CASA GRANDE, Ariz. | The final id² Training Camp of the current age cycle, which targeted 2004 boys and 2003-04 girls, was held at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona, Dec. 7-10. It was attended by 109 top players from those age groups, hailing from 64 clubs across 29 states.
The athletes participated in daily field sessions, with two-a-days on Friday and Saturday. Each training session emphasized various technical and tactical principles. A collection of these exercises will soon be released publicly on usclubsoccer.org, as part of a Players First partnership with SportSessionPlanner.
On-site to implement the id² curriculum and lead the 12 staff coaches were id² boys director, Gerry McKeown, and girls director, Tricia Taliaferro. The boys were coached by: Matt Bernard (San Juan SC), Eddie Henderson (ISC Gunners and US Club Soccer Board of Directors), Louis Mateus (Chicago Magic SC & U.S. Soccer), Ian Mork (NorCal Premier), Tom Shields (STA), Tyler Stakiwicz (PDA) and Mutanda Kwesele (Pacific Northwest SC). Coaching the girls was Emilia Dydasco (Leahi SC), Doug Landefeld (Michigan Hawks), Scott McDoniel (St. Louis Scott Gallagher), Celia Mosier (Richmond Strikers), and Stuart Self (Challenge SC). Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager and US Club Soccer Vice President of Competitions, was also in attendance to oversee the program.
Alex Zotinca, U.S. Soccer technical advisor, was on-site throughout the camp to scout for future, potential youth national team programming.
Now that this year’s id² cycle is complete, US Club Soccer will invite top performers from the previous three training camps to participate in id² National Selection programming: the id² National Selection International Tour (Spring 2018 for boys) and the ECNL/id² National Training Camp (Summer 2018 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.
Learn some more about the foundations and beliefs behind the id² Program, from the directors themselves.
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.