The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls 1993 held their first training sessions today in San Jose, Costa Rica, to prepare the girls for their first competition tomorrow.
Tonight, players enjoyed the Opening Ceremony and welcome dinner at Inbioparque, an eco-park, with the teams from Costa Rica, Chile, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago. Representatives of FIFA, CONCACAF and Costa Rica Soccer Federation welcomed the teams and communicated a shared excitement for the growth and future of women's soccer.
After the dinner, the players danced together to local Costa Rican music that transcended different languages and cultures. US Youth Soccer players have enjoyed trying new foods and have been willing to branch out of their comfort zone and experiment with new things.
Tomorrow's games will be a test of acclimating to a different style and speed of play, which will prepare the players for the next level of play.
"I think that the kids will be very prepared athletically because the American style of game is so fast and 100 miles per hour. We will see a difference with teams being able to create a tempo in the game and gamesmanship. They will see differences in players' technical ability in going to the goal and different abilities in the techniques of finishing. Our kids will adjust fast to it because they are adaptable," said Sandy Davison, US Youth Soccer Region III Head Coach.
Tomorrow, Region III plays Trinidad and Tobago and Region II plays Chile at 10 a.m. Region I plays Costa Rica and Region IV plays Honduras at 3 p.m.
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 the complete schedule and more information about US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, go to www.USYouthSoccer.org
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