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Springfield Demize Announce 2014 PDL Tryouts

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Springfield, MO- The Springfield Demize will hold open tryouts at Lake CountrySoccer's Cooper Stadium for spots on their Premier Development League (PDL) rosterover two weekends in March.

March 15-16 and March 22-23 are the scheduled dates for tryouts. More information will be posted when it gets closer to March.

R.I.P. KC Brass?

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It appears that there is one less soccer team in the KC metro area. Today, the United Soccer League released the schedule for their Premier Development League season. One name absent from the list for the first time since 1997 is the Kansas City Brass.

There'd been rumors towards the end of last year that the Brass would not be returning in the 2014 season.

CFC Azul Releases Schedule

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CFC Azul willkick off itssecondseason in PDL on May 11 against the expansion Real Boston Rams, following the announcement of their 2013 schedule on Friday.

Additionally, the club also revealed thatit will play its home games at Central Connecticut State University Soccer Field in New Britain.

Reál Boston Rams Set to Make PDL Debut

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Boston-area soccer fans will have a new club to root for in 2013.

On Monday, the United Soccer Leagues announced the addition of the Real Boston Rams, which will begin play in USL's Premier Development League next year.

"Our vision is to become the area's top soccer club that identifies elite college-age players in our back yard to give them an opportunity to play for a club and to further their ambitions for a professional soccer career," General Manager John Paul Barata said in a statement on Monday.

Chicago Fire Youth Development Building Up

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Exactly two years ago on July 16, 2010, the Chicago Fire U16s won the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U15/16 Championship. In doing so, the Fire became the first academy team from a MLS club to capture a USSDA championship. The Fire U16s of this year were not favored to follow in the footsteps of the U16s of 2010 but they have made it to finals week.

The Kickaround: PDL-NPSL rankings

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I'm not exactly sure what to make of this, but for the first time I have come across national rankings for teams in the USL Premier Development League and National Premier Soccer League.

The July 1 rankings are from U.S. Soccer Report, a Twitter account that launched June 30. I sent an email to the address listed on the account to try to get a little more information, but I haven't gotten a response.

Azul Bring Soccer Back to CT

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. – It had been a decade-long void. So Steve Coxon decided to do something about it.

Following the disbandment of the Connecticut Wolves (A-League) in 2002, the Nutmeg State waited then waited some more for soccer to return. Discussions were held. Ideas were floated. It all added up to nothing, though.

United Soccer Leagues

United Soccer Leagues Evolves its Extensive Development Model

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In case you haven't seen the press release yet, United Soccer Leagues announced on Wednesday that they will align the Premier Development League and the Super-20 League for the upcoming summer season. Each league is a part of USL's overall ... Continue reading →

Spring is in the Air

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LUDLOW, Mass. With the temperatures dropping and a new turf field at Lusitano Stadium set for installation, the Western Mass Pioneers held their first open tryouts indoors earlier this month.

Dozens ofaspiring pros, plusa number of players from last year's squad, participated in the club's first tryout of the calendar year.

Reading United AC

The Reading United Report

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The Union affiliate will look to shake off a disappointing loss to Ocean City and secure a playoff spot when they face Central Jersey Spartans on the road in their final game of the regular season on Saturday.

10 man Reading knock off Ocean City

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Reading United keep their campaign for the playoffs and a possible Mid-Atlantic Division title alive after defeating first place Ocean City.

Preview: Reading United vs. Ocean City FC

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For Reading, only a win will be enough to keep their playoff hopes alive. For Ocean City, a win means the Mid-Atlantic Division title.

United, Brown rampant in win over Brooklyn

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Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Reigel/Reading United

It was a very good weekend for Reading United and their goal scoring ace, Deshorn Brown. The temperature at kickoff at Albright College's Shirk Stadium was 94 degrees, but nothing has been hotter than a Reading team that has re-discovered their scoring touch, thanks in large part to Brown hitting the back of the net four times this weekend.

Inside Reading: Training for gameday

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(Editor's Note: Our series of posts from Reading United and Villanova defender Kyle McCarthy continues as he gives an inside look at training in the lead-up to gameday on one of the top Premier Development League teams in the country.)

Last week I covered the events of a typical gameday experience, so it's only fair that I mention the hard work and effort that we go through building up to that moment.

Preview: Reading United vs. Bermuda Hogges

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Rested and ready for the business end of their season, Reading United return to Premier Development League action on Friday with a match at Albright College's Shirk Stadium. Winless in their last three matches and clinging to the Mid-Atlantic Division's final playoff spot, United welcome the Bermuda Hogges to town for a 7pm kickoff.

Preview: Reading Utd vs. Long Island Rough Riders

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Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Riegel/Reading United AC

Reading United return to the friendly confines of Albright's Shirk Stadium for their Premier Development League clash with the Long Island Rough Riders on Sunday, June 24th from 4pm. Sunday's match is also Reading's Kicks Against Cancer Night in which United raise money for the fight against the insidious disease which took team founder and local soccer legend, Archie Moylan, in 2000.

Inside Reading: Game day

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(Editor's Note: Our series of posts from Reading United and Villanova defender Kyle McCarthy continues as he gives an inside look at what game day is like on one of the top Premier Development League teams in the country.)

As a player, nothing is more exciting than the day of a big game.

Reading United upset by Jersey

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Reading United fell from the ranks of the Premier Development League's unbeaten teams when bitter rival Jersey Express shocked the home team by a 2–0 scoreline. On a picture perfect Father's Day afternoon at Reading's Shirk Stadium, the soccer on the pitch was ugly and cynical.

Preview: Reading United vs. Jersey Express

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Reading United return home to Albright College's Shirk Stadium for a Premier Development League match against Mid-Atlantic Division rivals, the Jersey Express on Father's Day, Sunday June 18th at 4 pm.

2012 recordsÂ

Reading United:Â 6-0-1 (1st place in PDL Mid-Atlantic Division)

Jersey Express:Â 5-1-2 (3rd place in PDL Mid Atlantic Division)

Game notes

United come into this divisional showdown with Jersey on a six match winning streak.

Inside Reading: Lessons learned

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(Editor's Note: Our series of posts in which Reading United and Villanova defender Kyle McCarthy gives an inside look at what life is really like playing for one of the top Premier Development League teams in the country continues.)

For many of the players who have been here since the first few weeks of May, we have now reached the halfway point of our stay in Reading.

Know your affiliate: Reading United AC

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Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Riegel/Reading United

EDITOR'S NOTE: PSP welcomes Sean Doyle, who provides an in-depth look at Philadelphia Union affiliate Reading United.

The future of Major League Soccer is showcased on glorious, warm (sometimes downright hot) summer nights in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Inside Reading: The US Open Cup road trip

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(Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of posts in which Reading United and Villanova defender Kyle McCarthy gives an inside look at what life is really like playing for one of the top Premier Development League teams in the country.)

Hello again! It's been a long week since my last post, with the highlight being a trip to the beautiful Blackbauld Stadium for our U.

Inside Reading: Life in the PDL

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Photo: Glenn Riegel, courtesy of Reading United AC

(Editor's Note: Over the next three months, PSP will give readers an unprecedented look inside one of the nation's top minor league soccer clubs, Reading United AC, which plays in the Premier Development League, the fourth tier of American soccer, and draws its players from colleges around the country.

Portland Phoenix

PDL Roundup: Phoenix’s French Connection, Rams Grow, a Phantom Captain & More

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While the Revolution's form isfizzling at the top of the American soccer pyramid, New England itself is electric at the bottom as more and more Premier Development League clubs prepare to launch in less than a month.

Announcements vary from major player commitments to clubs -including the GPS Portland Phoenix, Boston Rams, and CFC Azul -to achievement recognition, as Seacoast United Phantom Ryan Dunn has been named captain of the Boston College Eagles for his final collegiate season.

Setting the Bar

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MPS Portland Phoenix has seen its players ascend the American soccer pyramid in recent years. (Photo: MPS Portland Phoenix)

The bar is set high for GPS Portland Phoenix as they prepare for their upcoming season in the Premier Development League.

After finishing with a record of 10-4-2 in 2012, the Maine-based club not only came in second in the standings earning them a place in this year's US Open Cup in May.

USL

McCrary earns spot on PDL/NPSL team

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Carlos McCrary picked up another honor in the wake of his stellar summer with the Madison 56ers.

The striker was one of four National Premier Soccer League players named to the USL Premier Development League/NPSL XI by U.S. Soccer Report.

McCrary had 17 goals and seven assists in all competitions for the 56ers (16-7-0), who claimed the Midwest Region and Central Conference championships and finished third at the NPSL Final Four.

Four Academy Alumni Named to PDL All-League; Ibeagha Set for Title Game

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Former Houston Dynamo Academy defender Sebastien Ibeagha (left) is playing for a PDL title on Saturday with the Carolina Dynamo.

The USL Premier Development League is holding its championship game on Saturday as Houston Dynamo Academy alum Sebastien Ibeagha and his Carolina Dynamo side face Forest City London at 7 p.

State well represented in USL playoffs

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The Thunder Bay Chill had the second-best point total out of the 73 teams in the USL Premier Development League during the regular season this summer.

Unfortunately for the Chill, the team that amassed one more point than them – the Michigan Bucks – play in the same conference.

So Thunder Bay (13-2-1), which include a trio of Marquette players who have logged significant minutes, will travel to Pontiac, Mich.

D.C. United

July 20, 2012: Five Things to Know - Chicago Fire U20s, U16s, Pineda, AS Roma, Aston Villa, Inferno

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The Super 20 League is a United Soccer League (USL) that often gets overlooked. It's only a 7-game regular season whereas the Premier Development League has 16 regular season games. U20 games take place at the same time as PDL games so they don't necessarily get the best players. There is a strict age restriction for U20.

Preview: Philadelphia Hosts The Harrisburg City Islanders In US Open Cup Quarterfinals

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The Philadelphia Union will look for revenge as they host the Harrisburg City Islanders tonight. The two teams last faced off on June 12th, at Hersey Park Stadium, where the Islanders defeated the Union 3-2 in the two teams' annual friendly.

The Brotherly Game will have an embedded video feed of the game on the front page.

Hotspur fall 3-1 to D.C. United U-23 Squad

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Fredericksburg shows well against D.C. U23s

By Scott Wyant
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FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—In anything, a year can make quite a difference. For the Fredericksburg Hotspur that may just be an understatement.

On Wednesday night, the Hotspur matched up with Major League Soccer legend Jamie Moreno's D.

Report: Peter Nowak applies for Scottish job

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Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak has applied for the open managerial job at Hearts in the Scottish Premier League, according to a Scottish newspaper report.

Nowak is one of at least two applicants for the position, the Edinburgh Evening News reported Saturday after speaking with Hearts director HEARTS director Sergejus Fedotovas, who indicated the club wanted to hire a new manager by before training begins next month.

Ekra Stays hot and leads the Harrisburg City Islanders to a USOC Victory

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After a hat-trick Friday evening versus the Dayton Dutch Lions on the Island, Yann Ekra stayed hot and led the Harrisburg City Islanders to victory Tuesday night in a US Open Cup match against the Long Island Rough Riders (Premier Development League).

In the 22nd minute of the match, after a strong build up by the Islanders, Ekra fed the ball to former Philadelphia Union midfielder Morgan Langley with a clever back-heel pass.

The Rest

Springfield Demize Open Tryouts

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – The Springfield Demize will hold open tryouts at Lake CountrySoccer's Cooper Stadium for spots on their Premier Development League (PDL) rosterover two weekends in March. The Demize will hold the first weekend of tryouts on Saturday, March 15th and Sunday,March16th, 2014, with two sessions on Saturday from 1pm-3pm and 7-9pm and acallback session on Sunday from 11am-1pm.

Player Profile: Bryan Meredith

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After a 2011 Premier Development League national championship with the Kitsap Pumas, Meredith earned a contract with Seattle Sounders FC, the team that drafted him out of Monmouth University. He was expected to be third-choice behind Gspurning and Weber in 2012, but a series of injuries flung him into the thick of the action in May.

Oxford United Return To New England

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While the PDL and NPSL regular seasons are wrapping up this weekend, there will still be some exciting soccer in New Hampshire and Maine as English League Two (fourth division) side Oxford United travels to New England to face the Seacoast United Mariners, Seacoast United Phantoms, and a PDL and NPSL New England All-Star team.

Foxes nab final playoff spot

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Needing at least a tie and some help, the Real Colorado Foxes pulled off a victory in the team's final regular season game and then watched results fall their way.

A 3-0 win over the Kansas City Brass at the Overland Park Soccer Complex gave the Foxes a split of the weekend series. With the Thunder Bay Chill and Des Moines Menace finishing tied, the Foxes earned the second and final playoff spot in the Heartland Division and the Menace was eliminated.

Hotspur Recap, Weekend matches vs Royals and Piranhas

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Hotspur vs RoyalsFredericksburg drop pair of games over weekend

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—The Fredericksburg Hotspur Premier Development League team got off to a quick start this season, going undefeated in the team's first seven games.

A friendly affair: Union edge United 3-2

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Friendly may not have been the best way to describe the third meeting of Philadelphia Union and their Premier Development League affiliate, Reading United AC. Â Saturday's match saw a record for goals scored in the series and will go down as the most physical and contentious meeting between the two clubs.

Barrera, Academy Alumni Helping Cal FC’s Run in U.S. Open Cup

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The fourth round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off Tuesday night, and many eyes will be on the remaining USASA team in the field, Cal FC. The club faces an incredibly tall task against three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders FC at 7 p.m. PT at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.