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US Youth Soccer ODP a Common Thread Among Soccer America’s Women’s Preseason All-Americans

August 30, 2010 01:30 PM

Soccer America has named their 2010 NCAA Women's Preseason All-American team. Of the 25 players selected, 24 participated in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP). The one player named who did not participate in US Youth Soccer ODP was raised in Canada.

Several players also experienced success with their State US Youth Soccer ODP teams. UCLA defender Lauren Barnes won the 2006 US Youth Soccer ODP Championship with her Cal-South team. Ali Hawkins, a midfielder at North Carolina, helped Cal-South ODP win the 2004 US Youth Soccer ODP Championship and the 2005 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championship. Christine Nairn of Penn State won the 2006 US Youth Soccer ODP Region I Championship playing for Maryland ODP.

Besides a strong tie to US Youth Soccer ODP, many players selected to the Preseason All-American team also competed in the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Notre Dame defender Lauren Fowlkes helped lead the KC Dynamos to the 2001 Under-14 Girls National Championship, becoming the first team from Kansas to win a US Youth Soccer National Championship as she scored the game winning goal in the final. 

Preseason No. 1 ranked Stanford University boasts three All-Americans with national championships on their resume. Defender Alina Garciamendez helped the Dallas Texans to a second place finish in the 2007 U-16 national championships before claiming the U-17 title the next year. Rachel Quon won the U-15 national crown in 2006 with Eclipse Select of Illinois and also made the 2008 title game where she lost to Garciamendez's Texans team. Forward Christen Press played in four national championship games with Slammers FC of Cal-South. She won the Golden Boot for most outstanding player as she led Slammers to the 2003 U-14 title. In 2005, Slammers once again claimed the national crown as U-16s and in 2007 (U-18) and 2008 (U-19) fell in the championship match to Force FC of Michigan in what was considered one of the best rivalries in recent history.

Danielle Foxhoven from the University of Portland won back-to-back national championships with the Colorado Rush, the second of which moved the Rush club past Dallas' Sting for most girls national championships (Sting has since pulled even with Rush, winning their ninth national title with the U-15 girls in 2010). Foxhoven won the Golden Boot award as a U-18 in 2008 during their first title and also claimed the 2009 U-19 national crown.

The Dallas Texans are well represented on this year's Preseason All-American team and have a reputation for advancing teams to the national championships. Besides Garciamendez, Texas A&M midfielder Rachel Shipley came close to a national title as her Dallas Texans team advanced to nationals as U-15s in 2005 and U-16s in 2006 but were unable to make the finals. Melissa Henderson of Notre Dame also played for the Texans, scoring five goals in the 2007 U-17 national championships before falling to two-time champions Eagles SC of Cal-South in the final.

University of Virginia midfielder Sinead Farrelly led the Spirit United Gaels of Eastern Pennsylvania to the 2006 U-17 national final but just fell short to Eclipse Select.

Almost every other player named to the Soccer America Preseason All-American team was involved in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, winning state or regional titles. The US Youth Soccer ODP and National Championship Series have not only helped pave the way for these players to excel in the collegiate game, but 21 of the players selected are, or have been, selected for United States Youth National Teams.

The complete list of Soccer America's 2010 Preseason All-Americans is below, or you can see it here

For Soccer America's Week One Top 25, click here.

Soccer America Women's Preseason All-Americans
* Denotes US Youth Soccer ODP experience

Katie Fraine*
Bianca Henninger*
Santa Clara
Jillian Mastroianni*
Boston College

Lauren Barnes*
Lauren Fowlkes*
Notre Dame
Alina Garciamendez*
Rachel Quon*
Rachel Givan*
North Carolina
Toni Pressley*
Florida State

Ali Hawkins*
North Carolina
Sinead Farrelly*
Katie Frierson*
Christine Nairn*
Penn State
Sophie Schmidt
Rachel Shipley*
Texas A&M
Ingrid Wells*

Vicki DiMartino*
Boston College
Sydney Leroux*
Melissa Henderson*
Notre Dame
Christen Press*
Danielle Foxhoven*
Ashley Berra*
Sarah Hagen*
Alex Morgan*
Jasmyne Spencer*


Learn more about US Youth Soccer ODP by clicking here.

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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 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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