CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The third and final id2 Training Camp of the 2019 cycle targeting 2006 boys and 2005-06 girls was held December 5-8, at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. A total of 116 athletes were identified and developed, with 59 boys and 57 girls players representing 71 clubs across 23 states, spanning from Alaska and Hawaii to Florida. The athletes’ training schedules were comprised of daily training sessions and classroom sessions, featuring two on-field sessions on Friday and Saturday, along with multiple presentations from id2 Program directors and coaches.
Ahead of playing full scrimmages on Saturday evening and Sunday morning for the girls and boys, respectively, the athletes were coached through various tactical and technical exercises, such as building out of the back and attacking team shape.
The athletes also received presentations from their coaches on topics ranging from position traits to the proper mental approach. Players First partner Beyond Pulse was also on-site to provide the athletes with player monitoring Smart Belt technology and analyzed the girls’ players physical data with them in a personalized presentation.
id2 boys director Gerry McKeown and girls director Tricia Taliaferro were on-site to implement and oversee the id2 curriculum. The boys were also coached by: David Allred (Wake FC), Duke Hashimoto (Hawaii Rush SC), Eddie Henderson (ISC Gunners), Matt Lawrey (Atlanta United), Ian Mork (NorCal Premier) and Tom Shields (STA). The girls were led by: Stuart Hilton (Sting SC), Maria Loyden (Drexel University), Scott Parkinson (Utah Royals), Stuart Self (Challenge SC) and Kelly Sims (STA).
With this year’s 2006 boys and 2005-06 girls cycle now complete, US Club Soccer will invite top performers from the three camps to the 2020 id2 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.
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 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.