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2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Regional Teams Compete in Costa Rica

February 21, 2014 04:47 PM

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Region II Girls Undefeated in Costa Rican Tournament

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The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Region II and Region III 1999 teams traveled to Costa Rica to experience international play in a round-robin tournament Feb. 16-19 in San Jose.

Both US Youth Soccer ODP Regional teams played against three Costa Rican First Division teams - Saprissa, Arenal Coronado and as a warm-up for the Under-17 FIFA World Cup, the U-17 Costa Rican National Team.  

The Region II defense produced three shutouts and an undefeated record with a 5-0 win against Arenal, a 4-0 win against Saprissa and a 2-0 win against the U-17 Costa Rican National Team.

Region III lost 1-2 in a tough first match against the U-17 Costa Rica National Team. Region III rallied for a 1-1 tie against Arenal and a 3-0 win over Saprissa. 

“The whole experience has been great from the games, the practice, the people and the cultural activities,” said US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Region II Head Coach Mike Dickey. “Everything’s been fantastic and of course it’s great to be able to coach a team of really good players and play against the National team from someone else’s country and have a good game. Of course we enjoy winning games as well so it was terrific. I’m really happy and proud of the Region and all the girls that were selected to participate in this tournament.”

Elite players in the US Youth Soccer ODP program have benefited by playing abroad in Costa Rica, as well as other international locations such as Spain, Germany, Russia and Brazil. The international competition further develops players by allowing them to test their talents in other environments, giving them the opportunity to experience playing styles in other countries, and providing them with an invaluable cultural experience.

US Youth Soccer ODP has continued its tradition of elite competition and player development for more than 30 years, and is the only development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, and a majority of current and past national and youth national team members as alumni. US Youth Soccer ODP is the nation's original player identification program, and with programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, is available to any player, regardless of hometown or club affiliation. To learn more, visit


Day 1: Sunday, February 16, 2014




4:30 pm

Region III vs. Costa Rica


7:00 pm

Region II vs. Arenal



Day 2: Tuesday, February 18, 2014




5:00 pm

Region II vs. Saprissa


8:00 pm

Region III vs. Arenal



Day 3: Wednesday, February 19, 2014




3:00 pm

Region II vs. Costa Rica


5:00 pm

Region III vs. Saprissa