When opportunity knocks, kick the door open. That’s what the 01 Boys did when recently invited to participate in the Florida ECNL Showcase, winning all three of their games over ECNL teams. The FC Alliance boys are not in the ECNL (the girls are); however, the club’s boys are in the highly prestigious Elite National Premier League. When ECNL offered two FC Alliance teams a spot in their Orlando area event, the club did not think twice. Not only did the 01 Boys go unbeaten, the 00 Boys registered a respectable 1-1-1 record.
The 01 Boys (U17), coached by Jon Schneider, opened the event with a bang, winning 4-0 over New York’s East Meadow ECNL U17. They followed that with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Florida Kraze ECNL U17. The final day was a shocker. Playing fellow unbeaten Armada FC (Jacksonville) ECNL U17, FC Alliance came away with a 7-0 win over a strong team. The result was certainly eye-opening.
The 00 Boys (U18) played three close games and were not far from matching the 01 result. Chad Stocton’s squad opened the event with a 3-2 win over Florida Elite ECNL U18/U19. Next up they played Texas powerhouse Lonestar SC ECNL U18/U19 and tied 1-1 in another thriller. In the final game, the 00 Boys came within inches of trying Armada FC, but fell 2-1 despite several chances to tie the game in the end.
The Florida ECNL Showcase had 75 registered college coaches at the event, representing all levels of play.