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November 30, 2012
De Anza Force youngster attracts international attention

USSDA Winter Showcase
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter showcase takes place this weekend in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. All 80 Developmental Academy clubs will play a total of 240 non-conference matches at the Winter Showcase, which begins on Nov. 30 and runs until Dec. 4.

Early Look
Real Madrid is getting an early look at De Anza Force Soccer Club U11 player Joshua Pynadath, who has been training in Spain over the past week.

"We are very excited for Josh! Although Josh is only 10, we felt it was very important for his development that he get to experience another level of professionalism and discipline," said De Anza Force Director of Coaching Jeff Baicher.

"I know this experience will motivate Josh to train harder and strive to attain goals he only dreamed about. This is also important for the De Anza Force because our development structure leads to 95% of all our elite athletes playing college soccer. However, our long-reaching relationships with professional clubs all over the world, combined with our player development curriculum, is seeing players choose the professional route as well," Baicher said.

For Pynadath, the experience is an early look at what a pro career might entail.

"Soccer is so serious here that we have to arrive 45 minutes before practice. Get our practice kits on and mentally prepare," said Pynadath. "Then training starts, and the trainings are great. No one goofs off and each training that passed I felt more comfortable on the ball and being physical with the other players. Most of the players were very talented and physical and every player was approached as a professional."

ECNL / id2 Player Development Program schedule set
The Elite Clubs National League has announced the schedule for 2012-13 ECNL / id2 Player Development Program events to be held across the country in early 2013. The ECNL / id2 Player Development Programs provide an opportunity for the top players within every ECNL Conference at the 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 age groups to play with and against the best players within their region at multiple age groups, and to attend presentations from leading coaches or experts in elite athlete development.

The ECNL / id2 Player Development Programs are operated by the ECNL in conjunction with US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program. The id2 Program and the ECNL / id2 PDPs are sanctioned as Olympic Development Programs.

There are no costs for participating in the ECNL / id2 Player Development Programs. The ECNL covers all staffing, facility rental, and equipment costs. The only responsibility for participating players is the cost of travel and accommodation (where necessary).

The ECNL / id2 Player Development Program schedule runs from February – May:

• Midwest – West: February 2-3, 2013 in Madison, Wis.
• Midwest – East: February 16-17, 2013 in Detroit, Mich.
• West Coast: March 2-3, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.
• Texas: March 9-10, 2013 in Dallas, Texas
• Northeast: March 9-10, 2013 in Zarephath, N.J.
• Southeast: March 9-10, 2013 in Greenville, S.C.
• Northwest: March 9-10, 2013 in Santa Rosa, Calif.
• Mountain: March 23-24, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev.
• Mid-Atlantic: May 4-5, 2013 in Richmond, Va.

The lists of participating players will be distributed before each event.

“The ECNL / id2 Player Development Programs are a great opportunity for some of the best players in the country to be recognized for their performances in top club competition and to be further scouted for youth national teams and colleges,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers.

Based on performance in the ECNL PDPs, as well as additional scouting throughout the year, players will be invited to the 2013 ECNL / id2 National Training Camp in the summer of 2013.

Whitecaps Launch New Academy Centre
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the launch of a new Whitecaps FC Island Academy Centre on Vancouver Island. The new Academy Centre will be based out of Nanaimo and in partnership with Harbour City FC, formerly Nanaimo Youth Soccer Club.

Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional Whitecaps FC training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental club training for serious, motivated players. Other current Academy Centres are located in Vancouver, Okanagan, and the Kootenays, with additional locations planned across Canada.

Whitecaps FC currently have five players from Vancouver Island in the club’s Residency program: Elliott Cuthbert, Joshua Cuthbert, Evan Gray and Sean Melvin from Victoria, and Nolan Wirth from Comox. All five players participated in the BC Soccer Provincial Team Program and the National Training Centre.

With more than 1,600 members, Harbour City FC is the largest soccer club on Vancouver Island and the largest sports club in the city of Nanaimo.

Harbour City FC technical director Claude Bolton will take on the additional role of Whitecaps FC Island regional head coach. Bolton will deliver Whitecaps FC’s development philosophy and curriculum supported by Whitecaps FC staff in Vancouver who will make regular visits to the Island Academy.

Whitecaps FC Island Academy will launch in January. Initially, the Academy will run from January through August with an abbreviated schedule of programs. Included at the start will be a Skills Academy for boys and girls U-9 to U-12, and a Goalkeeping Academy open to motivated players. A Prospects Academy will also operate from March through June and will comprise local training as well as two trips to Vancouver: one for a Showcase weekend and another for an MLS weekend that includes training with Whitecaps FC Vancouver staff, plus a chance to watch a live MLS game.

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