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Keeping up with the 2018 id2 Training Camp in Kansas City, Kansas

By US Club Soccer, 09/25/18, 9:56PM EDT


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KANSAS CITY, Kan. | The second id2 Training Camp of 2018 is being held at Pinnacle National Development Center, Sept. 27-30. 

As per 2018 id2 programming, the four-day camp will select boys born in 2005 and girls born in 2004-05, who were selected from US Club Soccer Player Development Program (PDP), and other nationwide scouting efforts. US Club Soccer will invite top performers from this full age group cycle to participate in id2 National Selection programming: the id2 National Selection International Tour (Spring 2019 for boys) and the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp (Summer 2019 for girls).

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.


The last morning of camp saw the players arrive to the U.S. Soccer National Development Center at 8:30 am for their final training session. After playing matches the evening before, the girls players participated in a recovery session before heading into the facility’s classrooms. Meanwhile, a few more roster changes were made to establish 4 boys teams, before each played a final game of thirty minute halves. Upon the final whistle, the players said goodbye to their coaches and new friends after 4 days of forging relationships over their mutual passion. 


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Saturday will feature classroom sessions for the first part of the day before the players head to the U.S. Soccer National Development Center for an evening training session. The girls gathered this morning for a classroom session on tactics led by id2 Girls Program Director, Tricia Taliaferro. After the session, they divided into the new teams that they will train with tonight, before developing their own tactics for this weekend’s games. The boys players will break into their new teams after lunch and hold their own tactical classroom sessions, to prepare for their weekend matches, will will be held tomorrow morning. 

In the evening, the athletes returned to the U.S. Soccer National Development Center, where the four girls team each played a 30 minute per half match, with many players were tested in new positions. The boys participated in technical drills before their newly divided teams scrimmaged one another, in preparation for their final matches, to be held tomorrow morning at the NDC. The girls will participate in a recovery session before the athletes head back home. 


Friday’s morning training session began at 8:45 a.m. with a group of girls players taking the field at U.S. Soccer National Development Center. The girls spent the morning scrimmaging and implementing tactics and strategies discussed the day prior. The boys players followed to the field shortly and split into their three teams where each participated in drills, such as building out of the back and attacking shapes. After lunch, the players returned to Wyandotte Sporting Fields where the boys scrimmaged and the girls participated in attacking drills. 

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After dinner, both groups of athletes were treated to a presentation from Players First partner Beyond Pulse. Co-founder Michael Sup discussed the smart belts the athletes have been wearing throughout the weekend and analyzed the players’ collected performance data. On Saturday, the players will have morning classroom sessions before heading to the U.S. Soccer National Development Center after lunch. 


On the first day of camp, the athletes arrived throughout the morning, before checking into Great Wolf Lodge and preparing for a late afternoon training session. Upon taking the field at Wyandotte Sporting Fields, the players warmed up on the pitch and to one another, participating in passing and dribbling drills, before playing brief scrimmages. The coaches frequently paused the scrimmages to go over something they noticed or implement a new tactic. 

After dinner, both id2 Program Directors held meetings with their respective boys and girls groups. Boys Program Director, Gerry McKeown discussed what he looks for in a player and the last id2 NSIT, among much more. 

For even more coverage of the training camp, join the conversation on social media by following @USClubSoccer on Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #id2KC.


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