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Sounders FC Youth/ODP Teams To Represent State at 2010 US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships

A total of 93 boys and 88 girls in the 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 birth years have been selected from the new Sounders FC Youth/ODP Regional Training Center pools to represent Washington Youth Soccer at the 2010 US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships in Phoenix. Players were notified in January and the trip will take place from Jan. 15–18, 2010.

For a complete list of players selected, click here. Congratulations to each of these outstanding young players!

Traditionally, the trip to the Championships has included educational and developmental opportunities designed to enhance the value for the players. The 2010 Phoenix trip will be the most comprehensive in Washington Youth Soccer history. Designed by our new Technical Director Gary White and Sounders FC Director of Youth Development Darren Sawatzky, the trip was carefully built to increase the learning opportunities, exposure to Regional/National levels, and development of all athletes.

This year's trip will include, among other things, two professional sport science directors (who worked with the Sounders FC) that will travel with our teams to Phoenix, plus a focus day for all traveling players prior to departure.

"The Sounders FC/ODP program is moving forward with full force and the Phoenix ODP Regional competition will be a great opportunity to see the impact the new RTC program has had within the top players in Washington Youth Soccer," Sawatzky says. "We continue to develop and evolve programming for the players and the Phoenix trip will be a nice reward."

The presence of the additional sports professionals will further enhance our players' experience, giving them a true insight into how professional teams travel and further educating them in terms of lifestyle management. The focus day has been designed to allow for our players and staff to switch gears from club soccer to the state representation level and focus their minds for soccer competition. Players will be put in a professional educational environment, where they will be able to prepare not only as an individual but also as part of a team, focusing on the physical, mental and nutritional aspects of the game.

"Those players who have been selected to represent Washington Youth Soccer/Sounders FC at the 2010 Regional Championships in January have shown outstanding overall attributes," White says. "These obviously include technical, tactical and physical competence but just as important has been their mental application. Our players have proven that they can sustain elite levels of desire, persistence and belief to meet their definite targets.

"The preparation for this tournament has been extensive and has set new levels for elite player development here in Washington. We are ready to play," White added. "Our partnership with Sounders FC has ignited excitement amongst our coaching staff, players and families and has further exposed our programs to the nation and the world."

We look forward to another great season of ODP! If you have any questions about the Championships, please visit wsysa.com or contact Brenda Heintz at brenda@wsysa.com.

Congratulations to each of the players selected, and their families and coaches. We wish you well and continued success. Welcome to the team!

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