2018-2019 SW ECNL Conference Discussion

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  1. GoWest

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    Current season still underway, September will be here before we know it. Here's the clubs that I hear will represent the 2018-2019 SW ECNL division as of today:

    Arizona Arsenal
    Arsenal
    Blues
    DMC Sharks
    Heat
    LA Breakers
    Scottsdale Blackhawks
    SD Surf
    Slammers
    Strikers

    Did I miss anyone?
     
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    Well yes and no.

    Scottsdale Blackhawks are no more. As of today they are called Phoenix Rising. Phx Rising is the local USL pro team over in the Phoenix metro area.
    https://www.phxrisingfc.com/news_article/show/915238?referrer_id=2717359

    Arizona is going through a big merger fest right now. A number of clubs in Phx have merged under the RSL-AZ banner. The 2 biggest in Tucson have merged very recently under the FC Tucson banner. FC Tucson is a lower level pro team owned by Phx Rising. And now Blackhawks are called Phx Rising. I am sure there will be more to come.
     
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    LA Breakers is a merger between 2 different clubs (Westside Breakers & FC Los Angeles).

    Are either of those clubs any good?
     
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    what does this question have to do with the topic of ECNL?
     
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  5. Desert Hound

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    Because they are ECNL next year. And further the thread title specifically refers to next year.

    But outside of that nothing....so try to catch up. I know things move quickly here on these boards ;)
     
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    sorry - didn't realize they were going ECNL - don't shoot me man
     
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  7. Desert Hound

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    No worries.
     
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    Arizona ECNL teams as a whole are absolutely going to be destroyed by Socal next year. Socal teams should refuse to travel to Arizona. The AZ dilution will be incredible. Two ECNL teams, two DA teams, and two DPL teams in small geographical area. Retards like Desert Fool think it won't happen. Lol. It is going to be ugly and funny at the same time.

    This year AZ has one DA and one ECNL club and outside of the u18/19s both clubs are bottom third in their respective divisions.
     
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  9. Desert Hound

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    Not sure why you are such an ass. I think it relates to your kid not getting much playing time...so you run around being a forum troll making stuff up.

    I have never been a fan of all the extra teams in AZ for next year. But continue to make up crap pretending I have been saying something I never have either here or on the AZ boards.
     
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    Thinking further if I recall push_up is a disgruntled del Sol parent. So how is the DD performing? Or should we imply based on your complaints about del Sol and LA it is not going well? Did she get an offer for a top notch JUCO somewhere? Go chokes? For those of you not aware of top notch community colleges..the chokes are Scottsdale Community College Artichokes. The story goes during the Vietnam War they wanted a less aggressive sounding mascot name...which is perfect for our little friend push_up.

    push_up likes to say dumb to most of my posts...says retarded etc. I know he is a dad, but he sure talks like a middle schooler. Sorry del Sol didn't work out bro.
     
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    Apparently it does not take much to tweak a Desert Fool. Funny that it took you an extra post to 'think further.' Dumb and dumber.

    Desert Fool =0
    push_up - 1
     
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    I'm not sure. I think my DD played against a team from FC LA a few years ago. From what I recall they were more athletic than technical but a hard working crew.

    I agree with your position on AZ market dilution. If I were a parent in that market I would hope to avoid "the chase" and getting lost in the hype and really force myself and my player to ignore the noise and focus on finding the best coach for development irrespective of league. That's no easy task IMO given that feeling of "not wanting to feel left behind" if you get what I mean?
     
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    FCLA was a boys-only club and Westside Breakers was a girls-only club. Although they were separate clubs, they shared field space at the VA, so the merger formalizes a relationship that was in place already.
     
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    They have a couple strong teams in certain age groups, but not the club-wide depth from what you would see from the original ECNL clubs.

    Understand that the LA Breakers merger/ECNL addition is a more of chess move on the part of ECNL (and the newly merged club) rather than a straightforward addition of a club with an impressive resume. It's part geography, part DA vs. ECNL battle for leverage in SoCal. ECNL and Breakers are banking that since there is no ECNL club in LA (a major misstep by ECNL originally), and there is a fair amount of unhappiness with the DA clubs within their reach, that they will be able to build up talent depth where they don't already have it. The DA clubs nearby cut off the talent from some of the big sports oriented HS programs with influential HS coaches. They are betting that those kids really would prefer an ECNL option and will move to Breakers in the off season. It's a calculated gamble. If the lure of ECNL isn't what it once was, and the DA clubs really have a better thing going, a lot of the Breakers teams will struggle in the first year for sure. But if they are able to consolidate talent in that geography with what they already have, they'll be competitive.
     
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    So, with Surf out of ECNL (whodathunk a season or two ago) this is the "new look" SW ECNL division team update:

    Arizona Arsenal
    Arsenal
    Blues
    DMC Sharks
    Heat
    LA Breakers
    Phoenix Rising (formerly Blackhawks)
    Slammers
    Strikers

    Any ideas on 1) if ECNL will move to replace Surf and West Coast, and 2) which SoCal clubs might be in line?
     
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    If Surf is out, that means they were forced to choose DA or ECNL. Blues and Slammers face the same decision. Any rumors on which way each club will go?

    Without Blues, down to 8, would guess they stay there for next year.
     
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    Blues will have 1 more year. Slammers is all in. LAFC took over DA.
     
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    It is my understanding that both clubs are set to field dominant teams in both leagues. Making it actually happen is the challenge that I believe is driving their respective leadership. Can they make it happen?
     
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    ....and I thought I was "in the know" LOL! I haven't heard any of that but then again, you're batting average is 1000 when it comes to "who's in / out."

    I can only comment on this next season with any real confidence. So, Slammers FC "all in" ECNL and LAFC "all in" DA. I do think there is a connection at some level though. Still... Wow! Thanks for the info.
     
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    Haha You want more info???
     
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