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Professional & ODP Success

Santa Clara Sporting has a rich history of developing very talented soccer players that are recognized for their soccer talent and have been selected to compete in various Professional Team Academys, and in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development (ODP) program.


Carlos Brasil/SCSC, Mike Leigh/WHU and Tino Silva/SCSC

In 2009, the West Ham United English Premier League Team forged a partnership with Santa Clara Sporting as one of their elite clubs. Sebastian Lleget was the first youth player from Santa Clara Sporting to make the jump to England and now trains with the West Ham United International Academy Team. Three other Sporting players were also identified to tryout for their academy program last year.

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a grassroots program created to identify and develop elite athletes for the US National Team. There are four levels of ODP progressing from the District Team, to the Cal-North State Team, then the Regional (13 Western States) Team, and finally the US National Team.

ODP is open for tryout to all CYSA registered soccer players, and provides the ultimate experience and training for the players selected. District II’s ODP players compete against players from other districts within CYSA, ultimately leading to the selection of State and Regional ODP participants, and finally the US National Team invitees.

District 2 ODP tryouts are held in the spring of each year, and the state tryouts are held in December for the following year’s State ODP pools. More information about District 2 ODP Tryouts can be found at the CYSA website.

Gabriel Borges pursuing his professional soccer career at Dinamo Zagreb

Listen to our interview with Gabriel Borges from the Santa Clara Sporting ’93 soccer team as he pursues his dream to become a professional soccer player over in Croatia on the Dinamo Zagreb Proefssional Team.


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Catching-up with Sebastain Lleget at West Ham United

We caught-up with Sebastian Lleget from the West Ham United International Academy Team as he talks about his first year playing as a professional in England. Sebastain played on the Santa Clara Sporting 92


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Julio Morales Signs with Chivas in Mexico
Morales named SJ Mercury Player-of-the-Year for second consecuitve year

Santa Clara Sporting would like to congratulate Julio Morales for winning the 2010-11 San Jose Mercury News boys soccer Player-of-the-Year for the second consecutive year.  Julio led his...


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