The Elite Clubs National League has released the roster for its upcoming Texas ECNL PDP (Player Development Program) being held at Toyota Park, in Frisco, on March 8-9, 2014. Player selections are made based on individual performance in all ECNL competitions as well as by ECNL staff coach recommendations. Final rosters and selections are then formed by ECNL PDP Director Sean Nahas and other non-affiliated ECNL National Staff members.
Lonestar players attending the PDP include:
Katie Uhler: Lonestar 96 ECNL/ Notre Dame
Patricia Fernandez: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ West Virginia
Katie Glenn: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ University of Texas
Claudette Lassandro: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ Texas A&M University
Nakia Graham: Lonestar 98 ECNL/ University of Texas
Emily Strouphauer: Lonestar 99 ECNL/ US U15 National Team Player
A seventh and eighth Lonestar Player was also selected (Chrissy Pitre and Mikaela Harvey) but was unable to attend.
Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally-based identification and development programs within US Club Soccer’s id2 Program with three primary goals:
(i) Provide the top players within specified elite leagues with an opportunity to be identified and evaluated for higher levels of play
(ii) Provide a high quality developmental experience
(iii) Recognize and reward individual performance and achievement.
The ECNL PDP in Dallas will include a training session and two 11 vs. 11 games for each player. Top players from each ECNL PDP, along with other players scouted in ECNL competition throughout the year, will be considered for invitations to the ECNL / id2 National Training Camp in August and potential inclusion in US Youth National Team training camps.
The ECNL will be hosting nine PDP events across the country between February and May 2014, providing an opportunity for top players in every ECNL club. There are no player costs for participation and the ECNL covers all staffing, facility rental and equipment costs for each event. The only responsibility for participating players will be the cost of travel and accommodation (if necessary).
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 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. The Army National Guard is the official military branch of the ECNL.