Nation's Top Boys Invited to Elite Competition and Player Development
1994s and 1995s to Participate
FRISCO, Texas (October 27, 2008) - Top national talent will converge on Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional. Teams will practice on Friday, November 28, with competition beginning on the 29th and running through Monday, December 1. In addition to the 1994 and 1995 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Regional Teams, the event will also feature the U.S. Under-14 National Team.
Continuing its tradition of elite play, competition and player development, youth from the nation's elite player identification and development program, US Youth Soccer ODP, will train and compete in front of U.S. National Team Staff, professional and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
"During our selection process, we attend as many programs and leagues as possible in the United States before making our decisions on who will be chosen for Residency. These programs, including US Youth Soccer ODP, have always played a meaningful role because the players in the program are put in a high-level competitive environment, which provides us with a better opportunity to identify potential players," said head coach of U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team, Wilmer Cabrera.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional will represent teams in the 1994 and 1995 age groups. For more information on the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional, including scores, schedules and more, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org
Rosters for the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional will be released on Monday, November 5, 2008.
Schedule of Events
2008 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
Teams Participating - US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region I (East), II (Midwest), III (South), IV (West) teams; U.S. U-14 National Teams (Blue and Grey)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
11:00 a.m. Field 3 94 Region III vs. 94 Region IV
11:00 a.m. Field 4 NT Blue vs. 95 Region I
12:30 p.m. Field 3 94 Region I vs. 94 Region II
12:30 p.m. Field 4 95 Region II vs. 95 Region III
2:00 p.m. Field 4 NT Grey vs. 95 Region IV
Sunday, November 30, 2008
9:45 a.m. Field 3 94 Region I vs. 94 Region IV
9:45 a.m. Field 4 95 Region II vs. NT Blue
11:15 a.m. Field 1 95 Region I vs. 95 Region IV
11:15 a.m. Field 3 94 Region II vs. 94 Region III
11:15 a.m. Field 4 95 Region III vs. NT Grey
Monday, December 1, 2008
8:15 a.m. Field 1 NT Grey vs. NT Blue
8:15 a.m. Field 3 95 Region I vs. 95 Region III
8:15 a.m.   Field 4 94 Region II vs. 94 Region IV
9:45 a.m. Field 3 95 Region II vs. 95 Region IV
9:45 a.m. Field 4 94 Region I vs. 94 Region III
*all games are 35 minute halves; 5 minutes less on all games on Monday
* Schedule is subject to change
US Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for the nation's youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national, professional and collegiate levels of play.
US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program and the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni.
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.
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.
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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 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.