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US Youth Soccer ODP a Common Thread Among Players Named to U.S. World Cup Roster

May 16, 2010 10:00 PM
27 of 30 players participated in US Youth Soccer ODP

The U.S. Men's National Team is ready to begin it's preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, taking on England in the Group C opener on June 12, from Rustenburg, South Africa. The game will be shown live at 2 p.m. ET on ABC.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has submitted to FIFA the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 1 for the final roster that will travel to South Africa. The 30 players began reporting to Princeton, N.J., on May 15 for the start of training camp.

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) continues to be a common thread for players being called into national team camps. Of the 30 players named to the preliminary roster, 27 were members of US Youth Soccer ODP. The breakdown of players via their respective US Youth Soccer Region is as follows: Region I (4), Region II (5), Region III (5), Region IV (13).

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will 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.

US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program and only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and Women's Professional Soccer, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. US Youth Soccer ODP exists in every US Youth Soccer State Association and offers collegiate and national team staff coaches the opportunity to see the nation's elite players in the most competitive of environments. In addition to training and tactics, US Youth Soccer ODP also offers competitions such as regional and national championships as well as participation in international tournaments. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way for elite player development in the United States.

To learn more about US Youth Soccer ODP, click here or visit, /programs/OlympicDevelopmentProgram.asp.

For updates on the World Cup from Fox Sports, click here.

For the complete roster from U.S. Soccer, click here.



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