also treated to a presentation on the National Selection International Tour to inform them on the inaugural girls International Tour, set for 2020. 

Sunday, September 29

The final morning of id2 training camps are a bittersweet one for these athletes. They'll have to say goodbye to their new friends they have bonded with and competed amongst for the past four days, but they'll bring new tactics, insights, and connections home as well. 

After playing their last full scrimmages on Saturday, the girls will have a morning recovery session, while the boys play their final games on the next field. After the session, the players will check out and begin their travels back home. 

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