Moreno selected for elite soccer program
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Carlos Moreno, 15, was recently selected to attend an Olympic Development Program for the best soccer players in Northern California. The program is designed to improve the quality of the men and women’s national teams by training the country’s premier young players and offering the best coaching available.
Carlos Moreno, 15, was recently selected to attend an Olympic Development Program for the best soccer players in Northern California. The program is designed to improve the quality of the men and women’s national teams by training the country’s premier young players and offering the best coaching available.
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Patterson High soccer goalie, Carlos Moreno, was recently selected to represent Northern California at a showcase competition for the Olympic Development Program -- a scouting system for the nation's best youth players.

Moreno, a sophomore, was selected for the Cal North State 1998 team, based on the year he was born. The contingent has 36 players, selected from an initial pool of more than 150 athletes.

Of the group of 36 players, 20 are chosen to participate in tournaments throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

The Olympic Develop Program (ODP) helps some of the top athletes in the country to further their maturation as soccer players, perhaps with the hope of making the National Team.

The 15-year-old said he was excited about the chance to participate in the program and hopefully advance his soccer career.

"I would like to play college soccer, and maybe, professionally," Moreno said.

He encourages other athletes of the sport to continue to improve their skills and maybe one day reach soccer's highest level.

"I hope some of the younger kids in Patterson will be inspired to reach for their goals, too," Moreno said. "I want to let kids know that they don't have to do what everyone else is doing. There are other ways to go. By keeping your mind on the field, you can avoid things like drugs and alcohol."

Moreno also credits the Patterson Youth Soccer Association as a quality training program, and recognizes that the dedication of his coaches and family has been a huge influence in his burgeoning career between the posts.

"It's important to instill pride in the community," said Minerva Moreno, Carlos' mother. "I think that Carlos has given it his best, and we are very proud of him. He has something to work for."

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.

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