ECNL Welcomes Pittsburgh Riverhounds as Member Club in 2017

  • August 25, 2016

RICHMOND, VA (August 25, 2016) – The Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that the Pittsburgh Riverhounds will be joining the ECNL beginning in the 2017-2018 ECNL Season as a new member club.  The ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.

The Riverhounds have one of the best training and competition facilities in the country, a connected and integrated staff from youth to professional levels, and have developed players for top women’s colleges across the country.  With a philosophy dedicated to long-term individual development and ongoing coaching education, the Riverhounds have placed 100% of their graduating players into women’s college soccer in the past 2 years, and have had multiple players selected to US Club Soccer’s id2 national identification program.

“We are very excited to announce the Riverhounds as a new member club in the ECNL,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers.  “They have a commitment to holistic player development, a history that shows the quality of their staff and instruction, and embrace the values that are inherent in the ECNL platform.  They will add great teams and to our competition, and we are excited to get to work with their leadership.”

“Since forming competitive youth teams, we have deliberately, persistently, and exclusively pursued the best league options for our players to further advance our developmental efforts in training practices,” said Riverhounds Sporting Director Jason Kutney.  “Without question, the ECNL has served as the preeminent platform for elite female players in the United States, and we are honored to help deliver this unparalleled opportunity to the players of Western Pennsylvania.”

The Riverhounds will begin formal competition in the ECNL in August 2017.  Additional new clubs will be announced in the ECNL in the coming weeks.

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About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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