02/15/2017 2:06 PM
Going South: Everything’s Bigger in Texas
WNY Flash ECNL Teams Travel to Texas for First Showcase Event
BUFFALO, NY (Feb. 15, 2017) --- The Western New York Flash Academy U15 - U18 teams will head to Houston, Texas, this upcoming weekend for the ECNL Texas Showcase event. These matches will be the first in ECNL play for the club’s 02 and 98/99 age groups, while the 01's and 00's have begun their ECNL play at the ECNL Florida Showcase event in December.
"This is a great opportunity for our players to compete against some west coast competition in front of many college coaches and Youth National Team scouts,” explained WNY Flash Academy Director of Coaching Rob Ferguson. “We are looking forward to our first games in the ECNL with the 02's and 98/99's and exposing them to the high level of play that the ECNL provides."
The Flash Academy ‘02 ECNL squad will start bright and early Saturday morning when they take on the Texas Rush, while the 00's kick off just after at 9:45 against the Utah Avalanche. The 98/99's match up against Washington Premier from the PNW at 11:45am, while the 01's close out the day against another PNW outfit, in FC Portland, one of the most well- known clubs on the west coast.
Flash Academy families will recognize a familiar for on Sunday, as the ’00 squad will match up against the Seattle Reign. The Academy’s 01 and 98/99 teams will both go head to head against the hometown Challenge SC, all while the 02's face off against FC Portland.
To conclude the weekend’s games on Monday morning, the 02's will take on Crossfire United, while the 01's take on TSC Hurricane and the 98/99's close out the showcase with a match against the Utah Avalanche. The only game played against another East Coast team is our 00's on Monday when they play Bethesda.
"There is no doubt in my mind the experience the players will get playing against west coast and Texas competition will raise the bar further still," added Ferguson.
Stay tuned to the Flash social media accounts for up-to-date scores, photos and information regarding the showcase that begins Saturday morning!