WESTFIELD, Ind. | The id² Training Camp in Indiana was held March 23-26 at Grand Park in Westfield, featuring top 2004 boys and 2003 girls around the country. A total of 118 players from 75 clubs and 25 states participated in the comprehensive identification and development camp.
Players competed in various training sessions, scrimmages and off-the-field presentations – all under the watchful eye of id² staff and U.S. Soccer Federation scouts.
id² directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) were on-site to implement id² curriculum, along with 10 staff coaches. Coaching the boys were: Mike Dickey (Kentucky Fire Juniors), Eric Dutt (Virginia Premier League PDP), John Newman (Princeton SA), Bobby Poursanidis (Fort Wayne Fever) and David Winner (Ohio Premier). Coaching girls were: Michelle Branch (Michigan Hawks), George Fotopoulos (Tampa Bay United), Stuart Hilton (Sting SC), Chris King (Ohio Premier) and Philip Poole (Charlotte Soccer Academy).
Before the players departed for their hometowns, they received instructions from their camp coaches for improvement.
Garrett Biller and Bobby Puppione were on-site to scout boys and girls players, respectively, on behalf of U.S. Soccer for potential future invitations to youth national team programming. NPL General Manager Leo Garcia oversaw the event.
This was the first time Grand Park has hosted an id² Training Camp. It hosted US Club Soccer’s league-based and cup-based national championship events in 2015 and will do so again this July for the 2017 NPL Finals and National Cup XVI Finals.
US Club Soccer’s id2 Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth players to be identified and developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s national team programs. A comprehensive national scouting and recommendation program is used to form a pool from which top players are invited to attend an id2 Training Camp.
This camp served as the opener to the current age cycle, which will also feature a pair of training camps in the fall and National Selection programming next year. Next week’s id² National Selection International Tour to Spain is acting as the National Selection programming aspect to the previous 2003 boys cycle. Later this summer, US Club Soccer and ECNL will co-host a domestic camp in Oregon featuring 2002 id² girls.
There is no cost to players to be identified for or participate in the id2 Program, an Olympic Development Program open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation. For id2 Training Camps, all lodging, meals and training gear are provided at no cost 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.