Early SW Conference 2017-2018 Outlook Discussion

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  1. GoWest

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    Out: SC del sol, Real, Eagles...
    In: DMC Sharks

    Sereno
    Heat
    Surf
    DMC
    West Coast
    Blues
    Slammers
    Strikers
    Arsenal

    Thoughts on the "new look" (sorta) conference and will it still be the pace setter in the ECNL?
     
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    Maybe Strikers will be more successful this time around.
     
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  3. GoWest

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    I guess it all depends upon "who goes where?" I like the fact that clubs like Strikers, Heat, Sereno, etc dont have DA to mess their world up. My DD has loved playing in the ECNL but now is leaning towards DA because that's where the bulk of the players she plays with are going.

    I agree, Strikers over all may have an opportunity here. That u14 Rogers team is making some noise leading the pack this season. Sustainable? To be seen. Clubs like Strikers plus Sereno, Heat, Arsenal....if they can keep their talent, will probably be much more competitive.

    I wonder if "The Big3" (Blues, Slammers, Surf) will continue their streak of overall dominance in the conference? With the change in the landscape (and if if if the DA attracts the bulk of the top talent away from the Big3 it's gonna be interesting to see if the level of play remains at a high level.

    I dont know what final rosters will look like August 1 but here's my guess from an overall (all age groups) perspective for club impact for the upcoming ECNL season:

    1) Blues (tie)...Greg and Matt (aka Baker Brothers) have something really special here. Will DA untrack?
    1) Slammers (tie)... Khoury Brothers Larsen also special. Again will DA untrack
    3) Surf
    4) Arsenal
    5) Strikers....maybe 4?
    6) West Coast
    7) Heat (tie)
    7) Sereno (tie)
    9) DMC

    I haven't looked at the u13 crew coming in and, again, don't know DA impact. Thoughts?
     
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    I am aware of numerous Striker FC and Arsenal FC ECNL players that are trying out for 1 or more DA clubs right now. I wouldn't assume that those rosters stay intact next season.
     
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    If you play for Blues just be sure to duck and watch out for flying clipboards!
     
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    DA = A team
    ECNL = B team
    Best players will play on the A team
    ECNL only Clubs (without DA)actually have a shot at a better record this year
     
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    A lot of that seems to be going around. I have a friend that has kids playing on Heat and hearing that a shake-up may happen in the desert with Albion making moves into the market with DA options.

    Sereno probably dealing with DA impact as well? Like I previously, "if if if" DA ends up having an impact on the quality of the ECNL rosters, and I agree with others here, some clubs may find themselves in a more competitive position in the SW conference.

    For one thing, it will test the depth that SoCal has and the quality of that depth.
     
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    Vegas Albion won't do too much to the landscape here any time soon. I could elaborate why I think that, but it probably doesn't matter in a SoCal forum.
     
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    What are your thoughts on the upcoming ECNL season and clubs being able to compete? I would guess you are from Nevada and there are those of us that don't mind a bit of "outlander" feedback. :)
     
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    You and the clipboard comments. So over done. Did any of this EVER happen or are you just"fake" news? Do share. Useless.

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    Short and sweet? ECNL teams will take a hit during the DA's inaugural season, a big one in the younger teams. The older teams with both ECNL and DA (2018, maybe 2019) I feel will be able to compete with each other.

    As for how this next season will fare out, I can honestly say I don't know. My DD played ECNL in the NW conference last year, so we haven't been keeping track of the SW. I would like to think the teams with only ECNL will lead the pack, but time will tell, and which league the players flock to should be interesting. My DD will be with a SoCal ECNL team this next season to finish out her youth career before college, so I guess we'll see firsthand how it plays out.
     
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    Nomadic in a word! lol

    It is an exercise in "reading the tea leaves" looking ahead. If nothing more, it will be interesting to watch those non-DA ECNL clubs versus the DA ECNL clubs. Good point.

    Best of Luck to your DD this next season!
     
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    Forgot to ask, did you relocate from NW to SoCal? I see you are a Rebel fan so I figured you were from Nevada. Just curious.
     
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    Thanks for the well wishes! To you as well.

    No, we live Vegas. Rebel fan because my DD will be playing for them!
     
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    Another Vegas poster here. There is no loophole for Albion Vegas to have kids play DA for Albion in So Cal. So that is not a real draw. One of the directors of Albion has alot of contacts and a good rapport with girls in the city, the other has a track record of doing random things like getting thrown out of indoor soccer leagues for fighting. As far as I know non of the top level Vegas players are going to Albion this year. They want to wait and see what happens. We have had Vegas Surf and Vegas Arsenal, and neither has worked out.

    My DD played with a SoCal team this year, and was a tad upset that she wouldn't be allowed to play DA, but it is what it is. ECNL will still be competitive. Yes I do think that there will be more parity in the Southwest conference next season. After playing all of the "top players" this year I think what MAP has been saying all along is true : There are truly only 3-4 girls per team (and not even on all teams) that are truly elite.

    who knows what the hell is going to happen. my kid is a weird age, so I feel like they are getting the short end of the stick.
     
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    Does the Socal ECNL club she's going to be playing for have the DA? With your player being committed to UNLV, have you considered the local club options for the upcoming year? Does the UNLV coach have any preference as to which league your player plays in? Sorry, not trying to sound like this an inquisition, just that my daughter has been through the ECNL DP process for a few years now, and we've found the U18 season is not like the others.
     
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    Sore spot? Must have taken a while to cut and paste all that MS.
     
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    They do not have DA. NV's high school season takes place during fall, so DD basically does nothing other than do private trainings and strength/conditioning during this period. There is a local ECNL option but we will not play for them, for the same reasons you saw many Vegas kids DP for SoCal, AZ, and UT teams after the other NV club lost ECNL status.

    DD's going to graduate early so the best option for her is to play in the ECNL during the fall. I can't speak for the coaching staff themselves, but from my understanding, they just want her to be playing during the fall at the highest possible level feasible (which will be ECNL as we live outside the geographic region for DA). Honestly, as long as she's playing quality soccer against quality competition, I'm sure they're happy with our decision.

    In what way is the U18 season different from the rest? Just curious.
     
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    I've wondered why so many talented kids from Vegas DP instead of play for Heat but I've never heard the reasons why.
     
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    Sin City soccer secrets.
     
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