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Decatur’s Iverson travels to national soccer camp
14-year-old will compete as part of U.S. national under-15 squad

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

Decatur resident Cole Iverson’s father says his son always wanted to be part of the United States national soccer team.

This week, the 14-year-old will get the chance as he travels Sunday to Carson, Calif., for a U.S. national under-15 soccer team training camp. He will leave at 5:30 a.m.

“It’s a big honor,” said Cole’s father, Jody Iverson. “We’re very proud of him.”

Jody Iverson said Cole is one of 22 players from across the nation participating in the 10-day camp.

“He’s a real heads-up player,” Jody Iverson said. “He just happened to be at the right place at the right time.”

Iverson began playing soccer for the Decatur Revolution and now competes for the Huntsville Soccer Club. He also participates in the U.S. Olympic Developmental Program.

“Out of all the players I’ve coached, he’s one player who deserves a chance,” Huntsville Soccer Club coach Henry Impagi said. “He’s a hard worker and a great disciplined kid.”

Iverson went through a series of tryouts that included playing on a state and regional level before being picked for the national camp. Iverson’s father said training has played a big part.

“We home-schooled him last year so that he could train,” Jody Iverson said. “He knew that if he wanted to move up the ladder, he had to train to get better. He’s excited about his opportunity.”

Even though playing on the national under-15 soccer team will take a lot of Cole’s time and force him to miss some time with the Huntsville club, his father said he still plans on playing locally.

That’s good news for Impagi.

“We’re going to miss him, but we’re still going to have a strong team,” he said. “We’ll have to find somebody to take his spot.”

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