Pipeline Soccer Club, one of the largest youth soccer organizations in the State of Maryland, announced today that 6 of its boys teams will play in the newly created ECNL Boys Regional League-Northeast, beginning in the 2021-22 season. The club’s newly-named “ECRL” teams will be inaugural members in ECNL’s new region, joining teams in the Southern California, Carolinas and Florida, Northeast, Southeast, Texas, and Northwest Regional Leagues.
“We have been looking for a structure and league that is focused on players at all levels,” Pipeline’s co-founder, Sean Rush, said of the club’s entry in the league. “This league provides that, and so much more.”
As members in the ECNL Boys Regional League-Northeast, teams will be eligible to compete for a national championship as well as in college showcases, where players are identified as potential recruits by college coaches in attendance. The club will be announcing a full time Director of Pipeline’s ECNL Boys Regional League teams. “To give the ECRL teams, the same focus with structure, support, equipment, guidance, and college opportunities, we are so excited to be a part of this” added Rush
Girls teams from Pipeline, whose mission is to prepare players for collegiate and professional play, currently compete in the ECNL Girls Regional League. The ECNL, considered the nation’s leading youth soccer development platform, “respects and celebrates the unique individuality of every youth soccer player and club, supporting and enabling them to un-leash their unfettered passion and fierce tenacity in striving to achieve their potential,” according to the ECNL website.
Santino Quaranta, Pipeline’s co-founder and Technical Director, said of the move, “this new league provides our boys teams with a tremendous opportunity to regularly compete against some of the top clubs in the country and in front of coaches from the best college programs in the United States. If they have dreams of playing in college and beyond, this new league will undoubtedly help make that dream a reality.”
Pipeline Soccer Club was founded in 2011 by Quaranta and Sean Rush, who both played professionally and began their soccer careers playing for Baltimore-based soccer clubs. More than 1,000 boys and girls play for Pipeline’s 71 boys’ and girls’ teams. The club recently expanded operations to accommodate its growth, opening a new indoor training facility in White Marsh and entering into an agreement with Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, where the club’s northernmost teams will train.
Pipeline has produced approximately 300 collegiate soccer players and has achieved 16 state, four regional and two national championships. The Club has made a similar investment in communities throughout the Baltimore Metro area, including through its “Everyone Plays” program, which has sent a team of licensed and certified coaches and technical directors to schools in Baltimore’s inner city and awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships to players and their families in just the last year.
For more information about Pipeline SC, visit www.pipelinesoccerclub.com.