Discussion in 'ECNL Forum' started by Sweeper, Jul 23, 2019.
New thread for the Boys ECNL 2019-2020 season.
I just saw that the U18/19 Arsenal Boys ECNL team have lost the first 3 games of Surf Cup. Did they have a big roster change?
03 Phx Rising seems to have lost some players, any thoughts? Seems like they had a good season?
Where did the players go? 03 RSL had a similar season.
07s ECNL teams in top 06 bracket in Desert Elite. They are going to have a tough time with that Pumas team.
07s having trouble with every team!
I think these games are probably the first time the 07 boys have played a real 11v11 game.
Why doesn’t SC DEL SOL have a boys ECNL team? I know they have DA teams in the u13 & u14 age group but it’s their first season. Have they ever had boys ECNL teams?
Del Sol doesn't believe the Boys ECNL adds more value for their teams, given the existing leagues in place. They are standing pat with DA (Boys and Girls), USYS Desert Conference, National League, and APL.
Didnt they apply and not get excepted?
So Del Sol only played in state leagues and Desert Conference before going DA? Seems odd that Del Sol wouldn’t have ECNL teams. RSL had teams in ECNL, APL, State League, Desert Conference and still have them even after going DA.
AZ teams were only awarded Boys ECNL 1 yr ago - RSL, Rising and Arsenal. Del Sol and RSL got DA this year. Only RSL has the depth, in numbers at least, to play DA and ECNL - maybe they have that depth because lots of kids joined as they had acceptance on both platforms, but they are a mega club now after merging Sereno North, Sereno South, Sereno Nogales, Legacy, Valpo, Yuma, Las Vegas, El Paso and the club also seems to be a preferred route for Classic players.
Just a small correction: AZ teams (Sereno, Blackhawks, Arsenal, TSA) joined the Boys ECNL 2 years ago, starting in the 2017-2018 season.
I'd add that Del Sol burned their bridges with US Club Soccer (ECNL) when they accepted GDA. Any chance they had of getting boys ECNL at that point went to zero.
I doubt they care though TBH, they have DA for 06 & 07 now and have had some of their older teams play DA competitions last year and I would expect the same going forward. Boys DA is the top competition, so not having (B)ECNL is minor at this point for Del Sol.
Boys ECNL is VERY new. This is the 2nd yr. del Sol made the decision a few years ago when GDA started to go that route and later (this year) has boys DA.
RSL will eventually drop boys ECNL is likely what will happen. Either they will do it voluntarily OR ECNL will make them decide to pick one or the other. And when that happens they will take boys DA.
IMO, RSL will keep boys ECNL since they are not as likely to get DA for the older ages in AZ since they already have DA for those ages in Utah. They are already sending some of their best older players to Utah to play DA now.
On the boys side when a club gets DA they start of with youngers. If the club does fine at the younger age groups, typically DA allows them to add age groups. It helps the new clubs compete vs other DA teams. If suddenly they had to field all the age groups, that is tough and the older ages get crushed in games.
The actual Utah location is far enough away such that having DA in AZ doesn't influence it. As the 9th largest metro area in the US, it only makes sense to have full boys DA through all ages.
RSL - Utah doesn't have younger age groups.
AZ having older age groups means RSL-AZ would most likely NO LONGER be sending kids to Utah to add talent to THE RSL club. I'm not sure that is what THE RSL wants for them.
If RSL-AZ can demonstrate success with their current DA teams, then that would justify RSL-AZ given DA status for their older age groups. RSL would love to continue finding and developing as much talent as possible for their senior team. Developing talent at both RSL and RSL-AZ would only be a blessing for them.
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