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Chivas Players Chosen for National Tryout Programs

Dec 4, 2012

Porterville's South Valley Chivas Academy continues to develop national youth soccer players as Jaybree Lopez, Valeria Rios and Alexis Contreras have all been chosen to participate in national tryout events.

Lopez and Rios, who both play for the Chivas 98 girls team for girls born no later than 1998, have been invited to attend the United States Soccer's id2 National Training Camp to be held Dec. 6-9 at Grande Sports World, a start of the art soccer facility in Casa Grande, Ariz. Lopez, Rios and Contreras have also all be chosen to attend the California Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program tryout in Ripon on Sunday.

The id2 National Identification and Development Program provides a chance for the nation's top youth soccer players to participate in an elite training camp with top players from across the country. U.S. National Youth Team scouts will be on hand at the Arizona camp scouting players for potential players for the U.S. 14 and under National Teams.

Lopez and Rios will both have a busy week as both players will fly out of Arizona late Saturday evening to participate on the ODP tryout.

Lopez, Rios and Contreras have all made the final cut for the state ODP team. the ODP program is used to identify players for the U.S. Olympic team.

Anyone interested in attending the Chivas Academy or wanting to try out for one of the Chivas competitive teams should contact (559) 310-7511 or Anyone interested can also attend the academy's practices held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Sequoia Middle School. More information is also available at

Source: (c)2012 The Porterville Recorder (Porterville, Calif.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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