Congratulations to our very own Jimmy Estrada as he will be competing and representing his hometown club SKY Soccer Academy at the ODP Interregional event in Casa Grande, Arizona this weekend November 25, 2017.
The Thanksgiving Interregional is set to take place Nov. 23-27 at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., with games being played Nov. 25-27. Participating teams will be comprised of elite players in the 2003 and 2004 age groups from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions.
The Florida Interregional will occur Nov. 29 - Dec. 3 at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Fla., with games taking place Dec. 1-3. This event will feature elite players in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 age groups from each region.
With over 140 players at the Thanksgiving Interregional and over 210 players at the Florida Interregional, the two events will include the nation’s top talent selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. At each event, players will attend scheduled training sessions and also compete in matches against each of the other regional teams.
The Thanksgiving and Florida Interregionals annually attract many college coaches, as well as several U.S. Soccer scouts. The talent on display from each team allows coaches and scouts to evaluate players in an environment similar to what they will face at the next level of play.
US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program. With programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, it is available to any player. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as the majority of current and past national and youth national team members, as alumni.
Evan Sutherland, the Director of Coaching and Head Coach of Jimmy's 2003 Boys Academy team stated, "This is a huge step for Jimmy in his development. Jimmy has a work ethic and desire that is second to no one. His will and determination every night to compete in training is what makes him a special player. What Jimmy is accomplishing for himself in making the Regional team is also a huge statement about the progress of SKY Soccer Academy as a club. We are developing elite players here in Bowling Green and that is something we should all be very proud of. Put this into perspective that out of 14 states in the Midwest Region, Jimmy was selected as one of the top 18 players! I believe this is just the first step for Jimmy, as our long term goal for him is to continuing to develop and to get into the national pool at some point. He is a very humble young man and we as a club are truly proud of him. We wish him the very best in Arizona! He will come back a hungrier player and that is a scary thought!