ECNL Players Dominate the 2016 CONCACAF U17 Women’s Championship Best XI Awards

ECNL_AYW_PRIMARY-BLACK #FuelYourFire-3(2)RICHMOND, VA (March 15, 2016) – The 2016 CONCACAF U17 Women’s Championship concluded this past weekend in St. George’s, Grenada.  The United States Under-17 National Team were crowned CONCACAF Champions with a 2-1 win over Mexico, and more importantly the champion, finalist and third place team all earned berths in this fall’s U17 Women’s World Cup.  While the United States earned the team championship, there was no doubt where the players that dominated the event came from – the ECNL.

Of the 11 players named to the CONCACAF Best XI by the Technical Study Group, eight players came from the ECNL.  The United States lead nominees with seven (8) recipients, all of which are current ECNL players, including the Golden Ball winner (Ashley Sanchez) and Golden Glove winner (Laurel Ivory).  One of Mexico’s two nominees was also from an ECNL club.

This accomplishment reflects the tremendous work being done by coaches within ECNL clubs across the country, the quality of competition within the ECNL on a daily basis, and the progression of player development within the ECNL Member Clubs.

Congratulations to the ECNLers recognized in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Best XI:

Name                          Position ECNL Member Club Country
Laurel Ivory* Goalkeeper West Florida Flames USA
Kennedy Wesley Defender So Cal Blues USA
Naomi Girma Defender De Anza Force USA
Kimberly Rodriguez Defender Texas Rush Mexico
Brianna Pinto Midfielder CASL USA
Jaelin Howell Midfielder Real Colorado USA
Ashley Sanchez+ Forward So Cal Blues USA
Civana Kuhlmann Forward Colorado Rush USA

* denotes Golden Glove winner
+ denotes Golden Ball winner

For more information on the 2016 CONCACAF U17 Women’s Championship, click here.


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