IDing the top 11 from the Dallas PDP event

The ECNL/id2 Player Development Program is designed to identify top players in each region and gather those players for a weekend training and developmental camp. Throughout the spring, the ECNL and US Club Soccer are sponsoring 10 ECNL/id2 Player Development Program weekends across the country, inviting players from nearby clubs.

Players from all eight clubs in the ECNL Texas Conference took part last weekend’s PDP event at the FC Dallas complex in Frisco, Texas.

ESPNHS spoke with a few of the coaches who helped make it all happen after the event to find 11 players who stood out this weekend. Players are listed with club and high school.


Katie Gernsbacher, Lonestar, McCallum (Austin, Texas)

Coaches say: “Katie was one of the most versatile players we worked with this weekend. She’s really active, and seemed to always be around the ball. Attacking, defending, and communicating, she’s a great midfielder.”

Class of 2013

Lindsey Meyer, Dallas Texans, Coppell (Coppell, Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s tall, and she’s just a ball winner. She controls everything in the middle. She has great presence in the midfield, and she can really be dangerous on the dribble.”

Class of 2012 – Signed with Texas

Ashley York, D’Feeters, MacArthur (Irving, Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s a very dynamic player in the central midfield, always buzzing around. She really stood out as a top midfielder this weekend.”

Class of 2013 – Verbally committed to Baylor

Katie Uhler, Lonestar, St. Mary’s Hall (San Antonio, Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s a very strong player, and not afraid to play physically. She defended well, and turned out to be very active on the pitch.”

Class of 2014


Joanna Robertson, Challenge, Collins (Klein, Texas)

Coaches say: “She played a bit of midfield and forward, and really has the ability to do both very well. She showed herself to be a very versatile player.”

Class of 2013 – Verbally committed to Oklahoma State

Alli Murphy, D’Feeters, Plano (Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s technically a very solid attacking midfielder, but basically plays like a forward. Just solid all the way around.”

Class of 2012 – Signed with Texas Tech

Emily Bates, Dallas Texans, Melissa (Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s probably the best all around attacking player in the area. She plays all facets of the game well.”

Class of 2015


Alexis Urch, Lonestar, Round Rock (Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s really everything you want in a center back. She can shut down to most dynamic kids, and does a great job cleaning up everything in the area.”

Class of 2014

Meagan McCullough, Dallas Sting, Rowlett (Texas)

Coaches say: “When Meagan is on the pitch, she’s probably the most dangerous and dynamic player coming out of the back. She’s a defender who really helps your offense and midfield out.”

Class of 2013 – Committed to Texas Tech

Chelsea Surpris, Dallas Sting, Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth, Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s a freshman, but she didn’t look like it this weekend. She played right back, did a really solid job of shutting down some very dynamic players, and also did a great job of getting forward at the right times.”

Class of 2015

Gabby Deleon, Dallas Sting, Rowlett (Texas)

Coaches say: “She’s a big time ball winner and she shuts down everything back there. She’s also a great passer out of the back, and rarely ever gives up the ball.”

Class of 2014