United FC-MI player, Kristin Boos, was at the very top of the list of scorers at the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program interregional camp last week in Boca Raton, FL. The six-day event, which ran Nov. 19-24 at Spanish River Athletic Park, featured teams in the 2000-2004 age groups comprised of the top female players in the country. The nearly 300 participating players were selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. Throughout the week, players attended training sessions and competed in matches against the other Regions, in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
Kristin performed well for the Midwest team in her matches. She scored 1 in game one against the West. The daily email recap said this about Kristin, “Midwest controlled the game from start to finish and rightfully earned a 4-0 victory over the West Region in each team’s opening match at the event. Kristin Boos cannoned a shot into the net in the 23rd minute, scoring the game’s lone first half goal.”
In the second game, against the South, Kristin scored both goals. Here’s what the daily email recap stated about her, “The South and Midwest teams played to a 2-2 draw that contained a scoring clinic by South’s Hailey Whitaker and Midwest’s Kristin Boos. Whitaker scored the lone goal in the first half to give South a 1-0 advantage going into the break. Boos leveled the score in the 61st minute hitting a beautiful right-footed curler into the upper right corner. Boos did not wait long to add her second as she muscled beyond her defender and finished her chance to give Midwest a 2-1 advantage.”
Her last game was against the East team, where they won 2-1. The daily recap mentioned Kristin again, although she didn’t score, “Midwest's Kristin Boos almost gave her team the lead right before halftime but Michaela Easter made the save after Boos was able to muscle by her defender.” After that game her Midwest (Region II) coaches told her that they know she can play at the highest collegiate level possible.
Maren McCrary, a Region II ODP coach (who was a three time Division I All American forward at Brigham Young University and, after graduating , then known as Maren Hendershot, played professionally for the San Jose CyberRays and Carolina Courage in the first American professional league, the WUSA) echoed that sentiment to Kristin and offered to be a reference for Kristin when communicating with D1 college coaches.
Kristin summarized the week, “It was an incredible experience- being at the Boca tournament. I loved playing with such high level players and under such high quality coaches. Getting to make friends with girls from all over the U.S. was an awesome experience. It was also great to meet Brandi Chastain and speak with her for a while in the hotel. And, I was honored to be chosen by my Region II coaches to speak a few minutes at the Thanksgiving banquet. All-in-all, it was a week I’ll never forget.”
Kristin has a ‘top 5 college team’ list made. She is touring the campuses of Rutgers, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, and Penn State next week. She also recently attended an ID camp and campus tour at West Virginia University. Those are her collegiate team aspirations and she is hoping to meet with their coaches soon. In addition to playing soccer in college, she is also considering the option of playing with the Tottenham Spurs Ladies 1st team in London, England where she successfully tried out in August.
Ak Lakhani, the Tottenham Ladies Spurs assistant coach said, "I think she is a very talented player and is definitely someone who we would be keen to bring back over to our set up. I think she impressed me the most in her 1vs1 situations, athletically she was very strong and her ball striking was very impressive. "
Watch Kristin’s highlight video from last club season here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef1C7lky9yA&t=1s
Or her freestyling video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49jkB9ilXI4
Connect with her on Instagram (k_boos2) or email her at KristinLBoos13@gmail.com
The US Youth Soccer ODP Interregional page for the 2000/2001s can be found here