PDL Roster Rules are weird and have plenty of complexity but the overage rules, sorry Kitsap but those are basic.
Semi-pro leagues will always have people only vaguely following the rules and with players not being paid and going in and out of a team as frequently as most PDL teams do, it can create a giant headache.
LUDLOW, Mass. It was a memorable May afternoon in a small, soccer-mad town in central Massachusetts on Sunday. And not just because of the unexpectedly pleasant break in a recent stretch of wet and cool weather.
Not long after unveiling a larger-than-life statue of Portuguese great Eusebio at its home park, the Western Mass Pioneers grabbed a late winner to secure a 2-1 victory over F.
Renowned scorer Alencar Junior tallied in his Seacoast United Phantoms debut, giving his squad a 1-1 comeback draw against the Western Mass Pioneers in Saturday's season opener at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H.
Junior, who played for the Pioneers from 2013-14, scored a 75th minute equalizer to rescue a point for the hosts.
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.
Fletcher Ekern scored a controversial stoppage-time penalty that lifted GPS Portland Phoenix to a 2-1 comeback road victory over AC Connecticut on Saturday at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Ct.
The decisive call came after Connecticut's Alain Sargeant fouled Skyler Milne inside the area in the 90th minute, setting up Ekern for the winner.
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.
A 2015 PDL Young Player of the Year Finalist, Todd Wharton finds his way to the defensive midfield for the RGVFC Toros in 2016.
One of the top prospects at his position in the 2016 MLS Superdraft, soccer experts were shocked Todd Wharton went undrafted. After an incredible season leading the Portland Timbers U-23 PDL side, Wharton will look to continue his great play and show the MLS teams that he deserves a spot in the league.
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.
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.
On May 11th the 102nd Lamar Hunt US Open Cup gets underway. In the Puget Sound that means PDL side Sounders U23s get to host California club Outbreak FC.
Outbreak is based out of Long Beach/Huntington Beach where they host adult and youth teams. Their team earned a chance at the Open Cup through local qualifying, beating San Pedro Monsters FC and Buena Park FC.
The PDL officially welcomed the addition of FC Boston Bolts to its national roster of 67 clubs for the upcoming season on Thursday, with the storied youth outfit filling one of the biggest sports markets in the country.
The Bolts, which was founded in 1986, will be coached by the organization's Executive Director of Coaching Brian Ainscough, and will compete in the Northeast Division of the PDL.
On this Special Summer Roundup Episode, hosted by Jason Sieira: A 2015 Premier Development League (PDL) review. Interview with NPSL Champion side Cosmos B head coach Alecko Eskandarian. Interview with W-League's Colorado Pride captain Laura Kane. And a 2015 College Preview. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast.
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.