Dec. 2010 - Penn Fusion 94 Girls team member, Andrea Gunderson, is spotlighted in EPYSA’s Touchline magazine. Click here for the complete article.
Dec. 2010 -
ODP Spotlight: Andrea Gunderson
By Evan Kravitz, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
Fifteen-year-old Andrea Gunderson knows if ever there was a time to focus on her game it’s now. This rising star out of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) is intent on taking her soccer career all the way. This is Andrea’s fourth year in ODP and she is making a name for herself.
“ODP has helped me become a better player,” said Andrea. “You get to work with coaches who come from all over the region and you get their perspective on how you can become a better player. There is a lot of pressure to do well but, in the end, good things will come.”
ODP provides supplemental training and competitive opportunities for players with the goal of advancement to US Youth Soccer Region I teams and, ultimately, national team selections.
This year, Andrea was named to the US Youth Soccer ODP Region I pool and worked hard to not only maintain her pool status but also make it to the regional team. This was revenge for the year before when she was in regional pool at camp and got cut the last day.
“Andrea has really started to focus on what she needs to do mentally to play at the next level,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Assistant Director of Coaching Danielle Fagan. “Andrea is extremely physical and knows how to use her speed and strength to her advantage. “
Andrea’s dream is to make it to the U.S. National Team, a Division I school and the pros. But at this age, Andrea is taking things in stride.
“I wouldn’t be upset if it doesn’t happen,” said Andrea. “I am taking this one step at a time.”
“Because she has been exposed to that expanded horizon in ODP she knows there are a lot of good players out there that she has to compete with,” said Andrea’s mother, Susan. “Andrea has an appreciation for other players.”
Andrea’s infectious personality has not been lost on those who know her best. She is the captain of her Under-16 Penn Fusion club team and is a skilled communicator.
“Andrea is lighthearted, fun and makes everyone around her laugh,” said coach Fagan. “I am convinced that she finally figured out how to balance her fun side with the side that is so incredibly determined to succeed.”