BRADENTON, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2015)
– The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
(US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional finished Sunday, Dec. 20 in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day tournament, which took place at IMG Academy, featured elite boys teams in the 2000 age group from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions
The players were selected from US Youth Soccer State Association
and Regional level evaluations. Throughout the week, players attended training sessions and competed in matches against other Regions, in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
With programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, US Youth Soccer ODP, the original Olympic development program, is available to any player. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, and the majority of current and past national and youth national team members, as alumni. To learn more, visitwww.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/OlympicDevelopmentProgram
Highlights from Day 3:
2000 Boys: Region II v. Region I
Region I defeated Region II in a thrilling 3-2 victory to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record and a share of first place. Connor Hester, who placed seventh in the 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League Blue division with BRYC 99 Elite (VA) found the back of the net twice for Region I, while 2012 and 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I semifinalist with North United Premier (PA-W) Joshua Luchini scored the game-winner. Gada Ambo scored his tournament-leading third goal for Region II, and 2013 US Youth Soccer South Dakota State Cup champion with SDU Copa (SD), Tarek Nour added a second. However, Region II was unable to find an equalizer late as the match ended 3-2.
2000 Boys: Region III v. Region IV
Region III joined Region I at the top of the bracket with a 2-0 win over Region IV. Alex Bautista scored his first goal of the tournament to break the scoreless stalemate, and South Carolina’s James Brighton doubled Region III’s lead. Region III’s defense was able to keep Region IV from scoring to record its first clean sheet of the tournament.