Elite Player Development Teams
Train At Cal South Pro+ Camp
This summer, players and coaches from Washington Youth Soccer’s Elite Player Development program were invited to attend the prestigious Pro+ State Summer ID Camp, an official national identification event for U.S. Soccer held annually in Ojai, Calif.
Throughout 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 also present, giving Washington Youth Soccer players an outstanding opportunity not just to build their skills against players of similar talent, but to showcase what they’ve learned to some of the most important coaches in the country.
The 2013 season marked the second-straight in which Washington Youth Soccer players have been invited to attend the Pro+ ID Camp, part of a strategic partnership created between Washington and Cal South, two of the strongest youth soccer programs in the nation.
Boys in the 1999 and 2000 age groups, and girls in the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 age groups each made the trip to Ojai for the prestigious camp. April Kater, Head Development Coach for the U.S. Youth Women’s National Teams, led sessions for each girls age group, and coached Washington’s G98/97 squad in a game against Cal South. Each girls team played two games against Cal South opponents, with several Washington girls selected to play in an additional “All-Star” game at the camp’s conclusion. Outside of competition, girls from both states were encouraged to interact through fun group activities, including an unforgettable talent show.
At boys camp, players had two matches against Cal South and trained with some of the top soccer minds in the U.S., including Michael Ndoumbe, B00 Region IV Head Coach and a scout for Major League Soccer; Timo Liekoski, former USMNT assistant coach and the Technical Director for Washington Youth Soccer; and Steve Hoffman, the Director of Coaching Education at Cal South. Six Washington boys were selected to play in the 2000’s All-Star Game, while five competed in a special invitation-only game pairing the best of the 2000 age group vs. the best of the 1999 age group.
In addition to the competition and training, both boys and girls in attendance sat in on lectures from elite college coaches and U.S. Soccer staff, receiving lessons that are certain to make both states’ programs stronger in the year ahead.
Congratulations to all EPD players who represented Washington well! A special thank you to Cal South ODP for a great event.
The purpose of Washington Youth Soccer’s Elite Player Development program is to create a precise learning environment that provides our state’s most talented players with the best possible pathway to develop their game. To learn more about Washington Youth Soccer’s Elite Player Development program, click the Programs tab at www.WashingtonYouthSoccer.org.