U.S. MNT CAPTAIN CARLOS BOCANEGRA TO ADDRESS PRO+ CAMPERS AT CAL SOUTH I.D. CAMP
June 29, 2012
CARLOS BOCANEGRA TO ADDRESS PRO+ CAMPERS AT CAL SOUTH I.D. CAMP
June 29, 2012 (Fullerton, CA) - U.S. Men's National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra will contribute his talents, experience and wisdom to the 2012 Cal South Pro+ Summer I.D. Camp on Friday, July 6 at Concordia University in Irvine. Bocanegra will appear as a special contributor at the camp, leading sessions that focus on what it takes physically and mentally to reach and maintain elite levels in the soccer world. Bocanegra's audience will be comprised of players in the Boys 1997, 1998 and 1999 age brackets from both Cal South and Washington Youth Soccer.
Bocanegra says he's looking forward to talking with the players. "It's going to be cool to see this group of boys, especially those from Southern California. This is where I grew up and it's always been a region with great talent." The opportunity for the boys to measure themselves against other elite players is very important. "I went to camps like this and began to understand what it was going to take to get to the level of other Cal South players like Eric Wynalda or Cobi Jones. My message is going to be that at this stage of their soccer lives --around 14 or 15-- it's time to start taking the game seriously. They should still have fun, but it's going to take some commitment and work to keep getting better."
Cal South Director of Coaching Education Steve Hoffman is excited to have Bocanegra as a part of the camp's curriculum. "Having any professional player talk to our young players is fantastic, but when you have a player like Carlos Bocanegra, who started his soccer playing days in Southern California and has represented his country, that's even more special. I feel Carlos has conquered the world of soccer by playing the game in multiple countries. It shows us all what a special player Carlos is. I am really excited for the Pro+ players from Washington and Cal South to spend a little time with our national team captain and Cal South alum."
The summer I.D. camp is part of Cal South's Pro+ Elite Player Identification program. Pro+ was instituted earlier this year to expand and enhance the identification and advancement opportunities for youth soccer players in Southern California. Holding the camp locally means that costs can be kept to a minimum, allowing more players to participate. U.S. Soccer's participation means that players will be seen and instructed by top level scouts and coaches. In addition to the boys' camp from July 4-7, there is a girls' camp that runs from June 30-July 3.
Bocanegra is not the only member of the U.S. Soccer establishment who is scheduled to be part of the camps. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Rod Becerra, who has responsibility for identifying and training top talent in Southern California, will be looking for potential national team members. Damon Nahas, the head coach of the U.S. Girls U15 team will be working during the girls' training sessions, as will Girls U14 assistant coach Mark Carr. Michael Ndoumbe, a U.S. Soccer scout, will be attending both camp sessions. USC All-American, team captain of FC Twente in The Netherlands and Cal South alumnus Ashley Nick will be a guest at the girls' camp. Finally, all campers will have sessions with sports psychologist Joshua Medcalf.
For more information on Cal South Pro+, please visit www.calsouth.com/proplus.
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