The United States Under-14 Boys' National Team has called in 38 players for a training camp May 1-8 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Of the 38 players called into camp, 30 are US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
(US Youth Soccer ODP) players.
Head coach Manny Schellscheidt is holding their first camp since a January trip to Mexico. There are 31 players returning from that trip to Mexico, which was the first international training camp for players born in 1997. Schellscheidt and his coaching staff will guide the team through two training sessions per day and scrimmages. The team will also take in the Major League Soccer game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening.
US Youth Soccer ODP prepares players for selection to the U.S. National Team programs by bringing together the best players from their club teams to compete in state, regional, national and international competitions, mimicking the U.S. National Team system. Players selected to US Youth Soccer ODP are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues.
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; 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.
Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP 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.