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adidas All-Stars Named from US Youth Soccer ODP Boys ’89 International Festival

March 1, 2005 09:00 PM
 

Players recently returned from Buenos Aires, Argentina; U.S. Men’s Under-17 Assistant Coach On Hand
RICHARDSON, TEXAS (March 2, 2005) – US Youth Soccer today announced the adidas All-Star team from the recently completed US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys International Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Regional Teams in the 1989 age group competed against some of the top clubs in South America including Boca Juniors, Estudiantes, San Lorenzo, River Plate, Rosarina and Velez Sarfield.

The adidas All-Star team, as selected by U.S. Soccer coaches, is as follows:

adidas All-Stars from the 2005 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys 1989 International Festival

Player

Hometown

Josmer Altidore

Boca Raton, FL

Edgar Barajas

Pacoima, CA

Joe Bendick

Marietta, GA

Cameron Brown

Garland, TX

Andrew Duran

Modena, IL

Greg Ekhart

Orange Park, FL

Douglas Ferner

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Dan Kelly

Hendersonville, TN

Cameron Lamming

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Demitrius Omphroy

Alameda, CA

Ariel Osorio

Kapolei, HI

Daniel Rodriguez

Oxnard, CA

Cesar Romero

San Diego, CA

Joseph Sorrentino

Hamilton, NJ

Michael Stephens

Naperville, IL

Lucas Swertloff

Brooklyn, NY

John Tardy

Staten Island, NY

Spencer Thompson

Shelby Township, MI

Matthew Walker

Grand Blanc, MI

Anthony Wallace

St. Petersburg, FL


New U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team assistant coach, Brian Maisonneuve was on hand for every match, carefully scouting the entire playing pool. With anticipated openings at the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency program in Bradenton, Florida this summer, players were looking to grab the attention of Maisonneuve and others for one of the coveted roster spots.

“I think it’s very important to be here, to have all of the players here at one location against the same competition,” said Maisonneuve. “From a coaching standpoint, the more you can see a player play the better. Additionally, you get a better feel for the player the more games and training sessions you can see. As a new staff member, it’s important to me personally to gain a better awareness of what’s out there, how our players at residency are doing and to see what the (US Youth Soccer ODP) regions have right now.”

Maisonneuve said he is impressed with what he’s seen.

“Generally you bring players down and give them two training sessions and you don’t know what you’ll get, but it’s been good. All of the coaches have done a good job of organizing their teams,” he said. “From a coaching side it was great but you have to give credit to the players because they’re coming from different teams, so to understand the organizational side of it and apply it on the field, I thought this festival was really impressive.”

Several of Maisonneuve’s players at Bradenton were with the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Regional teams in Argentina. Michael Stephens, an adidas All-Star, here with the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region II 1989 team, said the experience of the trip has been good for him and his team.

“This is a real, positive experience because for some of the guys, it’s their first time to compete against (international) teams, so they saw how the international teams play,” Stephens said. “I think we did pretty well. I have learned a lot about how they’ll defend me, that they’re very good technically and that they play with a lot of heart. That’s something we should all take from here, to play with a lot of passion.”

Michael Stephens as well as others from the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys International Festival will be competing next week at the 2005 US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships in Plano, Texas from March 10-13 at Russell Creek Park. Regional Champion US Youth Soccer ODP Boys and Girls State teams in the 1987 and 1989 age groups will be competing in semifinal and championship matches on March 11 and 13 respectively.

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 the former 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.

For more information on US Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer ODP, including scores from the International Festival please visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

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A special thank you to Rob Ziegler of Top Drawer Soccer for his assistance with this story.

 

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