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SYL ODP Boys Select Teams Named
National Camp concluded Sunday at IMG Academy

USL News Release
Monday, February 25, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Super Y-League announced its 2013 Boys Olympic Development Camp Select Teams today, honoring the players in the 96/97 and 98/99 age groups that had standout performances at the annual SYL ODP National Camp that was held this past weekend at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The select teams were chosen from a pool of more than 160 total players in attendance by the coaches who led the players for the four-day camp under the supervision of USL National Technical Director, Peter Mellor. The select teams competed head to head in showcase games on Sunday.
Ironbound SC (NJ), Black Watch Soccer Club (NY) and the Long Island Rough Riders (NY) led the way with three players selected in the U13/14 age group, with FC America (FL), FC United (FL), Florida Fire Juniors (FL) and National Soccer Academy (NJ) each having two. In the U15/16 age group, New York Magic - F.A. Euro (NY) and VSI Pinellas (FL) each had three players selected, while FC United (FL), Force Football Club Academy (MI), Soccer Plus Academy (NY), Super Nova FC (PA) and the Westchester Flames (NY) each placed two players on the select teams.

U13/14 Boys Select Team A
Owen Fingar
Cameron LaVallee

U13/14 Boys Select Team B
Patrick Mahoney

U15/16 Boys Select Team B
David Riccio

EDP Kicks Off 2020 Vision Alignment
What's best for the kids?

That question was the guiding principle this weekend, at the Eastern Development Program's (EDP) Vision Alignment Workshop, which took place on the 22nd & 23rd of February in Princeton, NJ. The EDP Board of Directors were joined by Directors of Coaching from each of the Core Clubs, who traveled from as far away as Connecticut and Maryland. Their purpose was to jointly envision a regional player progression system that would positively impact the lives of young people through soccer, and support the growth of the game in U.S.
"In order for the U.S. to reach our potential as a soccer nation, the youth soccer community needs to work together and create a much more coordinated and collaborative approach to player development," said Tony Williams, EDP Director of Youth Development.
During the weekend, attendees participated in interactive workshops and presentations around three areas of impact, League Development, Player Development and Coaching Development.
"As clubs, we've never had an entity like EDP to bring us together before," said Ray Selvadurai, the Director of Coaching for Manhattan Soccer Club. "It's really a great environment to build trust and learn from each other. This collaboration will make all of our clubs better."
Participants broke into small working groups to discuss some of the challenges they face, learn from each others best practices, and brainstorm long-term player development solutions for the future growth of the game.

EDP Board

Discussions about the development of the league focused on establishing the ideal competitive structure whilst maximizing professionalism and enjoyment. Player development discussions focused on developing a regional player progression system that would provide players with highest level programming opportunities to reach their potential both on and off the field. Coaching development workshops focused on creating a continuing educational support program that would connect EDP coaches with global best practices that could be transferred to impact their local communities.
Presenters included Robin Russell, a UEFA consultant, and Jeff Tipping, the former NSCAA Director of Coaching. "The fact that EDP has invited the club Director's of coaching to give their input is really good," said Tipping. "The ideas coming out of this weekend are going to be very beneficial to players at many different levels."

EDP Meeting

The vision alignment workshop will be followed by a comprehensive strategic planning process. This will include focus groups with players and parents, comprehensive research on best practices of player development, study visits to International professional clubs and Federations, and dialogue with USSF and other leading US soccer organizations to explore strategic alliances and partnerships.
"The common message that we heard was the desire and commitment to work together in developing the most professional and productive player development environment," said Steve Shilling, President of the EDP.

For further details, please contact: Jen Marcella, EDP Director of Operations: jen@mssl.org