u.s. soccer ynt talent identification

Welcome to Talent Identification (TID)


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 identify top talents for the Youth National Teams program
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

Cody Franz
Talent Identification Associate

Tina Cardamone
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


Boys Talent Identification Managers


Katie Cole


Garrett Biller


Diane Drake


Cris da Silva


Marieke Laurens


Henry Brauner