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US Youth Soccer adidas All Stars Return from Successful Tour of Europe

May 29, 2006 10:00 PM
 
Team returns with unmatched experiences ""

FRISCO, TEXAS (May 30, 2006) – The 2006 US Youth Soccer adidas All Star 1991 Boys Team wrapped up a successful tour of Europe by winning their three friendly matches including a win over the Under-15 Men’s National Team of France.

The All Stars had a good showing at the Trofeo Lascaris Tournament in Turin, Italy with an overall record of 1-1-1 just missing semifinal play. Ade Akinsanya (CA-N), Michael Roman (CA-S), Abdusalam Ibrahim (MN) and Dersu Abolfathi (CA-S) each scored during the team’s tournament run. Three players tallied a team high two goals each during the tour of Europe; Ibrahim, Akinsanya and Paul Islas (CA-N).

The All Stars are currently members of the U.S. Soccer Under-15 National Team and players from the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP).

When asked about the importance of the US Youth Soccer ODP, U.S. Soccer Under-15 National Team Head Coach Jim Barlow said, "The program is important in preparing players for youth national teams. ODP exposes players to a higher level of play both domestically and abroad, and prepares players for the demands of games at the next level. Whether it be training and playing with their state teams, ODP regional tournaments, ID camps, interregional events, or international trips, players are challenged and pushed at these ODP events in ways that make them better players. ODP provides us with a great starting point for our player pools."

The team’s tour results are as follows:
Monday, May 15
Friendly game
All Stars vs. E.S. Troyes, 2:0
Goal Scorers: Scott Caldwell (MA) 56th, Abdusalam Ibrahim (MN) 65th
Troyes, France

Tuesday, May 16
Friendly game
All Stars vs. Under-15 National Team of France, 3:1
Goal Scorers: Paul Islas (CA-N) 24th, Gregory Garza (TX-N) 35th, Ade Akinsanya (CA-N) 55th
Paris, France

Thursday, May 18
All Stars vs. Lascaris, 0:1
Turin, Italy

Friday, May 19
All Stars vs. Piemont Region Select, 2:0
Goal Scorers: Ade Akinsanya (CA-N) 18th, Michael Roman (CA-S) 35th
Turin, Italy

Saturday, May 20
All Stars vs. Atalanta, 2:2
Goal Scorers: Abdusalam Ibrahim (MN) 18th, Dersu Abolfathi (CA-S) 32nd
Turin, Italy

Sunday, May 21
Friendly game
All Stars vs. Pro Vercelli (Sweden), 1:0
Goal Scorers: Paul Islas (CA-N) 11th
Turin, Italy

The US Youth Soccer adidas All-Star team:

Player

Hometown

Club/School

Dersu Abolfathi

Irvine, Calif

Irvine Strikers

Ade Akinsanya

Sacramento, Calif.

Clash U16

Eder Arreola

Chino Hills, Calif.

Barcelona Pasadena

James Balba

Torrance, Calif

So. Cal. United

Scott Caldwell

Braintree, Mass.

South Shore Untied Blazers

Ian Christianson

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar River FC

Kevin Durr*

Garmisch, Germany

Bayern Munich FC

Gregory Garza

Grapevine, Texas

Sao Paolo FC

Keegan Gunderson

Circle Pines, Minn.

Plymouth Wings

Abdusalam Ibrahim

Richfield, Minn.

Wing Nationals

Paul Islas

Fresno, Calif.

Bullard United

Zac MacMath

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Clearwater Chargers

Jesus Mireles

Pharr, Texas

Chicago Magic SC

Amobi Okugo

Sacramento, Calif.

El Dorado

Michael Roman

Oxnard, Calif.

So Cal United

Kofi Sarkodie

Huber Heights, Ohio

Ohio FC Mutiny

Parker Walsh

Roanoke, Va.

Roanoke Star

David Yang

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan Wolves

*Father is currently serving in Germany for the United States Armed Forces. Kevin is a member of US Youth Soccer ODP Europe which primarily consists of players from military families.

Annually the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program serves as the resource for selection to national teams, collegiate programs and professional leagues for our country's finest players. Established in 1977, it 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. The only national program, US Youth Soccer ODP has been the common thread of success for those selected to U.S. Soccer National Teams, top collegiate programs and Major League Soccer.

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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 3.2 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.

Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, the original elite player program in the United States, please refer to the program only as the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program or US Youth Soccer ODP, and never as USYSODP or simply ODP. We appreciate your cooperation.

When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never as USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.

 

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