Midwest Developmental League wraps up Spring Scouting Showcase, PDP events

Sunday capped a busy two weeks for the National Premier Leagues’ Midwest Developmental League, which held three events that gave players a chance to take on top competition, receive first-class coaching and show their skills in front of scouts.
 
This weekend brought the two-day MDL Spring Scouting Showcase and a Player Development Program (PDP) event, both of which were held at the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association Complex in St. Charles, Mo. Along with the March 23 PDP, held at Olympic Park in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill., about 60 boys born in 2000 participated in the PDP events, while the showcase allowed MDL teams to play cross-divisional opponents in front of 100 college coaches, as well as scouts from both US Club Soccer’s id2 Program and U.S. Soccer.

 
Sunday capped a busy two weeks for the National Premier Leagues’ Midwest Developmental League, which held three events that gave players a chance to take on top competition, receive first-class coaching and show their skills in front of scouts.
 
This weekend brought the two-day MDL Spring Scouting Showcase and a Player Development Program (PDP) event, both of which were held at the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association Complex in St. Charles, Mo. Along with the PDP held on March 23 at Olympic Park in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill., about 60 boys born in 2000 participated in the PDP events, while the showcase allowed MDL teams to play cross-divisional opponents in front of 100 college coaches, as well as scouts from both US Club Soccer’s id2 Program and U.S. Soccer.
 
“We had a great group in St. Louis this past weekend,” said U.S. Soccer Academy Scout Brendan Eitz, who attended the St. Louis PDP. “The overall level was high, and several players were able to let their personalities impact the play. There was also a great energy being surrounded by the showcase, making for an excellent day of soccer.”
 
The PDP events each included about 30 boys born in 2000. During the morning sessions, players participated in drills to showcase and enhance their technical ability, then took part in matches during the afternoon and evening while being evaluated by scouts. As with all PDPs, top players may earn invites to id2 Program Training Camps. The final camp of the 2012-13 cycle is coming up this week, April 11-14, in Charleston, S.C.
 
Centered around the National Premier Leagues (NPL), PDPs are regionally-based identification and development programs conducted within the id2 Program with invitations based primarily upon scouting within the hosting NPL. The id2 Program and Player Development Programs (PDP) are each sanctioned as an Olympic Development Program as approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
 
Special thanks go out to the participants, coaches, venues and other staff for three great events.