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US Youth Soccer a Common Thread Among All Players Selected to Residency

August 22, 2006 10:00 PM
 

2006 Under-17 Residency Roster [link]
Semester-by-semester listing of Residency Players [link]
19 of 31 youth clubs represented at 2006 Series [link]

FRISCO, Texas (August 23, 2006) – The U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program recently named the 40 players selected to participate in the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The 40 players are among the nations most recognized and in addition to their skills, determination and motivation to being the best, also share affiliation with US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports organization and home to the national championships of youth soccer and the Olympic development program.

Of the 40 players, over twenty will return from last year’s residency program. Just as those who entered the program last fall, this year’s new additions, nineteen in all, also have the common thread of player development through the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP).

The 40 players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and train daily under the guidance of Hackworth and assistant coaches Keith Fulk, Raul Diaz Arce, Tim Mulqueen and Brian Maisonneuve.

“US Youth Soccer ODP has played a meaningful role in player development in the United States,” said head coach of U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team, John Hackworth. “The players develop in US Youth Soccer ODP by continually being placed in more competitive environment, such as playing internationally with regional teams, which provides elite players from across the nation valuable experience and a platform to improve. The US Youth Soccer ODP contributes to the encompassing effort of identifying potential players for the U.S. National Team programs.”

All of the players will be competing to be a part of the next FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9, 2007, in South Korea. The U.S. is the only country that has qualified and competed in all 11 FIFA World Championships at this age group.

“Our organization is known for the best youth soccer in the country and our member clubs and coaches are to be commended for their efforts in developing the future of American soccer,” said Larry Monaco, president of US Youth Soccer. “Our elite-level programs, such as US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program and US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, continue to provide the highest level of development and visibility to our players across the country and better prepare our national teams for competition.”

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development 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. US Youth Soccer ODP exists in every state association and offers collegiate and national team staff coaches the opportunity to see the nation’s elite players in the most competitive of environments. In addition to training and tactics, US Youth Soccer ODP also offers competitions such as regional and national championships as well as participation in international tournaments. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way for elite player development in the United States.

In addition to the US Youth Soccer ODP, US Youth Soccer is home to the finest youth clubs and coaches across the country. US Youth Soccer member clubs are acknowledged annually for their dedication and delivery of player development at all ages. A common tool of measurement is the annual US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing over 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. Learn more about the Series at championships.usyouthsoccer.org. In 2006, over 500 coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championships including the top 25 men’s and women’s programs based on the final 2006 NSCAA/adidas National Rankings for NCAA Division I schools.

Started in 1999, the U.S. Soccer full-time residency program has become an important piece of the overall player development picture. Over the past seven years, the Federation has doubled the number of players enrolled in the program as it continues to increase its investment in player development and provide greater opportunities for young players, expanding to 40 players three years ago.

"We've seen over the years how the program has helped produce talented players, a number of which have gone on to the professional ranks and climbed the ladder in the men’s programs, moving on to the U-20, U-23 and even full Men’s National Team," said John Hackworth.

Since its inception, 170 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 40 of those players have moved on to Major League Soccer, or the professional leagues in Europe. Twelve players have also registered at least one cap with the full U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, Eddie Gaven, Eddie Johnson, Chad Marshall, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta and Jonathan Spector. Beasley and Donovan both started in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as 20-year-olds, and were joined by Convey, Onyewu and Johnson in 2006.

For more information on US Youth Soccer visit www.USYouthSoccer.org. For more information on U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program visit www.USSoccer.com. To see the current roster click here.

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