• June 24, 2021

RICHMOND, VA (June 24, 2021) – A record-setting 13 ECNL Boys players were selected as a 2020-21 Gatorade State High School Players of the Year, awarded to the best soccer athlete in each state. Additionally, Texas’ Bryce Boneau (FC Dallas), was selected as the 2020-21 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 

“ECNL Boys is thrilled to celebrate and congratulate each and every athlete selected as a Gatorade Player of the Year,” said ECNL Boys Commissioner Jason Kutney. “These athletes show what it means to be a leader on and off the field. And having Bryce selected as the Gatorade National Player of the Year is very deserved. The opportunity for ECNL players to represent their schools and communities is very meaningful and certainly contributes to their overall development not only as players but as leaders as well.”

Started in 1985, Gatorade established the recognition to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. 

2020-21 marks the third consecutive time ECNL Boys has seen a record number of players selected, up from the 11 chosen in 2018-19. Please join ECNL Boys in congratulating the following athletes:

State Player Club
Arizona Charlie Cobb Real Salt Lake – AZ
Colorado Jeff Koch Pride SC
Delaware Aidan McDade Sporting Delaware
Florida Marcello Valbuena Florida Premier
Georgia Kadeem Agand GSA
Maryland Tyquan Stroud Baltimore Celtic
Nevada Diesel Fiore Heat FC
New Mexico Marcus Garcia Rio Rapids
North Carolina Carter Hensley Charlotte SA
South Carolina Jackson Price South Carolina United
Tennessee Gui Vivaldini Chattanooga Red Wolves
Texas Bryce Boneau FC Dallas
Washington Thomas Vlasek Spokane Sounders

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program visit and follow the program using #GatoradePOY.


About the ECNL:

The ECNL is the nation’s leading youth soccer development platform. The ECNL respects and celebrates the unique individuality of every youth soccer player and club, supporting and enabling them to unleash their unfettered passion and fierce tenacity in striving to achieve their potential. 

The ECNL mission to Raise the Game is a total commitment to create the best possible environment for players, coaches, referees and administrators, with a determination to constantly question convention and challenge the status quo in youth sports.

The ECNL Commitment:

We will lead, set our eyes on new horizons, and pursue them relentlessly. Born out of the belief in a better way. Continued in the ever-evolving pursuit of excellence. 

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