FC Alliance players have done it again. As the dust settled after a highly competitive march through state and regional Olympic Development camps, great news was bestowed on the club by the Region 3 coaching staff. Five of FC Alliance's best players were named to the prestigious regional pool. With thousands of elite competitors- from a total of 13 states including soccer hotbeds Texas and Florida- fighting for spots, it is an honor for a club to have a single player make the regional pool. But five? FC Alliance's Skylar Bailey, John Lucchesi, Chris Fernandez, Scott Lich and Hannah Torbett are now in a position to compete for the greatest honor of all: the United States national teams.
"We are thrilled for the kids," said FC Alliance Director of Coaching Josh Gray. "All five of them have worked so hard. Now, it gets even tougher."
Last year, FC Alliance's Summer Lanter advanced all the way to the national pool for the US Women's National Under 20 team. She made the final 28, meaning she was one round of cuts away from representing the United States in international competition.
"It's exciting that our players get a chance to pursue their dreams," added Executive Director Jon Schneider. "We also had quite a few other kids go a long way in the ODP program."
FC Alliance players have had success at the regional level in the past. Both Jon and Ryan Creel have represented the United States at international events, as has Lucas Neto.
"We are getting closer and closer," said Gray.
Indeed they are.