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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do this?

The ECNL is a comprehensive program providing an elite level of play for teams through the ages of U14 to U18. We feel by pooling player and coaching resources all CROSSFIRE UNITED teams (U14 to U18) will compete at a high level. There is no other program like this in the US. Through the conference games and the regional/national events this program gives the players the opportunity to compete at a truly elite level.

Who will the coaches be?

CROSSFIRE UNITED is committed to providing the best coaching possible. Coaches will primarily come from THUSC and Crossfire Oregon although we will bring in other strong local area coaches if we feel they will help the program.

How will there be any continuity between the CROSSFIRE UNITED ECNL pool and the THUSC and Crossfire Oregon Reserve pools?

The CROSSFIRE UNITED coach involved with the ECNL pool will then be involved in some capacity (either Head Coach or Assistant Coach) with the Crossfire Oregon or THUSC Reserve team at the same age group.

Where will the teams train?

The training base will depend on the Head Coach of the age group. Some of the training locations will be Tualatin Hills Rec Center, PCC Rock Creek, Hazelia Field, Tigard HS Turf, and Wilsonville HS. These locations will also serve as the game fields for CROSSFIRE UNITED teams.

When will tryouts be?

Tryouts for all age groups will be held in May just prior to regular club tryouts. CROSSFIRE UNITED will form their ECNL pool prior to the finalization of regular club teams so players who do not make the ECNL pool will still have an opportunity to try out for a club team.

If I don't make the CROSSFIRE UNITED ECNL pool could I still play in some events with the team?

Yes, both THUSC and Crossfire Oregon will have Reserve teams and when the opportunity or need arises we will assess who we think is the best suited player.

What is the cost for this program going to be?

The exact cost depends on the age group (each age group has a set of conference games to play and then also Regional/National events to attend based on the age group).

So what should we expect the schedule to look like for each age group?

U14s will compete in their conference schedule and then 1 Regional event - likely San Diego (April)

U15s will compete in their conference schedule and then 2 National events - likely Texas (Feb) and San Diego (April).

U16s will compete in their conference schedule and then 3 National events - likely Florida (Dec), Texas (Feb), and San Diego (April).

U17s will compete in their conference schedule and then 3 National events - likely Florida (Dec), Texas (Feb), and San Diego (April).

U18s will compete in their conference schedule and then 1 National event - likely San Diego (April)

So would I go to all of these events?

Part of the idea of carrying pools of 18-24 players is to manage the commitment for everyone. There will be players who have the desire and the means to travel to every event and there may be players who do not have the means to travel to every event. Obviously, if you do not go you do not pay the costs associated with the trip but then you also forego the opportunity to be exposed to the environment of that trip which will help you develop.

Okay so what are the costs going to be?

Again that is based on your exact travel schedule. Please refer to the CROSSFIRE UNITED website for full details. The club fees for Crossfire United will be in the region of $2000. This will include everything other than travel to individual events and uniform fees. Each trip will have a separate budget. ECNL teams will train 3 times per week over the course of the season. This is an increased commitment for many players but this is to be expected for competitiveness within such a high level program.

So what does this mean for my U13 player in the fall?

At the moment very little will change for your U13 player. They will continue to play within their club. What we will start providing is a PDP for U13s within THUSC, WUSC, SSC, LOSC, OCSC, and CUSC. This PDP will consist of training sessions that will be provided for players on top of their current schedules. We will attempt to host these training sessions at times when players will have minimal conflicts although this is becoming more and more difficult with expanding schedules.

How will a player know about the PDP?

To begin with we will make the sessions open to all players from the Crossfire Oregon/THUSC umbrella. After the first couple of sessions we will scale the training group back if we need to based on numbers. It would be very difficult to provide this program for a large number of players.

So what does this mean for my U13/U14 player this fall?

Anyone interested in playing on the Crossfire United team this 2017-1018 season should plan on attending the tryouts which will be held just prior to the regular club tryouts. You should plan on attending all ECNL tryouts. The plan is that anyone who does not make an ECNL pool can then tryout with their home club team.

So how many teams will Crossfire United have at each age group?

Crossfire United will just have one ECNL pool at each age group of 18-24 players.

So what other opportunities will my child have if she does not make the ECNL pool?

THUSC, Crossfire Oregon, LOSC, SSC, WUSC, Oregon City SC, and Clackamas United SC will still provide plenty of opportunities through our involvement in statewide leagues and State Cup/Directors Cup/Presidents Cup here in Oregon. Our teams will continue to be a part of the NWCL (Northwest Champions League), WCDA (Western College Development Association), and they will also have their own travel schedule based on their needs as a team.

If you have a question that is not covered, please contact Kevin Legg.