As the weather heats up for summer, so does the ECNL season with the start of the postseason. Three Portland Thorns FC Academy teams – the U-13s, U-16s and U-17s – will compete in the ECNL Regional League Finals this week in Redmond, Wash.
The Thorns Academy U-13s and U-17s are competing in the Champions League bracket, featuring top finishers from each division across the league, for a chance to advance to the ECNL Finals in Richmond, Va., in early July. They’ll compete in a group of four, playing three group stage games. The 11 group winners and top five second-place teams will then square off in a knockout round. Finally, the eight winners from the Round of 16 will secure a place in the national finals tournament.
The Thorns U-16s are competing in the North American Cup – a single-elimination tournament featuring successful teams from the regular season that missed out on qualifying for the Champions League bracket.
All matches during the Regional League Finals are played at 60 Acres Park in Redmond, Wash.
Thorns FC Academy U-17s
Finished regular season with a 12-3-5 record; second place in Pacific Division.
Champions League – Group D Schedule
June 22 vs FC Stars Blue, at 11 a.m.
June 23 vs. International SC, at 11 a.m.
June 25 vs. Charlotte SA, at 9 a.m.
Thorns FC Academy U-16s
Finished regular season with a 11-4-5 record; fourth place in Pacific Division.
June 22 vs. Racing Louisville, at 4 p.m.
Thorns FC Academy U-13s
Finished regular season with a 14-6-0 record; third place in Pacific Division.
Champions League – Group J Schedule
June 24 vs. Richmond United, at 4:45 p.m.
June 26 vs. SLSG Navy, at 1 p.m.
June 27 vs. Ohio Elite SA, at 11 a.m.
Visit https://www.ecnlgirls.com/ecnl-playoffs/ for more on the ECNL Playoffs.