CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 4, 2014) - A total of 53 players from eight different clubs participated in two consecutive US Club Soccer PDP events, Nov. 1-2 in suburban New Orleans. The first day targeted girls born in 2000 at Lafreniere Park, while the second day targeted boys born in 2001 at LaSalle Complex.
During the events – hosted by the NPL’s Gulf States Premier League – players participated in dynamic warm-ups, technical training and small-sided games, all while aiming to impress US Club Soccer scouts for potential invitations to upcoming id² Training Camps.
The final id² Training Camp of the current cycle will be held Dec. 11-14 at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. While the current cycle targets boys born in 2001 and girls born in 2000, this camp will also introduce the next age groups with boys born in 2002 and girls born in 2001.
Staff coaches directing the girls PDP in Louisiana were: Jordon Beedle (Mississippi College), Aaron Cline (Cajun SC and University of Louisiana-Monroe), David Maddren (Mississippi Rush SC), Stephen Otto (Mississippi Rush SC) and Jeremy Shortt (Mississippi Rush). Otto and Shortt also coached the boys PDP event, along with Craig “Cobi” Allen (Mississippi Rush and Belhaven University) and St. Nicholas Benjamin (Louisiana Fire Juniors).
“The PDP event was of high quality from some of the best players in our league,” Shortt, Director of Coaching of Mississippi Rush’s boys clubs, said. “This collection of talent brought some highly entertaining soccer. It was evident from start to finish that players improved in the technical and tactical areas of their game, therefore increasing their speed of play. Their maturity and ability to adapt to changes in the game and being out of their comfort zone showed us the potential and bright futures of some of the players.”
US Club Soccer PDPs are regionally based identification and development programs conducted within the id² umbrella. Player invitations are based on objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching. Both the id² Program and PDPs have been granted Olympic Development Program status by the U.S. Soccer Federation and the US Olympic Committee.
Founded in May 2011, the Gulf States Premier League includes U-13 through U-18 boys and girls age groups. All participating teams are currently in full swing of their respective fall seasons. In the 2014 NPL Finals, Cajun SC (La.) sent its U-18 boys team to the national title match in Greensboro, N.C.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
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.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike.