With participating players from the Southern California NPL, Pacific Developmental NPL and elsewhere, US Club Soccer hosted a Player Development Program (PDP) event Feb. 9 in Bell Gardens, Calif.
About 30 girls born in 1999 and 60 boys born in 2000 came together for an opportunity to play with and against some of the area’s top talent, as well as to be scouted for the upcoming id2 Program Training Camp to be held March 21-24 in Chula Vista, Calif.
With staff and scouts from US Club Soccer and the id2 Program on hand, players were led by Cal State Fullerton women’s head coach Demian Brown, Legends FC Director of Coaching Josh Hodges, Chivas USA Academy goalkeeper coach Claine Plummer, Southern California Youth Soccer Organization Executive Director Joe Supe and Riptide FC Technical Director Michael Ndoumbe, a former LA Galaxy player.
Coaches put the players through a morning session of technical repetition and small-sided games before an afternoon of 11-v-11 matches, offering an excellent chance for participants to receive top-notch instruction and be scouted for the March id2 Program Training Camp, which will be the third of four held in the 2012-13 cycle for 1998-99 girls and 1999-2000 boys. The final training camp is scheduled for April 11-14 in Charleston.
Many thanks to all who participated — and to the excellent staff at John Anson Ford Park — for another successful event!
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.