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Pioneers head to PDL in 2010

Western Mass Pioneers News Release -

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

LUDLOW, MA -- The Western Mass Pioneers are pleased to announce that they will be realigning to the USL Premier Development League (PDL). The PDL is the top amateur league in North America.

"Many of today's MLS players come out of the PDL. This will give our fans the opportunity to see tomorrow’s stars today," says general manager Greg Kolodziey.

The biggest change Pioneers fans will see is a younger team. The PDL requires that no more than eight players can be over 23 years of age. Also, at least three players on the team must be 18 or under.

The best players in the PDL often enter the MLS SuperDraft to realize their dreams of playing professional soccer following their collegiate careers. Last January 39 PDL players were selected in the draft for the second straight year with many more also moving on to play in the USL First Division and USL Second Division.

The Pioneers will likely compete in the Northeast division, where they would potentially face old foes such the Rhode Island Stingrays, Long Island Rough Riders, and arch rivals the New Hampshire Phantoms.

More information about this exciting change will be revealed in the future. Please visit for more information about the PDL and for further news.

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