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Eastern Pennsylvania Under-17 Boys (2000) ODP Team Set To Play In National Championships
Plymouth Meeting—(February 28)— The 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships kick off Friday, March 3 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona. The tournament features each of the 2016 champions from US Youth Soccer’s four regions in the Under-16 (2001 birth years) and U17 (2000) age groups. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s U17 Boys ODP Team will compete for a chance at a national championship.
Eastern Pennsylvania will take on Region III (South) Champion Team Georgia in the semifinals on Friday at 5:30 PM local time. A win will clinch a spot in Sunday’s final on March 5. A loss will send the team to the consolation match. Iowa (Region II) plays Oregon (Region IV) in the other semifinal.
Eastern Pennsylvania earned its place in the national championships by winning the Region I Championships—which features all state associations from Virginia to Maine—last June. The 2000 Boys—then Under-16—defeated New York-West in penalties after a 3-3 game.
“We are proud of the players’ efforts to reach the ODP Championships,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Technical Director Mike Barr. “Eastern Pennsylvania has a strong history in the event. We hope this group adds to it.”
A total of 18 players and a coaching staff made up of Tom Dodds, Gary Stephenson, Barr and Simon Robinson will head to Phoenix. The players represent 13 different clubs from across the state. HMMS (Hampden-Monroe-Middlesex-Silver Springs) Youth Soccer Association and Lehigh Valley United will send three players each, while the Ukrainian Nationals placed two on the squad. The full roster is below:
|Aaron Tylicki||Waynesboro||FC Frederick|
|Aidan Link||Perkasie||FC Bucks|
|Brad Bornstein||Ambler||Warrington Soccer|
|Bryce Evans||Schnecksville||Lehigh Valley United|
|Cameron Hasting||Mount Joy||HMMS|
|Darryl Longdon||East Stroudsburg||Lehigh Valley United|
|Drew Johnson||Salunga||Penn Legacy|
|Harrison Malone||Media||Lower Merion Soccer Club|
|Matthew Pron||Pottstown||FC Revolution|
|Nicholas Brison||Kennett Square||Southern Chester County|
|Patrick Adams||Allentown||Lehigh Valley United|
|Steven Schankweiler||Hummelstown||LDC United|
|Trevor Looby||King of Prussia||Ukrainian Nationals|
|Will West||Downingtown||Delaware Rush|
|Jacob Varrato (GK)||Allentown||Reading Rage SC|
|Mitchell Race (GK)||Souderton||Ukrainian Nationals|
The 17 Boys will get a tune up at the Virginia Friendlies in Williamsburg, Virginia this weekend, where they’ll take on ODP teams from Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.
About the Olympic Development Program – The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.
About Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer – For more than 40 years, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, workshops and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 130,000 youth soccer players from ages five to 19. Additional information about Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer can be found at http://www.epysa.org.