(Jun 17, 2017) Eastside FC's Cameron Kovats, 15, and Myka Carr, 16, are traveling to Europe this summer to see and experience it from a perspective very few of us ever have: they were each selected to train in elite soccer programs, those of Real Madrid and Olympique Lyonnais, respectively. Candidates were initially nominated by their coaches in the eligible age groups, then selected to represent their club and submit a resume to Generation Adidas International, which makes the program available to top Adidas youth soccer clubs nationwide. The two EFC players received their invitations this week along with news of the incredible opportunity after making the final cut by Generation Adidas International.
Cameron Kovats will travel to Madrid, Spain, to train with Real Madrid Foundation coaches. He received one of the 32 spots for the Generation Adidas International Real Madrid Foundation Select Program. Real Madrid CF’s honors include 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey titles, and 12 Champion’s League titles. In addition to training, Kovats will play in international friendly matches against Academy teams and receive individual evaluation from Real Madrid Foundation coaches, an opportunity presented to very few American players.
A freshman at Issaquah High School, Kovats is a midfielder for his Eastside FC B01 Red team. From the program, he hopes to "learn how Real Madrid’s youth players are coached as well as how they play." He is interested to see how differently their academies run compared to ours, and looks forward to a higher level of competition. "When I got word I was selected, I was very excited and grateful that I was able to get such a great opportunity for playing soccer," he said. "Getting nominated by my club was a great honor in itself."
Myka Carr, Liberty High School student and G01 Eastside Reign A2's left-footed forward, was selected for one of the 32 spots for the Generation Adidas International Olympique Lyonnais Select Program. She is excited and honored to be representing Eastside FC as well as the state of Washington, and looks forward to training with Olympique Lyonnais staff in France. Olympique Lyonnais’s multitude of trophies include 15 Division 1 Féminine titles, 9 Coupe de France Féminine titles, and 3 Women’s Champion’s League titles. In addition to training, Carr will play in international friendly matches against Academy teams and receive individual evaluation from Olympique Lyonnais Academy coaches.
"My goal is to play soccer in college, and this will be a great experience for me to learn learn and try new training ideas," says Carr, in anticipation of her European adventure.
Generation Adidas International emphasizes Adidas’ role as the premier provider of elite developmental opportunities to US clubs. With access to the world’s top academies and tournaments, Adidas clubs have the opportunity to train and play at the sport’s most renowned institutions.