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To ODP or not ODP?
This is always the question.
There truely is no right or wrong answer. If you are going to participate with ODP, you should do so with
the mind set that you are there to get advanced training, play with the best players your area has to offer,
and make new friends that are going to last you a lifetime. This is, of course, the place you need to be if
you want to one day make an ODP Regional or National team. The odds of making levels beyond your
State team are slim, so it is important to have other reasons for participating with ODP. Being part of ODP
is a great way to advance your own personal level of play which will greatly help you when it comes time for club
or High School or being recruited for college. It is not mandatory to be in ODP to get recruited for college. Most of
the time, ODP players will receive first consideration but there are many top level college players who were never in their state Olympic Development Program.
Congrats to Katy Frierson of the Birmingham United Soccer Club in Alabama. Katy is a senior in high school this year
Check back soon to read interviews
Merritt with her U17 National Team
"My soccer journey started when I was five years old and hasn't stopped nor slowed down since then. I owe alot of my success to my dad, he is the one who pushed me at a young age to work on my own and demand the best out of myself. We would stay after practice for hours just playing and working on different moves, and to this day I still go and kick the ball around with my dad. I think working by yourself is the best, it gives you the opportunity to just let loose and not be criticized with every mistake you make, you can act like it never happened and try it again. I can't remember a day where I am not kicking a soccer ball, whether it is with my team or on my own in the backyard. Soccer is my life and I think you have to have that love and passion for it to be truly successful. The game is so much fun for me and it is something I want to do for a long time coming,
but I have a lot more work to do
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