Plainview, NY – Junior Rough Rider standout Julia Aronov was identified as one of the top players in the Super Y-League. Being among the best players in her age group gave her the opportunity to attend the 4 day ODP National Camp this past March.
“I was very excited when I found out that I had been selected.” Julia said. “Soccer just feels natural to me. I love everything about it.”
During the regular Super Y-League (SYL) season players are evaluated by the opposing team coaches for tactical, physical and psychological characteristics that will determine their ability to attend the ODP (Olympic Development Program) National Camp. The top rated players chosen through the scouting system attend the ODP National Camp.
“I love how we all played together so well. The quality of players really helped me to see what I can improve in order to achieve my goals”, Julia said.
The ODP Camps are attended by U.S. National Staff Coaches to identify players for U.S. National Team Programs, as well as many of the nation’s top collegiate coaches. This gives players the chance to make the first steps towards their future careers and showcase themselves to top coaches.
“All of the coaches were impressed with not only the quality of players at this year’s camp, but with the way they responded to the tournament atmosphere in such a short period of time,” USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor said. “All of the players at the camp showed why they were chosen to attend.”
Having played soccer all her life Julia joined the Rough Riders as soon as she was age eligible. Therefore she has been with the team for almost half her life. Moreover she is the only 8th Grader among her High School’s Varsity team to play with mostly Juniors and Seniors. Even though soccer is one of her number one priorities, Julia knows the importance of academics. In the future she would love to play at one of the top division one colleges.
“Julia has been a part of our program since 2008 when this particular team was first formed. Over that period of time Julia has shown tremendous development both on and off the field. Julia is a great competitor, talented player, and excellent teammate. “, Junior Rough Rider Coach Meghan Frey said. “The coaches and I could not be more proud of having Julia attend the Super Y-League ODP National Camp and represent her team and the Long Island Rough Riders Soccer Club.”
Her number one goal is to become a member of the National Team. She even got the chance to play one on one with Women’s National Team member Alex Morgan during a camp in Brooklyn. The Super Y-League Olympic Development Program will keep an eye on Julia. She hopes to be selected again next year.
About the Super Y League ODP Camp
The Super Y League Olympic Development Program (ODP) provides players with the chance to train, compete, and interact with staff coaches from all three divisions of the NCAA. The combination of high-level coaches working with the top players in the league makes for a truly unique experience for all involved. Hosted at IMG Academy, the players are exposed to specialized training in mental conditioning, nutrition, and the college recruiting process.
About the Long Island Rough Riders
The Long Island Rough Riders have established themselves as one of North America’s premier soccer franchises. Since their inception in 1994, the Rough Riders have won four National Championships playing in the United Soccer Leagues. The Men’s and Women’s teams have featured many star athletes over the years, including U.S. National Team members, MLS All-Stars, and renowned international players many of whom have represented their country in World Cups.
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