8 OF 10 FIRST ROUND SELECTIONS IN THE 2017 NWSL DRAFT ARE ECNL ALUMS

  • January 12, 2017

RICHMOND, VA (January 12, 2017) – The Elite Clubs National League has had an incredible impact on all levels of women’s soccer since it’s founding in 2009. Each season the sisterhood of ECNL Alums grows, as over 90% of these Amazing Young Women go on to play collegiate soccer.  The ECNL’s College Impact series has cataloged the impact on women’s college soccer, with an impressive number of ECNL Alums rostered to the NCAA Final Four teams.

Now in the 8th year of the ECNL’s existence, and with players now graduating from college who spent the dominant portion of their youth career in the ECNL, the league’s impact is beginning to be clear in professional leagues across the world.  The ECNL’s dominant impact on college soccer is now becoming a dominant impact on professional soccer.

The National Womens Soccer League (NWSL) is entering it’s fifth season, providing an opportunity for more and more female players to continue their playing careers.  As the professional league continues to grow in the United States the talented pool of players compete to be selected to one of ten rosters.

ECNL Alums dominated the 2017 NWSL Draft that took place earlier today at the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles, California, with 75% of the total draftees being ECNL Alums (30 of 40 players).  With over 140 eligible players to select from, 40 draftees were selected to fulfill the four rounds of this year’s draft.

The first round featured 8 ECNL Alums, with December S’Hero of the Month Morgan Andrews selected as 3rd overall.  Both the second and third rounds each saw 7 ECNL Alums called to the stage, while 8 more ECNL Alums were chosen in the final round.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL Alums selected in the 2017 NWSL Draft:

  • Morgan Andrews (FC Stars)
  • Kayla Mills (Slammers FC)
  • Christina Gibbons (CASL)
  • Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC)
  • Darian Jenkins (Colorado Rush)
  • Ifeoma Onuomu (Arsenal FC)
  • Margaret Purce (Maryland United)
  • Miranda Freeman (Boca United)
  • Morgan Proffitt (Indiana Fire)
  • Toni Payne (Concorde Fire/BUSA)
  • Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire)
  • Katie Johnson (Arsenal FC)
  • Savannah Jordan (Concorde Fire)
  • Lindsay Agnew (Ohio Premier)
  • Claire Wagner (CASL)
  • Tyler Lussi (Bethesda SC)
  • Danica Evans (Colorado Rush)
  • Madison Tiernan (PDA)
  • Alexis Shaffer (CASL)
  • Arielle Ship (Real So Cal)
  • Jaycie Johnson (Sporting Blue Valley)
  • Catrina Atanda (PDA)
  • Sammy Jo Prudhomme (So Cal Blues)
  • Nickolette Driesse (PDA)
  • Erin Smith (PDA)
  • McKenzie Meehan (FC Boston Scorpions)
  • Cameron Castleberry (CASL)
  • Kristen McNabb (PDA)
  • Hayley Dowd (FC Stars)
  • Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC)

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, and a chance to pursue a professional soccer career.

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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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