Many current and former Met Oval players have recently been called into USSF National Team camps across the USA. So far this year four players with roots at Met Oval have competed to represent the USA on Youth National Teams. Met Oval's Youth Center of Excellence focuses on developing elite level talent for the US national teams, professional academies and collegiate careers. Met Oval offers a professional pathway through its affiliation with New York City FC.
Veljko Petkovic (currently at NYCFC) attended the U16 national camp in California this spring and was selected to represent the U16 team at an international tournament. This was Veljko's second national team camp previously attending one in the Fall of 2014 while at Met Oval.
Balthazar Saunders (currently at NYCFC) was selected to attend the U15 National camp this month in Portland, his first call up.
Bella Semper was selected for the U14 girls national team camp this summer her second call up. Bella plays within the boys program at Met Oval.
Angela Aguero (currently at World Class) was selected for the U15 girls national team camp this summer and played for years within the Met Oval boys program.
In addition, Justin Haak ( currently at NYCFC) was selected to attend the Generation Adidas ESP event in San Jose last month which highlights talented U15 players. Justin played at Met Oval for a number of years until moving to NYCFC via our professional pathway partnership with NYCFC.
Over 10 former or current Met Oval players have been called into USSF National Team Camps in the past 2 years demonstrating the elite development environment at hand at Met Oval's Youth Center of Excellence in Queens.
Metropolitan Oval is a USSF Development Academy dedicated to developing the highest-quality soccer talent in New York City while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer in a committed environment through specialized training, team play, camps and clinics. The Met Oval's soccer facility was originally built in 1925 by immigrants from Germany and Hungary, and remains the most historic soccer facility in the United States. The Met Oval is the only New York City soccer club that owns its own field and related facilities.