From August 1-4, FC Wisconsin Eclipse goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer had the soccer experience of a lifetime at the ECNL / id2 National Training Camp at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR. Over these 3 days, 100 of the very best youth soccer players in the country, born from 1996-1999, came together for 3 days of elite training, competition and soccer experiences at one of the world's premier athletic environments.
Players were selected for the ECNL / id2 National Training Camp based on scouting of ECNL games throughout the year, and objective scouting recommendations from opposing coaches and US Soccer scouts around the country. Jordyn was 1 of 8 goalkeepers invited to the camp.
The players played two inter-squad games during the event, and had 3 elite level training sessions run by top youth coaches from across the country. The training curriculum and environment replicated that of a US Soccer youth national team camp, and dozens of players from various youth national team age groups were in attendance. In a special treat, the players also had the opportunity to meet and interact with professional players from the NWSL Portland Thorns - including US Soccer WNT stars Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Ally Long. On the final day of the camp, the players also attended the Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash NWSL game - as some of the 19,000 fans in attendance, and with field level access during warm-ups.
"The camp had a high energy level and extremely competitive atmosphere," said Bloomer. "It made me feel a little overwhelmed when I first arrived, but after I started to relax throughout the warmup i realized that it was just another training session but with some new players."
"The best part about camp was getting to be surrounded by the best players and the best coaches in the country. On the field it was a great learning experience and off the field I was able to meet a lot of new friends. If there was just one main thing I took away from camp, it would be that the ability to adapt to a new level of play in a short amount of time is a very important skill to develop if you want to be successful."
For more information about the camp, including the rosters of selected players, click here.