Could one of the PDL's most prolific strikers be targeting a return to a certain New England soccer hotbed?
Alencar Junior, who's scored 32 goals in 25 PDL matches since 2012, told NESoccerToday.com recently that he's interested in re-joining the Western Mass Pioneers, a club he played for during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
One of the longest-running clubs in the regionhasrevampeditsidentity packageas the Western Mass Pioneers unveiled a new badge and logo on Thursday.
The Ludlow, Mass. outfit, whichlaunched in 1997, initially released an image of the badge on its official Facebook page. The badge featuresan update of the club's traditionalwordmark inside of a red-and-black striped shield.
A trying campaign for the Western Mass Pioneers came to a frustrating finish after they were dealt a crushing 5-0 loss by the Seacoast United Phantoms in Sunday's season finale at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H.
PDL leading scorer Anthony Grant added to his regular season haul by notching a hat trick with strikes in the 34th, 59th and 78th minutes.
LUDLOW, Mass. Substitute Josh Calderon scored late to dig the Western Mass Pioneers out of a two-goal deficit and secure a 2-2 draw against AC Connecticut on Friday at Lusitano Stadium.
After Connecticut opened the scoring on a 15th minute goal from Joe Baccielo, and then added another from Zach Zuritas in the 49th minute, Calderon assisted on Marco Addonizio's 69th minute strike then seized the equalizer himself in the 75th minute.
Real Boston Rams 2:0 Western Mass Pioneers. At Milton, Mass. Peguy Ngatcha scored in the 29th minute, then assisted on Mohammed Rashid's insurance tally in the 45th minute to send the Rams to their first win of the season.
LUDLOW, Mass. After knocking on the door all night, GPS Portland Phoenix finally broke through on a late Fabian Burnett goal to stake a 1-0 win over the Western Mass Pioneers on Friday at Lusitano Stadium.
Burnett came off the bench only minutes before he punched home the game-winner in the 76th minute, while goalkeeper Chris Knaub collected four saves to pick up the clean sheet.
AC Connecticut 0:0 Western Mass Pioneers(PDL). At Danbury, Ct., Pioneers keeper Nick Zucco stopped nine shots while his counterpart Steve Sasso denied Western Mass on five occasions in a match that featured plenty of open play.
In a wide open contest that featured its share of contentious moments, the breakthrough proved elusive for the Western Mass Pioneers and AC Connecticut, who settled for a 0-0 draw at Westview Athletic Complex in Danbury, Ct. on Saturday.
Western Mass goalie Nick Zucco turned away nine shots while his counterpart Steve Sasso stopped five.
AC Connecticut 1:0 Western Mass Pioneers. At Ludlow, Mass. Daniel Baccielo scored inside of four minutes and the Blues never looked back thanks to a sensational game from goalkeeper Steve Sasso, who collected 10 saves to give the Nutmeg State selection its first win of the season.
Nicolas Pascual-Leone scored late, but it wasn't enough as the Western Mass Pioneers fell 2-1 to GPS Portland Phoenix on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.
Pascual-Leone, whoentered the match in the 72nd minute, tallied in the 88th minute after Portland built a two-goal lead on strikes from Nicholas Melville and Thomas Fouhy in the 25th and 50th minutes, respectively.
New England PDL trio AC Connecticut, Western Mass Pioneers, and Seacoast United Phantoms all learned on Wednesday who they'll be facing during the first round of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup tournament, which will take place on May 13.
AC Connecticut will face Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Westside Athletic Complex in Danbury, Conn.
New England's five PDL sides released their fixtures for the upcoming season on Wednesday.
Seacoast United Phantoms and Real Boston Rams will kick off the action for the region's PDL squads when they face off against each other May 10 at the Phantoms' home grounds, which is listed as "TBA" on the league's master schedule.
The Western Mass Pioneers didn't need to look long or far to find their next head coach.
On Sunday, the club hired former assistant coach Dennis Gomes to take the helm of the Pioneers ahead of their 18th season.
Gomes, a familiar face at Lusitano Stadium after both playing and coaching for the Ludlow-based side, succeeds Federico Molinari, who took the reins of Western Mass Pro Soccer (ASL) following the 2014 PDL season.
The Georgetown forward continued his assault on PDL defenses with a hat trick in a 6-0 win over FC Euro.
Georgetown forward Brett Campbell never found his scoring touch in his second season in the nation's capitol last fall playing a reserve roll behind prolific forward and Red Bull Academy product Brandon Allen, but he's shown in the spring season and now in PDL play just how dangerous he can be.
AC Connecticut did not win the PDL championship this year that distinction belongs to KW United FC following Sunday's title game win in Seattle. But in many respects, what the Nutmeg State selection did this season was far more meaningful than any trophy or award could signify.
Two days after making a couple of critical saves in Friday's draw at Lusitano Stadium, AC Connecticut keeper Steve Sasso was superlative once again in Sunday's 1-1 draw to Real Boston Rams on Sunday at Milton High School in Milton, Mass.
Sasso registered seven saves to thwart a Boston outfit that outshot Connecticut 21-5.
Former Seacoast United Phantoms forward Anthony Grant, who earned the 2015 PDL MVP award on the back of a 12-goal season with the New Hampshire outfit, signed with the USL's Richmond Kickers last week.
Grant, who collected a combined 26 goals over the last two seasons with the Phantoms, joined the USL side last Thursday.
James Smith's extra time strike sent Northeast Division winner GPS Portland Phoenix to a 2-1 win over runner-up Seacoast United Phantoms in Tuesday's divisional playoff match at Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine.
Smith, who entered the match in the 80th minute,struck in the 103rd minute to unlock a match that required extra time after the sides finished full time at 1-1.
Seacoast United Phantoms fell short of claiming their fifth win in as many tries on Wednesday, but nevertheless kept their record unblemished followinga 0-0 draw to GPS Portland Phoenix at Southern New Hampshire University in Hookset, NH.
Phoenix keeper Matthew Williams made four saves to keep the likes of Anthony Grant (two shots) and Francisco Cardona (two shots) off the board.
Reigning PDL Northeast Division champion Seacoast United Phantoms advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament after beating GPS Massachusetts 2-1 in Cambridge, Mass. on Wednesday.
GPS fired the opening salvo when Roy Sanderman scored from a corner in the 17th minute. The situation for Seacoast seemed to get worse when Terrance Carter picked up a second caution and ejection in the 68th minute.
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Northeast Division winners GPS Portland Phoenix saw their postseason dreams come to a crashing halt after they suffered a 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls U-23s in Saturday's Eastern Conference Semifinal at NJIT in Newark, N.J.
Joe Swenson scored the opening goal in the 45+1 minute to send the Red Bulls into halftime with the advantage.
We now get our first look this season at the attendance numbers for the USL's Premier Development League (PDL), which gives (mostly) college players the chance to hone their skills in a high-level summer league while retaining their NCAA eligibility.
A caveat: PDL numbers are always a bit of a challenge because of the varying levels of sophistication of amateur club front offices.
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Sporting Kansas City looks like they're trying to expand their affiliate network further. Already with 13 affiliated youth clubs, Sporting is looking to expand it further into Western Kansas as the team is on the agenda for an upcoming meeting in Garden City, Kansas about building a youth complex there with STAR Bonds and the potential creation of a PDL team.