3 CAL SOUTH TEAMS BEGIN PLAY TODAY AT US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL ODP CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 11, 2010
CAL SOUTH '93 BOYS, '94 BOYS & '94 GIRLS TO COMPETE IN ARIZONA, MARCH 12-14
PHOENIX, AZ (March 11, 2010) - Cal South will have three highly talented and successful ODP teams competing in the US Youth Soccer National ODP Championships, which begin on Friday at the Reach 11 Soccer Complex in Phoenix, AZ. Preliminary matches take place tomorrow, and then the finals will be held on Sunday, March 14. The US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships also took place at the same complex back in January, where Cal South teams won five out of eight regional championship titles.
The '93 Cal South boys are the reigning national ODP champions and will look to defend their crown to end their ODP careers by becoming the first boys' team to win four regional championships and two national championships in four years.
Steve Hoffman, Cal South's Director of Coaching, has praised the work of the clubs in Cal South in developing so much fresh talent. "We currently have around 250 players in Southern California taking part in US Soccer's Academy programs. That would really hurt the ODP programs of most states, but in Cal South we have some of the best players not just in the US but in the world. We have so much great talent to choose from. Our '93 team that opens up play against Pennsylvania West on Friday will feature ten players that did not play in the 2009 finals with this team. That is really incredible, and points out what great kids we have here in Cali."
The Cal South Boys '94 team responded to a crushing defeat at the hands of Nevada on PKs in the finals in 2009 by cruising through the 2010 Region IV ODP Championships. They open play on Friday against a tough Iowa team. The '94 Cal South boys will take two players from the Cal South '95 team: National Pool center-back Vincent Reyes and forward Justin Dhillon. The team also lost Takura Okada, Sagar Jambusaria, Carlos Grande, Mario Rodriquez, Wade Hamilton and Steve Rodriquez to the US U17 National Team Residency Program.
Hoffman really believes these losses are actually a positive for the Cal South ODP program. "The great thing about losing players to the National Team program or the US Soccer Academy program is it gives more kids an opportunity to represent the best clubs and state association at the next highest level." The '94s lost Head Coach Carlos Juarez when he joined Chivas USA in January one week before the Regionals. Joey Hoffman then took over the team, and with Paul La Bella on hand, they have stayed on track towards possibly winning a national championship title.
The Cal South '94 Girls have also gained a large measure of success by capturing three Region IV ODP titles of their own. They now go into Friday's action looking to claim their first national trophy. The '94 Girls open against a talented North Texas team, and both teams have been mentioned as favorites for the title, so a particularly tough match is expected.
CAL SOUTH TEAM ROSTERS FOR THE 2010 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL ODP CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cal South 1993 Boys
Cal South 1994 Boys
Cal South 1994 Girls