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ECNL Feb 24, 2012

Notable quotes from day one at ECNL National Showcase: San Antonio

By Charles Boehm

San Antonio – The following is a collection of noteworthy statements by club and college coaches present on day one of the Elite Clubs National League’s National Showcase tournament on Friday.

“We don’t give away a lot of soft goals. We’ve got a good goalkeeper and a good back four. It’s a well-tested team. I mean, the team won the ECNL National Championship last year without giving away a goal at Nationals. We’ve got some quality attacking players – Mikaela Harvey scored two good goals today. We don’t feel like we’re a defensive team, we like to defend by attacking. But when we need to defend – say, against the wind, and in certain conditions – we can defend very well.”

-Lonestar Under-16s assistant coach Eric Stilley after his team’s 2-0 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher

“The Sting 95s, they’re champions, they’re a fantastic group, over and over they showed their quality, and today was a typical situation…I had them until last year. Every game we play, people say ‘Are you sure those are 95s?’ They’re big, they’re tall, they’re aggressive, very smart kids, they understand the game. When you coach a team like this, it’s fun.”

-Dallas Sting coach Tatu, who stepped in to lead the Sting U-17s to a 2-1 win over Colorado Rush after head coach Kenneth Medina was ejected by the referee

“It was a good game. We can be one of the better soccer-playing teams in the country, [but] to be the very best in the country, you’ve got to win on all days. Fortunately the best news for us is we have a game tomorrow. But we’re happy to be here, we’re happy to be playing against the best teams in the country and we want to be looked upon as one of those best teams in the country. And come July, we want to be the very best team in the country – and we’ve got work to do.”

Erik Bushey, coach of the Co. Rush U-17s, after his team’s hard-fought loss to Sting

“Actually, I was pleased with it. Our team showed up here with seven, we had to get two guests from our younger teams. I thought it was good. I was impressed with their play. They did the things we asked of them, and we came out with a tie. It was a valiant effort from the group.”

-Va. Rush U-18s coach Vyburt Silcott, whose team drew 1-1 against Washington Premier despite having only 10 players available due injuries and illness.

“It’s put a lot of pressure on our kids to perform week in, week out. They’re starting to understand now a little bit about how to manage a game, because the substitution pattern here is, once you’re off, you’re off for that half, which they hadn’t been used to. So it’s helped them understand how to manage a game and keep the game in the forefront of their minds.”

-Colorado Storm U-17s coach Michael Haas, discussing his team’s first season in ECNL

“We’ve been working hard on some of the stuff that the Arsenal [FC] programming has done for our club, and we’re starting to see some of that shine through in just quick, short combinations, the buildup, and really now we just have to finish. It’s there from 18 to 18, we’ve just got to finish inside the 18[-yard box].”

-Richmond Strikers U-17s coach Steve D’Adamo after his team showed well but lost 1-0 to Colo. Storm

“It’s a great event, the facilities are nice…It’s nice to get a good collection of top-level players, and it’s good to see the kids in a challenging environment. It’s not the most ideal in terms of conditions, but you just kind of have to take different approaches.”

Ron Raab, assistant coach, University of Virginia

“Basically ECNL has brought better teams together. From standpoint of evaluating talent, you’re watching talent play against talent all the time. You rarely get a wasted game from an evaluation standpoint. That’s what ECNL does.”

Phil Stephenson, associate head coach, Texas A&M