For Immediate Release: April 2, 2021
Today, McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) and Springfield South County Youth Club (SYC) are excited to announce the formation of an alliance to jointly build teams to compete at the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) level, effective for the 2021-2022 seasonal year. This alliance will increase the MYS and SYC elite teams’ competitiveness and provide broader development for both clubs’ players and technical staff. The new alliance supports the MYS and SYC Board of Directors’ goals of increasing player opportunities and broadening positive social impact to the community through soccer.
MYS Executive Director Louise Waxler said, “This alliance provides a critical relationship that will help MYS and SYC to maintain and improve our elite competitive standing at both the regional and national levels. With it, we will be better positioned to meet the increasing competition within the Washington DC metropolitan area and nationally.”
SYC Executive Director Dotty Talbott said, “With this new alliance, we have a chance to enhance coach and player development and give our players pathways to the collegiate level and beyond that we currently can’t provide. It truly is a win-win relationship.”
Under the alliance, MYS will maintain its existing ECNL charter. This new alliance will become effective for the 2021-2022 seasonal year and operate under leadership and guidance from both MYS and SYC. The new alliance will operate under a new name, logo, colors, and uniforms.
The clubs will select a name through a naming contest open to all families within MYS and SYC. In addition to the pride of naming the new alliance, the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card. Contest details will be posted on the MYS and SYC websites.
McLean Youth Soccer (MYS): Since 1970, MYS has served tens of thousands of players and their families by providing organized, developmental, and fun soccer experiences. MYS provides a broad range of soccer opportunities for players ranging in age from U4 to U19. Our mission is to provide a place for every player and a developmentally appropriate experience, promoting the emotional and physical well-being of each athlete through the game of soccer. We offer a variety of training programs, camps, and league participation, including Recreation and Travel Teams. Visit the MYS website at www.mcleansoccer.org.
Springfield/South County Youth Club (SYC): Established in 1977, Springfield South County Youth Club provides athletic programs for boys and girls ages 4 to 19 that promote character development, good sportsmanship, and exemplary behavior. SYC currently offers ten sports with over 10,000 registrations per year, and we encourage participation across sports for the well-rounded athlete. We strive to establish a nurturing and supportive environment that reflects, respects, and celebrates our differences while embracing the richness of diversity within our membership. Visit the SYC website at www.sycva.com.