Region 1 1997 ODP Boys participated in the Invitational Tournament of Cuneo held near Turin. After beating MTK Budapest in the semis, the boys lost in the finale against favorites Inter Milan before 1000 spectators, finishing second amongst 32 teams. US player Jeremy Ebobisse was awarded Golden Boot scoring 11 goals in the tournament.
The team travelled to the North West of Italy and participated at the 21st edition of the “Torino Cup” Youth International Invitational which is one of the few top tournament for the U-14 age category. Thirty-two teams competed over 4 days with six countries represented. The most notable participants were Young Stars from Ivory Coast, MTK Budapest from Hungary, RAD Belgrad from Serbia, Swiss team AC Bellinzona, Genoa FC, Inter Milan and US representative Region 1 ODP.