ECNL Players All Over the U20 Women’s World Cup Roster

RICHMOND, VA (October 17, 2016) – Players competing in the ECNL and developed by ECNL member clubs have dominated American female youth national teams for the past several years.  Currently in its 8th season, the ECNL’s impact on youth national team rosters is stronger than ever, speaking volumes about the player development and competition platform provided by the league.  With this rising generation of youth players celebrated by many as some of the best ever in the American youth game, the ECNL celebrates their accomplishments as the league continues its efforts to ‘Raise The Game’ in the United States moving forward.

The U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in Papua New Guinea from November 13 through December 3, 2016. The USA roster for the 2016 U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup was announced last week with 21 players who will attempt to bring the title back to the United States. ECNL players and alumni account for 15 of the 21 players on the roster:

  • Marley Canales (San Diego Surf)*
  • Rose Chandler (Penn State/Concorde)#
  • Katie Cousins (Tennessee/Richmond United)#
  • Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC)
  • Madeline Elliston (Penn State/Sporting Blue Valley)#
  • Emily Fox (FC Virginia)*
  • Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame/PDA)#
  • Kelcie Hedge (Washington/Washington Premier)#
  • Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC)
  • Ellie Jean (Penn State/Oakwood SC)
  • Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame/Slammers FC)#
  • Casey Murphy (Rutgers/PDA)#
  • Emily Ogle (Penn State/Internationals)#
  • Taylor Otto (North Carolina/CASL)#
  • Courtney Petersen (Virginia/Michigan Hawks)#
  • Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)*
  • Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State/ Braddock Road YSC)
  • Parker Roberts (Florida/ KC Metro Dynamos)
  • Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues)*
  • Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina/West Florida Flames)#
  • Ally Watt (Texas A&M/Pride SC)
    * current ECNL player
    # ECNL Alum

Good luck to these Amazing Young Women as they prepare to represent the United States, and congratulations to all of the clubs, coaches, and teammates that have helped these players in their journey.


About the 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 the U.S. Soccer 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.   |   Facebook:  /theECNL |  Twitter: @theECNL