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2015 Maryland State ODP Spirit Wear

The Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and Soccer Post Annapolis are pleased to announce that parents/guardians and players have an opportunity to purchase spirit wear to show their participation in and support of the 2015 Maryland State ODP. To view the available items for purchase and to place orders please click here ( and follow the instructions. If you have any questions please contact the Soccer Post Annapolis (410-263-3300).


2015 Maryland State ODP Coach Selected to Work National Training Camp

[Posted 11/24/2014]

Coach Phil Gordon is the head coach of the 2015 Maryland State ODP U14 (2001) Girls training pool. Coach Gordon earned a spot on the Region I Girls ODP coaching staff during the 2014 Maryland State ODP season and has recently been selected to work the U14 US Youth Soccer Girls ODP National Training Camp being held January 22-27, 2015 in Lake Mary, Florida.    

Coach Gordon is one of 50 professional coaches that currently comprise the 2015 Maryland State ODP coaching staff. Collectively, these 50 professional coaches represent one of the finest coaching staff's in the entire region.

Everyone from the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association congratulates Coach Gordon on his appointment to work the upcoming National Training Camp and is excited for another record-breaking Maryland State ODP season!

The Maryland State ODP is healthy. The Maryland State ODP is strong.

2015 Maryland State ODP U12 Training Pools

(Posted 10/29/2014 1:30 pm)


The 2015 Maryland State ODP U12 training pools are now posted. Every player listed on one of the below pools will need to complete and return the following player packet along with the $100 deposit in order to accept their position by Friday, December 5, 2014.

U12 Boys and Girls Player Packet


Thank you to the 504 players (270 boys, 234 girls) that attended tryouts this year. A total of 106 boys (39% acceptance rate) and 105 girls (45% acceptance rate) were ultimately selected to join the 2015 Maryland State ODP U12 training pool. If you are not listed on the below 2015 Maryland State ODP U12 training pool for your gender please remember that ODP is a process, not an event. Therefore, continue to work hard and we hope to see you at a future ODP tryout!

If you are listed on the below 2015 Maryland State ODP U12 training pool for your gender, CONGRATULATIONS!  Everyone from the MSYSA congratulates you on this huge accomplishment and looks forward to watching you develop and grow both as a person and as a player over the course of the season!

2003/4 (U12) Boys                    2003/4 (U12) Girls

Be sure to check the Team Pages frequently throughout the season as this is where important information will be posted.

Maryland State ODP Player Selected to Interregional Team
Player Spotlight Series

[Posted 10/30/2014]

Thunlwyn Garcia (2001-U13)

Thunlwyn Garcia was a member of the 2014 Maryland State ODP 2001 (U13) boys training pool that trained from February through July of 2014. Garcia has recently been invited to attend the 2014-15 Thanksgiving Interregional event on November 27-December 1, 2014 in Casa Grande, AZ at the Grande Sports World complex. Garcia is one of only 18 players from across Region I who have been invited to attend this event. Garcia is a forward and currently plays his club soccer with the Soccer Association of Columbia.

Garcia represented the 2014 Maryland State ODP at the 2014 Region I ID Camp July 5-8, 2014 held at Ryder University. During the ID Camp, Garcia was selected to the 2014 Region I ODP 2001 (U13) training pool. Garcia stated, “While participating in the Maryland State ODP, I had the best experience in my life so far. I made many friends in the state as well as outside of the country with Maryland State ODP giving us the opportunity to go to Scotland. Maryland State ODP gave me more confidence as a player by playing against top level players. I am very thankful for all my coaches who helped me to get this far. I will do my best to represent the State of Maryland and Region I.” Additionally, Garcia’s mother, Nadi Garcia added, "We are very proud of Thunlwyn. He trained very hard to be selected for the 2014 Maryland State ODP and the Region I pool.  Thunlwyn's soccer skills have progressed by playing for the Maryland State ODP. We look forward to his continued development in the future."

Everyone from the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association congratulates Garcia on his selection to the 2014-15 Thanksgiving Interregional event and looks forward to watching him grow and develop as a person and as a player in the coming years!

Players desiring to represent their state, while receiving high-level training and the opportunity to earn a spot on the Regional or National pool for their age group and gender, should register to tryout for the 2015 Maryland State ODP this fall. Information pertaining to online tryout registration is available on the MSYSA website ( Online registration will close on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 9:00am.

What is ODP?

The US Youth Soccer ODP is a national identification and development program for high-level players.  The program identifies  and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their state and regional associations.  At the state association level, pools of players are identified in each eligible age group, and brought together as a team to develop their skill through training and competition.  From the state pools and subsequent teams, players are identified for regional and national pools and teams.  Maryland State ODP teams are comprised of the best Maryland players in various age groups.

Click here to read about the ODP Advantage

US Youth Soccer segmented the United States into four regions (see below). Maryland is part of Region I.

More information concerning Region I can be found by clicking here

More information concerning US Youth Soccer can be found by clicking here

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