April 2nd, Waltham, MA, 2019; GPS Maine and GPS National Team defender Sammy Dion will travel to Tinton Falls, New Jersey this weekend to participate in US Soccer Youth National Team U14 Talent Identification East Region Mini Camp.
Sammy will be one of 78 players from up and down the East Coast that will congregate in New Jersey at the Capelli Sports Complex from April 4 to April 8 for the YNT event. In addition to Dion’s selection, Joseph Buckley and London Timothy, both former GPS MA players now with the New England Revolution Academy, were also selected. Buckley played for GPS Boston and MA Elite while London Timothy played for GPS North Shore as well as the GPS MA Elite program.
The US Soccer YNT U14 Talent Identification program, or TID, was announced at the beginning of 2019 as an attempt to stop talented players from going unnoticed and slipping through the cracks. The hope is that by discovering more players and introducing them to the US Soccer YNT program that the player pool for the U15-U20 YNT levels will not only be strengthened number-wise but talent-wise.
“Having worked with Sammy at the Foyle Cup last year as part of the GPS National Team program it is great to see him receiving this acknowledgment,” said GPS Director of Coaching Peter Bradley. “We are also delighted to see former players Jospeh and London also selected and wish all three boys the best of luck at the event,” said Bradley.
The Talent Identification East Region Mini camp will be run and directed by US Soccer employees. The camp will be directed by the US Soccer TID Director and the three US Soccer Boys TID managers. The players will be coached on field by a variety of Development Academy coaches and scouts from the US Soccer East Region.
Players will spend April 4th participating inn on field training lead by those scouts and DA coaches. The 78 players in attendance will then be divided into four teams based on their geographical location; Northeast, NY/NJ, Atlantic and South Atlantic. These four teams, made up of approximately 20 players each, will compete against one another in a round robin tournament for the remainder of the camp.
The majority of the players called into the East Mini Camp were identified at last fall’s Development Academy East Regional Showcase and were further evaluated at YNT Identification Centers as part of the scouting process prior to being selected for this camp.
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