PDL News Release
Thursday, October 10, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL is pleased to announce that the Las Vegas Mobsters will join for the 2014 season. Owned and operated by Las Vegas attorneys Geoffrey Hawkins and Martin Melendrez, the Las Vegas franchise will represent the highest level of men’s soccer in Nevada.
“The addition of Las Vegas is another important step for the PDL as its profile continues to grow throughout the southwest,” USL President Tim Holt said. “With established clubs in Arizona, California and Utah, a Nevada-based club allows for further regionalization of a conference that already features some of the most competitive teams in the PDL.’’
Las Vegas will compete in the Western Conference in 2014, playing a 14-game schedule with home games at the 2,500-seat Peter Johann Memorial Field on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Announcements regarding the coaching staff and tryouts will be made in the coming weeks.
“This is the first step in establishing a nationally competitive soccer club and we couldn’t be more excited,” Owner and General Manager Hawkins said. “Las Vegas is a great city, yet we are sorely missing high-level sports teams in town.
“We are really looking forward to joining with the Las Vegas community and making this club a success.”
The PDL is the destination league for college-aged players to continue their development toward the professional ranks, with clubs from across North America not only competing for a championship each summer, but also providing the opportunity for top-level competition for the best players in the college ranks.
“Our ultimate goal is to build this team through the USL pyramid, of which the PDL is part, and provide Las Vegas with a professional soccer team,” Owner and Chief Financial Officer Melendrez said.
More than 150 former PDL players have been selected in the MLS SuperDraft in the past five seasons, including each of the past two No. 1 picks – Andrew Wenger (Carolina Dynamo) in 2012, and Andrew Farrell (River City Rovers) in 2013.
In addition to the MLS SuperDraft, a number of former PDL alumni have also been signed to Home Grown Player contracts by MLS clubs, with those such as the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes (Ventura County Fusion), New England Revolution’s Scott Caldwell (Michigan Bucks), FC Dallas’ London Woodberry (Baltimore Bohemians) and the Seattle Sounders FC’s DeAndre Yedlin (Sounders FC U23) all continuing their development in the PDL after leaving their MLS club’s academy to play college soccer.