Qualifying boys’ teams in five age groups from 14-U to 19-U from the United Soccer Clubs will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in June 2018. These teams will earn qualification to the postseason ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season.
The United Soccer Clubs is made up of twenty-seven clubs from the Houston, Austin and San Antonio metro areas.
The United Soccer Clubs was launched in Fall 2015 as an expansive, club-driven model led by motivated Directors of Coaching in south Texas. Since its inception, USC has made an impact in the NPL with the USC Champions League, hosted the first-ever LaLiga Formation Methodology course, expanded its West Division substantially and shown full support of Players First, id² and Player Development Programs (PDPs).
“United Soccer Clubs is incredibly excited about the ENPL and the platform it will provide our top boys teams,” said Pat O’Toole, USC President. “The ECNL and US Club Soccer are the top brands in the game with a proven track record of providing incredible programing for their members. The ENPL will provide the top boys teams in the USC the opportunity to compete against the top boys teams and clubs in the country. It should also give players additional opportunities to gain valuable exposure to college coaches. 2017 will be an exciting time for our league.”
Quotes from participating clubs:
Brian Monaghan, Classics Elite Soccer Academy Director of Coaching: “The USC NPL league is privileged to be a part of the new EPNL national competition. The EPNL format will give all teams and clubs in USC a clear pathway to advance and compete on a national stage.”
Nick Hallam, Lonestar SC San Antonio Director of Coaching: “We are delighted to see USC included as one of the chosen leagues in the ENPL pyramid. Our boys involved in this competition can continue to strive towards national level play at the NPL Finals. Our ‘01B Red SA had a fantastic experience last summer participating at the NPL Finals as USC Champions League champions, and we are hopeful future teams will earn this experience through their performances on the field in the ENPL pyramid to continue their development by challenging themselves at the national level.”
Oliver Finidori, Dynamos SC Director of Training: “We look forward to seeing the new ENPL come into place. We see it as a great opportunity for each and every NPL clubs, teams to reach the highest levels of competition. As the USC continues to grow, it will make it even more appealing for new clubs to take part, as we will now have an additional pathway to reach regional and national levels of competition. We are truly pleased with the format for qualification, as well, as any NPL team will have a legitimate shot at qualifying in the ENPL, based on merit. We believe this is a great step for US Club Soccer to provide an even heightened level of competition for all of its members.”