The United States Under-15 Boys' National Team has named 20 players to travel to Zagreb, Croatia next week for a training camp and friendly games. The 20-man roster includes 16 players with US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) experience, all born in 1996.
The trip to Croatia is the first time the group has come together since a March training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and is the only international trip planned for the '96s this year. Head coach Jim Barlow's group, which includes 17 players from the March camp, will undergo daily training and two matches against Croatia during their 10-day trip.
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.