McLean Youth Soccer - ECNL Philosophy

MISSION: McLean Youth Soccer's Travel Program develops all components of competitive youth soccer for boys and girls in an environment that promotes excellence, sportsmanship, self-confidence, and respect.

GOAL: McLean Youth Soccer's goal is to create the best developmental environment for aspiring players to fulfill their potential. MYS believes the ECNL provides the best format for female player development in the country, and is excited to offer this opportunity to players at the top of its developmental structure. The Club was honored to be invited into the League in February, 2011. MYS was one of only 14 clubs (out of nearly 90 that applied) invited to join that year.

ECNL Director Clyde Watson sums up MYS's goals: "Similar to the US Soccer Development Academy on the Boys side, the ECNL provides our players and coaches a unique platform to train and showcase elite level players, manage their soccer participation, and allow our coaches to experience an unrivaled coaching environment."

STYLE OF PLAY: McLean Youth Soccer coaches and technical staff are dedicated to teaching players an elegant, possession game rooted in quick, confident combination play, yet integrating individual flair and creativity. MYS strives to impart this style at all levels of our Club, including Travel, CCL and ECNL teams.

MYS COMMITMENT TO ECNL: McLean Youth Soccer believes the ECNL has become the leader in female youth development in the U.S. today. It provides the top female competition in the country and the best girls' national league in history. As well, the ECNL maintains close ties with U.S. Soccer at multiple levels, creating an ideal platform for the identification of top players at the lowest cost ever.

Elite Clubs National League

MISSION: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member-based organization founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through:

  • Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights;
  • Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and
  • Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.

GOAL: The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model.

ACTION PLAN: To accomplish this goal, the ECNL developed a common organizational structure, composed of individual clubs operating collectively under the direction of a commissioner. Because the ECNL exists to promote the common interest of its member clubs, the ECNL operating model is unified and comprehensive and values accessibility and sustainability.

The ECNL utilizes four primary delivery mechanisms, or platforms, for "Changing the Daily Environment":

HISTORY: The ECNL was founded in 2009, with 40 of the top girls' youth soccer clubs in the country competing in league games (U15-18), an identification and development program, and a National Championship tournament in Seattle, WA.

The league has grown each year since its inception. In 2012, seven new clubs (out of 80 applying) were accepted, for a total of 74 clubs. New member acceptance decisions were based on multiple different factors, including: 1) long-term club history in female soccer, 2) long-term history in development of female soccer players, 3) club leadership and management structure, 4) club vision and philosophy, and 5) geographical considerations.

RESULTS: McLean Youth Soccer believes the ECNL has become the leader in female youth development in the U.S. today. It provides the top female competition in the country and the best girls' national league in history. As well, the ECNL maintains close ties with U.S. Soccer at multiple levels, creating an ideal platform for the identification of top players at the lowest cost ever.

Numerous MYS players have been named to WNT rosters and training camps in the past year - check out the ECNL News page of our website for details.

MYS Announces 2018-2019 Girls ECNL Coaching Line-Up

McLean Youth Soccer's Girls ECNL program is amongst the best in the country complimented by its outstanding staff of coaches. Five (5) of the six (6) coaching assignments remain the same with one addition - Jenny McMahon, former player at George Washington University, is one of the up and coming bright stars of the future in girl's coaching.

Keith Tabatznik, MYS Director of Soccer boasts: "When you have such a talented crew of coaches returning year in and year out, it is sign that things are being done the right way. Their continued success and ability to develop and help their players move on to the collegiate and US National Youth team levels simply speaks for itself."

Returning to McLean for 2018-19 are Brent Leiba (Howard University Women's Head Coach), Nadir Moumen (National B license coach), and Clyde Watson (McLean's Technical Director).

This past year, thirty-four (34) McLean ECNL players have been recruited and committed to college soccer programs! The McLean ECNL program is considered the model for developing, exposing and promoting players to the next level.

U13 (2006) Jenny McMahon

USSF D License

Former GW University Player

U14 (2005)

U15 (2004)

Clyde Watson

MYS Technical Director

USSF B License

VYSA / Region I Coach of the Year

VA / DC Hall of Fame

U16 (2003)

Nadir Moumen

Brent Leiba

Moumen: USSF B License, 6 time ECNL mid-Atlantic Conference Champion

Leiba: USSF B License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, Howard University Head Coach, 3 time ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Champion

U17 (2002) Nadir Moumen

USSF B License

6 time ECNL mid-Atlantic Conference Champion

U18 (2001/2000) Brent Leiba

USSF B License; NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

Howard University Head Coach

3 time ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Champion

Chris Torres: ECNL GK Coach

Avatus Stone: Explosive Performance Trainer

Financial Assistance

For information about FINANCIAL AID for the MYS ECNL program, please review this document.

MYS ECNL Financial Aid Information

A Continuation of Success

There has been no shortage of McLean players at top NCAA women's soccer programs. Previous MAC Herman Trophy winner, Andi Sullivan, was once a stand out at McLean before heading off to Stanford. McLean players are representing college's all across the country and especially right here in the DMV.

The 2019 graduating class of McLean ECNL players is no different. Visit our College Commitements page to see where our student athletes will be in the fall! Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes and we look forward to following their "post McLean careers!"

The 2018 McLean ECNL graduates representing their colleges.

ECNL: The Proven Pathway

In modern soccer, no youth platform has sent more players to college, had more alums earn collegiate honors, and had more impact on the collegiate game. In the past two years alone, the ECNL has sent more than 2,500 graduating seniors to play women's collegiate soccer, with 2,028 in NCAA Division I programs alone. 92% of the Class of 2017 - almost every high school senior in the league - will be moving on to play at the collegiate level.
The ECNL provides a development environment where players can showcase their talent in front of hundreds of college scouts in the most professional atmosphere in the country," said Jen Winnagle, ECNL Commissioner. "Players that first sparked notice at an ECNL National Event only a few years ago are now dominating every level of college soccer, and starring in the NWSL. Every year, more and more ECNL Alums move on to change the game at in college soccer, with more than 3,900 ECNL Alums in Division I this past fall."
McLean ECNL Program - College Placement and Beyond!