2021 ECNL National Qualifiers Sneak Peek | Soccer club
All six of the ECNL Girls’ age groups are scheduled to compete in this year’s National Playoffs at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The Under-13 and Under-18 and 19 teams will crown a champion in Florida, while the other age groups will play group matches and a knockout match to secure a place in the national finals. in Richmond.
Preview each of the age groups below.
Teams: Crossfire Premier, Alabama FC, FC Stars Blue, Eclipse SC, Tennessee SC, SLSG NAVY, LAFC Slammers, SUSA FC, Sting Dallas Black, NC Courage, Solar SC, So Cal Blues, Concorde Fire Platinum, Real Colorado Nationals, San Juan SC, PDA Blue
It’s simply a 16-team knockout tournament in the youngest age group. Playing primarily against regional competitions, time spent in Florida will provide a measuring stick to see how these teams stack up against each other.
Crossfire Premier and San Juan SC had perfect records playing 12 and seven games, respectively, and are the top two seeds. Several top clubs send teams to it, including PDA Blue, Real Colorado, and Tennessee SC. The California and Texas teams also cannot be counted, as the LAFC Slammers, So Cal Blues and Sting Dallas Black have all posted garish numbers over the season.
Group A: PDA Blue, Jacksonville, Minnesota Thunder Academy, Eagles SC
Group B: Crossfire Premier, LAFC Slammers, Charlotte Soccer Academy, Sting Dallas Royal
Group C: Solar SC, Utah Avalanche, Tennessee SC, Match Fit Academy
Group D: So Cal Blues, Real Colorado National, Tampa Bay United, Bethesda SC
Group E: SC International, San Juan SC, SUSA FC, Michigan Hawks
Group F: Connecticut FC, MVLA, Eclipse Select, FC Dallas
Group G: SLSG Navy, Loudoun SC, San Diego Surf, Orlando City SC
Group H: McLean Youth Soccer, Indiana Fire Academy, FC Portland, GSA
There should be plenty of goals ahead in this age group, with a talented pool of 32 teams ready to compete.
The variance between games played, as with all teams here, will be an interesting factor. As an example, Solar, a team from Texas, has played 22 times, while teams from Northern California, San Juan SC and MVLA, have only played seven. Of course, some numbers cannot be. ignored, such as the 108 goals Solar scored in those games. Internationals SC has scored 80 times and conceded just 12 in 18 games.
Real Colorado National will look to give So Cal Blues a hard time as the two Champions League Top 10 teams line up against each other. Other top club teams are sure to give their best in Florida, be it PDA Blue, Crossfire Premier, and Indiana Fire Academy.
Group A: Solar SC, Caroline Elite Soccer Academy, Ohio Premier, Davis Legacy
Group B: LAFC Slammers, SLSG Navy, World Class FC, Real Colorado National
Group C: Concorde Fire Platinum, San Diego Surf, Washington Premier, SUSA FC
Group D: Virginia DA, Crossfire United, KC Athletics, Sunrise Prime FC
Group E: Minnesota Thunder Academy, So Cal Blues, MVLA, WNY Flash
Group F: Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Charlotte Soccer Academy, SLSG White
Group G: Bethesda SC, GSA, Portland Thorns, Challenge SC
Group H: International, Connecticut FC, PDA Blue, Real So Cal
Another triple-figure Solar team is expected to be one of the headliners here – the Texas team drew 4-4 against FC Dallas, far from a perfect 2020-21 campaign. Amalia Villarreal is one of the many key players who help Solar excel.
The variance of games played this season will be felt in some of these groups – at least when looking at teams statistically. Well-known club teams such as the Minnesota Thunder Academy and the MVLA haven’t played a lot of group games. be high and the games unpredictable.
With 13 games played, San Diego Surf stands out with the fewest goals conceded in conference with a single goal; and after scoring 55 in that streak, the attack is there in a tough C group.
Group A: PDA Blue, Davis Legacy, Heat FC, Tennessee SC
Group B: Real Colorado National, Florida Elite, FC Dallas, Michigan Hawks
Group C: Richmond United, Sunrise Prime, Real Colorado Athletico, San Diego Surf
Group D: LAFC Slammers, WNY Flash, Portland Thorns, Charlotte Soccer Academy
Group E: GSA, Crossfire Premier, World Class FC, So Cal Blues
Group F: SLSG Navy, NC Courage, PDA White, FC Alliance
Group G: FC Stars Blue, Solar SC, Tampa Bay United, San Juan SC
Group H: DKSC, KC Athletics, De Anza Force, Match Fit Academy
The top three seeds in that age group – PDA Blue, Real Colorado National and Richmond United – have won all of their conference games in the 2020-21 season. I thought it was worth noting that PDA lost all three of their games at the ECNL event in North Carolina and Richmond United suffered one loss and a few draws during their trip. PDA will certainly be pushed by a group that includes a very good Davis Legacy team who have played a small schedule this season. Also in Group A is a talented Heat FC side which includes Andrea Leyva, a team that qualified for the national Under-14 final in 2019.
Real Colorado also faces a tough group, along with FC Dallas, Florida Elite and Michigan Hawks. All three of these teams produce a high level and depending on each team’s form could certainly claim to win Group B. Jaden Thomas is one of the top ranked strikers in the class of 2024 and will be looking to make his mark here. for FC Dallas.
In search of other teams to watch, the DKSC travels to Florida after winning seven straight games to end the season. Keep an eye out for midfielder Jade Martinez, who has experience training Mexico’s youth. Crossfire Premier and GSA will face off in Group E alongside So Cal Blues and World Class FC in what is expected to be an extremely close and tight race.
Group A: Concorde Fire Platinum, So Cal Blues, Utah Avalanche, SLSG Navy
Group B: Real Colorado National, FC Pride, FC Stars White, Minnesota Thunder Academy
Group C: LAFC Slammers, Crossfire Premier, Charlotte Soccer Academy, Tennessee SC
Group D: Solar SC, Eastside FC, NC Courage, East Meadow SC
Group E: Richmond United, FC Dallas, San Juan SC, Real So Cal
Group F: SUSA FC, Sunrise Prime, Ohio Elite SA, San Diego Surf
Group G: Michigan Hawks, MVLA, McLean Youth Soccer, Match Fit Academy
Group H: PDA Blue, United Futbol Academy, DKSC, Crossfire United
Another age group with a lot of potential to score goals, some of the best attacks in the ECNL are set to compete here. It doesn’t even start with the seed, as Real Colorado National was anchored by a solid defense, which conceded four goals in 10 conference games. The team’s only loss came in a domestic event against the number 2 seed, Concorde Fire Platinum. Drawn in group A, the Georgian team will be certain.
Looking at the two Texas teams, this is where things really pick up. FC Dallas and Solar SC have both scored 80 goals in 21 conference games, holding a large game-played advantage over their counterparts in most other states. Solar has many forwards who have cut out defenses in various leagues, including Texas A&M (w) commits Sydney Becerra, Treasure Byars, Truth Byars and Tyler Isgrig.
Twists are to be expected in Group G. MVLA has only played seven games in conference, but is very talented and a well-trained team that will be looking to get ahead of the Michigan Hawks, McLean Youth Soccer and Match Fit Academy. The MVLA attack is led by Stanford (w) commits Allison Montoya and Amalie Pianim.
Teams: PDA Blue, SLSG Navy, Concorde Fire Platinum, Charlotte SA, Eclipse Select, Crossfire Premier, Mustang SC, Solar SC, FC Stars Blue, DKSC, McLean Youth Soccer, International, Real Colorado SC, LAFC Slammers, Crossfire United, So Cal Blues
A knockout tournament will crown a champion in the oldest age group in Florida, with 16 teams involved. This should certainly produce some wild and entertaining games, with player availability certainly playing a part. For example, Solar SC increased the score in conference, scoring 128 goals in 18 games. If Trinity Byars and Lexi Missimo return to the squad after a spring season in Texas (w), it would certainly tip the table in their direction. Even without this duo, Solar has a strong side with a large number of DI signers including Quinn Cornog, Macy Blackburn, Makhiya McDonald. Jaedyn Shaw is also the top ranked player in the 2023 frontline promotion.
The top two seeds, So Cal Blues and PDA Blue, are both sure contenders. Cali’s side may not have the same level of prolific attacking talent as in previous seasons, but know how to win games. Reinforcements could also be on their way to Florida; 2020 graduates Reilyn Turner and Tatum Lenain are on the roster and, as a 2002, are eligible based on age. PDA has a lot of defensive sense, conceding only one goal in conference. There are the smaller unknowns, like Eclipse Select SC and McLean Youth Soccer; teams that have played single-digit conference games that haven’t posted flashy numbers but are talented. With a smaller pitch, it could be a relatively open race at all levels with plenty of upheaval as players get a last taste of club football before starting their college careers later this summer.