Granby’s Trystin Burger named to the US Soccer Region 1 Olympic Development Program

  • Granby’s Trystin Burger controls the ball against Wahconah during the 2016 Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Soccer final at Westfield State University. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby’s Julia Frappier, center, and Trystin Burger, right, rush to celebrate with Erin Mikalchus, left, after scoring a goal against Wahconah in the 2016 Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Soccer final at Westfield State University. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Morgan Harrington, left, of South Hadley, and Trystin Burger, of Granby, converge on a pass during a 2016 high school soccer game in Granby. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Granby’s Trystin Burger, left, tries to gain possession of the ball from Smith Academy’s Carrie Ellis during a girls soccer game Oct. 13 at Granby. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Trystin Burger, of Granby, scores on a penalty kick against South Hadley during the 2016 high school soccer season in Granby. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 8/7/2017 9:39:02 PM

Granby’s Trystin Burger was named to the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Olympic Development Program’s 30-player roster following a five-day training camp in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The camp, which ran from July 16-20, consisted of training sessions, games and classroom seminars. ODP coaches from the Northeast observed 150 players in order to establish a single team.

Burger was grateful for the high-level coaching she received at camp.

“Having coaches from a different country teach you definitely opens your eyes,” Burger said. “The international coaches taught me about how the main goal isn’t always about winning. It’s about how you play.”

The selection process started last November when Burger attended an open tryout for the Massachusetts ODP team in Lancaster. She earned a spot on the 40-player roster and spent the winter training in Marlborough. From that group, Burger was one of 20 players selected to play in a tournament in Delaware before the whole team headed to the Region 1 training camp in July.

The official selection ceremony for the 2017-18 team was held following the conclusion of camp. The Region 1 team is comprised of players from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Members of the team will endure another round of selections from Dec. 8-10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the roster will be made even smaller and travel teams will be established. Selected players will either have the opportunity to play in Boca, Florida, or to complete in an international tour, the location of which is yet to be determined.

Last winter, Burger chose to not play high school basketball in order to focus on soccer. She spent that time training with both the Global Premier Soccer club and the Massachusetts ODP team.

Burger has also been very successful academically. The rising junior hopes to earn an associate’s degree along with her high school diploma in two years, as she will take classes at Holyoke Community College this semester as part of the dual enrollment program. Burger has maintained a GPA above 4.0 while tackling a full honors curriculum at Granby.

Burger has turned her attention toward the upcoming high school season. She believes her ODP experiences will benefit her this fall.

“The way the formations are with ODP are completely different than high school, but learning how they play there will still help with high school,” she said. “Especially because we’re losing so many seniors this year.”

Granby will face Monson in its season opener at 4 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Granby.

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