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US Youth Soccer ODP gives Castro his opportunity

January 19, 2011 09:00 PM
Additional Source: The Morning Journal

The U.S. Under-14 Boys National Team is in Guadalajara, Mexico this week training and competing against local Mexican youth clubs such as Atlas and Chivas de Guadalajara. Coach Manny Schellscheidt, a long-time member of the U.S. Soccer coaching staff, invited a group of 36 players on the trip, including US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region II member Julian Castro as well as 31 other US Youth Soccer ODP players. 

In just under a year, Castro has moved from the Ohio North US Youth Soccer ODP team to the U.S. National team, while also traveling and playing throughout the U.S. and Europe. 

"It's a lot of fun. There are a lot of sights you can see," Castro said. "Not a lot of people get that chance. You get to play with a lot of players who have different skills. It makes you better."

This past Thanksgiving, Castro competed for the US Youth Soccer ODP Region II team at the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional event at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Castro impressed National Team coaches by scoring a goal in a 2-1 win over Region III and helped his Region II team draw 0-0 with the U.S. National Team Navy squad.

"(US Youth Soccer ODP) can really get you somewhere if you join the program."

The Lorain, Ohio resident has had success with his club team as well. Playing for Concordia Royal of Cleveland, Castro helped lead them to the 2010 US Youth Soccer Ohio North State Championship, where they went on to finish second in their group at the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships, and also a first place finish in their division of the Fall 2010 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League.

To read more about Castro's story, click here.

U-14 U.S. National Team Roster
*Denotes US Youth Soccer ODP player

Cameron Keys* Whitehall, Pa. Lehigh Valley United FC
JT Marcinkowski Alamo, Calif. Mustang Soccer
Parker Siegfried* Granville, Ohio Newark Area SA
Justin Vom Steeg* Santa Barbara, Calif. Santa Barbara FC

Billy Abdallah* Monterey Park, Calif. Cosmos Academy West
Guillermo Bermudez* San Diego, Calif. Albion SC
Peter Brown* Walker, Mich. Grand Rapids Crew Jrs.
Chester Castellaw* Hidden Hills, Calif. Real So Cal
Malcolm Jones* Chino Hills, Calif. Cosmos Academy West
Benny Lorca* Oxnard, Calif. Real So Cal
Jean Orvil Jr.* Miramar, Fla. West Pines Utd.
Erik Pritschau* Perry, Ohio PFC
Tommy Redding* Oviedo, Fla. FC America Premier
Max Stiegwardt* Maple Grove, Minn. Minnesota Thunder

Mukwelle Akale* Minneapolis, Minn. Minnesota Thunder
Julian Castro* Lorain, Ohio Concordia Royal
Jeremy Colvin* Houston, Texas Houstonians FC
Coy Craft* Glade Spring, Va. Fusion FC
Collin Fernandez Downer's Grove, Ill. Chicago Fire Academy
Chris Gomez* Jamison, Pa. PDA
Cameron Lindley Carmel, Ind. Carmel Utd.
Kostandin Moni* Grand Rapids, Mich. Grand Rapids Crew Jrs.
Caleb Moore* Rock Hill, S.C. Discoveries SC
Pablo Pelaez* San Diego, Calif. Albion SC
Peter Schropp* Omaha, Neb. Omaha FC
Shannon Seymour* Bourbonnais, Ill. Chicago Fire Academy
Benjamin Swanson* Grove City, Ohio Columbus Crew Academy
Alejandro Vergara* Long Beach, Calif. Cosmos Academy West
David Villegas* Sacramento, Calif. Elk Grove Everton
Sean Wilson* Bethlehem, Pa. PDA

Malcolm Dixon* Glenridge, N.J. NY Red Bulls Academy
Stephen Elias Rye, N.Y. Beachside FC
Alex Knox* Carmel, Ind. Carmel Utd.
Christian Lucatero* Pasadena, Texas Houstonians FC
Amirgy Pineda* Santa Ana, Calif. Fullerton Rangers
Dylan Smith* Anaheim Hills, Calif. Fullerton Rangers




* Denotes required field




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