Elite training takes players to world stage
Soccer is known for being a global sport, and this week as the 2008 Under-17 Women's World Cup Championships begin play where teams from across the globe will epitomize that notion. Two teammates from the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) in Oregon will both be competing, but Courtney Verloo will wear the red, white and blue for the U.S., while Ana Montoya will wear the yellow, red and blue for Colombia.
Four years ago, Verloo and Montoya both tried out for US Youth Soccer ODP, and at the time, Verloo was the one who immediately stood out the coaches with her ability to weave in between defenders and nail shots past the keeper. However, Montoya was seen as being in the middle of the pack and still needed some developmental work.
Through self-determination and the elite level of training offered to Montoya in US Youth Soccer ODP and her club team, she has risen to the top of her age group and now looks to play with the best in the world. Montoya has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Colombia, and it was her father who arranged for her to tryout with the Colombian team after their qualification for the World Cup. She made the team has been training and living in Bogota, Colombia since June.
Although Verloo and Montoya are not set to compete against one another in the first round, there is a chance that the two friends and US Youth Soccer ODP teammates could face off in semis or finals.
To find out more about Verloo and Montoya's story from The Oregonian, click here.
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