United Futbol Academy and Concorde Development Academy Join ECNL
The clubs will bring their former Development Academy teams into the ECNL Boys, creating an exceptionally competitive environment in a division that continues to reduce travel for participating teams.
“Concorde has been a long time member of the ECNL, and UFA will be the newest ‘All-In’ club in the league,” said ECNL Boys Commissioner Jason Kutney. “We are excited to welcome these new players and teams into the league and to continue to build a fantastic platform for our clubs.”
Concorde Fire was a founding member of both the US Development Academy and the ECNL Boys leagues and has been a leader in the development of the elite player for over 20 years.
The club has a long history of success at the national level, finishing as national finalists in the U16 Development Academy championship and the U18 ENPL Championships in 2018-19. Last year the Concorde U17 Development Academy boys won the Southeastern DA Cup, and the U16 and U18 ECNL Boys teams won ECNL Southeastern Conference titles.
“Concorde Fire is excited to have our Development Academy players join our present ECNL players underneath the ECNL platform,” said Executive Director Greg Blasingame.
“Our club leadership is excited to have all of our elite players under one umbrella.Greg Blasingame, Executive Director Concorde Fire
“Concorde Fire looks forward to working with the ECNL leadership and clubs to continue our goal to identify, develop, and prepare players for the next level,” added Blasingame.
United Futbol Academy has been a leader in the Southeast Division of the Development Academy, most recently with its 02/03 team claiming the Southeast Region championship and reaching the National Quarter-Finals in 2018-19.
This fall, the UFA Class of 2020 is headed to collegiate programs in the ACC, Ivy League and many other top Division I programs. “This is an exciting evolution for our club,” said Iggy Moleka, UFA’s Executive Director of Soccer.
“The ECNL platform will provide tremendous opportunities for the growth and development of our players,” said Moleka. “At UFA, our goal has always been to build a youth club that combines exceptional training and competitive excellence in a positive and safe environment, the ECNL will furnish both top-flight competition and high-level exposure for college and beyond.”
Additional new clubs for the ECNL Boys 2020-2021 season will be announced in the coming days.