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US Youth Soccer ODP a common thread in U-15 Boys National Team camp

March 10, 2011 09:00 PM
 
 
U-15 Boys U.S. National Team camp roster

The U.S. Under-15 Boy's National Team has called in players for their third camp of the year and once again the majority of players selected are current or former US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) players. The team will meet at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., March 13-20 for training and matches.

Of the 36 players named to the U-15 Boy's roster, 28 have experience in US Youth Soccer ODP. 
 
US Youth Soccer is proud to recognize that 17 of the 36 players play club in US Youth Soccer sanctioned leagues, highlighting the focus placed on player development from member clubs and the organization's avenues for success available to players across the country. Nineteen players come from teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to round out the 36 players called to camp. 
 
The group is led by coach Jim Barlow, a former US Youth Soccer ODP coach for New Jersey, Maryland and Region I. All 36 players were born in 1996 and will be eligible for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. 

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. 
 
Established in 1977, US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program in the United States and was 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.

To learn more about US Youth Soccer ODP, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org/odp.

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