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Freestate ECNL and Youth National Teams
Freestate Players with US Youth National Team or Camp Experience 
 
Freestate has a proud history and continued excellence of developing players to reach the highest levels attainable in the youth game and beyond.
 
Alumni
Christine Nairn - Full National Team member, Penn State University
Tiffany McCarty - Florida State University
Julia Bouchelle - Boston College
Wendy Balogun - University of Maryland
Sarah Chapman - University of Florida

Current Freestate ECNL players
Midge Pruce - U17 Womens World Cup Team member
Imani Dorsey
Casey Martinez
Lindsey Lane
Shannon Phillips
Ali Ryan
Allison Cislo

 
 
ECNL Players in US Soccer Youth National Teams

The role played by the ECNL and ECNL clubs in developing nationally elite players is clear even in US Soccer’s Youth National Teams - where ECNL players are the clear majority of participants.  Below are the rosters of the most recent US Soccer National Team Camps:

U14 Girls National Pool – May 2012 Camp30 ECNL players out of 48

U15 Girls National Team – June 2012 Camp: 17 ECNL players out of 24

U17 Girls National Team – June 2012 Camp23 ECNL players out of 24

U18 Girls National Team – June 2012 Camp: 19 ECNL players out of 24

The ECNL is also a close partner with US Soccer in various player development initatives.  US Soccer Technical Director April Heinrichs has recognized the value the ECNL plays in helping US Soccer identify players and improve the game:

“A fun thing about coming back to U.S. Soccer is that there are so many important partners. These partners are critical for our success. We talk about how vital partners are to us. We only have our (national team) players one week out of so many weeks depending on the time of year and the cycle and the specific youth national team. As critical as we think our programming is, we see a huge shot in the arm in their performance when we work with them, but it doesn’t take much to remind ourselves that their daily development is back at home. We’re depending on those coaches for us to have players who can play 90 minutes and who are good soccer players. In that regard, ECNL has been a great partner for us. They are very open to feedback from us and our interaction with scouting players, coaching education initiatives and that kind of thing. They basically took a great model (Development Academy) and mirrored it, without any of the resources that U.S.  Soccer puts toward the DA.  They’ve mirrored it with some good leaders who believed it was the right thing to do, and in a short time they’ve built it into something very good to compete in." 

 
 
 
 

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