RICHMOND, VA.– Three Eclipse Select players claimed Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) 2021-22 All-Midwest Conference Players of the Year honors as announced by the league on Thursday, Aug.11. These players included Giovanni Magana of the Eclipse Select ECNL Boys 2007’s, Mactzil Lopez of the Eclipse Select ECNL Boys 2006’s, and Maximiliano Ibarra of the Eclipse Select ECNL Boys 04/03’s.

Magana, Lopez, and Ibarra will now be eligible for selection to the ECNL Boys All-American teams, which will be announced at a later date. All-Conference Players of the Year will also be eligible for selection for the ECNL Boys’ and ECNL Girls’ National Player of the Year.

Also released on Thursday, the league anointed All-Conference first-team and second-team awards across all nine conferences for the girls and all 10 conferences for the boys. Eclipse was featured heavily as 20 total Eclipse Select Boys ECNL were named. Oppositely, 13 Eclipse Select ECNL Girls and one Eclipse Select North ECNL Girl were named.

These awards come at no surprise. The Eclipse Select Soccer Club, as a whole, made significant noise at the ECNL Playoffs and National Finals this past summer. Highlighted by a National Championship Finalist at the Boys U-16 group, the club saw a total of 11 teams progress to the ECNL’s postseason. Five boys and five girls teams advanced out of the Midwest Conference to the Champions League. Out of the Champions League, three teams made it to the ECNL Finals; The U-13 Girls, U-14 Girls, and U-16 Boys.

The following players were selected through a recommendation and voting process involving representatives from every member club in each ECNL conference. Each athlete selected as a Conference Player of the Year or to the All-Conference First or Second Teams was chosen after a thoughtful evaluation of their respective performances throughout the 2021-22 season. Each conference has an All-Conference First and Second Team for the U15-U18/19 age groups and also recognizes a Player of the Year or Co-Players of the Year from each age group for their excellence on the pitch. The number of players selected for each All-Conference First Team was based on the size of the respective conference.

*Conference Player of the Year

ECNL Boys All-Midwest Conference

U-15; First-Team

Samuel Hess – Eclipse Select

Daniel Llanos – Eclipse Select

*Giovanni Magana – Eclipse Select

Jaxon Stokes – Eclipse Select

U-15; Second-Team

Dylan Drendel – Eclipse Select

Joshua Galeana– Eclipse Select

U-16; First-Team

Alvaro Alanis – Eclipse Select

Patrick Bohan – Eclipse Select

*Mactzil Lopez – Eclipse Select

Ryan Walsh – Eclipse Select

U-16; Second-Team

Martin Gaytan – Eclipse Select

Isaiah Pina – Eclipse Select

U-17; First-Team

Javier Ruiz – Eclipse Select

U-17; Second-Team

Hudson Nielsen – Eclipse Select

U-18/19; First-Team

Thomas Coughlin – Eclipse Select

Nathan Dorado – Eclipse Select

Roman Hernandez – Eclipse Select

*Maximiliano Ibarra – Eclipse Select

U-18/19; Second-Team

Jael Chavez – Eclipse Select

John Renteria-Uriarte – Eclipse Select

ECNL Girls All-Midwest Conference

U-15; First-Team

Olivia Hernandez – Eclipse Select

Jada Neill – Eclipse Select

Gabrielle Poretto – Eclipse Select

U-16; First-Team

Riley Gumm – Eclipse Select

Carisma Rosales – Eclipse Select

Kendell Williams – Eclipse Select

U-16; Second-Team

Gemma Gillespie – Eclipse Select

U-17; First-Team

Isabella Najera – Eclipse Select

U-17; Second-Team

Taylor Green – Eclipse Select

U-18/19; First-Team

Payton Green – Eclipse Select

Aubrey Hahn – Eclipse Select

Amelia Van Zanten – Eclipse Select

U-18/19; Second-Team

Mya Gardner – Eclipse Select North