2011 ECNL/id2 International Tour Coverage
From August 8-15, the 2011 ECNL/id2 International Select team was in and around London, England playing top youth academy teams, taking in the sights, and learning about traveling and playing together as international representatives of some of the best the USA has to offer.
The 2011 ECNL/id2 International Tour roster is comprised of the top 17 ECNL players in the 1994 and 1995 age groups, selected based on their performances over the ECNL season and at the 2011 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp in Tallahassee, Florida, in February 10-13, 2011. Fourteen different ECNL Clubs are represented in the team, with FC Stars of Massachusetts leading the way with three players on the roster.
Nike and the ECNL covered all of the costs associated with the tour, including airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, and food. Accompanying the team were ECNL Commissioner Sarah Kate Noftsinger, coaches Jay Howell (Birmingham FC) and Chris King (Ohio Premier), and Emily Fortunato, physical trainer from M.O.S.T.
Two media professionals also accompanied the group documenting and reporting on the trip from multiple perspectives. Fay Wells of ESPN High School (formely ESPN RISE) and Chris Hummer of National Soccer Wire filed multiple stories, photos, and videos.
While the trip itself ended on the 15th, the sheer volume of video recorded should continue to supply new pieces to be shared with the world. Below is a list of all the stories, photos, and video produced so far, and we’ll keep updating as more is completed. Future content will include video highlights and interviews with each one of the 17 players attending.
Media Coverage/News Stories
Aug 5 - ECNL sends all-star selection of ’94, ’95 girls on tour to England - Soccer Wire
Aug 9 - ECNL London Tour: By The Numbers - ESPN HS
Aug 9 - Players have their say at teh ECNL Tour - ESPN HS
Aug 10 - 5 things to watch as ECNL faces England - ESPN HS
Aug 10 - ECNL International tour team notches first win of three-game England tour - Soccer Wire
Aug 12 - ECNL improvises for a 5-2 win over Chelsea - ESPN HS
Aug 13 - ECNL International team downs Chelsea 5-2 in game two of England Tour - Soccer Wire
Aug 16 - ECNL all-stars wrap up England tour with 7-0 dispatching of Aston Villa U-17s - Soccer Wire
Aug 24 - ECNL all-stars' England trip breaks new ground for elite girls' soccer - Soccer Wire
Aug 10 - ECNL girls arrive in London, preview week - ESPN HS
Aug 10 - Toni Payne wonder goal against Bristol Academy - Soccer Wire
Aug 10 - Full highlights of first match against Bristol Academy - Soccer Wire
Aug 14 - Full highlights of third match against Aston Villa - Soccer Wire
Aug 11 - ECNL Tour Photo Gallery - ESPN HS