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Alabama ODP Success Stories


Chris Richards
Chris grew up in Hoover, AL playing for Hoover Soccer Club.  His efforts in ODP helped him see a new level of play that increased his desire to bet the best.  Before joining FC Dallas Development Academy, Chris was awarded DA Central Conference Player of the Year on the way to winning the National Championship with the Houston Texans beating FC Dallas in the process. He quickly moved to FC Dallas then on to FC Bayern Munich where he made his first team debut in June of 2020!

Chris recently scored his first international goal for the USA in the Nation League finals to help the US defend its crown!

Julia Pack

Julia played for Birmingham United Soccer Association during her youth career and went on several ODP trips from the National Team Camp to Rio De Janiero in Brazil.  She went on to play for Auburn University Women’s Soccer before transferring to Auburn University at Montgomery.

Brandon Servania

Brandon Servania grew up playing with Birmingham United and Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and participated in Alabama ODP.  He moved to Dallas to join FC Dallas’ Development Academy and committed to Wake Forest for his Freshman year of college. After his Freshman year, he returned to FC Dallas to sign a homegrown contract and join the 1st team.  He’s also represented the US Youth National Team across multiple age groups and was recently capped by the Senior Men’s National Team!

Grace McClellan

Grace participated in ODP for several years persevering through the challenges to make the State Team then the Region Team where she went on two trips to England in her final years in the program.  This lead her to the LSU Women’s Soccer Team! 

Tanner Tessmann

Tanner Tessmann played with Birmingham United Soccer Association and participated in ODP for several years going on several trips with the Region Team and ODP National Team.  He joined the FC Dallas Development Academy in 2016.  From there he worked his way to the first team where he signed a homegrown contract and debuted with the first team in 2020!

Tanner now plays for Venezia FC in Italy’s Serie B.

Maddison “Goose” Martin

Maddison “Goose” Martin played for Birmingham United growing up and had several successes with ODP including a trip to Costa Rica!  She worked with the coaches at LSU during her time in ODP which helped her land a scholarship to the Division 1 school!

David Wrona

David Wrona grew up playing with Birmingham United Soccer Association and was a teammate of Tanner Tessmann and Chris Richards.  David played ODP for several years going to IMG and Argentina with the Region Team before moving on to the Columbus Crew Development Academy.  He currently plays for Wake Forest.

Lucas Rizzo

Lucas grew up playing with the Capital City Streaks in Montgomery and Alabama FC in Birmingham.  His involvement with the ODP Region & National Teams brought him to various countries around the world including Costa Rica, Scotland, and Portugal before signing with the Columbus Crew Development Academy in August of 2020!