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NJ Youth Soccer's Young Olympians (2004) and Club NJYS (2005) Festival Sends Top Players to play the Red Bulls RDS

Former MetroStar and NJYS ODP player Tab Ramos

HARRISON, N.J. (April 28, 2016) ― NJ Youth Soccer celebrated its Young Olympians Festival with more than 300 premier U-11 and U-12 players. From this event, select boy players will be chosen to play in a scrimmage with the New York Red Bulls Regional Development School (RDS) and select girls will scrimmage with NJ Youth Soccer State Cup champions.

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These specially selected athletes had the unique opportunity to compete in a small-sided game format with top talent and further their soccer education with presentations by top professional soccer players and managers. 

“Our Young Olympians and Club NJYS Festival brings together talented 10 and 11-year-old players from around the Garden State,” Mike Petke, NJYS Director of ODP and Player Development said. “This player-centered competition is designed to provide a fun, positive and challenging day of soccer.”

The boys’ event in Marlboro was highlighted by a visit from Tab Ramos, former NJYS ODP, U.S. National Team star, MLS All-Star, World Cup veteran and member of the NJ Youth Soccer and National Soccer Hall of Fame. As the current coach of the U.S. Men’s Under-20 National Team, Ramos educated players about the importance of individual practice, mental toughness, being confident and leading a life of strong character. 

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The girls’ event in Wall was complimented by a visit from Christy Holly, head coach of Sky Blue FC, who led his team to a hot start by handing the Seattle Reign their first ever home defeat. Holly spoke to players about the incredible tradition of women’s soccer in New Jersey, the strength of NJ players on his current roster, and the significance of setting goals.

About Red Bulls Youth Programs:

The New York Red Bulls maintain one of the premier youth development programs in the United States, committed to identifying and developing talent in the tri-state area. The Red Bulls player development system is a multi-layered program that provides professional support at all levels of the game. Each level of the player development pyramid has been structured to provide the best development opportunities to players, coaches and youth soccer organizations.

Within the local community, programs are offered for players of all ages and abilities. For players with outstanding ability, there is an opportunity to progress from the grassroots training programs to the Regional Development School, then on to the academy teams and, ultimately, to the Red Bulls professional team. Red Bulls academy teams are consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation. Red Bulls players make regular appearances in U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams and NCAA Division I programs. For more information about Red Bulls academy and training programs, visit

About NJ Youth Soccer Association:

New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 150,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old; 40,000 coaches; and thousands of volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach and referee training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs. The New Jersey U.S. Youth Soccer ODP provides training and competitive programs for players of the highest caliber for the purpose of increasing the success of the U.S. National Teams.   To learn more about NJ Youth Soccer tournaments, visit

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