ECNL College Impact – The American Athletic Conference

  • November 7, 2016

RICHMOND, VA (November 7, 2016) – Elite Clubs National League College Impact series catalogs the incredible impact the ECNL has had on college women’s soccer since its founding in 2009, and which increases every year. Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” is the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player and collegiate soccer star.

The ECNL College Impact is measured by the number of ECNL alumni that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and by their contribution to collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States. This week, the ECNL examines the American Athletic Conference.

The ECNL College Impact for the American Athletic Conference includes all players currently active on American Athletic rosters:

  • 128 ECNL Alums are currently playing in the American Athletic Conference – more than 45% of the conference.
  • 8 players of the American Athletic All-Conference honorees are ECNL Alums.

The American Athletic Conference includes the University of Central Florida, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, University of Houston, University of Memphis, University of South Florida, Southern Methodist University, Temple University, and University of Tulsa.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL alumni being recognized by the American Athletic Conference for selection to the All-Conference First Team, Second Team or All-Freshman Team:

Name College ECNL Club
Vanessa Valadez SMU Challenge SC
Taylor Barg SMU Dallas Texans
Alana Moore Uconn FC Virginia
Jessica Cooley SMU FC Wisconsin Eclipse
Claire Oates SMU Slammers FC
Allie Thorton SMU Solar Chelsea
Tana Dake Tulsa TSC Hurricanes
Morgan Ferrara UCF West Florida Flames

The ECNL is more than four letters – it is the best platform for female soccer players in the United States, and the vision and goal of the best clubs, teams, and players in the country.  Become an ECNL athlete and start your path to college soccer now.

To view a listing of current ECNL Alums in the American Athletic Conference, click here.

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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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