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ECNL - McLean's Approach

McLean Youth Soccer - 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.

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, MPS, 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.

The following data show the number of ECNL players on U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team (WNT) rosters as of June 2012:

U14 WNT (May 2012): 30 ECNL players out of 48 (63%)

U15 WNT: 17 ECNL players out of 24 (71%)

U17 WNT: 23 ECNL players out of 24 (96%)

U18 WNT: 19 ECNL players out of 24 (79%)

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


MYS ECNL Program Staff

ECNL Director:  Clyde Watson clyde.watson@mcleansoccer.org (C) 202-345-0765

ECNL Administrator/Registrar:  Mollie Maresco maresco@aol.com  (H) 703-448-8176 (C) 703-772-2828