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US Club Soccer’s Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally based identification and developmental programs conducted within the id2 Program umbrella. PDPs are focused around top leagues in specific geographic areas throughout the country. Twin Cities Soccer Leagues is pleased to present this programming to TCSL member clubs.

PDP invitations are based upon objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from Directors of Coaching. Each PDP includes at least one training session and one internal competition.

Program Elements

  • January 27, 2018
  • 04/05 Boys (30 participants), 04/05 Girls (30 participants)
  • Hosted at Eden Prairie High School Dome
  • Invite only; recommendations from club Directors of Coaching
  • US Club Soccer on-site to run event, alongside local coaches
  • First sessions will consist of technical training
  • Afternoon session will consist of 9v9 or 11v11 competition
  • Identified players will be offered (expenses paid) spot at a regional id2  camp.
  • Training gear provided.
  • There is no cost to participate.

About US Club Soccer’s id2 Program

Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth soccer players to be identified and developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. id2 Program directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) implement curriculum and direct activities.

Selected players from TCSL’s PDP will be invited to a id2 regional identification camp, held in the Spring of 2018. There is no cost to players identified for the id2  program/camp.

All lodging, meals and training gear are provided at no cost by US Club Soccer and Nike.

More info is here: http://usclubsoccer.org/programs/player-identification/id2-program/

The below schedule is tentative and subject to change.

11:00am to 11:30am – Boys Registration
11:30am to 1:00pm – Boys Training
12:30pm to 1:00pm – Girls Registration
1:00pm to 2:30pm – Girls Training
3:00pm to 4:30pm – Boys Game(s)
4:30pm to 6:00pm – Girls Game(s)

PDP staff coaches are carefully selected based on their expertise and experience working within the soccer community.

04/05 Boys/Girls PDP Staff Coaches

Jon Lowery
  • Current Head Coach: University of St. Thomas Men
  • USSF ‘A’ License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • 2016 & 2017 MIAC Regular Season Champions
  • 2016 & 2017 MIAC Playoff Champions
  • 2016 & 2017 MIAC Coach of the Year
  • 2016 NCAA Final Four Appearance and National Coach of the Year (d3soccer.com)
  • 2017 NCAA Elite Eight Appearance
  • 2007 Division One National Champions Wake Forest University (Assistant Coach)
  • Former Ohio State Buckeye – 1st Team All Big Ten ’97, ’98
  • From Jon: “I look forward to working with the program as it has demonstrated the ability to provide players quality training, exposure and a pathway to the appropriate opportunities to enhance individuals as well as soccer as a whole in our country.”  
Carl Craig
  • UEFA ‘A’ License
  • USSF ‘A’ License
  • Former Associate Head Coach and Head Coach:
    • NASL 2011 Soccer Bowl Champion (USA Second Division Championship)
    • NASL 2012 Soccer Bowl Runner-up
    • NASL 2014 Spring Champion and Overall League Champions
  • From Carl: “I look forward to a professional experience where the area’s top players can come together to train and compete against one another. I’m excited to be a part of it!”
Julie Eibensteiner
  • USSF ‘A’ License
  • USSF National GK License
  • United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma
  • United Soccer Coaches National Goalkeeping Diploma
  • USYS National Youth License
  • Current assistant at the University of St. Thomas – Women’s Program
  • Former assistant at Macalester College – Men’s and Women’s Programs & Iowa State University – Women’s
  • From Julie: “Anytime we can give the game back to the players and take money and bias out of the selection process for players, I am all for it. I love the fact that players have to be nominated, are selected and then evaluated from members within the MN soccer coaching community that aren’t tied to any clubs. In addition, registration & attendance fees aren’t even part of the equation – it’s at no cost.  TCSL has done a fantastic job in doing everything possible to do things the right way and I want to support those efforts any way I can.”