Missouri Rush joined the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Regional League as part of the Heartland Conference. Missouri Rush will place teams in the U13-U18/19 ages starting in the fall of 2020. Teams that particiapte in the U15, U16, and U17 age groups will have the ability to advance to ECNL National Playoffs by winning their respective conferences.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League Girls: The Elite Clubs National League Girls (ECNL Girls) 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 Girls is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
O’Fallon, MO (February 8th, 2020) - Missouri Rush Soccer Club (MRSC) is excited to welcome Jason Wyland as our ECNL Regional League Program Director.
Jason comes to us from a long and well established coaching and training career from AFA Fillies. “It is a very bittersweet feeling as I close an 11-year chapter of my life with the AFA FIllies soccer club. I owe so many thanks to club president Steve Pietrowski who has taught me a great deal about the ins/outs of running a club. He has been like a father figure to me and has done an extraordinary amount to enable me to get to this point in my coaching career.” Says Jason
Jason has also spent time coaching at the college level where he gained a great deal of understanding about the recruiting process as well as the expectations college programs place on college athletes. We believe that will play a major part in the expectations this program will have for him and the families it serves. Jason says “I owe every player that has ever put on an AFA uniform a great deal of gratitude, as well as the parents of those players. Without them trusting in my training, my methods, my ideology, and my coaching decisions, this opportunity wouldn’t be possible.” “I am thrilled to have Jason as part of the family. His passion is infectious.” mentions Damion Frederick MRSC’s Director of Soccer Operations.
Jason goes on to thank his previous players and families by saying “We endured many successes and many failures through the years but we kept growing and grinding forward. So many great friendships and relationships, college scholarships, and 2 state championships later, every single minute of every session of every season was well worth it. I sincerely thank all of you!”
“Having Jason as a part of this program and as part of our Rush Family, speaks volumes about the commitment MRSC has to our players and families.” says Nick Teater the Executive Director at MRSC.
MRSC is excited to enter this new chapter with the help of Jason Wyland. “It goes without saying (says Jason) that, while sad to leave Steve Pietrowski and the AFA Fillies program, I am extremely excited and grateful for this next chapter and challenge in my life with Missouri Rush Soccer Club. Having AFA Fillies teams that competed against ECNL programs, locally and throughout the region in showcases, tournaments, and friendlies, I have a tight grasp on the characteristics needed to train and compete at this level.”
Missouri Rush will be hosting ID sessions for the ECNL program throughout the spring. Please check this webpage for additional details as they become available.
To learn more about the program, please contact Jason. You can email Jason firstname.lastname@example.org
“ECNL is a great opportunity for players to get to train at a very high level that directly translates to the training intensity of college soccer. The regional league really opens the door for colleges coaches to be able to stay more local for recruiting. We love recruiting players out of ECNL as they already have the experience of playing again high level competition and a high level competitive training environment.” - Maddi Moon, UMSL
“The ECNL is exactly at the abbreviation states “elite”. I have had the great privilege of working very closely with some of these players and seeing them first hand at ID camps or ECNL league games. The quality training sessions and competition available to the players has had a major impact on their individual development. The ECNL does provide players the ability to make the jump to the next level. Whether this is the college, profession or international level. It is a great opportunity for players to be training by some of the best coaches around and compete at a very high level week in and out on a consistent basis. The biggest difference you will see from the ECNL compared to the MRL would be the level of competitiveness and consistency in the quality of players” - Deno Merrick, Missouri Baptist
“We have always considered recruiting the ECNL events vital to our success. Our current roster is full of players from ECNL clubs, and we are excited about recruiting through the new ECNL regional league.” - Lewis Theobald, Central Missouri(2017 Div.2 National Champs)
“Excited about the new opportunity to see regional recruits closer to home in the new ECNL Regional League!” - Mike Cannon, Truman State University
"Watching ENCL players, we know the athletes are well trained and the teams compete at the highest level. The league is organized and produces the finest product of soccer. ECNL players transition to the college level easily because of their club experiences, training, and completive environment created." - Dave Musso, Lindenwood