DMCV Sharks granted ECNL status

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    ECNL Welcomes DMCV and FC Alliance as Member Clubs in 2017

    RICHMOND, VA (February 9, 2017) – The Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks (Del Mar, CA) and FC Alliance (Knoxville, TN) will be joining the Girls ECNL beginning in the 2017-2018 ECNL season as new member clubs. The ECNL will be the only national leagues in which the clubs will compete, and the focal point of their competitive efforts.

    The DMCV Sharks are led by former US Soccer National Team star Shannon MacMillan, a veteran of 2 Women’s World Cups (one championship), a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, and a 2016 inductee of the US Soccer Hall of Fame. DMCV won USYS National Championships in both 2013 and 2014, and was a USYS National Finalist in 2015. The DMCV U18 girls are currently competing in the USYS National League, and in 2015-16 DMCV won the California Regional League at U16. The club has consistently developed top players in the formation age groups for years.

    “Becoming a member club of the ECNL is a tremendous opportunity for our girls,” said DMCV Executive Director Shannon MacMillan. “The ECNL is a proven and respected platform in terms of competition and continued investment in player development. The league’s core values align perfectly with the DMCV Sharks and we are excited to offer all of the opportunities that come along with a top league to our membership. Participating in ECNL will showcase and challenge our players, helping to enhance their development both on and off the field.”

    FC Alliance has placed nearly 100 players into college soccer since 2014, with 24 players in the class of 2017 alone moving on to college soccer. Over the past 3 years, the club has qualified 6 teams for the NPL Finals, 3 teams finished as USYS Region 3 Finalists, and has had 7 teams compete in the USYS National League.

    “We are honored to be announced as a new member club of the ECNL for the 2017 season,” said FC Alliance Girls Director of Coaching Josh Gray. “The ECNL has been the top female youth league in the world for many years, and we are very excited to provide this opportunity to the players of East Tennessee. Our main goal has been to provide our players with the path to play soccer at a level beyond the youth game. ECNL’s college and professional impact is unparalleled, and will enhance our ability to meet that goal.”

    “DMCV and FC Alliance will be great new member clubs for the ECNL,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “We have been very impressed with the leadership of both clubs, and their commitment to develop top players in a holistic environment makes them a natural fit.”

    Both clubs will begin formal competition in the ECNL in August 2017.

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    About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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  2. 17SquirrelsDad

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    They should fit in quite well with the lower half of the 2nd tier Southwest Conference teams, and provide adequate games for the upper tiered teams to showcase their bench players when necessary.
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    Someone is bitter...
     
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    Hmm actually they may fall square in the lower third since the only team Surf, Blues, Slammers , WCFC are putting in ECNL team our be their now B teams. So look at those teams minus their best players and you have the new ECNL at 04, 03. Don't know about 02 and up .
    They won't be playing the top talent so they should be okay
     
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    I'll explain though. DMS doesn't have anywhere's near the coaching capabilities that Surf does. Sure, you might say "Well this age group has..." or "Well that age group was developed by...", but you still don't have the overall soccer exposure that Surf provides. Hence, DMS won't be able to compete across the board as Surf has/continues. 'Nuff said. Certainly Round can interject and spell it out plainer.
     
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    Agree but it's also their B teams minus their top talent/bubble players who defected to the DA so will be a weak group
     
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    I see DMS as an additional revenue generator to grow the EGSL brand. :)
     
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    The 03 and 04 sharks ecnl coaches will be much better than the surf 03 and 04 DA coach, I can tell you that much.
     
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    Who are the coaches for Sharks ECNL? No doubt Sharks will have a chance to prove itself, but like everything else, it will take time. Sharks currently do not have 2-3 solid girls teams 04-00 so they need to recruit to fill the roster. Surf has been building strong teams from 08 and up as you can see their presence at finals at State Cup and Nat'l Cup.
     
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    The challenge Sharks face is even with a strong 03 and 04 Ecnl coach many of the girls on the top team will follow their coach to DA or have already left. The second teams haven't fared well. There is good local talent if they can recruit from east or south located teams.
     
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    There is a limited number of DA spots available. The girls may want to follow their coach, but they will have to compete for spots on a DA team. What does this mean for ECNL, I don't know. But I am pretty sure that non-ECNL teams are putting together a DAII league. I believe that the hope is that they can hang onto talent that isn't quite DA level with the idea that they would be considered for DA if openings occur.
     
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    All of this has already been decided- if they didn't make DA they can try out for Sharks ECNL
     
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    This is why I see Sharks get ECNL. It has nothing to do with their current development of players. It's market control. If kids get turn away from Surf Academy and ECNL, they will have a spot on Sharks, and the money stays with ECNL.
     
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    Ok...I'll admit I'm a bit bitter! ECNL has refused to add Clubs in SoCal for the past 4 years. Then it does so in a market that is already served. Yet there is a large void in LA County, now filled 2 fold by DA. Would have been interesting if Beach was granted ECNL and LAG given DA or vice versa.
     
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    Okay I'll bite. ECNL wasn't trying to dilute the market. GDA is succeeding in doing just that. There is a lot of talent in the LA Southbay and lots of it was ending up at Blues, Slammers, Strikers and Real So Cal. To me that seems to be a sufficient amount of options. In San Diego only having one option sucked but Surf is one of the best youth clubs in the country and if you can cut it there you have an elite player on your hands. At the end of the day the GDA states that they are trying to create an elite training environment and league putting elite players against each other. Taking an 11 team conference and turning it into 14 teams while at the same time eliminating the Vegas metro area and it's 2 million people seems to be counter to this goal.
     
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    All those clubs you mention are over 100 miles round trip from the LA Southbay area and take 1.5 hours (or more) to get to in rush hour traffic which is generally when practice is. So, a 2 hour practice is actually a 5 hour practice for people who go down there. If you go down early to beat the rush, it's 6 hours. The drive time exceeds the practice time. If you have 3 practices a week... you have already gone @350 miles-- then add scrimmages, league play, even "team bondings," none of it is remotely close to your home! Come on.

    As for why they didn't include Vegas, don't know about that.
     
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    Talk about dilution, you have Slammers, Strikers and don't forget West Coast all lumped in together. im sure SD needed another ECNL option, but the SouthBay could have used 1 option within 45 min.
     
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    There is not requirement to play elite level soccer. My player traveled 70 miles each way her last year. It was worth the investment. The question that was asked and answered many times was is it worth it. Plenty of players thought so. Now what we will have is a bunch of good teams but no great ones. Not to mention very few great players that are used to playing with other great players. If the goal of GDA is to help the middle 80% then mission accomplished. If it is designed to help the top 10% or more significantly the top 1% then it is already off to a rocky start with the now further diluted talent levels. The truth is that in SoCal in each birth year you are talking maybe 5 players that have the potential to be full national team players and maybe 2-3 that have the drive that meets that potential. If those players aren't likely to play on the same team due to there being a "local" option how is the system helping to develop national team players? Put another way, if Ashley Sanchez can't play with Kiki Pickett right now how is further dividing things going to help?
     
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    I googled it and it's 38 miles from Torrance to Slammers Newport Beach and 39 miles to Irvine Strikers. It is 50 miles to Blues and WCFC though. Los Angeles to Real SoCal Woodland Hills is 27 miles.

    Yeah, yeah....But, the traffic!
     
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