The members of McLean Youth Soccer's U18 ECNL Team (with Head Coach Nadir Moumen) pose with their Championship trophy in Seattle, WA.
McLean Youth Soccer’s U18/U19 ECNL team, coached by Total Futbol’s Executive Director Nadir Moumen, capped off a record-breaking 2017-18 season by winning the prestigious ECNL National Championship in June. After winning every single game it played in ECNL competition this season, the squad bested a field of 80 teams across eight divisions to claim the top prize at the league’s National Finals in Seattle, WA.
After watching the championship game, Top Drawer Soccer’s Director of Content Travis Clark called McLean’s U18s “One of the best teams I saw in Seattle. Played out of the back, despite being pressed and stuck to the game plan down a goal in the dying minutes.”
On the way to its ECNL championship, McLean’s U18/U19 team won the Mid-Atlantic Conference and finished at the top of the Champions League in its age group, based on regular season play. The squad scored 84 goals and allowed just ten in 25 ECNL matches.
"One of the best teams I saw in Seattle.
Played out of the back, despite being pressed and stuck to the game plan down a goal in the dying minutes."
-- Travis Clark, Director of Content, Top Drawer Soccer
In addition to claiming its ECNL title, McLean ’99-’00 won every game in every tournament in which it competed, including the Discovery Cup (October 2017), the Bethesda Premier Cup (November 2017), the CASL Girls Showcase (December 2017) and the Jefferson Cup Girls Showcase (March 2018). Across these four tournaments (comprising 12 games total), the team scored 48 goals and conceded seven.
A total of 26 players from the team have committed to play soccer in college, with many set to start their collegiate careers this fall. “We look forward to watching the impact this group of talented, disciplined and passionate players will have on the college game in the years to come,” said Moumen. “It was my privilege to work with them.”
The team poses between games in the idyllic Pacific Northwest setting of the ECNL's U18 National Finals.
The team earned a slew of individual honors on their way to collective glory.
Claire Constant, a central defender slated to play for the University of Virginia this fall, was named the 2017-18 Girls ECNL Player of the Year, with the league noting that her “tenacious play” has cemented her legacy. “Claire was an exemplary vocal leader, had tremendous on-field production, selflessly played multiple positions, picked her teammates up when needed, exhibited humility, and so much more,” said Moumen. Constant was also named ECNL Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year.
Forward Aleigh Gambone, who is committed to play for the UNC Tar Heels in fall of 2019, was named to the 2017-18 Girls ECNL All-America Team, as well as to the 2017-18 Mid-Atlantic All-Conference Team. Goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz, who will step between the posts at Ohio State this fall, made the 2017-18 Mid-Atlantic All-Conference Team roster, as did midfielder Annie Sorando, who will take the field for the UNC Charlotte 49ers this fall.
"We look forward to watching the impact this group of talented, disciplined and passionate players
will have on the college game in the years to come."
-- Head Coach Nadir Moumen