Day 1 of 3
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BRADENTON, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2016) — The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional began Friday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day tournament will take place Dec. 16-18 and feature teams in the 2001 age group comprised of the top male players in the country.
The event will feature more than 72 of the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. In each age group, players will attend scheduled training sessions and also compete in matches against each of the other regional teams.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional annually attracts many college coaches, as well as several U.S. Soccer scouts. The talent on display from each team allows coaches and scouts to evaluate players in an environment similar to what they will face at the next level of play.
Highlights from Day 1:
2001s | Region II 2, Region IV 1
Region II opened up the Winter Interregional with a 2-1 win over Region IV. First to score for Region IV was Cameron Weller who put the ball in the back of the net in the 27th minute. Region II evened the match in the 35th minute with a goal from Mason Leeth. The last goal of the game came in the 40th minute with a goal from Joseph Tawah. A strong defensive line in the second half led Region II to a 2-1 victory.
2001s | Region I 1, Region III 0
On the other side of the 2001 age group, it was Region I who came away with a 1-0 victory over Region III. Dennis Mensah scored the game's lone goal, in the 57th minute, giving Region I a win to open its Winter Interregional.
US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program. With programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, it is available to any player. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as the majority of current and past national and youth national team members, as alumni. To learn more, visit www.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/OlympicDevelopmentProgram.
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