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McLean’s U15 ECNL Team to Compete in B Flight National Finals in Waukegan, IL

MCLEAN, VA (June 22, 2012) - In the Club’s first year of ECNL competition, McLean Youth Soccer’s U17 and U15 squads both finished among the top eight teams in the Challenge B Flights of their respective age groups, thus earning a chance to compete in the 2012 ECNL Challenge B National Finals in Waukegan, IL.

The U17 team (aka McLean Power) finished in 1st place out of 36 teams with a +22 goal differential in 14 qualifying games while the U15 team (aka McLean Force) finished in 7th place out of 36 teams with a +26 goal differential in 13 qualifying games.

"I am proud of what the players have been able to accomplish for McLean, a first year program," said MYS ECNL Director and U17 Head Coach Clyde Watson.

"When you consider our U16 team was one win away from participating in Nationals as well, our program has set a very good foundation. We are excited about our future in the ECNL," he added.

"The girls have worked really hard this year so I am proud that they have earned the right to play for something at the National Championships," added Nadir Moumen, Head Coach of McLeans U15 ECNL team.

 

McLean’s U17 ECNL team will face the 9th seeded Atlanta Fire in Round #1 on Thursday, June 28, at 4:00 pm (the 8th seeded U17 team is not competing). The complete schedule for the top 8 finishers in the U17 B Flight is here. McLean’s U15 ECNL team will face the 2nd seeded Serono Soccer Club in Round #1 on Sunday, June 24, at 3:30 pm. The complete schedule for the top 8 finishers in the U15 B Flight is here.

McLean’s U16 team finished in 11th place out of 36 B teams in its age group with a +10 goal differential in 17 qualifying games. The team, coached by Brent Leiba, will play against other teams in the U16 B 9-16 Placement competition in Waukegan from June 28-30.

The Elite Clubs National League began with 66 teams in two competition flights, “Challenge A” (30 teams) and “Challenge B” (36 teams). Based on points accumulated in regular season play against same-flight opponents, the top 16 teams in the A Flights of each age group compete for the National Championship and the top 8 teams in the B Flights of each age group compete for the Challenge B National Championship. To learn more about the 2012 ECNL National Finals, click here.

Depending on the outcome of the initial rounds, teams in the B National Finals will advance to Semi-Finals and Finals, or will compete in consolation games. Starting in the 2012-2013 season, the ECNL will abandon the A and B Flight structure and replace it with a regional conference-based approach to National Championship qualification.

Congratulations to the ECNL teams and their coaches on this achievement!