The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional wraps up today in Casa Grande, Ariz. Teams from each of the four regions, comprised of nearly 150 the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and regional level evaluations, participated in the event.
SLSG Metro ’99 Pre-Academy player, Jack Maher (’99) is one of only two players selected to the 18 man roster who were born in the second half of the birth year. According to SLSG Metro Pre-Academy Director, Blake Decker, “Jack’s inclusion as one of the youngest players in this team which is dominated by players born in the first 3 months of the year is no surprise. In addition to being a two footed player with a high level of technical quality, he possesses a tactical insight, level of competitive maturity and leadership quality that are well beyond his age. He is an extremely committed young player who has a bright future in the game.” Maher, who was a member of the BFC-SLSG Metro Pre-Academy South program in 2010 and 2011, currently captains the SLSG Metro ’99 Pre-Academy team which competes in the Midwest Developmental League and has also appeared for the ’98 Pre-Academy on several occasions.
Games wrap up today, with the Region II 1999 ODP team will compete in matches versus Region I, Region III and Region IV during the 5 day event which will be scouted by National Staff. joined by a fellow Pre-Academy player, Gabriel Kash (’99). While only in his first season of training and playing under the direction of the SLSG Metro Pre-Academy program, Kash, who hails from Marshall, Illinois has already made his presence known.
Read more about Maher and Kash on the SLSG Metro blog, part of a growing list of young SLSG Metro players who’ve have been identified and selected to National Team Identification programs in the past several years.