The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Florida Interregional continued games Saturday at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day tournament will conclude Sunday, Dec. 4th.
Featuring teams in the 1999 and 2000 age groups, the event includes more than 140 of the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. In each age group, players will attend scheduled training sessions and also compete in matches against each of the other regional teams.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Florida Interregional annually attracts 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.
Highlights from Day 2:
2000s | Region I 3, Region II 2
In a tight matchup between the 2000 Region I and Region II boys, Region I came out on top with a 3-2 win. First to score for Region II was Loren Altman in the 25th minute, but Shiv Lamba from Region I answered with a goal to make the score 1-1. Rizzo Antonio made the score 2-1 in the 32nd minute to give Region II a slight edge before heading into halftime. Region I’s Joshua Luchini then opened up the second half and scored in the 48th minute to even up the score at 2-2. Finally, Bardia Kimiavi scored the game winning goal in the 80th minute to give Region I a 3-2 result.
2000s | Region IV 3, Region III 1
Region IV defeated Region III, 3-1, to kick off day two of the Florida interregional event. Lanrewaju Balogun was the lone scorer for Region III while Zade Ghani scored twice for Region IV. Matthew Watkins added the third and final goal for Region IV bringing the final score to 3-1.
1999s | Region I 2, Region II 0
In the 1999 age group, Region I defeated Region II, 2-0. John Eskay scored in the 12th minute to give Region I a 1-0 lead and in the 45th minute, Felix Wu made it 2-0 for Region I. A strong overall performance for Region I gave them the win as well as the clean sheet.
1999s | Region III 3, Region IV 3
The Region III and Region IV 1999 boys fought to a 3-3 tie at day two of the Florida interregional event. Region IV started the game off strong with a quick goal from Reagan Mugume in the 3rd minute. Region III scored in the 34th and 38th minutes with goals from Lukmakson Zamor and Payne McKiver. Just before the end of the first half, Aaron Nixon from Region IV tied up the game, 2-2. Bryson Smith scored in the 59th minute to give Region III a 3-2 lead, but Kepler Despinos answered with the final goal in the 61st minute to tie the game.