Nearly 60 players gathered on the campus of the University of Central Florida last Saturday, as US Club Soccer hosted a Player Development Program (PDP) event with the Florida Premier League in Orlando.
Participants took the field in the shadow of UCF’s Bright House Networks Stadium, with 29 boys and 28 girls born in 1999-2000 getting a chance to impress scouts from the id2 Program and U.S. Soccer.
In addition to US Club Soccer staff, coaches included UCF women’s assistant Josh Walters, Hugh Menzies, Weston’s Chris Nolen and Jacksonville FC’s Eric Dade, Chris Barocas and Tommy Krizanovic. Former Major League Soccer player Scott Bower was on hand as a scout for U.S. Soccer.
Players participated in a variety of activities designed to develop their skills and test their abilities, including technical repetition drills, small-sided games and 11-v-11 matches. As with all PDPs, top players may earn invites to id2 Program Training Camps. Two are scheduled for this spring: March 21-24 in Chula Vista, Calif., and April 11-14 in Charleston, S.C.
Special thanks go out to the participants, coaches, facilities and other staff for a great weekend.
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.