It must be a pretty decent feeling (or awesome as our American cousins might describe it) to be considered as one of the 102 best youth players in the USA.

Probably even better when you get to run out against the legendary Zinedine Zidane (see the video below).


But that’s what happened to the players attending the adidas Elite Soccer Programme held at the Colorado Rapids practice facility in Denver.

The young players, all kitted out in the latest adidas F50i football boots and Predator Powerswerve‘s ran practice drills alongside the former French international who looked like he still had a few tricks up his sleeve.

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As the most recognizable development event of it’s type, the adidas Elite Soccer Programme continues to create, inspire and enable the elite soccer youth of America.

adidas invites players based on the recommendations of a national and highly-regarded scouting network.

adidas ESP not only offers the elite player the opportunity to train and compete in front of professional and college scouts alike, but also provides opportunities for the players to learn about college programmes, professional paths, and the highly-selective Generation adidas.


Since 1997, over 1,000 players have gone through the adidas ESP ranks including Jozy Altidore, who played for the USA in the recent Confederations Cup and West Ham United defender Jonathan Spector.

Zidane proves he hasn’t lost it, watch him ‘do’ the defender three times at the end of the film.

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  1. says: Fran

    Yes my god is wearing the new preds!Tru strikes is an uggly name but they’re nice …I’ve seen photos off them in white/yellow/black and black/red/white…very special, but nice

  2. says: Eric

    do these kids have to pay to go to that camp? because that’s the problem with the american youth system now. it hinges too much on a pay-to-play attitude

    1. says: Fredi

      No they don’t have to pay to play there. I myself am an American soccer player. I’m 19 years old and I know some kids who attended this camp. They are chosen through a network, as the article stated. The kids are then invited to the camp. When they get there they get all of this free gear because they are the best of the best in the US.

  3. says: klongski

    A: They are not going to be called true strikes so don’t worry about the name.
    B: They hit the market this november

  4. says: kevin

    I’ve seen a picture or two of these “trustrikes”, nd have to admit not the best lookin boots on the market but predators always perform.

  5. says: Ryan

    Man, i’d love to play with Zidane..

    They need soccer camps in Aus, adidas need to bring their camps down here! Pls. 🙂

  6. says: kaizer

    he is wearing the new predator which launches in November and they are not going to be called “trustrikes”

    watch this space….

    nike be afraid… be very afraid!

  7. says: Quaresma

    They will now be released in 2009! It’s 2010 and yes they will be caled the Predator TruStrikes!!! They will be released during the freakin World Cup just like the Absolutes!

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