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    John Trask Serves On U.S. U-18 Mega-Camp Staff
     

     
    UIC head coach John Trask recently served on the U.S. U-18 staff during a 72-player mega-camp.
     
    UIC head coach John Trask recently served on the U.S. U-18 staff during a 72-player mega-camp.
     
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    Jan. 9, 2009

    CHICAGO- UIC head men's soccer coach John Trask rang in the new year by serving on the United States Under-18 Men's National Team coaching staff at a 72-player mega-camp held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from Dec. 28 until Jan. 4.

    Trask was part of an elite collection of coaches from around the country led by U.S. U-18 head coach Mike Matkovich that trained and evaluated the pool of players and engaged them in numerous scrimmages.

    "It was great to be part of this process, particularly with this group of young men as they embark on the collegiate level," said Trask. "It was a very rewarding experience."

    Each player at the mega-camp was born in 1991, making them eligible for both the U-18 Men's National Team and the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cups. The U-18 program was created to aid in the transition for younger players between the Under-17 and Under-20 sides.

    Trask has worked with youth programs on the national level before. A long list of former and current U.S. Men's National Team players have trained under the fourth-year UIC head coach's watch.

    Several other training camps, both domestic and foreign, are being planned throughout the year for the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team.