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Two-time Regional ODP Champions compete at US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships

Two-time Regional ODP Champions show toughness, talent at US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships


The medals were silver, but the effort was golden.

The thrilling run through Regional and National ODP competitions for Washington Youth Soccer's 1995 Elite Player Development boys ended Sunday in a 3-1 finals defeat to Virginia at the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships.

Goals just on either side of the halftime whistle by Virginia's Peter Pearson and Francesco Amorosino put the Region I champions up 2-0 after 54 minutes, before Seattle's Jacob Hauser-Ramsey gave Washington a lifeline with a 67th-minute goal to cut the lead to one. With everyone in rave green jerseys pushing forward to try to find the equalizer — and force extra time for the second-straight game — the woodwork stymied Washington's best efforts on numerous occasions, and it was instead Virginia which found the back of the net, with Pearson scoring again to provide the decisive margin.

Washington's EPD boys, coached by Scott Uderitz and Anthony Sardon, advanced to the National Championship after winning a penalty-kick shootout in Friday's semi-final match versus Region II champion Georgia. Goals by Hauser-Ramsey for Washington and Cameron Moseley for Georgia left the two squads on level terms at the end of regulation time and two 15-minute overtime periods, sending the game then to a penalty kick shoot-out. Goalkeeper Cristhian Robles of Everett had a world-class performance between the posts during the penalty kicks, making two phenomenal saves to secure Washington's lead. Joseph Gillies of Maple Valley then slammed home the game-winner to send the 1995 EPD boys to a 4-2 shootout win, and clinch a berth in their first-ever National Championship final.

Washington's outstanding performance at the National Championships was reminiscent of their effort last month to win the Region IV ODP Championship in Phoenix, the second-straight year the EPD boys have won Regionals.

"The National ODP Championships final is a fitting stage for this very special group of players," said Gary White, Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director. "Over the past three years, the 1995 Boys EPD team has appeared in three regional finals, one national final, won two regional championships and narrowly missed out on a national championship. This age group is one of the most devoted and decorated in Washington Youth Soccer history."

Players on Washington's 1995 EPD team were selected from the EPD state pool, which was identified in October from those training at one of Washington's six Regional Training Centers, or RTCs, created in 2009 by Washington Youth Soccer and Sounders FC to train and develop the best players in the state for regional, national and professional competition.

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, or ODP, is a national identification and development program for high-level players. The program identifies and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their state association, region and the United States in soccer competition. ODP teams are formed at the state association and regional levels, made up of the best players in various age groups.

Congratulations to all the Washington Youth Soccer 1995 EPD Boys on their outstanding run to the national finals, and to all the EPD teams who competed at Regionals!

For complete results of all matches, video highlights and more, visit usyouthsoccer.org.


Washington Youth Soccer 1995 Elite Player Development Boys

NameHometownClub
Kyle BjornethunEverettEastside FC '94 Red
Joseph GilliesMaple ValleyN/A
Ryan HarberBellevueEastside FC
Marshall HartleyVancouverVUSA Columbia Timbers
Jacob Hauser-RamseySeattleNorthwest Nationals
Evan HouseFederal WayWashington Premier FC
Trevor LarsonAuburnGreater Renton FC
Joseph ManciniRedmondEastside FC
Jason McGlothernDes MoinesFC Nurnberg (German club)
Miguel MedinaEverettNorthwest Nationals
James Molyneux-ElliotIssaquahEastside FC
Nick NguyenSeattleGreater Renton FC
James NosackRidgefieldWestside Metros
Samuel PerkinsSeattleEmerald City FC
Christian RoblesEverettNW Nationals
Peter SokolisSpokaneEastside FC
Shane StanleySagle, IDSpokane Elite
Sean BowmanRedmondCrossfire Premier

 
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