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2009 Generation adidas Class Named with US Youth Soccer as Common Thread

January 7, 2009 09:00 PM
 
Eight of the nine players have history with US Youth Soccer ODP

The 2009 class of Generation adidas players that will enter the professional ranks for the 2009 Major League Soccer season includes eight of the nine players with successful histories in US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) and six with US Youth Soccer National Championship Series titles.
 
These players signed MLS contracts before completing their NCAA eligibility and can be selected in the upcoming 2009 MLS SuperDraft at the St. Louis Convention Center – America's Center on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. ET.
 
US Youth Soccer will be onsite covering the MLS SuperDraft and video will be posted on USYouthSoccer.org. The first hour of the draft will be broadcast live on ESPN2; the remainder of the draft can be followed on MLSnet.com
 
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the nation, offers programs for male and female players at all levels of competition. Two programs that have drawn national acclaim for development and furthering the opportunities of America's youth is the US Youth Soccer ODP and US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
 
"It has done everything for me. US Youth Soccer ODP has set the standard for me. I just started playing soccer my freshman year of high school and junior year I got into [US Youth Soccer] ODP. That is where I got looked at by colleges, national team and it has really helped me grow as a player. In the long run, I truly believe that [US Youth Soccer] ODP has helped me get where I want to go," said Danny Cruz, the youngest player in the Generation adidas class.
 
US Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national, professional and collegiate levels. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the Women's Professional Soccer, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni.
 
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, consists of three levels of competition for boys and girls teams in multiple age brackets. Each year over 10,000 teams participate. 
 
The class of nine Generation adidas players range in age from 19 to 22 years old, and they represent a broad area of the country. Three players are from the Midwest of the United States (Illinois, Ohio), two from the East Coast (Maryland), two from the south (Texas and Florida), one from the southwest (Arizona) and one player from California by way of Switzerland.
 
2009 Generation adidas Class
Kevin Alstron, Silver Spring, Md.
Club: Potomac Cougars/FC Delco
College: University of Indiana
Highlights: US Youth Soccer ODP Region I and Maryland US Youth Soccer ODP teams, US Youth Soccer Region I Regional Champion, U-17 U.S. National Team

Danny Cruz, Glendale, Ariz.
Club: Sereno Soccer Club
College: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Highlights: US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV and Arizona US Youth Soccer ODP teams, U-20 U.S. National Team

Stefan Frei, Berkeley, Calif.
Club: Central Marin Bandits
College: University of California
Highlights: US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV and California-North US Youth Soccer ODP teams, US Youth Soccer California North State Champion, U-15 Switzerland National Team

Omar Gonzalez, Dallas, Texas
Club: Dallas Texans
College: University of Maryland
Highlights:  US Youth Soccer ODP Region III and North Texas US Youth Soccer ODP teams, three-time US Youth Soccer National Champion, U-17 U.S. National Team

Jeremy Hall, Tampa, Fla.
Club: HC United
College: University of Maryland
Highlights: Florida US Youth Soccer ODP team, US Youth Soccer Florida State Champion, U-17 U.S. National Team

Baggio Husidic, Libertyville, Ill.
Club: Sockers FC Chicago
College: University of Illinois-Chicago
Highlights: US Youth Soccer ODP Region II and Illinois US Youth Soccer ODP teams, US Youth Soccer Region II Champion

Peri Marosevic, Rockford, Ill.
Club: Rockford Raptors
College: University of Michigan
Highlights: US Youth Soccer ODP Region II and Illinois US Youth Soccer ODP teams, U-17 U.S. National Team

Rodney Wallace, Rockville, Md.
Club: Baltimore Casa Mia Bays
College: University of Maryland
Highlights: US Youth Soccer ODP Region I and Maryland US Youth Soccer ODP teams, two-time US Youth Soccer National Champion

Steven Zakuani, Akron, Ohio (grew up in London)
College: University of Akron

Generation adidas was established ahead of the 2005 MLS season. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer's 15 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.
 
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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
 
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