Dunmore Soccer Star Shoots and Scores

After a grueling week long camp that took place from July 5 to 9 at the University of Rhode Island, Greater Binghamton United FC is announced that three 01 Select U13 players were chosen for U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 pool and International roster, including Dunmore native Ione Fetsko. The process started one year ago with Olympic Development Program (ODP) tryouts. After winter and spring training and events, players competed with close to 400 players from Region 1 in a series of scrimmages, training sessions, and classes overseen by U.S. Youth Soccer trainers and coaches.

Ione Festko, right, has been selected for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 pool and International roster. Photo Credit: Festko Family

Ione Festko, right, has been selected for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 pool and International roster. Photo Credit: Festko Family

01 Select player Ione Fetsko was selected to the U13 (2002) Region I ODP Pool. The Regional Pools average 50-60 players from the Northeastern U.S., who are identified as top players in the region. Fetsko also made the Region I the Inter Regional Tournament this fall in Boca Raton, FL. That team will represent Region I against national and international competition. A second roster of U13 players, which included Fetsko, was invited to attend a U.S. national training camp this fall, making her eligible for possible future selection to the U14 national team.

The 01 Select team recently won their second consecutive New York West State Championship, the 2014 Region I Championship and several regional prestigious tournaments. Their training at GBUFC is overseen by Bahij Kashou, owner of the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.

Fetsko, of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, is an eighth grader attending Dunmore Middle School who plays forward for 01 Select. She is the daughter of Brian and Kym Fetsko.

U.S. Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each offering a regional camp for state association ODP teams in all eligible age groups. Region 1 currently has in excess of 1.2 million players competing within its geographical boundaries. U.S. Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for the nation’s youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national, professional and collegiate levels of play.

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