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Elite Player Development Teams Train At Cal South Pro+ Camp

This year marks the inaugural year of the Pro+ State Summer ID Camp, an official national identification event for U.S. Soccer that was held June 30-July 8 in Irvine, Calif. Through the event, players participated in games, training sessions and lectures, including sports psychology and college identification. U.S. Soccer National Team and college soccer scouts were present at the event.

The ID camp is one benefit of the strategic partnership created between Washington and Cal South, marking the union of two of the strongest youth soccer programs in the nation. Through the development of this partnership, players have a direct avenue and exposure to National team and college coaches.

During the girls camp, all EPD teams faced off twice against Cal South, and had the opportunity to train with Mark Carr of U.S. Soccer and Ali Khosroshahin, the USC women’s head soccer coach. In addition to playing, players attended a question-and-answer session with Ashley Nick, a USC graduate and professional player in the Netherlands, and a lecture called “Train to be Clutch,” by Sports Performance Coach Joshua Medclaf.

At boys camp, players had two matches against Cal South, trained with Rob Becerra, U.S. Soccer scout and former coach of Stanford University; George Kuntz, head coach of UC Irvine; and Terry Davila, head coach of Cal State Northridge. The players additionally had the opportunity to meet U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra, and attend the “Train to be Clutch” lecture.

Congratulations to all EPD players who represented Washington well! A special thank you to Cal South ODP for a great event.


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