CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 10, 2014) - A Player Development Program (PDP) event held Nov. 9 at the Town & Country Optimist Sports Complex Fields in Austin, Texas, provided a training and identification experience for some of the state’s top boys players with targeted 2001 birth years.
The PDP, which was hosted by the NPL’s Texas Pre-Academy League, included 29 players from all nine clubs within the league: Andromeda FC, Classics Elite SA, Dallas Texans SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Houston Texans SC, Lonestar SC, Solar SC and Texas Rush SC.
Players were led through dynamic warm-up sessions, technical passing exercises, possession drills and small-sided games by coaches Phil Duhon, Robert Lopez and Alex Para.
id² Boys Program Director Gerry McKeown was on-site to scout players for potential inclusion to the upcoming id² Training Camp, Dec. 11-14 in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Participating players in the PDP in Austin were invited to attend based on scouting over the past several months and recommendations submitted from in-region scouts and directors.
PDPs are regionally based identification and developmental programs conducted within the id² umbrella and are generally focused around the NPL and other top leagues. Both the id² Program and PDPs have been granted Olympic Development Program status, and there is no cost to be recommended, scouted or participate.
The Texas Pre-Academy League was founded in April 2011 and features competitive programming for U-13 through U-15 boys teams. Last year, Dallas Texans SC’s U-15 boys team was edged in the semifinals of the 2014 NPL Finals on penalty kicks.
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US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.
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