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US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Regional Teams Compete in Costa Rica

 

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FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 27, 2014) - The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls 1999 teams from Regions II and III traveled abroad to Costa Rica and competed in a round-robin tournament Feb. 16-19 in San Jose.

Both US Youth Soccer ODP Regional teams played against three Costa Rican First Division teams - Saprissa, Arenal Coronado, and the U-17 Costa Rican National Team. 

Region IIRegion II exceeded in standings, producing three shutouts and an undefeated record in all games. They started strong with a 5-0 win against Arenal, followed by a 4-0 win against Saprissa. In the showdown against the National team, Region II got the upper hand and came away with a 2-0 win.

R3Region III faced a tough first match, playing against the U-17 Women’s National team - which is preparing for the U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica in March 2014. Although they lost 2-1, they improved throughout the week with a 1-1 tie against Arenal and a then a 3-0 win over Saprissa.

“The whole experience has been great - the games, the practice, the people and some of the cultural activities,” said ODP Girls Region II Head Coach Mike Dickey. “Everything’s been fantastic and of course it’s great to be able to coach a team of really good players and play against the National team from someone else’s country and have a good game. Of course we enjoy winning games as well so it was terrific. I’m really happy and proud of the Region and all the girls that chose to participate in this tournament.”

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 Spain, Germany, Russia and Brazil. 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.

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:

Day 1: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Time

Game

Result

4:30 pm

Region III vs. National Team

2-1 (Nat. Team)

7:00 pm

Region II vs. Arenal

5-0 (RII)

 

Day 2: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time

Game

Result

5:00 pm

Region II vs. Saprissa

4-0 (RII)

8:00 pm

Region III vs. Arenal

1-1

 

Day 3: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time

Game

Result

3:00 pm

Region II vs. National Team

2-0 (RII)

5:00 pm

Region III vs. Saprissa

3-0 (RIII)

                                   

 

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