LA Galaxy no longer exists and Royals are in. Many would argue the Royals aren't even the best club in AZ. But they are better than the other two AZ clubs currently in AZI also think don't understand what ECNL is doing. They're ruining the recruiting process for the girls. I'm part of Legends and we had to send our top 04 team to play in the crappy ECRL league just to qualify. Beach had to do the same thing. So, Beach and Legends destroyed all the "B" teams just to qualify (which they did) ? WTF. A whole year wasted for these girls. I have a simple solution ECNL. Just put the best clubs in ECNL and stop with the games. Why give GA any leverage to say they're the best? I can almost guarantee that any team in GA that is offered an ECNL spot would take it in a heartbeat. Legends and Beach (if I may speak for Beach) would have jumped at this last year so these girls could be playing against other worthy opponents. If ECNL just followed my one simple solution, GA would probably fold and ECNL could retain its top league status which I think we all want right? I mean why haven't Pats, LA Galaxy, Utah Royals and City been offered ECNL spots? Hoping ECNL pulls their heads out their you know what.
There is room for both, almost has to be. There is enough talent in CA that girls from GA and ECNL will move on to D1/D2/D3/NAIA etc, etc. schools. I won't argue that ECNL consists of the top CA clubs. There aren't enough roster slots available for all of the top talent in CA to play in these top clubs, thus the GA. They have the platform, the connections, and the clout to access coaches, YNT staff/scouts ETC. Will the GA stick around? who knows. They've done well during this weird year. Do they carry the clout in CA (at least in parent's eyes), not yet, maybe never. Will they place girls in college. Yep. Will they get YNT looks, yep.
Find a club in either league that your kid can play consistently on, find a coach with a track record of placement and you will be fine. The first day of college preseason, no one is talking about what league they were in.
Besides, I think it's silly that CA even has to be in ECNL. You guys are your own league. Just play each other, drive down the street, get in a good game, have coaches in attendence, and call it a day. Why drive to AZ or Vegas? I know it's not that simple but many would agree that minimizing travel is a good thing....keeping down costs expands the talent net.