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Eastern Pennsylvania U17 Boys ODP Team Heads To Nationals

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Photo credit: Karen Krelovich Race

Plymouth Meeting—The 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships kick off Friday, March 3 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona. The tournament features each of the 2016 champions from US Youth Soccer’s four regions in the Under-16 (2001 birth years) and U17 (2000) age groups. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s U17 Boys ODP Team will compete for a chance at a national championship.

Eastern Pennsylvania will take on Region III (South) Champion Team Georgia in the semifinals on Friday at 5:30 PM local time. A win will clinch a spot in Sunday’s final on March 5. A loss will send the team to the consolation match. Iowa (Region II) plays Oregon (Region IV) in the other semifinal.

Eastern Pennsylvania earned its place in the national championships by winning the Region I Championships—which features all state associations from Virginia to Maine—last June. The 2000 Boys—then Under-16—defeated New York-West in penalties after a 3-3 game.

“We are proud of the players’ efforts to reach the ODP Championships,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Technical Director Mike Barr. “Eastern Pennsylvania has a strong history in the event. We hope this group adds to it.”

A total of 18 players and a coaching staff made up of Tom Dodds, Gary Stephenson, Barr and Simon Robinson will head to Phoenix. The players represent 13 different clubs from across the state, Maryland and Delaware. HMMS (Hampden-Monroe-Middlesex-Silver Springs) Youth Soccer Association and Lehigh Valley United will send three players each, while the Ukrainian Nationals placed two on the squad. The full roster is below:




Aaron Tylicki


FC Frederick (MD)

Aidan Link


FC Bucks

Brad Bornstein


Warrington Soccer

Bryce Evans


Lehigh Valley United

Cameron Hasting

Mount Joy


Craig Potts



Darryl Longdon

East Stroudsburg

Lehigh Valley United

Drew Johnson


Penn Legacy

Harrison Malone


Lower Merion Soccer Club

Matthew Pron


FC Revolution

Nicholas Brison

Kennett Square

Southern Chester County

Nicholas O’Donnell



Patrick Adams


Lehigh Valley United

Steven Schankweiler


LDC United

Trevor Looby

King of Prussia

Ukrainian Nationals

Will West


Delaware Rush (DE)

Jacob Varrato (GK)


Reading Rage SC

Mitchell Race (GK)


Ukrainian Nationals


About the Olympic Development Program - The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.