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Maryland State ODP U13 Girls Go Undefeated Against International Competition
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[Posted 4/17/2015]

Maryland State ODP U13 Girls Go Undefeated Against International Competition

The 2015 Maryland State ODP U13 Girls training pool had an opportunity to travel to London, England from April 5-13 as part of the Maryland State Olympic Development Program to participate in friendly games against some of the top clubs in the world. The international travel opportunity was open to any player that tried out for the 2015 Maryland State ODP U13 Girls training pool and was selected to join following the conclusion of open tryouts in December, 2014.

Based on the large number of players that chose to attend the international travel opportunity, two teams were created; Maryland State ODP Red and Maryland State ODP White. The head coach for the red team was Steve Senna (Maryland State ODP U13 Girls Head Coach) and the head coach for the white team was Hector Morales (Maryland State ODP U13 Girls Assistant Coach). Both of the Maryland State ODP U13 Girls teams played games against Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, Crystal Palace Ladies Football Club and the Reading Football Club.

For the first time in history, the Maryland State ODP U13 Girls went undefeated (8-0) against these high-level international teams. The Excel International tour guide that has been helping to facilitate these international trips for many years was quoted as saying that this group of Maryland State ODP girls collectively represented the most highly skilled and talented group of players that he had ever seen come over from America.  

Everyone from the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association congratulates the U13 Girls on this remarkable accomplishment and looks forward to watching them continue to grow and develop both as people and as players through the remainder of this season and 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 2016 Maryland State ODP this fall. Information pertaining to online tryout registration will be available on the MSYSA website ( beginning in early September.

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.

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

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What it Takes to be Successful in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
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