Hawaii Players Compete at Interregionals

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Dec. 20, 2011) – Continuing its tradition of elite competition and player development, youth from the nation's top player identification program, US Youth Soccer ODP, trained and competed in front of national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play. Rosters for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional included four of Hawaii Youth Soccer Association’s ODP products. Nearly 300 of the nation's top players in girls youth soccer converged on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., as teams from US Youth Soccer's four regions competed Nov. 20-25.

The 2011 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional will include players in the 2012-2016 graduation classes.

Included on the US Youth Soccer Region IV Girls 1994 Roster was Lauren Stollar (HSC Bulls).  The Region IV Girls 1997 Roster included three Hawaii players: Claire (“Noe”) Kong-Johnson (Leahi); Kayla Braunthal (Abunai); Taylor Kuroda (Blitz).

The Region IV ’94 Girls finished the tournament with a 1-1-1 record, while the ’97 Girls finished undefeated with a 2-0-1 record. Kayla Braunthal scored a goal in the 34th minute of their final game against Region II.

On the Boys side, the annual US Youth Soccer ODP Boys NCAA Interregional kicked off on Friday, December 9th.  US Youth Soccer has partnered with the NCAA to provide exhibition matches in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s College Cup (Final 4).  This year, US Youth Soccer ODP held competitions for the 1994 and 1995 age groups at Rathmell Sports Park in Vestavia, Alabama. 

Hawaii players included on the US Youth Soccer Region IV Boys 1994 Roster were: Jason Khamnongsa (HSC Bulls); Tyler Matas (Abunai); Brayden Prothero (Hawaii Rush); Jake Sagami (Abunai); Yoshinori Tamukai (Hawaii Rush) and James Yamane (HSC Bulls).  Hawaii players included on the 1995 Boys Region IV Roster were: Joshua Adachi (HSC Bulls); Kouri Nago (Abunai) and Delton Oki (Kailua United).  On the second day of competition, a strike in the 75th minute by Hawaii’s Kouri Nago gave Region IV a tie against Region II as the game ended 2-2.

Hawaii’s Tyler Matas was one of three Region IV players named to the 2011 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional ’94 All-Star Team.

Hawaii Youth Soccer Association is very proud of all Hawaii players selected to compete at these prestigious events.  This is only possible through their participation in HYSA’s ODP program.  More US Youth Soccer ODP players have been called into Youth National Team camps than any other ID program, including 129 of 148 players called into U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-18 camps since September 2011.