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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PDL: Blues Survive Boston Barrage in Draw

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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.

PDL: Pioneers Earn Comeback Draw vs. Connecticut

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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.

PDL: Pioneers Doomed by Riders’ Offensive Barrage

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Western Mass Pioneers goalkeeper Nick Valleca collected six saves, but his efforts weren't enough to keep the Long Island Rough Riders from rolling en route a 3-0 win on Friday at Lusitano Stadium.

Valleca was able to repel the Riders through the first half, which was no small feat after he was called upon to deny an 18th minute penalty try.

PDL: Short-handed Phantoms Outlast Pioneers

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Despite going short-handed midway through the first half, the Seacoast United Phantoms found a way to win in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Western Mass Pioneers at Lusitano Stadium.

After Seacoast conceded a Ryan Taylor goal in the 12th minute, defender A.

PDL Roundup: Phantoms Offense Explodes; Phoenix Streaking

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Wednesday, Jun. 10

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.

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PDL: Phoenix Edge Pioneers on Late Goal

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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.

Regional Roundup: Zucco Shines in Draw; Knoth Wins it for Phoenix

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Saturday, Jun. 6

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.

PDL: Connecticut Settles for Scoreless Draw to Western Mass

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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.

PDL: Phantoms Draw to Phoenix, Stay Unbeaten

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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.

PDL Roundup: Pioneers Pocket 1st Win, Phantoms Stay Perfect

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Friday, May 29

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.

PDL: AC Connecticut Holds On to Beat Pioneers

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LUDLOW, Mass. AC Connecticut grabbed an early lead and held on to the very end to secure a 1-0 win over the Western Mass Pioneers on Friday at Lusitano Stadium.

Daniel Baccielo scored in the fourth minute while Steve Sasso collected 10 saves to preserve the victory, as well as his first clean sheet of the season.

PDL: Phoenix Holds On, Beats Pioneers

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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.

USOC: Seacoast Edges GPS; AC Connecticut Comes Up Short

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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.

PDL: New England Trio Set for USOC Play

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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 PDL Trio Grabs USOC Berths

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Three New England-based PDL sides were granted berths to the 2015 U.S. Open Cup tournament after U.S. Soccer revealed the 91-club field on Wednesday.

Seacoast United Phantoms secured a division winner berth by claiming the Northeast Division title last year, while A.

PDL: Pioneers Tab Gomes as Coach

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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.

Major League Soccer

Is Austin Next?

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There may have been a brief moment of delight for soccer fans waiting for the USL season to kick off this Sunday. A goal from Mix Diskerud and a "That's So Aurelien" tackle made it look like Orlando's inaugural crowd would be going home disappointed. Soccer fans in Austin may..

Division I Schedule Change Could Have Spillover Effect

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Thus far changing the Division I Men's college soccer schedule from the fall semester to a full academic-year has received wide support. United States Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer executives, and college coaches and administrators are throwing their weight behind the move. Two of the country's most high-profile college coaches,.

USL PRO Expands Back To Austin, Texas

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Tuesday was a big day in the Texas capital, as the Austin Aztexannounced its entry into USL PRO for the 2015 season, growing the third-tier pro league to 18 members.

The Aztex are the fifth USL PRO expansion team for next year, joining Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Louisville City FC, Saint Louis FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

Western Mass Pioneers

PDL Schedules Released

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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.

PDL: Grant Lifts Phantoms to Victory

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LUDLOW, Mass. Goalscoring is as much an ability as it is a state of mind, at least according to Seacoast United Phantoms forward Anthony Grant.

With Friday's contest against the Western Mass Pioneers knotted at 0-0 in the waning stages,thePhantom goalscorerwasn't fretting.

PDL: Junior Scores Twice in Wild Draw vs. Azul

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LUDLOW, Mass. Alencar Junior scored early, then late, as the Western Mass Pioneers and CFC Azul battled to a 2-2 season-opening draw at Lusitano Stadium on Friday.

Junior opened the account in the third minute to give the hosts a lead that didn't last long after former Revolution draft pick Ryan Kinne equalized in the sixth minute.

USOC Roundup: Phoenix & Voltage Fall in 1st Round

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The first round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament was a mixed bag for New England-based sides on Wednesday.

GPS Portland Phoenix fell in overtime to Lehigh Valley United Sonic 1-0, while the Vermont Voltage dropped a 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls U-23s. Western Mass Pioneers emerged as the only winner from Wednesday's proceedings after taking a 4-1 victory from GPS Massachusetts.

USOC: Pioneers Advance to 2nd Round with 4-1 Win

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LUDLOW, Mass. – The Western Mass Pioneers proved the old truism that it's not how you start, but rather, how you finish following a 4-1 First Round Open Cup win over GPS Massachusetts (formerly Mass Premier Soccer) on Wednesday at Lusitano Stadium.

USOC Preview: WM Pioneers-Mass Premier

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A clash of Commonwealth clubs will help kick off the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup tournament on Wednesday, as the Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) and Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) face off at venerable Lusitano Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm, with an online stream available via ussoccer.

The Rest

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.

Philadelphia Union Academy in PDL: Brett Campbell nets hat trick

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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.

PDL: AC Connecticut Names Bailey as Boss

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The recently-rebranded A.C. Connecticut (formerly CFC Azul) will kick off its new era with a new head coach after they handed the reins to Shaun Bailey on Monday.

Bailey, who previously served as Director of Coaching for the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, succeeds former head coach David Kelly.

Sporting Garden City?

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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.

D.C. United to face Rochester Rhinos or Reading United AC in US Open Cup's fourth round

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Today's US Open Cup fourth round draw revealed that D.C. United will take on either the Rochester Rhinos or Reading United AC, with United hosting the game only if Reading wins the pair's third round match.

The draw for the fourth round of the US Open Cup took place earlier today, and for once D.

Meet and Greet the Springfield Demize

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Springfield, MO- The Springfield Demize PDL team will be at Old Chicago Pizza on this Thursday and Monday the 19th. Grab some great pizza and meet the 2014 Springfield Demize team.

WHO: OLD CHICAGO and the SPRINGFIELD DEMIZE team up, to provide you with a fantastic opportunity to meet the current players and staff of the 2014 PDL team

WHAT: Meet the players and staff, take photos, talk about the upcoming season, compete in a juggling contest, all while enjoying some fantastic pizza and pasta.