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PDL Regular Season Schedule Released
2011 campaign opens April 29

USL News Release

Thursday, February 17, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues released the divisional alignment and schedule for the Premier Development League today, with the 512-game regular season getting underway the weekend of April 30-May 1.

Nine new teams have joined the PDL for 2011, including the Akron Metro FC Summit Assault, Fredericksburg Hotspur, Hamilton FC Rage, FC Jax Destroyers, North Sound SeaWolves, RGV Grandes, River City Rovers and WSA Winnipeg. Also new to the PDL for 2011 are the Real Maryland Monarchs, who spent their three previous seasons in the USL Second Division.

A trio of teams have announced name changes, including the Chivas El Paso Patriots (El Paso Patriots), Jersey Express (Ironbound Express) and Virginia Beach Piranhas (Hampton Roads Piranhas).

The defending PDL champion Portland Timbers U23s, the first team in the PDL’s 15-year history to finish as undefeated champions, open their 2011 campaign on Friday, May 6, when they play host to the Victoria Highlanders. The Thunder Bay Chill, Portland’s opponent in the 2010 championship game, open at WSA Winnipeg on May 28.

The PDL will feature 64 teams in four geographic conferences and nine divisions. The Eastern Conference features three divisions while the Southern, Central and Western Conferences feature two divisions each. PDL clubs will play 16-game schedules in 2011, eight home and eight away.

The season concludes on Sunday, July 24, with 54 teams in action the final weekend as playoff spots are decided. The full 2011 PDL postseason format will be announced at a later date.

2011 PDL Alignment

Western Conference
Northwest Division
Abbotsford Mariners
Kitsap Pumas
Portland Timbers U23
North Sound SeaWolves
Tacoma Tide
Vancouver Whitecaps Residency
Victoria Highlanders
Washington Crossfire
Southwest Division
BYU Cougars
Fresno Fuego
Hollywood United Hitmen
Los Angeles Legends
Ogden Outlaws
Orange County Blue Star
Southern California Seahorses
Ventura County Fusion
Central Conference
Great Lakes Division
Akron Summit Assault
Chicago Fire
Cincinnati Kings
Forest City London
Hamilton FC Rage
Indiana Invaders
Michigan Bucks
River City Rovers
Toronto Lynx
Heartland Division
Des Moines Menace
Kansas City Brass
Real Colorado Foxes
Springfield Demize
St. Louis Lions
Thunder Bay Chill
WSA Winnipeg
Southern Conference
Mid South Division
Baton Rouge Capitals
Chivas El Paso Patriots
Laredo Heat
New Orleans Jesters
RGV Grandes FC
West Texas United Sockers
Southeast Division
Central Florida Kraze
FC Jax Destroyers
Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy
IMG Bradenton Academics
Mississippi Brilla
Nashville Metros
Eastern Conference
Northeast Division
MPS Portland Phoenix
New Hampshire Phantoms
Ottawa Fury
Vermont Voltage
Western Mass Pioneers
Mid Atlantic Division
Bermuda Hogges
Brooklyn Knights
Central Jersey Spartans
Jersey Express
Long Island Rough Riders
New Jersey Rangers
Ocean City Nor’easters
Reading United AC
Westchester Flames
South Atlantic Division
Carolina Dynamo
Fredericksburg Hotspur
Northern Virginia Royals
Real Maryland Monarchs
Virginia Beach Piranhas
West Virginia Chaos

        
The top U23 men’s league in North America, the PDL provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The USL Premier Development League has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.


2011 PDL Schedule
 

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