The Elite Clubs National League Texas tournament came to a close after Monday’s matches were cancelled due to inclement weather in Houston. A total of 152 youth clubs, ranging from U14 to U18, took part in this two-day event that featured the best of girls club soccer in front of scouts from the biggest colleges in the nation.
Here’s TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI (3-4-3 formation) from the two days of activities.
GK Peyton York, Solar Chelsea SC U18/U19: York was one of the more vocal goalkeepers during the showcase. Her ability to read the opposing team and adjust her defenders in front undoubtedly played a part in Solar Chelsea’s two shutouts.
D Hannah Webb, Solar Chelsea SC U18/U19: Webb showed her versatility by providing an outlet for her team through the right side of the field to spark the attack. She is speedy and agile with the ball on top of helping in defense. She has a great chemistry with the midfield as well.
D Grace Walsh, Bethesda SC U17: Walsh was the leader of the defense for Bethesda. She handled the strings of the defense and showed good vision moving the ball forward. Her height also made her an intimidating center back to her opponents and helped her win balls in the air.
D Elise Morris, Seattle Reign U18/U19: Morris was everything the Reign could’ve asked from a center back. She was an intimidator, a leader, a ball hawk and a penetrating midfielder. Seattle lost by the narrowest of margins on Saturday but immediately flipped the script and won 3-1 the next day. A leader like Morris is a reason why that transition happens.
M Haley Berg, Solar Chelsea SC U18/U19: A total havoc for opposing defenses. Berg was the motor in midfield for Solar Chelsea SC. She was active all over the field and a nuisance for opposing defenses throughout the entire match. One touch passes, nifty footwork and a cracker of a goal on Sunday showed Berg’s class in this tournament.
M Kalyn Williamson, NC Fusion U18/U19: Williamson’s play stood out despite her team losing big to Texas Rush and Seattle Reign. She was very active on the left side, created penetration in the attack and, in the game against Seattle, almost forced an own goal with her individual play. She was not shy to ask for the ball and take her opportunities. She also had the awareness to play with a sense of urgency when playing against a lead.
M Kim Rodriguez, Texas Rush U18/U19: Rodriguez scored a double in the U18 Showcase vs. a very good CFC team. She has a powerful right foot and a good accuracy for goal. Her delivery was so good it almost seemed easy work.
M Lauren Tangney, Connecticut FC U18/U19: Tangney was a non-stop attacker on the left wing for CFC and individually performed better through the two days of the tournament. She showed great control of the ball with her nifty footwork and had defenders chasing her. She also made it a priority to pass the ball instead of keeping it and risk turning it over.
F Chaylyn Hubbard, Challenge SC U17: Hubbard is an explosive forward with the knowledge of where she is on the field at all times. She is aggressive on attack and has the body and strength to push forward and overpower her opponents. She also takes initiative on defense to intercept and force turnovers and recover possession.
F Diana Ordonez, FC Dallas U16: You know the phrase ‘men amongst boys’? Well Ordonez played like a women amongst girls. She was the catalyst for her team and played inspired on Saturday. She has height, dribbling and creativity to go with a great soccer brain and vision. She might not look it at first glance because of her lean built but this gal can play.
F Messiah Bright, Solar Chelsea U17: Bright was very active in Solar Chelsea’s attack, being a fearless attacker by taking chances from long range. She was one of the standout players on Saturday, assisting the opening goal and scoring a double.