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Ocean City’s Chevaughn Walsh just changed U.S. pro soccer

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The PDL MVP just pounded another nail into the MLS SuperDraft's coffin, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, observations on the Union's Roland Alberg and how Alejandro Bedoya and Warren Creavalle are (not) meshing.

The Bull And Its Horns: Talkin' with Toros' Todd Wharton

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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.

Another Tweet and Fly with Robb Heineman

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Sporting KC's Robb Heineman gave another one of his Q&As on Twitter tonight, another #TweetnFly time as Heineman made his way down Tucson to observe some preseason there.

As expected, one of the topics that brought out the most questions was the current roster and fan concern over the loss of Krisztian Nemeth to Qatar.

Western Mass Pioneers

PDL: Pioneers 8-Game Unbeaten Streak Snapped

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An early deficit doomed the Western Mass Pioneers in their quest to extend their eight-game unbeaten streak as they fell 2-1 to FC Boston on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Mohamed Kenawy and Harrison Swartz built a quick two-goal lead with strikes in the 21st and 24th minutes, respectively.

PDL: Pioneers Clinch Playoff Berth in Wild Win

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What a difference a year can make.

One season removed from a last-place finish, the Western Mass Pioneers punched their ticket to the PDL playoffs with a wild 4-3 win over the Westchester Flames on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Veteran midfielder Maxi Vieira bagged a quick brace by scoring in the fourth and eighth minutes while Kyle Tomas tallied in the 37th minute to give the hosts a seemingly secure lead going into halftime.

PDL: Pioneers & Phantoms Trade Tallies in 2-2 Draw

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A Carlos Ruiz penalty strike capped a back-and-forth affair between the Western Mass Pioneers and Seacoast United Phantoms, who played to a 2-2 draw on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Ruiz scored from the spot in the 64th minute to put the Pioneers on level terms after Akable Miezan gave the guests a 2-1 lead in the 31st minute.

PDL: Roswess Leads Surging Pioneers to Victory

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The surging Western Mass Pioneers extended their unbeaten run to six by pocketing a 4-1 win over A.C. Connecticut on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Chris Roswess bagged pair of early goals in the 16th and 32nd minutes while Matthew Moore and Dan Fabian piled it on in the 52nd and 90th minutes.

PDL: Pioneers Stay in 1st Place w/ Win Over Boston

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The Western Mass Pioneers retained their spot atop the Northeast Division after beating FC Boston 2-1 on Wednesday in a caution-filled contest at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.

Pioneers midfielder Chae Brangman opened the scoring in the 28th minute while teammate Dan Fabian doubled the advantage in the 71st minute.

PDL: Ruiz’s PK Lifts Pioneers Late

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Carlos Ruiz's 90th minute penalty strike lifted the Western Pioneers to a 2-1 victory over the Long Island Rough Riders on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Ruiz was true from the spot after a teammate was fouled inside the box in the 89th minute.

PDL: Pioneers Edge Connecticut Late

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Chae Brangman tipped a level game in favor of the Western Mass Pioneers on Friday, sending them to a 2-1 win over A.C. Connecticut at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Ct.

With the score tied at one apiece in the 87th minute, Brangman blasted a shot from 30 yards that bulged the back of the Connecticut net.

PDL: Short-handed Pioneers Fall to Phoenix

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A scoreless first half gave way to a compelling sequel as a short-handed Western Mass Pioneers dropped their first match of the season to GPS Portland Phoenix in a 2-1 defeat on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

Pioneers striker Kyle Tomas was issued a 63rd minute red card that left the hosts shorthanded for the duration.

PDL: Pioneers Win Home Opener; Unveil Eusebio Statue

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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.

PDL: Pioneers Draw Level w/ Long Island

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Chris Roswess scored for the second straight game to help the Western Mass Pioneers claim a 2-2 draw against the Long Island Rough Riders on Saturday at Donnelly Stadium in Huntington, N.Y.

Roswess, who tallied in the Pioneers' season opener against Seacoast United last week, opened the scoring on Saturday in the 31st minute.

PDL: Junior Scores in Seacoast Debut

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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.

PDL: Pioneers Anticipating ‘Familiar Faces’ for 2016 Squad

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The Western Mass Pioneers may have adopted a new shield during the offseason, but the players who'll be wearing it this summer should be familiar to itssupporters if all goes according to plan.

Last week, Pioneers general manager Greg Kolodziey spoke about the upcoming PDL season, one which he and coach Federico Molinari are hoping will bring greater fortune than its predecessor.

PDL: FC Boston Added, Fixture Lists Announced

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The Premier Development League (PDL) announced its master schedule for 2016 this week, and along with it, news that FC Boston Bolts has been added as an expansion side to the Northeast Division.

FC Boston will inherit the territory formerly occupied by Real Boston Rams, who dropped out of the league following the 2015 season.

Junior Hopes to Re-Join Pioneers

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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.

PDL: Molinari Re-Takes Reins for Pioneers

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A familiar face will be back in the technical area for the Western Mass Pioneers once the 2016 PDL season kicks off in May.

Federico Molinari, who coached the Pioneers from 2012-2014, is returning to the helm after guiding former ASL outfit Western Mass Pro Soccer to the title game in 2015.

Pioneers Get New Badge, Updated Wordmark

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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.

PDL: Pioneers Fall to Phantoms in Finale

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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.

PDL: Rams Too Much for Pioneers

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A hat trick from Frantzdy Pierrot speared the Real Boston Rams to an emphatic 5-1 win over the Western Mass Pioneers on Friday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.

After Alex Ainscough opened the account in the 16th minute, Pierrot scored in the 36th, 42nd and 68th minutes.

Kitsap Pumas

Kitsap Pumas "Realize the realities of what we are up against"

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Facing the Seattle Sounders will be Kitsap's toughest test of 2016.

The Kitsap Pumas are already the best PDL team in the 2016 US Open Cup, but their goal is to do more than take that $15,000 prize. Up next are the Seattle Sounders FC, a team just across the Puget Sound from the pro PDL team that features two former Sounder Academy players and a former S2 player.

Major Link Soccer: ESPN denies League of Legends deal

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Frank Lampard thinks New Yorkers are unfair.

Seattle

Richard Farley looks at the week in Seattle following another tough 1-0 loss; "If you're not worried, worry."

The Sounders U23s rebounded after their late US Open Cup loss to Kitsap Pumas, winning their PDL opener 2-0 over Crossfire PDL.

Kitsap Pumas pen strongly worded letter after forfeit

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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.

GPS Portland Phoenix

PDL: Late PK Lifts Phoenix over Connecticut

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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.

PDL: Grant, Williams Earn League Honors

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Seacoast United Phantoms striker Anthony Grant and GPS Portland Phoenix goalkeeper Matt Williams were both named to the PDL All-Conference Team for the Eastern Conference on Monday.

Grant scored 12 goals and collected four assists in 12 games for the Phantoms, helping lead them to a second-place finish in the Northeast Division.

PDL: Phoenix’s Playoff Dreams Ended by NYRB 23s

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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.

PDL: Phoenix Outlast Phantoms in Playoff Clash

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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.

Boston Rams

Boston Rams Confirm PDL Team Will Not Play in 2016

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Rams President Mike Madden confirmed part of an earlier report about the Revolution's PDL affiliate.

Earlier today, a report from Brian O'Connell and New England Soccer Today stated that the affiliation between the New England Revolution and PDL side Boston Rams would end.

That's not entirely true according to Mike Madden, listed as the Vice President of the Board of Directors on the team website.

Revolution's PDL Affiliate Boston Rams Unveil New Logo

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And it's wicked cool.

I know that everyone, and by everyone I mean the rest of you, want to desperately change the current New England Revolution logo.

That didn't happen, but their PDL affiliate the Boston Rams did release a new logo on Facebook yesterday and I think it's a solid new look.

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Source: Revs-Rams Partnership Dissolved

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The partnership between the New England Revolution and Boston Rams will not be renewed for 2016, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Under the partnership, which was established in 2013, the Rams served as the PDL affiliate to the Revolution, who often steered their Youth Academy prospects to the Milton, Mass.

Phantoms FWD Grant Joins Kickers

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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.

A Season to Remember

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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.

Grant Named PDL MVP

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The accolades keep on pouring through for Seacoast United Phantoms striker Anthony Grant, who was named as the PDL's Most Valuable Player on Thursday at the league's Championship Dinner.

Grant, who also made the All-Conference Team for the Eastern Conference earlier this week, scored 12 goals in 12 games for the Phantoms in 2015.

The Rest

Andy Dorman will continue to play soccer in New England

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Andy Dorman will play for FC Bolts (PDL).

Andy Dorman will continue to play soccer in New England, but not for the team you'd expect as the midfielder will be suiting up for the FC Bolts (PDL) this summer.

Andy Dorman @MacSteeves @milesrobinson11 sign to play with Bolts PDL this summer#path2pro #uslpdl pic.

U.S. Open Cup early rounds could feature all-Puget Sound matchup

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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.

PDL: FC Boston Officially Added; Ainscough Named as HC

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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.

Reading United’s 2016 schedule released

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Reading's home opener is on May 28 against New York Red Bulls U-23s.

PDL: Harrison Takes Reins at AC Connecticut

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AC Connecticut will have a new face at the helm this summer as former assistant Alex Harrison was named head coach of the PDL side on Thursday.

Harrison, who served as an assistant under former head coach Shaun Bailey in 2015, will be tasked with returning the Nutmeg State selection to the postseason, which it reached two seasons ago.

Homegrown – Summer 2015 Roundup

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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.