The US Youth Soccer ODP adidas 1989 All-Star Team has arrived in Europe. After some lengthy delays at Dulles Airport the team went to see the Bayer Leverkusen vs. Stuttgart professional match.
The team witness some great touches and a very vocal crowd of 25,000 plus to see Bayer take the 2:0 victory and earn a spot in next year’s Champions League 1st round.
“This was a great way to start off our tour of Europe,” said Bob Bounpane, boys committee chairman for US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. “After seeing this level of play in front of a great crowd like this, these boys are ready to step on the field and play against a great group of international talent.”
After two training sessions on Sunday the boys joined in the celebration of the 100th Year Anniversary of the Bayer Club.
The US Youth Soccer ODP adidas '89 All Stars will face Bayer in their first match of the European tour Monday. Dortmund and Schalke Matches will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The 18-man roster was selected from recent US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) Regional team player performances at several US Youth Soccer ODP events across the nation and from the U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team pool.
The US Youth Soccer ODP adidas ’89 All Stars will train with elite international teams at some of Europe’s premier facilities. The team will also compete in several friendly matches in addition to participating in a Round Robin event featuring RSC Anderlecht and FC Bruges on Friday, May 28th.
The US Youth Soccer adidas ’89 All Star Team’s schedule for the Europe Tour is as follows:
Monday, May 25 Bayer 04
Wednesday, May 26 Schalke 04
Friday, May 28 RSC Anderlecht & FC Bruges
Sunday, May 30 KV Mechelen
US Youth Soccer ODP, designed to identify and develop a pool of players from which U.S. National Teams may be selected, is the original ODP program. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and Women’s United Soccer Association, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. And, with programs in all 55 State Associations as well as regional and national championships and participation in international tournaments, US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development.