With early recruiting becoming increasingly prevalent, the U-16 age group garners great interest from college soccer coaches near and far.
In light of that, New England Soccer Journal's overview of the region's Elite Clubs National League landscape continues with a look at the region's four clubs. Included within is a breakdown of key players at FC Stars East, FC Stars West, Connecticut FC, FSA and Scorpions SC.
While college commitments are currently sparse, that should change as teams compete at ECNL events. The first one of the radar screen is ECNL Florida, a national showcase event for the U16-U18/U19 age groups held Jan. 11-13 in Sanford, Fla. Others coming up are ECNL Texas (Feb. 16-18), ECNL Phoenix (April 5-7) and ECNL New Jersey (May 25-27).
Without further ado, here's our review of local 2003-born players in the ECNL.