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ODP Boys Region I Teams Complete Successful 2015 International Trip

 
 

ODP REgion I

The 1999 and 2000 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) Boys Region I teams just returned from successful tournament play in Spain and Italy respectively.  

Players were selected after being evaluated in an ODP tournament and ID camp last summer as well as at the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving and Winter Interregionals.

The 1999 team reached the quarterfinals of the Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) in Barcelona, which featured a field of 52 from all over the world. After losing their opening match against Girona (Spain), Region I won four straight against Club Atletico Almafuerte (Argentina), Volendam FC (Netherlands), UE Llagostera (Spain) and Kitchee SC (Hong Kong) before the quarterfinal defeat. The Region I side went 4-2 overall with Matt Sloan (E-NY) and Seraphen Iradukunda (VT) leading the team with two goals each in the tournament.

“The MIC is a huge tournament that features national teams from Brazil, Mexico, Spain like Barcelona and Real Madrid, and the team showed great skill and cohesion in getting to the quarterfinals,” said Keith Tabatznik, US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region I Head Coach. “Overall it was a fantastic experience playing against these quality teams and the international game first-hand.”

In the quarterfinals, Region I received a rough draw as the squad had to face off against the eventual champion Aspire Academy. Aspire is part of the academy system being funded to develop and find players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.  Bora Milutinovic, former U.S. National Coach, was in Barcelona as a consultant to Aspire. 

“It’s definitely a challenge for us being a select team because we have very little time to get everyone on the same page,” Tabatznik said. “It was a fabulous experience, and the growth of the players over the week was definitely noticeable. The players were able to experience the challenge of being called into a team and compete at their highest level. ”

The 2000 team claimed third place in the “Citta Di Porino Tourino” with a 1-0 win over Gothenburg (Sweden).  The team narrowly missed playing in the final as they tied Toronto FC Academy 1-1 in the semis, but lost 4-3 on penalty kicks.  The tournament MVP was given to Andrew Rodgers (VA) from Virginia who led Region I to a 3-1-1 record.

“One of the big reasons why we do these international trips is to bring kids out of their comfort zone. These trips are the diamond of US Youth Soccer ODP and for eight or nine days players are exposed to a different level of play, soccer culture, food and traveling conditions,” Tabatznik said. “It also gives them an experience beyond soccer, and they will come back and make their club, high school and state teams better.”

US Youth Soccer ODP Boys 1999 Region I Roster

State Association

First Name

Last Name

Club Name

Eastern New York

Blake

Aronson

South Huntington SC

Pennsylvania West

Andrew

Chwalik

Northern Steel

Virginia

Edison

Giron

Arlington Soccer Association

Maryland

Diego

Guerrero

Soccer Association of Columbia

Pennsylvania West

Reginald

Holt

Century V

New Jersey

Matthew

Howlett

SDFC

Vermont

Seraphen

Iradukunda

 

Eastern Pennsylvania

Sebastian

Kelly

Central PA Youth Soccer League

Virginia

Ethan

Lannon

Springfield South County Youth Club

Connecticut

Zachary

Lopes

FSA

Virginia

Alejandro

Maldonado-Romero

Arlington Soccer Association

Pennsylvania West

Adam

Mascio

Arsenal

Eastern New York

Tyler

McElhinney

 

New Jersey

Donald

Nicol

Soccer Domain Football Club

New Jersey

Mason

Remondelli

Holmdel NJX

Eastern New York

James

Schubauer III

East Meadow Soccer Club

Eastern New York

Matthew

Sloan

NY Hota

Eastern New York

Samuel

Steinberg

Dix Hills Soccer Club

US Youth Soccer ODP Boys 2000 Region I Roster

State Association

First Name

Last Name

Club Name

Virginia

Connor

Andrews

Arlington Soccer Association

Virginia

Paul

Bangura

Arlington SA

Eastern New York

Matthew

Barresi

Dix Hills

Connecticut

Payton

Blynn

CT Football Club (CFC)

West Virginia

Joseph

Borneo

Fury Soccer Club

Massachusetts

Nathaniel

Cardoza

GPS-MA

Virginia

John

Colucci

Alexandria Soccer Association

Eastern New York

Nicholas

Gaviria

Dix Hills

Virginia

Bret

Halsey

Loudoun Soccer

Virginia

Connor

Hester

Braddock Road Youth Club

Virginia

Seungmin

Kang

Braddock Road Youth Club

Virginia

Bardia

Kimiavi

Braddock Road Youth Club

Eastern New York

Leo

Musacchia

Dix Hills Soccer club

Vermont

Antonio

Pugliese

Synergy FC

Virginia

Andrew

Rogers

FC Milan / VSA

Virginia

Joshua

Salinas

FASA Elite Hotspurs

Connecticut

Jean

Viruet

Academica Futebol Club

Tabatznik identified the annual US Youth Soccer ODP Interregionals in November and December as critical stepping stones for getting his team prepared for these international trips.

“The players are competing together for the first time since the summer. At the interregionals we try to play within our 4-3-3 system with possession, but with the psychological mindset of wanting to get out of the group,” Tabatznik said. “The interregionals are a good way to prepare for the international tournaments and it is another stage of what I call the ‘ODP Advantage.’”

The ODP Advantage, which includes ODP interregionals, region championships, national championships, and ID camps among other things, will continue with the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region I 1997, 1998 and 2001 age groups traveling to play in France, Germany and Italy.

“I think our success in these tournaments shows a lot about what level US Youth Soccer ODP is at right now and the depth of the player pool despite players who cannot participate due to being in the academy,” Tabatznik said. “We are doing everything we can to continue to offer these trips because we feel they are not matched by any program outside US Youth Soccer.”

To learn more about US Youth Soccer ODP, and the numerous opportunities for identification and development, visit USYouthSoccer.org. 

 

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