The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program ODP Thanksgiving Interregional player rosters have been announced. The Girls event is to be held in Boca Raton, FL while the Boys event is in Casa Grande, AZ. Teams from each of the four USYSA Regions are participating in the 2000-2004 age groups (Girls) and the 2003-2004 age group (Boys).
The events will feature several hundred of the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. Players will train at practices, and also compete in matches against other regions, in front of national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
Three female players and three male players from Missouri have been chosen to participate.
|Kaeli Benedict||Bridgeton||2002||Missouri Rush United|
|Navi Washington||Lees Summit||2004||Sporting Lee's Summit|
|Saige Wimes||Kansas City||2004||KC Legends|
|Francisco Lopez||Kansas City||2003||KC Legends|
|Blake Craig||Kansas City||2004||Sporting Kansas City|
|Dalton Visconti||Lee's Summit||2004||Sporting KC Academy|
GIRLS Thanksgiving Interregional: Boca Raton, FL
2003s & 2004s: November 17-23, 2017
2000/2001s & 2002s: November 18-24, 2017
BOYS Thanksgiving Interregional: Casa Grande, AZ
2003s & 2004s: November 23-27, 2017
The majority of these players participated in the Region II ODP ID Camp in July and will look to continue their competitive efforts at one or more of the events listed below. I’ve got some background on the benefits of the ODP program at the story on the ID Camp for those who are interested.
Registration for the upcoming season of Missouri ODP is now open. Visit the Missouri Youth Soccer Association website for more information on the program. The participating age groups this year include Boys and Girls from the 2001 to 2006 calendar year.
This event is one of the highlights of US Youth Soccer ODP and brings together the best players from all four regions of US Youth Soccer into one venue with National Team staff and college coach exposure. The goal of the Interregional event is to create an environment similar to what players may encounter when invited to travel internationally with the Regional team. The event is structured in a way that allows for players to receive quality training, proper rest and highly competitive games.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
GIRLS – 2003s & 2004s: National Training Camp, Phoenix, AZ (January 2018)
BOYS – 2000s, 2001s & 2002: Florida Interregionals, Bradenton, FL (November 30 – December 3, 2017)
BOTH – 2001s, 2002s, 2003s, 2004s & 2005s: ODP Midwest ID Camp, Saginaw, MI (July 2018)