Written by Will Parchman

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The US Club Soccer id2 process might be the single most underrated and under-covered event in the American youth game. For a glaring reason why, let’s go back in time, to the ye olde days of 2012.

For some background, the id2 tour is the culmination of an identification process encompassing some of the best U14 players in the country at that time. US Club Soccer, in conjunction with U.S. Soccer itself, conducts a battery of invitational scouting events for some of the country’s top identified youngsters, and from that pool coach Gerry McKeown and his staff pull a team to take abroad for a high-level string of matches. They’ve been to places like the Netherlands, Argentina and Italy, and the 2017 team trekked to Spain.

As for that 2012 team, allow me to drop the roster on you. You might recognize a few of these names.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Last August, US Club Soccer dropped a bombshell on American soccer by announcing a “technical partnership” with La Liga. As part of its nascent Players First platform, this would encompass a wide-ranging host of things.

One of those was what’s become the La Liga Formation Methodology Course, led by some of the leading technical minds in Spain.

LaLiga Formation Methodology courses outline the philosophy and methods used across LaLiga to train, develop and form some of the world’s top players. The 2½-day level 3 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. Topics include: 1) Methodological Foundations of Training, 2) Structure of Training, 3) Development of the Training Model, 4) Training Tactical Concepts, 5) Training Technique, 6) System Development and Strategy and 7) Training Physical Elements.

Last weekend, US Club Soccer hosted another of these courses at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif., and we have the evidence. Here’s a look at what one of the newest pillars in American soccer development looks like.

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Written by Will Parchman

The US Club Soccer-run id2 International Tour is one of the highlights of the national youth soccer calendar. Once a year about this time, a hand-picked selection of some of the top U14 players in the country embarks on a tour of one country or another: Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands.

This year was Spain’s turn. And the tour is off to a roaring start.

This represents the first video journal for the tour, which hosted current pro players like Christian Pulisic (BVB) and Danny Barbir (West Brom) in the past. If there’s a future pro on this roster – and the numbers suggest that likelihood is high – you could be watching him blossom before your eyes.

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Written by Will Parchman

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There are times when the issue of are we developing good enough players in this country resembles a swirling dust storm cresting the horizon and barreling across a broken, empty plane. You can see everything, the houses picked up in its destructive path and the earth roiling in its center, and you can only watch it come. And it never seems to arrive. The issue sits there, like a storm that never hits – and thus never allows us to rebuild – but never ceases.

Pick out the most violent part of that storm, and where does it take you? I’d venture a guess most would pick out physical training first. How can we develop better players, after all, without the best coaches running the most well-oiled practices in the most nurturing environments? Soccer is a game you play. So start there.

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Written by Will Parchman

As you might have known, the US Club Soccer id2 select team is busy blasting its way through Argentina on a friendly playing tour of some of the nation’s top U14 sides. This second video in USCS’s series takes you through the first two matches of the tour against Velez Sarsfield and Boca Juniors.

But that’s not all! You’ll also follow the U.S. team around the vibrant La Boca neighborhood and then to a match between River Plate and Tigres. Is 28 too old to join one of these tours? Asking for a friend.

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Written by Will Parchman

Jonesing for some news about the id2 international tour’s trip to Argentina to play some of the country’s best U14 squads? TDS is here for you, man.

This video is the first in a series of diary’s US Club Soccer is releasing on the U.S. team’s trip. Hope you’re sitting down, because there will be plenty more of these in the days to come as the team continues to play some of the best youth players Argentina has to offer.

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You’ve seen parts one and two of the id2 NSIT team’s journal of its trip to Italy. Now feast thine eyes on the third and final part of the series. Keep it locked on TDS this week. We’ll have a story on the trip running on the site Friday.

 

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US Club Soccer’s id² tour is currently in full swing in Italy, which means competition galore for its lucky selectees. It also means things like this are happening.

TopDrawerSoccer.com will have a full recap article up once the tour touches back on home soil, but in the meantime, these are the first two of three video journals from the team’s trip to Europe’s boot.

 

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In the third and final video journal from the 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour, the players attend FC Barcelona’s La Liga match against Deportivo de La Coruna at L’Estadi Camp Nou, notch a 6-1 victory over Girona FC Infantil A and give their final thoughts on the visit to Spain before returning home.

 

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We check in with the U.S. Club Soccer id2 tour, a group of select players traveling abroad and competing against the top clubs in the world.

In their second video diary, we get a glimpse of their recent defeat to Real Madrid Academy as well as footage of the players’ visits to historic clubs and cities in Spain.

 

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