We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Drew Johnson of our ’00 black team (coached by Mike Seigfried and Dan Hogan) who was recently selected for Eastern PA ODP team to travel to Arizona to compete for the National Championships. 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.”
Drew and his boys 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 Iowa (Region II) plays Oregon (Region IV) in the other semifinal.
In addition, we had 20 (!) players selected for ODP teams this year. We also have many of our girls in contention for a spot in the US Soccer Training Centers which will start up again later this month. When we receive that list we will post a separate release on that program.
Below are the 20 PL players in our State ODP program.
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 epysa.org