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Q and A with Avery Clark on US Youth National Team Experience

 

Posted on: Monday, July 30, 2018

FRANKLIN, TN - Avery Clark, a member of our TSC 2004 Girls ECNL team, spent a week in Colorado with the U14 U.S. Youth National Team. Avery was one of 36 players from around the country selected to attend camp and the only player selected from Tennessee.

We sat down with Avery to hear all about her experience.

TSC: What was your first experience with the US Soccer Youth National Team (USYNT) like? 

Avery Clark (AC): It was different than what I expected. I knew the speed of play would be fast, but it was REALLY fast! It took me a couple of days to get used to that and at first it was hard to keep up with some of the players. Once I got used to that I felt much more comfortable. Also, so much time was spent recovering from our training or game. The coaching staff and training staff talked a lot about taking care of our bodies in between sessions so I formed some really good habits.

 

TSC: How do you feel you played during the week of camp?

AC: I feel like I played well. I was able to contribute in training sessions and in the two games we played. 

 

TSC: Did being with the USYNT give you perspective on where you are as a player compared to the other best players in the country?

AC: Yes, definitely. I knew I wouldn’t be one of the best players at the camp so came in with the mindset of simply wanting to contribute and improve. I feel like I did that. 

 

TSC: After spending a week at camp, what aspects of your game do you feel you need to work on?

AC: My touch definitely needs to continue to improve.

 

TSC: And what aspects of your game do you feel you are doing really well, even at that high level?

AC: My movement off the ball created a lot of opportunities for me and / or my teammates, especially in the final third of the field. 

 

TSC: There were 36 total players invited to this camp. Did you know any others before camp started?

AC: I played against four other girls in various competitions over the last several years but did not know any of them personally. 

 

TSC: What was the typical day like at camp?

AC: Ultimately, they wanted us to maximize our energy on the field and focus on recovering off the field, whether on training days or game days. Time off the field was really low key. We had player meetings and team meetings every day. A lot of focus was on our hydration and recovery when we were off the field so that we would be feeling good for training and games. 

 

TSC: Talk to us about the award you received at camp.

AC: I was given the “Three Yard Award” on our last day of camp. It is something the players and coaches voted on, which made me feel really good. The point of the award is to recognize someone at camp who has a positive impact on everything within three yards of them. It can be on the field and making good decisions with the ball or making your teammates better. It also could be picking up trash at the training field or in the hotel. I started crying when the coaches announced my name because it felt really good to be recognized for making a positive impact and having a good attitude all week long.

 

TSC: What was your favorite part of the week ON the field?

AC: Scoring my first goal with my first touch of the game was my favorite moment. I came on as a sub at start of the second half. Ten seconds into that half we won the ball in our attacking third of the field and a teammate crossed into the box and I was there to finish it. It was awesome!

 

TSC: What was your favorite part of the week OFF the field?

AC: I really enjoyed meeting all of the other girls at camp. I made one great friend in particular from New York City Football Club. She was a GK and we really got along well.

 

TSC: What was coaching staff’s feedback to you in post camp meeting?

AC: They said I played well and brought a lot to the group. They were all really kind and complimentary of my performance during the week.

 

TSC: What is something you learned that you can apply to your play with TSC Girls ECNL?

AC: I learned a lot about leadership and feel that I improved my own leadership qualities during my time with the USYNT. Also, my speed of play really improved and that will help me with my TSC teammates.

 

 

Tennessee Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin and serving the Greater Nashville, TN area with over 1,500 players. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has won multiple national championships in recent years through competition in these leagues. TSC's Mission is "to promote a love for soccer by developing excellence in the game for our players and coaches to positively impact our member families and communities.

 


 

2003 Boys ECNL Win Club's Third National Championship in Three Years

 

Posted on: Saturday, July 14, 2018

DENVER, CO - For the third consecutive season, Tennessee Soccer Club has a team that finished its season as National Champions. 

This morning the 2003 Boys ECNL team won the Elite National Premier League (ENPL) National Championship game in Denver, CO. They earned their way to the semi-final weekend after winning their group and quarterfinal game of the Eastern Regional in Boston last week. 

TSC’s semi-final matchup was against a very good Napa Valley Soccer Academy team that they defeated 2-1. This morning in the final they faced Soccer Association of Columbia and won 1-0. 

"I am so proud of this group of young men,” said 2003 Boys Coach and TSC Executive Director Stuart Brown. "They have worked incredibly hard and deserve to be National Champions! This is a special moment and I couldn't be happier for them.” 

This 2003 Boys team has experienced success all year in various competitions. They finished in first place in the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) State League and then went on to win the TSSA State Cup. They finished in second place in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) in their first year associated with he prestigious league. 

This national championship is the third in three consecutive seasons for TSC. In 2016 and 2017, the 1998 Girls Showcase and 1999 Girls Showcase teams each won a national championship. 

"Winning our third national championship in three consecutive seasons says a lot about our club,” said Brown. We talk about Developing Excellence in our players all the time and this is another on-field example of that mission coming to life.”

TSC congratulates the players, coaches and parents of the 2003 Boys ECNL on this terrific achievement! 

 

Tennessee Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin and serving the Greater Nashville, TN area with over 1,500 players. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has won multiple national championships in recent years through competition in these leagues. TSC's Mission is "to promote a love for soccer by developing excellence in the game for our players and coaches to positively impact our member families and communities."

 


 

2003 Boys ECNL Look to Bring Home National Championship

 

Posted on: Friday, July 13, 2018

 

DENVER, CO - The Tennessee Soccer Club 2003 Boys ECNL team will play compete for a National Championship in Denver this weekend. 

TSC earned their way here through a stellar regular season performance that allowed them to qualify for the postseason tournament. At the Eastern Regional Event in Boston last week, TSC finished first in group play and advanced to the quarterfinals where they won 4-2 in overtime. 

In the week since they landed back in Nashville as Eastern Regional Champions on July 4, they’ve continued to prepare for this weekend in Denver. “These guys really want to play well this weekend,” said TSC Executive Director and 2003 Boys ECNL coach Stuart Brown. “They’ve continued to work really hard and have remained so focused this past week. We had a few training sessions and I know the guys spent some time together off the field as well."

The 2003 Boys are no strangers to success in big competitions, finishing as Runners-Up of the US Youth Soccer Southeast Regional Championships last year to the eventual National Champions. 

“We are really excited to be here,” said TSC player Nolan Colladay. “We felt really good playing as a team last week (in Boston for Eastern Regionals) and were confident that we could advance to Colorado.”

TSC’s first game is today, Friday July 13, vs. Napa Soccer Academy at 11:00am MT. Games will be live-streamed at visiting this link.

"Ultimately, we want them to really enjoy this experience and go into the weekend feeling confident and excited to play,” said Brown. "Playing for a National Championship is a once in a lifetime kind of thing for most athletes. We want them to understand that perspective and soak that in so they can really appreciate what they have achieved in getting to this point. We are extremely proud of them for advancing this far in the tournament regardless of the results in Denver.”

 

Tennessee Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin and serving the Greater Nashville, TN area with over 1,500 players. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has won multiple national championships in recent years through competition in these leagues. TSC's Mission is "to promote a love for soccer by developing excellence in the game for our players and coaches to positively impact our member families and communities."


 

Six ECNL Teams Earn Trips to National Playoffs

 

Posted on: Monday, July 9, 2018

 

FRANKLIN, TN - In the first year of participation in the ECNL, TSC had six teams earn the right to compete in the ECNL National Playoffs. Four Girls ECNL teams traveled to Seattle for their playoffs while two Boys ECNL teams traveled to Boston. 

The four Girls ECNL teams competing in Seattle were the 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001 teams. The 2001 and 2003 Boys ECNL teams were in Boston representing TSC. “We were thrilled to have six teams participating in the playoffs during our first year of competition in the ECNL,” said TSC ECNL Director Dean Blain. "Each team represented the club very well and performed at a high level. We knew this league would provide difficult competition for our players, which is exactly what we wanted. I couldn’t be more proud of how our players responded to that all year and raised their own level of play week in and week out.” 

The 2003 Boys ECNL team advanced out of their group and then won their quarter-final match in Boston. This week they will travel to Denver to compete for the National Championship. Follow TSC on all social media platforms to stay up-to-date with their trip to Denver. 

 

Tennessee Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin and serving the Greater Nashville, TN area with over 1,500 players. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has won multiple national championships in recent years through competition in these leagues. TSC's Mission is "to promote a love for soccer by developing excellence in the game for our players and coaches to positively impact our member families and communities."


 

Jenna Rehm Participates with USVI Women's National Team

Posted On: April 30, 2018

Port-au-Prince, Haiti: TSC 2002 ECNL Goalkeeper Jenna Rehm spent a week in Haiti with the U.S. Virgin Islands Women’s National Team competing in the group stages of the Caribbean Women’s Challenge Cup April 16-21. 

Rehm, one of the youngest players invited and one of only four teenagers with the team, participated in two matches and training sessions during her week in Port-au-Prince. This tournament served as preparation for the CONCACAF Caribbean World Cup Qualifiers set for May 2018. 

Rehm started both matches for the U.S. Virgin Islands team during the week and gained valuable experience on the field. “The pace of the game was really fast,” said Rehm. “Haiti was a really fast and skilled team and it was fun to play against a team like that.” 

Outside of their training and two matches, the team participated in various team bonding exercises and enjoyed some sightseeing in Port-au-Prince. “This was the first time I’ve been to Haiti or seen a place like this,” said Rehm. “Its cool that soccer is giving me this opportunity.” 

Rehm has been invited back to participate with the team during their World Cup Qualifiers in May. 

 

 

Tennessee Soccer Club is the Premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin TN and serving the Greater Nashville TN with over 1450 players and 90 teams. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally, in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has most recently won back to back USYS National Championships during the summers of 2016 and 2017.

 


 

Five TSC Girls ECNL Teams Travel to Phoenix for National Showcase Event

Posted On: April 9, 2018

 

Phoenix, AZ — Five Tennessee Soccer Club ECNL Girls teams (2000s, 2001s, 2002s, 2003s and 2004s) traveled over the weekend to compete in the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) Spring Showcase Event held in Phoenix. 

Several times throughout the year, ECNL member clubs from across the United States are invited to participate in events that are designed to give players top level competition from teams around the country they otherwise would not see. This year, our girls ECNL teams have participated in showcase events in Florida, Texas and now Phoenix. 

“We are fortunate to be a part of the ECNL and our players definitely benefit from that environment,” said TSC Director of ECNL Dean Blain. “This weekend each of our teams played against very talented players in front of over 150 college coaches over a three day period. For a young player who has a desire for college soccer, that environment cannot be replicated.” 

TSC boys and girls ECNL teams will continue play this spring to round out the 2017-18 year. Congrats to these five girls teams for having a successful weekend in Phoenix!

 

Tennessee Soccer Club is the Premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin TN and serving the Greater Nashville TN with over 1450 players and 90 teams. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally, in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has most recently won back to back USYS National Championships during the summers of 2016 and 2017.


 

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