This summer Eastern soccer partnered with T3 soccer’s Future 500 ID Camp. Together they held the largest college soccer ID camp in the nation. The camp was held June 19th through June 22nd, with 500 high school students attending to work with college coaches from more than 50 colleges. Players from 38 states and 11 different countries came to the camp to work with the coaches. The players in attendance got the opportunity to not only work with coaches but play matches and display their talent to the coaches at the camp. The camp also tried to help get the students prepared for recruiting.
The players at the camp also got to hear from professional soccer player, Austin Berry. Berry is a defender who joined the Philadelphia Union in 2014. Before that Berry was playing for the Chicago Fire in 2012 and in 2013. He played college soccer at the University of Louisville.
Berry was a very successful player at Louisville. In 2010 he was named Big East Conference Defensive Player of The Year and was also named to the NSCAA All-American second team and the All-Big East Conference first team. In 2011 Berry was once again named to the All-Big East first team, and was named to the NSCAA All- American third team. Perhaps Berry’s greatest personal achievement was being named Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year in 2012.
This camp was a great opportunity for players to show off their skills to major college coaches. They also got the opportunity to learn what they will need to build upon in order to be more successful in college and beyond. Hearing from a professional athlete and learning about his soccer career must have been an interesting and thought-provoking experience for the players at the camp, and a great launch point for what may one day become hundreds of college and maybe even professional careers.