US Youth Soccer ODP National Select Teams to compete in two prestigious showcases
FRISCO, Texas – US Youth Soccer announced that its Olympic Development Program (ODP) will be sending its National Select Teams to two tournament competitions in 2023.
“We are excited to send our ODP National Select Teams to two historic tournament competitions next year,” said USYS CEO Skip Gilbert. “Dallas Cup and Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup are two of the most prestigious competitions in the country, with extremely rich histories, and we think they represent the perfect opportunity to showcase the talent in our program.”
The 2005-2008 National Select Teams will compete at the 2023 edition of the storied Dallas Cup, held April 1-9 in North Texas. The U15-18 Boys will participate at the Dallas Cup, while the U15-18 Girls will participate at the third annual Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational.
Dallas Cup is an invitation-only event that has been held annually since its inception in 1980. It remains one of the world’s most well-known events, averaging more than 100,000 spectators during tournament week, and has hosted teams from 48 U.S. states and more than 100 countries across six continents.
“Dallas Cup is thrilled to welcome the Olympic Development Program National Select Teams to Texas in 2023,” said, Peter Davis, Executive Director of Dallas Cup, Inc. “We have a storied history of welcoming the best teams from around the world to compete at the highest level while experiencing a diversity of playing style and social interaction each spring. The addition of the ODP only stands to enrich the excellence for which Dallas Cup is known around the world.”
The 2009-10 National Select Teams will compete next year at the renowned Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The U13-14 Boys will play over President’s Day weekend, February 18-20, while the U13-14 Girls will play the following weekend, February 24-26.
The Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup is an annual event that was first held in 2001. It continues to be one of the premier international tournaments in the world, having hosted teams from five continents, and is one of the largest and most attended recruiting showcases in the country.
“It is very exciting to have the ODP National Select teams in the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase,” said Bob Briare, Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup Tournament Director. “They are joining what is already considered one of the most competitive tournaments in the world. We are confident that with our very strong domestic participants combined with international teams, the ODP National Select teams will be sufficiently challenged and have a great experience in Las Vegas.”