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Feb, 2020

Internationals SC’s Klinger to Take Part in U-14 Girls' Central Regional YNT TID Mini-Camp

Internationals SC midfielder Eleanor Klinger will be among the 62 players that will be part of the U-14 Girls' Central Regional Youth National Team Talent Identification Department Mini-Camp in Dallas, Texas.

"Eleanor is an exciting young player who plays with creativity, intensity and passion," Internationals SC Club and ECNL Director Keri Sarver said. "Her love for the game is evident in how she trains and competes and you rarely see her without her foot on a ball.  We know that she will embrace the challenge that the YNT environment provides and use the experience to further her development."

With the objective to expand and improve the Women’s and Girls’ Youth National Team player pool, U.S. Soccer has launched a new Under-14 Talent Identification Program for the Girls’ Youth National Teams and will host this camp from March 4-8.  The first Regional Mini-Camp, for players in the West, was held from Feb. 5-9 in Chula Vista, Calif., and the East Region Mini-Camp will be held from March 25-29.

U.S. Soccer Talent ID Managers Katie Cole, Marieke Laurens, and Diane Drake will oversee the event and have named 62 players from the Central region, all born in 2006.

This new scouting model will function as a collaboration between the U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Department (TID) and the Youth National Teams program.  The YNT U-14 TID Program is designed to discover and introduce a larger base of top talents at the U-14 age group into the scouting funnel of the older U-15 to U-20 YNTs.  A mini-camp format will help evaluate and inspire high-potential players while accelerating their development in an engaging and challenging environment.  Players from three regions – West, Central, East – totaling around 180 players nationwide will be called into the mini-camps.

The program starts with the in-market scouting process as players are continually being evaluated and monitored in games, and top talents are selected to attend YNT Identification Centers.  Formerly known as Training Centers, Identification Centers are scheduled to be held in 25 key markets nationwide and will be overseen by U.S. Soccer TID Managers and YNT program scouts.  These single-day sessions, hosted at local clubs or U.S. Soccer member organizations, will gather more than 600 top talents each year in the U-14 and U-15 age groups.  Depending on the number of top players identified in each market, YNT Identification Centers will be held two to three times each year in the fall, winter, and spring.

After the Regional Mini-Camps this winter/spring, 60 players will gather for a U-14 National Identification Camp this summer. Roughly twenty players will come from each region. Held for a full week in the manner of a traditional YNT training camp, the TID Managers will run that camp.

In addition to expanding the YNT player pool at its early stages, the new scouting and identification structure changes programming for U-14 players by allowing them more time to absorb core principles of the YNT philosophy and accelerate their development.

Additionally, travel is minimized through the first stages of the program, helping minimize days away from home, school, and club.  The new program also offers the opportunity to bolster U.S. Soccer’s national network of scouts to further their education and development while also building its connections with clubs across the country.

While the past model has featured girls’ U-14 GNT programming in only even years, this new program will be held every year, always starting at the beginning of the calendar year. The 62 players for the Central Region come from 37 different youth clubs.  From May 18-23, U.S. Soccer will hold the U-14 National Team Training Camp with around 60 total players culled from all three Mini-Camps.          

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