MLS league

Discussion in 'Arizona Scene' started by azsoccermom, May 13, 2020.

  1. Messifan

    Messifan Member

    That's some serious bad news for the MLS Academy League. I'm sure they didn't make that decision lightly or without asking all the pertinent questions regarding the viability of an MLS League this upcoming year...
     
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  2. Azsoccerfann

    Azsoccerfann New Member

    MLS elite youth development platform applications now open. meaning more clubs outside of those 94 current clubs can join the league. Pretty good, now that ECNL took over most DA clubs.
     
  3. Messifan

    Messifan Member

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  4. PJP

    PJP New Member

    Is this a situation whereby they have multiple teams within the same age group and the top team goes MLS Elite and the 2nd team goes ecnl? The press release was a bit vague and from the eyes of the ecnl folks. I could see this happening similar to that of rsl and rising.
     
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  6. Galazkiewicz

    Galazkiewicz New Member

    This was posted on the socalsoccer board. The tweet came from a guy that writes frequently on the MLS.
    https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1278356782600073218
     
  7. Messifan

    Messifan Member

    If true then MLS will not be doing the other age groups besides U17 & U19 in the MLS league? DA did have the younger age groups, which you would think would continue, unless....money.

    In those U15 & U17 age groups they could enter a 2nd team in ECNL.

    It will be interesting to watch play out...
     
  8. al66

    al66 Member

    MLS will have U13 & U14 age groups
     
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  9. Robert

    Robert Member

    If I’m correct, there are 9 ECNL & MLS (da) teams in Az for the 07 boys. Would it be realistic to throw all of them together, have them play a league format for the remainder of 2020?
     
  10. Azsoccerfann

    Azsoccerfann New Member

    9 teams for 07? I think that there are only 8 combined unless I am missing a club. 07 Phoenix rising will have both (MLS & ECNL), RSL Az (MLS&ECNL), SC Del Sol (MLS), BARCA ACADEMY (MLS), Arsenal (ECNL) and FC Tucson (ECNL).
     
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  11. Robert

    Robert Member

    I think I included Barca ECNL
     
  12. GKdad

    GKdad Active Member

  13. al66

    al66 Member

    Sounds like the EA will be what DPL was was to Girls DA/GA
     
  14. SoccerDadAZ

    SoccerDadAZ Active Member

    Barca is not an ECNL member club.
     
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  15. SoccerDadAZ

    SoccerDadAZ Active Member

    Initial launch only for select SoCal clubs. U11-12 will the clubs' top sides, U13 and older will function as an expanded player pool for clubs' top sides in those age groups. It would be great for Arizona's MLS clubs and their top U11-12 teams to participate in that league as well.
     
  16. SoccerDadAZ

    SoccerDadAZ Active Member

    Given the COVID situation, might be worth it if there are not enough matches scheduled for teams. The gap between playing level between the MLS teams and ECNL teams may not make the idea palatable for some. Perhaps another idea is to group the MLS teams with ECNL teams that are one age group higher.
     
  17. Robert

    Robert Member

    The disparity between MLS and ECNL may not be that different than what we see in APL and Sl1 and SL2.
     
  18. AZsoccefan

    AZsoccefan Member

    I know kids on both in one of the particular age groups and I don't think the talent gap is a wide as you might think. Also some of the ECNL teams would have an advantage early on since they've played together for years and have developed a synergy. I believe most of the MLS teams (maybe outside of Del Sol) were recruited and are playing together for the first time with very limited practices due to Covid.
     
  19. SoccerDadAZ

    SoccerDadAZ Active Member

    Having personally watched quite a few matches of the Del Sol and RSL U13 DA teams this year and some matches of the U13 ECNL teams, the 2 DA teams are a lot better than the Arsenal and FC Tucson teams and probably 2-3 goals better than the RSL ECNL. The Rising ECNL team would give them a run for their money but the Del Sol/RSL DA teams would still be favorites. This is all assuming all the teams kept their teams from the 19-20 season. Both Del Sol and RSL DA teams have been playing for a year together and it's my understanding that their core players have stayed for the upcoming season.
     
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  20. AZsoccefan

    AZsoccefan Member

    That makes sense. I was looking at it from a 2008 age group viewpoint which has a lot of volatility since this is the first year for kids moving to/from DA and ECNL programs. I'm also most familiar with Rising so you have a broader knowledge base of the area teams overall than I do. I appreciate your perspective on this.

    How do you think the Rising MLS in their first year will compete with the equivalent Del Sol and RSL teams?
     

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