sam4Red Bank Regional student Sam MacPherson (left) reached the pinnacle in his teenage soccer career, when he was selected to represent his Region I US Soccer Youth Olympic Development Program in the South African International soccer tournament this past spring. (photos by Greateye Studios/ Scott Johnson Photography)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

America, it seems, may have caught soccer fever, with the US team surviving the “death group” round and advancing on to the group of 16 in the 2014 Soccer World Cup. Could this be the turning point where the US finally embraces the sport that dominates the rest of civilization?

Sam MacPherson, a 17 year old from Red Bank and a rising senior at Red Bank Regional High School, is doing his part to achieve that goal, literally. The RBR soccer forward returned this past spring from an international tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa, with his elite team of 18 players in the Region I US Soccer Youth Olympic Development Program (USSODP). The team was made up of the best soccer players culled from competitive tournaments in 15 states in the Mid-Atlantic to North Eastern United States, inclusive of Virginia to Maine.

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