Soccer tryouts a success


Among the area players chosen for the Olympic Development region or state teams were Gainesville HotShots Sarah Fagler, Emily Dowd, Mariel Mena, Hope Woods, Jessica Butt; back, Hannah Kurdilia, Aimee Howe, Olivia Forrestel, Colleen Ugliano, Emily Shore, Lauren Hyden, Matthew Huber, Jonathan Fethiere.

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Published: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 3:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 12:00 a.m.
TThe Gainesville Soccer Alliance had a very successful year at the Olympic Development Program (ODP) tryouts.
Thirty-two players were selected to region or state teams.
ODP is a very selective training program designed to identify and develop high level soccer players, ages 12-18, from which the U.S. National Team can be selected. Players are divided into groups by age and gender then chosen in a series of tryouts to a regional team pool of 120 players. Once in the region team pool, they are further evaluated and a smaller group of individuals is named to the state team of 50. Those 50 are further divided into an A Team and two B teams.
For youths born in 1991, instead of a state team there is a state pool of players who all train together. A very elite group of players progress to the U.S. Regional Team and ultimately the U.S. National Team.
This year more than 15 percent of the 200 age eligible GSA players qualified for ODP.
Remarkably the U14 Girls team, the Gainesville HotShots, had nine players selected to Regional Teams, from which Emily Dowd, Emily Shore and Mariel Mena advanced to the 1990 Girls Florida State A team. Kelli McCrery, Sarah Fagler and Colleen Ugliano went to the State B Team.
Jessica Butt and Lauren Hyden were chosen for the 1991 State Pool, as were Hannah Kurdilia, Olivia Forrestel, Aimee Howe and Abbey McCrea. The GSA players selected to Florida State Boys Teams were Yudi Ramirez, VP Hedley, Theo Fulger, Jonathan Fethiere , Mike Canard, Wiley Sinkus, Matt Huber and Thomas Zimmerman.
The players selected to the Region B Player Pool were: Skyler Neale, Gene Rodrick, Sean Erving, Shyam Allard, Mallory Leighty), Nick Mitchell, Rory Marsh, Ethan Disabb, Tim Roark, Nick Hauzer, Hope Woods and Ellie Theurer.

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