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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.

MISSION AND Philosophy

Our Mission

To identify players with the potential to play for our Youth National Teams

Our Philosophy

  • Talent can be developed in the right environment

  • The clubs must drive talent identification in their communities through networking

  • Identification and examination must happen within the context of the game

  • Players develop at different rates and their performance trajectory is non-linear

  • Talent identification is an examination and monitoring process with long term objectives where performance and potential are influenced by environment, age and maturation

  • Scouts must use a common structure for examining players and speak the same Club/U.S. Soccer language

  • In building relationships with all communities

  • In a gender-neutral approach where we can and a gender specific  approach where needed


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

Jake Barnes
Talent Identification Coordinator

Mitchell Joslin

Talent Identification Associate

CJ Gascoigne
Talent Identification Associate

Garrett Biller

Talent Identification Manager (Central) – Boys

Katie Cole
Talent Identification Manager (Central) – Girls

Cris da Silva
Talent Identification Manager (East) – Boys

Diane Drake
Talent Identification Manager (East) – Girls

Henry Brauner

Talent Identification Manager (West) – Boys

Marieke Laurens
Talent Identification Manager (West) – Girls