De Anza Force and Sporting Santa Clara among ECNL Boys Northern Cal additions

The De Anza Force, a founding member of the now defunct U.S. Soccer Boys DA, will field teams in the ECNL Boys as well as the new MLS-run youth league. Also joining the Northern Cal Conference are Santa Clara Sporting Club and Placer United.

De Anza Force was founded in 1999 and was one of the first 11 clubs to commit to the Boys DA upon its launch in 2007-08 with 64 teams.

“We are extremely proud to be joining the ECNL Boys,” said Paul Bravo, De Anza Force Academy Director. “We believe this partnership will help us raise our standards across the club, while providing our membership with more high-level opportunities and exposure.  We are grateful to the leadership at ECNL for the opportunity and look forward to a successful, long-term relationship.”

Placer United, founded in 1982, is by Paul O’Brien. Santa Clara Sporting Club was founded in 1971. Its president is Luis Azevedo.

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