By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
March 31, 2016-As the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) kicks off its fourth season on Saturday, April 16, 11 players from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) are on the rosters of the 10 NWSL teams. Nine of these players played in Eastern New York's Olympic Development Program (ODP). Our players in the NWSL grew up in the Hudson Valley, Westchester, New York City and Long Island:
A little bit of history occurred last November when two Eastern New York players were traded for one another for the first time ever as NWSL defending champion FC Kansas City sent Rebecca Moros to the Western New York Flash for Brittany Taylor.
Although Kansas City has won the past two NWSL championships and is one of the favorites again this year with Taylor on defense, the addition of Moros could mean that Western New York will lift the trophy in 2016 as she has won championships in the W-League, Women’s Premier Soccer League, Women’s Professional Soccer, the NWSL and the Nadeshiko League in Japan, often playing a pivotal role in the championship game.
Congratulations to all 11 players who have achieved their dream of playing professional soccer!
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on tohttp://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.