Seattle Sounders’ Ianni to hold soccer camps

Seattle Sounders defender Patrick Ianni will return to Lodi, California to put on his the second annual ‘Ianni Soccer Camp’ from December 18-21.

Seattle Sounders defender Patrick Ianni will return to Lodi, California to put on his the second annual ‘Ianni Soccer Camp’ from December 18-21.

The 24-year old help his first camp last year and is looking forward to the 2009 instalment which will be held at the Grape Festival Grounds and will consist of two camps - a competitive one, through a handful of local soccer clubs, Dec. 18-21 and a recreational one, for kids ages 7-15, Dec. 19-21.

“Last year I learned a lot about what it takes to put on a good camp," said Ianni, who was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic soccer team in Beijing. "With help from local business and community support, hopefully it will just get better every year.

"I really believe in the training these kids will get. The group of coaches I am bringing in is second to none," Ianni added. "I tried to get some of the best coaches out there as far as their abilities in soccer and that can inspire the kids just as good members of society. These coaches are really good role models for the kids."