CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 11, 2013) – More than 80 players honed their skills during two Player Development Program (PDP) events in early November. The first, held at Lafreinere Park just outside of New Orleans on Nov. 2, was hosted by the Gulf States Premier League and targeted boys and girls born in 1999-2000. The second, held at Ross Stewart Soccer Complex in Dallas on Nov. 9, was hosted by the Texas Pre-Academy League and targeted boys born in 2000.
Just over 50 players – 29 boys and 23 girls – participated in New Orleans, while about 30 male athletes competed in Dallas. Curriculum included technical training, dynamic warm-ups and small-sided games. Players aimed to impress on-site scouts from the id2 Program for possible invitations to id2 Training Camps.
Coaches in New Orleans included Stephen Otto, Jeremy Shortt and Jon Kehoe (all with Chicago Fire Jr. Mississippi) and Mike Ritch (Cajun SC). Coaches in Dallas included Jeremy Morse and Neil Thornber, of the Dallas Texans, and Jeremey Bernard, of Tyler Azzurri FC.
Serving as a U.S. Soccer scout at the PDP in Dallas was David van den Bergh. US Club Soccer staff members were also on-hand.
PDPs are regionally based identification and development programs conducted within the id2 Program with invitations based primarily on scouting within the hosting NPL. The id2 Program and PDPs are each sanctioned as an Olympic Development Program as approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
More photos from the events are available on the US Club Soccer Facebook page.