id2 National Selection girls team excels at ECNL/id2 National Training Camp
PORTLAND, Ore. | The 2019 id2 National Selection girls team made its mark collectively and individually at the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp, July 26-30 in Portland, Oregon. Sixteen players made up the roster, which featured six born in 2004 and 10 born in 2005. Fourteen different clubs from 10 states were represented.
After an opening training session at Nike World Headquarters on Friday, the weekend’s training sessions and scrimmages against ECNL teams were held at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field. Participants were also challenged off the field with presentations designed to improve their mental edge.
This marked the seventh year US Club Soccer has hosted a National Selection programming element for the girls side, and alumnae of those teams are rapidly advancing through the collegiate and youth professional ranks (2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018).
|Aivry Adams||MF||2005||Boise Thorns||ID|
|Hailey Baumann||D||2005||Michigan Hawks||MI|
|Dempsey Brown||MF||2004||Orlando FC||FL|
|Noemi Casique||MF||2005||FC Prime||FL|
|Emma Corcoran||MF||2004||Santa Rosa United||CA|
|Chidubem Dike||F||2004||Carolina Elite Soccer Academy||NC|
|Mila Erceg||MF||2005||East Meadow SC||NY|
|Avery Galante||MF||2005||FC Stars||MA|
|Kennedy Garcia||F||2005||PDA Strikers||NJ|
|Caiya Hanks||F||2004||Kona Crush SA||HI|
|Alexandra Klos||MF||2004||San Juan SC||CA|
|Madison Krakower||MF||2005||NJ Stallions Academy||NJ|
|Kaleigh McPherson||MF||2005||Sporting St. Louis||MO|
|Melina Rebimbas||MF||2005||PDA Strikers||NJ|
|Mya Sanchez||GK||2004||Ajax United||CA|
|Olivia Thomas||F||2005||Michigan Hawks||MI|
These girls competed alongside about 90 other players born in 2004-06 from the ECNL portion of the training camp. At the conclusion of the camp, the ECNL named its Best XI, of which three id2 standouts made the list: Caiya Hanks (Kona Crush SA), Alexandra Klos (San Juan SC) and Melina Rebimbas (PDA).
Tricia Taliaferro, id2 Girls Program Director, led the id2 team through the camp, and a dozen other talented coaches assisted: Aaron Brunner (Richmond United), Jason Dewhurst (FC Stars), Audrey Gutierrez (Sting Dallas), Mike Kelly (Mustang SC), Doug Landefeld (Michigan Hawks), Andy Lee (FC Wisconsin), Ruairi McGuiness (East Meadow SC), Katie Meyer (Stanford University), Nadir Moumen (McLean Youth Soccer), Hideki Nakada (Stanford University), Zeca Neto (San Juan SC) and Clyde Watson (McLean Youth Soccer).
The camp was sanctioned as an Olympic Development Program by U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Players from all over the country were considered for invitations, regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation. All costs – including airfare, lodging, meals and training gear – are covered by US Club Soccer and Nike for the id2 competitors.
This camp officially concluded the id2 age group cycle targeting 2004 girls. Next year, the id2 girls National Selection team will begin embarking on annual international trips.