Zhaleh Rezaie Heads To U-19 ODP Soccer National Camp|
Jan. 3, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Zhaleh Rezaie of Texas Tech soccer has been selected to participate in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Under-19 National Camp. Red Raider head coach Neil McGuire is set to travel along with Rezaie to California as he resumes his duties as Head Coach of the Region III ODP team during the 2007 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Girls U-19 National Camp.
Red Raider freshman Zhaleh is a member of the Region III ODP U-19 team, which represents the South region of the United States. Rezaie, a two time NSCAA High School All-American and 2006 State of Texas High School player of the year from Plano West High School, attended the July evaluation camp and was selected as one of its top performers. Rezaie was instrumental in leading Texas Tech soccer to its best season ending record since 1998.
"Going to camp really means a lot to me because it gives me the opportunity to represent Texas Tech and the Region 3 team," said Rezaie. "I feel honored to have been invited to go to such an event and I hope I perform to my best ability."
McGuire, who enters his fourth year as the head coach of the U-19 squad, has helped lead the team to an undefeated record in its last six matches, including a 2-1 victory in a marquee match up with the U-20 Mexican National Team in July of 2005.
The Olympic Development Program, which is separated into four regions across the United States, is designed to mold and develop the best talent the country has to offer in an effort to keep the Women's National Team as the best team in the world in women's soccer.
Players from Region Three, which include talent pools in the states of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas, assemble in Montevallo, Ala. in the summer months. From those players, McGuire, along with long-time friend and Region Three assistant coach Steve Holeman, the head soccer coach at the University of Mississippi, have the task of identifying and selecting the best of the best for the Region 3 team.
"This year's squad is the youngest we have had in my four years as coach, but is at the same time very talented," said head coach Neil McGuire. "Many of these young ladies have represented the United States at some level of international soccer from the U-16 age group on up which is encouraging. Zhaleh is a very talented young lady and deserves to be going to this event, she is an integral part of this team and I am looking forward to seeing her perform against the best this nation has to offer. I am of course hopeful all of our players can perform to their full potential so each of them has the chance to represent US Soccer at some point."