ROUND ROCK, Texas - The second id2 Training Camp of the 2019 cycle targeting boys born in 2006 and girls in 2005, was held September 26-29, at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. The four-day camp gathered 51 boys players and 58 girls players, representing 57 clubs across 22 states ranging from Hawai’i to Connecticut, to participate in daily training sessions both on the field and in the classroom.
The training sessions consisted primarily of exercises for tactical principles and technical drills such as, building out of the back, attacking shape, passing, and dribbling. Per standard id2 programming, the teams were shuffled halfway through the training camp, before each team played their last scrimmages, with the girls taking place on Saturday evening, and the boys held on Sunday morning.
On-site to oversee the id2 curriculum and scout for 2020 National Selection Programming were boys program director Gerry McKeown and girls program director Tricia Taliaferro. Upon completion of the current id2 cycle with the upcoming final camp of 2019 to be held in Chula Vista, December 5-8, US Club Soccer will invite top performers from the three camps to the 2020 National Selection International Tours. Next year, the id2 National Selection girls team will embark on the inaugural girls International Tour, while the boys will continue the journey abroad.
Rounding out the boys coaching staff was: Matt Bernard (San Juan SC), Ewan McDonald (PDA), Ian Mork (NorCal Premier), Jon Scheer (Philadelphia Union), and Tom Shields (STA). The girls were coached by: Audrey Gutierrez (Sting Soccer), Michelle Krzisnik (Michigan Hawks), Chris Maravalli (Challenge Soccer Club), Ruairi McGuinness (East Meadow SC) and David Robertson (Davis Legacy SC).
Players First partner Beyond Pulse was also on-site to provide the athletes with their player monitoring Smart Belt Technology. On the last night of the camp, Beyond Pulse co-founder Marc-André Maillet presented the athletes with their data recordings.
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.