U.S. Soccer

Welcome to Talent ID (TID), the home of scouting for U.S. Soccer.

Talent Identification is responsible for developing scouts worldwide to find the best soccer talent the U.S. has to offer. We are committed to expanding and improving our scouting network through accessible and holistic education, age appropriate identification, and club outreach. Developing the scouting network enables us to grow the Youth National Team player pool and find youth players with the most talent and potential to build the bright future of U.S. Soccer.

  • What is Talent?
    Talent is systematically developed skills that enable you to do a task in the top 10%. While genetics and a natural aptitude to excel influence talent, it is NOT innate, and can be developed in the right environment.
  • What is Potential?
    Potential is the qualities or abilities that may be developed to lead to future success or application. It is a measure of achievement beyond the current game performance level. Scouting youth players is to predict their future success.

Philosophy and Mission

Our Mission: To improve the quality of scouting at all levels.
Our Philosophy: We believe in connecting with all communities to achieve our mission. Scouts network with clubs and assist them in driving talent identification at the grassroots level, using a common observational structure between clubs and U.S. Soccer. We believe that talent can be developed, and that talent identification is a process with long-term objectives influenced by chronological, relative, and biological age, considering that players develop at different rates with a non-linear performance trajectory.


Talent Identification Staff
Our administrative staff based at USSF headquarters in Chicago, along with our team of regional Talent Identification Managers, support a network of 200+ scouts across the world. You can reach us using the contact information below. 

Tony Lepore
Director of Talent Identification – Boys

Mirelle Van Rijbroek

Director of Talent Identification – Girls

Jackie Peszynski
Talent Identification Coordinator

Gavin Greenberg
Talent Identification Associate

Jake Barnes
Talent Identification Associate

Contact us
Email:              scouting@ussoccer.org
Phone:             (312) 808-1300
Address:          U.S. Soccer Federation
Talent Identification Department

1801 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

Girls Talent Identification Managers Region Boys Talent Identification Managers   Region
Katie Cole Central Garrett Biller
Diane Drake East Cris da Silva East
Marieke Laurens West TBA West