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Keeping up with the 2018 id2 Training Camp in Casa Grande, Arizona

By US Club Soccer, 12/05/18, 2:00PM EST


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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. | The third and final id2 Training Camp of 2018 is being held at Grande Sports World, December 6-9.

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’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 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.


On the final day of camp, the athletes were on the fields by 8:30 to begin warming up. The girls players participated in a recovery session and played a game of street soccer, while the four freshly shuffled boys teams each played their last games of the weekend.

The boys played out two hard fought games before the session’s conclusion at 11:00 a.m. The players then grabbed bag lunches, checked out and begin their trips back home. The last morning of camp is always bittersweet, as the athletes are proud to add an id2 training camp under their belt, but must say goodbye to the new friends they’ve bonded with over the past four days.


Going into an extremely foggy Saturday morning, the girls teams were shuffled and all four boys teams and two girls teams were on the field at 9:00, with the last two girls team taking the field at 10:30. The boys participated in tactical drills and a walkthrough, before heading back inside to eat lunch and watch Chelsea vs. Manchester City, while the girls participated in a walkthrough ahead of their last games in the evening.

After lunch, the girls played their last matches of the training camp while the boys played out light scrimmages ahead of their last matches, Sunday morning. In the evening, the athletes met with their coaches as teams and individually for evaluations, and Mark Wilson of Beyond Pulse, met with the girls players to analyze their physical data recorded from their smart belt technology.

For the final day of camp tomorrow, the boys teams will be reshuffled ahead of their last games, while the girls will participate in a recovery session, before checking out, saying bye to their new friends, and heading home.


On the second day of camp, two boys and two girls teams took the field at 9:00 a.m. for the first training session of the day. The girls each scrimmaged another team in the morning, while the boys participated in tactical exercises, such as building out of the back. After lunch, the groups swapped activities, with each boys team scrimmaging and the girls breaking down play and participating in drills.

After dinner, the athletes took headshots and were treated to a presentation from coach Tom Shields. Coach Tom discussed Sports Psychology and maintaining a healthy, competitive mentality on and off of the field. Next, some players shared their answers from the following questions that they were provided with earlier in the day; what should players expect from each other? What should coaches expect from us as individuals? What should us players expect from our coaches? What do you want to be known for in your team? The answers sparked a strong talk on treating the game, teammates, and coaches with respect and integrity.

The athletes will be back on the field at 9:00 a.m., Saturday to begin another day of a two-a-day training.


The athletes arrived to Casa Grande throughout the morning, before the first four teams took the field at 3:30 p.m. MT for their first training session, while the remaining four saw their training underway at 5 p.m. The players worked on technical dribbling and passing drills, before splitting into smaller groups for brief instructional scrimmages.

After dinner, the players regathered in the ballroom for presentations from the respective boys and girls program directors, Gerry McKeown and Tricia Taliaferro, before getting some much deserved rest ahead of the two-a-day sessions.

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 #id2AZ.



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