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2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Regional Teams Compete in Costa Rica

February 20, 2015 02:00 PM

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Region III Girls Undefeated in Costa Rica Tournament

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FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2015) – The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Region I, Region II and Region III teams traveled to Costa Rica Feb. 13-18 to experience international play in a round-robin tournament. All US Youth Soccer ODP teams had the opportunity to compete against three Costa Rican First Division teams - Saprissa, Moravia and UCEM Alajuela – in the Rohrmoser Stadium in Pavas, San Jose. With their third shutout on the final day of play, Region III took first place becoming the only undefeated team in the competition.

“It’s good, it’s nice,” said US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Region III Head Coach Chris Petrucelli, following their third win against Saprissa. “We kind of hung on at the end, they put a lot of pressure on us, but I think we fought pretty hard and the team’s very happy.”

Region III and Saprissa played an even first half, and the match remained scoreless entering halftime. A Saprissa win would have meant the Costa Rican side would win the championship and 2015 ODP logoa tie would have given Region II first place. The deciding factor occurred in the 56th minute after Trinity Thomas (N-TX) was fouled in the box and the referee called a penalty kick in favor of Region III. Saprissa's goalkeeper was unable to stop the ball and Ashton Smith's (GA) successful shot not only gave Region III the game winner but the title as well. Earlier in the week, Region III started strong with a 5-0 win over Moravia, and a 2-0 win against UCEM.

This is the second title in three years for Region III after the US Youth Soccer ODP 1998 Region III team went undefeated in 2013 to win the championship. Region II took home the crown following last year’s event, without any losses just as this year’s Region II team did to earn second place. See below for complete results.

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 Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Germany. 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.

“It’s very interesting. It’s a lot different than the U.S.,” said US Youth Soccer ODP Region I player Taylor West (MD). “It’s a lot warmer here; right now we have a snow day back at home. And the soccer … the speed of play is really fast, but it’s really fun to learn from their different styles of play.”

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 http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/OlympicDevelopmentProgram/


Results:

Game 1: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Region I 0   UCEM 1
Region II 3   Saprissa 3
Region III 5   Moravia 0


Game 2: Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Region I 0   Saprissa 2
Region II 4   Moravia 3
Region III 2   UCEM 0


Game 3: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Region I 2   Moravia 3
Region II 4   UCEM 0
Region III 1   Saprissa 0

 

Team GP W T L GS GA GD Pts
Region III 3 3 0 0 8 0 8 9
Region II 3 2 1 0 11 6 5 7
Saprissa 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 4
UCEM 3 1 0 2 1 6 -5 3
Moravia 3 1 0 2 6 11 -5 3
Region I 3 0 0 3 2 6 -4 0



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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer – "The Game for ALL Kids! ®"  – is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

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About US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) - US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP National 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.

Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, the original elite player program in the United States, please refer to the program only as the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program or US Youth Soccer ODP, and never as USYSODP or simply ODP. We appreciate your cooperation.
 

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