The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys NCAA Interregional concluded today with the 1994 and 1995 age groups competing alongside the Men's NCAA Division I Final Four in Vestavia, Ala.
Continuing its tradition of elite play, competition and player development, youth from the nation's premier player identification and development program, US Youth Soccer ODP, trained and competed in front of U.S. National Team staff, professional and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play. More US Youth Soccer ODP players have been called into Youth National Team camps than any other ID program, including 129 of 148 players called into U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-18 camps since September 2011.
Region IV took a 1-0 lead into half off a 31st-minute strike by Matt Arbogast, his second of the tournament. Matthew Bolduc would equalize for Region I with a goal in the 46th minute and the game ended all tied up at 1.
Region II earned an early lead over Region III with a goal by Daniel Szczepanek. Branden McGarrity doubled the advantage with an uncontested finish from 14 years out in the 33rd
. Goals in the 47th
minutes for McGarrity completed the hat trick on the day and secured the 4-0 victory for Region II.
Goals aplenty marked the game between Region I and Region IV. Dale Ludwig opened the scoring as he finished a free kick with a low, driving header for Region I. Joseph Iraola struck again for Region I in the 37th, but Region IV would level before half. Ian Boozer pulled the first back in the 39th with a beautiful finish to the upper 90 leaving the keeper no chance for a save. Just a minute later, Dominic Chavez found the net for Region IV. Not to be denied victory, Region I pulled away in the second half with strikes from Sebastian Palomino and Peter Pearson in the 67th and 74th minutes. Pearson ended the week as the group's leading scorer.
Region II and Region III battled scoreless for 68 minutes until Brock Fitzgerald scored the lone goal, his second of the tournament, lifting Region II to the 1-0 victory.
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About US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP)
- US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
– US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®"
is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.