CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 6, 2014) – More than 50 top players from Las Vegas and surrounding areas participated in the Player Development Program (PDP) event on Feb. 2 at Heritage Park in suburban Las Vegas hosted by the NPL's Mountain Developmental League.
Seven different clubs were represented in the event, which targeted boys born in 2001 and girls born in 2000. Curriculum in the morning session included technical training and small-sided games designed to replicate the environment at id² and youth national team camps, while the afternoon session concluded the event with 11 vs. 11 games, as players aimed to impress scouts for possible invitations to upcoming id² Training Camps.
The Mountain Developmental League marketplace has been a hotbed for youth talent recently, as two players selected for the id² National Selection International Tour to Italy later this month – Zico Bailey and Diego Gonzalez – both play for Heat FC.
The coaches directing the PDP in Las Vegas were: Kenny Cartledge (Las Vegas Neon FC), Frank D’Amelio (Heat FC), Pedram Mahinpey (Downtown Las Vegas SC), Tommy Tate (Las Vegas Sports Academy) and Danny Stone (Downtown Las Vegas SC).
The event was the first of two major NPL events in Las Vegas over the next month. Heritage Park in suburban Las Vegas will also be the site of the inaugural NPL Showcase, set for March 7-9. It will feature top U-16, U-17 and U-18 NPL boys teams from across the country, coming together for three showcase games.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id² Program and Player Development Programs.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and the Army National Guard.