AJAX East Bay will be well represented in the Cal North ODP program for 2018-2019 as the club sends a record 10 players to the ODP roster pool.
The Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a national process for identifying and developing the best youth soccer players. The process promotes players to the U.S. National Teams, which represent the United States in international competition, such as the Youth World Cup, World Cup, and the Olympics. The main ODP objective is to identify, evaluate and train highly talented male and female youth soccer players. The AJAX East Bay selections are as follows with their respective positions:
04B Force: Jorge Villasenor Jr. (GK/M), Jacob Lepore (F), Liam McCallion (F), Davian Valencia (D), Dominic Gamero (F).
05B Legends: Alvaro Picon Jr. (F), Jacob Stokes (D), Cristian Lopez (GK), Bryan Rincon (M/D), Ernesto Martinez (M).
Each player participated in numerous tryout sessions for their individual age group, and beat out over 200 other players to earn their spot in the ODP player pool. With their spots in the pool secure, each player must now participate in scheduled training sessions to battle for spots on the travel roster. These training sessions will provide top level coaching and competition, which will assist in their development and strengthen their club teams going forward.
We are proud of all of them and excited to witness and support this new chapter of their soccer journey!