Ranked #16 in the nation, Malia takes the "Golden Boot" in USYSA ODP International Tournament in Costa Rica
After being selected to represent FOSC and the Ohio South region of US Youth Soccer on the regional and national GU16 ODP teams, participating in the US Women's National U15 Team Training Camp (Chula Vista, California) in 2013, FOSC's own Malia Berkely was selected to travel with the US Youth Soccer ODP Region II U17 National team to Costa Rica for the USYSA Girls International Tournament in February 2014.
During this event, the US Region II team prevailed against Saprissa, Arsenal and the Costa Rica U17 National team. Malia earned the prestigious "Golden Boot" award with five goals and an assist during 3 games including the inning goal vs Costa Rica in a 2-0 win.
Malia's team won all three of their games without giving up a single goal and were the overall event winners.
While not on the field in Costa Rica, the US team performed community service for underprivileged children and assisted with a child care organization during one of the days on the trip.
Malia's mother Nicole summed up the experience: "Malia's opportunity to play in Costa Rica has been truly an amazing journey for a young lady who has worked very hard through the youth soccer ranks to enable herself to be in a position to be invited to one of these events."
Currently, Malia is ranked 16th nationally
on Top Drawer Soccer most recent IMG Top 150 national ranking of U16 players and plays with the FOSC GU17 Red Premier "Red Swarm".
This system is used by ODP, ECNL and college recruiters as the nation's top players move through the US Soccer program and is considered the premier site for boys and girls soccer rankings worldwide.
This is an outstanding accomplishment and places her among the top players in her age group nationwide. Way to go Malia! FOSC congratulates Malia on her hard work and wish her continued success.
to read more about the rankings on the Top Drawer Soccer IMG Top 150 national ranking system.
Post-game interview in Costa Rica