Top Female Players at ECNL National Training Camp in Portland Train with Pro European Clubs
PORTLAND, OR (July 31, 2018) – The 2018 ECNL Integrated National Training Camp, and the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp, each took place at the University of Portland in Oregon from July 21-28. Combined, the two camps brought 120 of the country’s best players together to train and compete under the guidance of some of the best coaches in youth soccer, in one of the most professional environments in all of youth sports.
The ECNL Integrated Training Camp featured the first two ECNL National Selection Teams, consisting of 34 players born in 2001 and 2002. The ECNL/id2 National Training Camp included an additional 95 players born in 2003, 2004 and 2005, representing some of the best young talent in the country.
The ECNL National Selection Teams were in camp at the same time as two of the top women’s professional teams in the world, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester City FC, and the ECNL National Selection Teams trained with these clubs in 2 sessions during the week. Additionally, four ECNL National Selection players were chosen by the PSG staff to participate in their friendly match against Manchester City on July 24:
- Sam Agresti – FC Stars
- Maddy Anderson – Challenge SC
- Aleigh Gambone – McLean YSA
- Natalie Maurer – Richmond United
After the match, PSG and Manchester City, both in preseason, left Portland to participate in the first ever Women’s International Champions Cup in Miami.
“The ECNL National Training Camps are set up to provide the most professional soccer development environment in the country for young female players, and to inspire them to greater heights in the future,” said Girls ECNL President Christian Lavers. “They are an experience that we believe can transform the players’ views of their possible future, and we hope that the players return to their clubs more excited about the game than ever before.”
On the final day of the younger camp, the top 11 performers were selected to the ECNL Best XI based on the quality of their play throughout the week.
The 2018 ECNL Best XI:
- Carley Borgelt – GSA
- Jordan Fusco – Internationals SC
- Amanda Graziano – Connecticut FC
- Maile Hayes – Challenge SC
- Maddie Ishaug – Minnesota Thunder Academy
- Kyah Le – FC Portland
- Molly Martin – FC Stars
- Abigail Reisz – Ohio Premier
- Ella Sanchez – SLSG – IL
- Samantha Smith – FC Nova
- Olivia Thomas – Michigan Hawks
Congratulations to all of the Amazing Young Women selected to the 2018 ECNL Integrated National Training Camp and the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp! The full list of players are available here: ECNL Integrated National Training Camp and ECNL/id2 National Training Camp.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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 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.