MAUI BOY AMONG TOP US CLUB SOCCER ID² PLAYERS
Poʻokela SC player, Thomas Musto of Makawao was recently identified as one of eighteen elite players to appear on US Club Soccer’s id² National Selection team roster. Musto’s selection was based on scouting and participation in a 4-day id² Training Camp in Arizona (December 2015), where a total of 114 players from across the U.S.—boys born in 2002 and 2003, and girls born in 2001 and 2002—engaged in several training sessions and games, as well as off-the-field discussion focused on player development.
Three other outer island players attended the id² Arizona camp: Saydee Bacdad (Hawaiʻi), Tiani Cravalho (Maui), and John Grover (Hawaiʻi). All four players were selected as a result of attending US Club Soccer’s Player Development Program Maui Camp—hosted by the Valley Isle Youth Select League—held at the Eddie Tam Complex in October 2015.
Of the id² Arizona training, Musto said that “the camp was highly competitive, and it really tested me to my limits.” “It was good to see how the best in the U.S. are and the where players need to be at to compete at the highest level.”
Up next in February, Musto will participate in the id² National Selection International Tour in Barcelona, Spain, which according to US Club Soccer, “includes competing against top Spanish youth academy teams, watching professional games, and playing at top-quality venues, in addition to the unique educational and cultural experiences that come with traveling internationally.”
id² is an Olympic Development Program—approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation. The id² Program and National Selection International Tour is offered at no cost to players, funded by US Club Soccer and Nike.
“I think [PDP/id²] is the best way to make soccer better in the U.S., because there is no fee [to participate], so truly, the best players can go”, claims Musto. Kristine—Musto’s mother—stated, “Tommy’s living his dream, and I am so grateful for this opportunity for him.”
For information regarding the PDP/id² Program, contact Vernon Kapuaʻala at email@example.com or (808) 442-2937; or visit the Hawaii Soccer Federation website at www.hawaiisoccerfederation.org.