ECNL in Depth - Part I

League architects discuss the nation's top girls' league
ECNL in Depth - Part I

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Soccer Wire recently held wide-ranging conversations with several of the Elite Clubs National League's most prominent coaches and executives. This is the first installment in a three-part series profiling the ambitious league.

Formed just three years ago to give top girls’ club programs more high-level competition and quality versus quantity in games, the Elite Clubs National League is already, in some ways, “light years ahead” of where its organizers thought it would be when it started.

Diez jugadores de la Academia anuncian sus compromisos de jugar en diferente universidades del país

Diez jugadores de la Academi

La Academia del D.C. United anunció hoy que un total de 10 jugadores del equipo Sub-18 jugarán en diferentes universidades del país durante la etapa del otoño del 2012. La lista incluye colegios con programas de fútbol universitario de élite como la Universiad de Wake Forest y la Universidad de Virginia, entre otras.

Academy officially announces 2012 university commitments

10 players announce intentions to attend eight Division I programs
Academy univ. commitments

D.C. United Academy today announced that ten of its U-18 players have committed to play soccer at eight different universities for the 2012 fall season. The list includes commitments to perennial collegiate powerhouses Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia, among others.

Academy update

17 Academy players invited to U.S. Soccer Training Center
Academy update

D.C. United announced today that 17 Academy players have been called-in to participate in a U.S. Soccer Training Center program. 10 players from the team’s U-18 program (born in 1994 or 1995) were invited, while seven players from the U-16 team (born in 1996 or 1997) were also tabbed to participate.

‘94-‘95: Suli Dainkeh, Patrick Foss, Ian Harkes, Collin Martin, Dakotah Niedemeier, Jalen Robinson, Nigel Robinson, Marcus Salandy-Defour, Michael Sauers, Christian Kershaw

Five local players named to ECNL All-Event Teams from Sanford, Fla. event

ECNL All-Event Teams

The Elite Clubs National League announced the All-Event Teams from the second event in the 2011-2012 ECNL National Showcase Event Series, which was held December 28-30, 2011 in Sanford, FL. Five local players representing Freestate SA, McLean, Virginia Rush and FC Virginia were named to the all-star squads.

A total of 150 teams from 47 ECNL Member Clubs participated in the event, with games taking place at facilities across Seminole County, including the Seminole Soccer Complex, Sylvan Lakes Park, and Central Winds Park.

U-15 Academy squad excels at Disney Soccer Showcase

United’s U-15 squad finishes prestigious youth tournament unbeaten
U-15's excel at FL tourney

D.C. United’s U-15 Academy team recently traveled to Orlando, Fla. to participate in the annual Disney Soccer Showcase. The Black-and-Red finished the tournament in third place with an unbeaten record of 3-0-1, barely missing the championship game due to a two-goal differential.

Robinson, Martin named to US U-20 camp roster

United's academy products part of Ramos' 36-man squad
Robinson, Martin to US U-20s

Collin Martin vs NE Reserves - 2011 reserves

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Collin Martin vs NE Reserves

If it’s a new year, that means it’s camping time. US Soccer on Monday released the 36 names called in by Tab Ramos for the first US Under-20 men’s national team camp of the year, held from Monday until Jan. 9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Re-joining the team are six players who participated in Ramos’ first camp in charge in November in Duisberg, Germany: Vancouver’s Omar Salgado (above), Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil, recently signed LA Galaxy Home Grown product Jose Villarreal and Europe-based trio Sean Cunningham, Tyrone McCargo and Caleb Stanko.

Noticias de la Academia de D.C. United

Los combinados Sub-18 y Sub-16 lograron resultados positivos en la Liga de Desarrollo
Noticias de la Academia

Collin Martin vs NE Reserves - 2011 reserves

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Ben Keller/
Collin Martin

La Academia Juvenil de D.C. United continuó con los partidos de la
Liga de Desarrollo de Academia de U.S. Soccer, con los equipos Sub-18 y Sub-16
enfrentando a Sporting Kansas City y Sockers FC. Luego, United se midió ante
Vardar SC Freiburg.  

Academy Update: USSDA Winter Showcase

U-18’s and U-16’s earned positive results in USSDA match-ups
Academy Update

Collin Martin vs NE Reserves - 2011 reserves

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Ben Keller/
Collin Martin

D.C. United’s Youth Academy
resumed U.S. Soccer Development Academy action this past weekend, as the U-18’s
and U-16’s faced Sporting Kansas City and Sockers FC. The Academy sides then
faced Vardar SC Freiburg on Tuesday.

Academy teams head to winter showcase

U-16 and U-18 teams transitioning to 4-3-3 ahead of Florida trip
Academy heads to showcase

Jalen Robinson and Adam Hamdan with U-18s

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WASHINGTON – The first team may have departed the nation’s capital for their offseason break, but for D.C. United’s Academy, the work is very much an ongoing process.

The bulk of D.C.’s Development Academy season doesn’t start until March 2012, but training sessions started this fall, with various friendlies scheduled along the way to keep the competitive juices flowing.

Like always, the goal is to further the development of the area’s young talent.

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