United Soccer Leagues announced today the final selections for the Super Y-League’s Olympic Development Program National Camps to be held at the Cocoa Expo Center in Cocoa, Florida in January and February of 2008. Northern Virginia FC is well represented on list of chosen attendees and alternates, earning thirty-six spots on the national elite pool directory.
Selections from the 2007 season were made from the identification system by the Super Y-League National ODP Scouting Staff. The selection process was then finalized by the ODP Staff Coaches, and assembled by the USL office.
Northern Virginia Football Club, comprised of both the Northern Virginia Royals (male) and Northern Virginia Majestics (female) USL teams, is represented by the club record of both thirty-six players in SYL ODP Camp pool and four teams in the 2007 North American Finals. Twenty players from the Royals and sixteen players from the Majestics Super Y-League programs comprise Northern Virginia’s representation.
“The SYL ODP National Camps have been a significant resource to U.S. National Team Staff Coaches,” said USL ODP Coordinator, Sean Trask. They provide opportunities for elite players to be identified by some of the top college and university programs in the country.”
Several changes were made to improve the Super Y-League ODP selection process in 2006, ensuring elite players are well represented at the national camp. Allotted roster spots now vary from division to division in order to proportionally match the number of players. This change affords the larger divisions, with larger pools of players, a greater number of selections. Smaller divisions were downsized to strengthen the quality of their representatives. These same concepts were utilized again during the Super Y-League ODP selection process in 2007.
U.S. National Team Staff will be in attendance at this year’s Super Y-League ODP National Camps beginning in January and February of 2008 in Cocoa, Florida, for further identification of players.
“The Super Y-League prides itself on having the most progressive ODP system,” said Trask. “If it is easier for the national team staff to identify players when they are paired in a certain way, then we are obviously going to make that change. In addition to the U.S. National Team identification, players also receive the opportunities from the collegiate system.”
Northern Virginia FC SYL ODP Camp Selections:
KELLSEY COSTELLO-MAYS (A)
NICOLE BLIXT (A)
ALEXANDRA MADDOX (A)
LOUISA PITNEY (A)
MEGAN ATKINS (A)
CARISSA PARKER (A)
LUIS CARTAGENA (A)
ANTHONY PHAM (A)
MANNY RODRIGUEZ (A)
ALEX HERRERA (A)
ALISTAIR MOORE (A)
TRAVIS PITTMAN (A)
MATTHEW SCOTT (A)
ALEX BOROWSKI (A)