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Dec, 2017

Congratulations VYSA State ODP Players!

SVU is proud to recognize the following SVU players who have been selected for the Virginia ODP 2017-18 State Pool:

Erick Valdes Munoz (SVU Boys U16/U17 Premier) - VA ODP 2002 Boys Player Pool
Ellie Cook (SVU Girls U14 Premier) - VA ODP 2005 Girls Player Pool
Benjamin Sullivan (SVU Boys U13 Premier) - VA ODP 2005 Boys Player Pool

For those who are not aware, ODP stands for Olympic Development Program. The U.S. 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. 

Erick, Ellie and Ben were selected to the VYSA Central West District team for their age group in August 2017 and trained with them during the fall season. They were evaluated during tryouts for the State Pool over two weekends in November in Fredericksburg, VA.  The VYSA State Pool Selections were announced on December 3rd.

Each of them will now have the opportunity to train with the VYSA State ODP pool from December through March. During that time, the players will be considered for selection to play in friendly matches against other State ODP teams in January and February friendly matches. Following the March final state pool training sessions, the team staff will make selections to finalize team rosters to compete in the ODP Region 1 Tournament in June 2018. 

SVU would like to congratulate Erick, Ellie and Ben as well as wish them the best of luck during this experience!

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