TBG took a look at some prospects, talked with Brendan Burke and pondered the effectiveness of Jim Curtin's "pants".
About 250 hopeful prospects showed up to the Goodman Campus at Lehigh University today to show their prowess in front of an impressive list of 20 coaches from the Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem Steel FC, the Premier Development League, and various academies throughout the region.
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.
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.
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.
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
SaturdayÂ after speaking with Hearts directorÂ HEARTS director Sergejus Fedotovas, who indicated
the club wanted to hire a new manager by before training begins next month.
We all know about Major League Soccer (MLS), the North American Soccer League (NASL), and USL Professional Division (USL Pro). These leagues are sanctioned as professional circuits by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF, U.S. Soccer). But what about the ... Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EAST HAVEN, Conn. â€“ It had been a decade-long void. So Steve Coxon decided to do something
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.
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 â†’
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.
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 partÂ to
Brown hitting the back of the net four times this weekend.
(Editor's Note: Our series of postsÂ 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.
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.
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 UnitedÂ raise money forÂ the fight
against the insidious disease which took team founder and local soccer legend, Archie Moylan, in
(Editor's Note: Our series of postsÂ 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 fell from the ranks of the Premier Development League's unbeaten teams when
bitter rivalÂ Jersey Express shocked the home team by a 2â€“0 scoreline. On a picture perfect
Father's Day afternoon at Reading's Shirk Stadium, the soccer on the pitch was ugly and
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
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)
United come into this divisional showdown with Jersey on a six match winning streak.
(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.
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.
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
SPRINGFIELD, MO â€“ 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.
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.