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Express 2002 Players Attend Generation Adidas Select Programs in Europe

By Encinitas Express, 08/29/18, 5:15PM PDT


For Immediate Release - Wednesday, August 29 - Evan Olszak (Boys 2002 e3) and Cierra Shelton (Girls 2002 e3) represent Express in Europe as part of the generation adidas Select Program.

For the last ten years, generation adidas international has partnered with premier Adidas clubs like Encinitas Express to develop U.S. youth soccer at the international level through its Select programs. Talented players are invited to train at the Real Madrid Foundation, A.F.C. Ajax, and Olympique Lyonnais, three of the world’s most powerful soccer clubs.

Evan Olszak had the opportunity to experience the culture of soccer at one of the most prestigious men’s programs in the world – A.F.C. Ajax in Amsterdam. Having won 33 Eredivisie titles and 18 KNVB Cups, A.F.C. Ajax is one of the most successful clubs in men’s soccer, both nationally and internationally.  Evan experienced elite level development through specialized training with academy coaches, international friendly matches against academy teams, and individual evaluation. 

As part of the generation adidas Olympique Lyonnais Select Program, Cierra Shelton had the opportunity to play in competitive friendly games against the Olympique Lyonnais Academy, while also training and receiving professional coaching at the legendary club.   Having won fourteen Women’s Champions of France titles, as well as three Women’s Champions League titles, Olympique Lyonnais is one of the most successful clubs in women’s soccer, both nationally and internationally.

Evan and Cierra were nominated to attend these programs by our Express Directors of Coaching based on their dedication to their personal development as well as their commitment to their teams and their love for the sport.  Competing with players from all over the US, Evan and Cierra were selected by generation adidas to be part of an exclusive 32-player roster for these programs.  What a great opportunity!