General PDL

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  1. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Country:
    United States
  2. SJJ

    SJJ Member

    Sep 20, 1999
    Royal Oak, MI, USA
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Country:
    United States
    #752 SJJ, Jan 15, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2017
    Yes, I was going to post this in the Canada forum. There was a plan to create a "tier three" league in British Columbia (like currently in Ontario and Quebec), but the last time I checked it was still in the "idea" phase.

    Specifically, it is listed in their strategic plan (last page): https://bcsoccer.net/files/AboutUs/...16MarchBC Soccer 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.pdf

    update: February 2016 meeting minutes: https://bcsoccer.net/files/AboutUs/CommitteeInfoAndBoardMeetingMinutes/BoardMeetingMinutes/2016/BC SOCCER BOD Minutes 27 February FINAL.pdf
    16. Regional Tier 3
    The Committee Chair provided a verbal update on the committee priorities which included status on:
    -- Engagement with the consultant to:
    -- -- Develop a Business Plan for the League.
    -- -- Develop the Franchise application for 'Request for 'Tender' process.
    -- -- Develop the Technical Standards of Operation for the League.



    update: April 2016 meeting minutes: https://bcsoccer.net/files/AboutUs/CommitteeInfoAndBoardMeetingMinutes/BoardMeetingMinutes/2016/BC SOCCER BOD Minutes 9 April Finalweb.pdf
    -- Consultant pieces of work are finalized as of March 31, 2016 for the following:
    -- -- Regional Tier 3 League.
    13. Regional Tier 3
    The Committee Chair provided a verbal update on the committee priorities which included status on:
    -- Engagement with the consultant to:
    -- -- Develop a Business Plan for the League.
    -- -- Develop the Franchise application for 'Request for 'Tender' process.
    -- -- Develop the Technical Standards of Operation for the League.
    -- The committee chair further advised that;
    -- -- the committee is waiting on information/clarification from the Governance and Membership Committee regarding what level of membership would a league of this nature be and the process to ‘recognize’ it Summer Games Coaches Meeting is in the process of being confirmed by the Summer Games Society.
    -- -- There are plans to reach out to the Pacific Coast Soccer League and discuss the league plans with them as the only full member adult league who operates at the same time in the season.


    update: July 2016 meeting minutes: https://bcsoccer.net/files/AboutUs/CommitteeInfoAndBoardMeetingMinutes/BoardMeetingMinutes/2016/BC SOCCER BOD Minutes 16 July 2016 Final.pdf
    15. Regional Tier 3
    The Committee Chair provided a verbal update including:
    -- The committee had not met within the last few months,
    -- There are strong drafts of both the Business Plan and Operations Manual for the league,
    -- Next step is to develop the Franchise application for 'Request for 'Tender' process.


    update: August 2016 meeting minutes: https://bcsoccer.net/files/AboutUs/CommitteeInfoAndBoardMeetingMinutes/BoardMeetingMinutes/2016/BC SOCCER BOD Minutes 20 August 2016 FINAL.pdf
    14. Regional Tier 3
    -- The Regional Tier 3 Committee Chair spoke to the Committee/Staff Liaison Report circulated prior to the meeting.
     
  3. Owen Thornhill

    Dec 22, 2012
    Club:
    Cork City
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1335390919847112&set=gm.580597312131202&type=3&theater Portland Timbers trying to sell their PDL franchise, deciding to use the T2 team instead of u23 for youth development. This may be partly due to the college draft becoming less important and getting 18-22 yr old's training full time and playing at a higher level. Timbers could use the PDL for U19 and really push those players but the expense of the PDL probably makes it too expensive for what it is. I can't see too many team's interested in buying the franchise either, Lane United may become isolated in the PDL distance wise.
     
  4. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    A new PDL team in Texas. And the Dynamo have another hybrid affiliation.

    http://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2017/01/16/premier-development-league-soccer-headed-brazos-valley

    The Brazos Valley Bombers are a collegiate summer league team. Their season runs May through August. Nutrabolt Stadium is in Bryan, TX which is adjacent to College Station, home of Texas A&M University.
     
  5. Blando13

    Blando13 Member+

    Dec 4, 2013
    Lee's Summit, MO
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Country:
    United States
    If you got to the bvsoccer2017 link in the article, it goes to a website that's not really connected to the PDL websites ... but it shows a "standings" with potentially 3 teams that we don't know about? Houston, Grand Prairie, and Cleburne? It also has Mississippi Brilla and OKC Energy U23 ... so I'm not sure if I'm reading too much into it or they just outed a group of future teams accidently, but it's interesting.

    Also ... the Bombers (who are going to run the day to day operations) also operate a Summer League baseball team at the stadium (where they'll share).
     
  6. Threeke

    Threeke Member

    Feb 26, 2016
  7. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    NKY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Country:
    United States
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  9. SJJ

    SJJ Member

    Sep 20, 1999
    Royal Oak, MI, USA
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Country:
    United States
    #759 SJJ, Jan 22, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
    And the answer was, "The PDL will always remain as an amateur league for talented college-aged players" with the rest of that paragraph talking about individual teams going pro if they want to (i.e. the as-always case).

    ...and a minor plaint about their top-menu of their website. Float your mouse over the "Pro" in the header, and you see that NPSL is listed as a pro entity under NASL (and the URL end in ".../pro/npsl/"). This just adds to the confusion that NPSL is somehow directly under the NASL umbrella.
     
  10. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
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    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
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    Orlando City SC
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    United States


    Charleston linking with not one, not two, but three PDL clubs.

    Myrtle Beach Mutiny
    Tormenta FC (Statesboro, GA; inland from Savannah, home of Georgia Southern)
    Tri-Cities FC Otters (Johnson City, TN; links with Bristol, TN-VA)
     
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  11. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    United States
    North County Battalion have changed their name to Southern California Surf due to their merger with the San Diego Surf youth program.

    http://www.socalsurfsoccer.com/

    They're also moving their games further north to Carlsbad Village at Maffucci Field.
     
  12. VBCity72

    VBCity72 Member

    LionsBridge FC
    Aug 17, 2014
    Sunny San Diego
    Club:
    Plymouth Argyle FC
    Country:
    United States
    Lame, North County Battalion was one of the coolest name out there.
     
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  13. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    United States
    I'm inclined to agree. They even had a beer named after the team at Bay City Brewing (which was frankly astounding for a sub-D3 team). I mean I understand the change as trying to appeal to a broader audience and due to their merger with the San Diego Surf Youth Soccer group, but it does feel like a misstep. And it no doubt has something to do with their attempt to "go pro", though it remains to be seen if they're tied at all to the USL bid.

    But the name change makes even less sense now that they moved from Rancho Penesquitos into the heart of North County up in Carlsbad (at a good location too right off the Coaster train line no less).
     
  14. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    United States
    Just occured to me too that San Diego now has 2 USL PDL teams and they've both got waves in their painfully generic logos and pretty lame names. Southern California Surf and San Diego Zest FC.

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  15. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    NKY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Country:
    United States
    So far, announced new PDL teams for 2017:
    • Lakeland Tropics (Lakeland, Florida)
    • Nashville SC U23 (Nashville, Tennessee)
    • Wilmington Hammerheads (Wilmington, North Carolina)
    • Tobacco Road FC (Durham, North Carolina)
    • Myrtle Beach Mutiny (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
    • Southern California Surf (Carlsbad, California)
    • Weston FC (Weston, Florida)
    • TSS FC Rovers (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
    • FC Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
    • SIMA (Montverde, Florida)
    Am I missing any?
     
  16. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    There will be a new team in Bryan-College Station, Texas. It doesn't have a name yet but it will be Brazos Valley or BCS something.

    http://www.bvsoccer2017.com/
     
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  17. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    NKY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Country:
    United States
    Good call! I do remember that announcement.
     
  18. fridge46

    fridge46 Member

    Oct 23, 2011
    I might have missed this, but what does TSS stand for? :confused:
     
  19. FootySkeptic

    FootySkeptic Member

    Sep 24, 2015
    Club:
    Cardiff City FC
    The Soccer School
     
  20. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
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    United States
  21. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo

    Well, one question answered. Houston FC is joining the PDL.

    http://www.uslpdl.com/news_article/show/753359?referrer_id=2242498

    I guess Cleburne and Grand Prairie are on the way.
     
  22. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    NKY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Country:
    United States
    Let's add a few more, now that some are official:
    • Brazos Valley (Bryan-College Station, Texas)
    • Tampa Bay Rowdies U23 (Tampa, Florida)
    • Houston FC (Houston, Texas)
    • Texas United (Grand Prairie, Texas - west of Dallas)
    • FC Cleburne (Cleburne, Texas - south of Fort Worth)
     
  23. Stephen York

    Stephen York Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL.
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Rowdies U23 have announced they are playing in the same Waters Ave. Soccer Complex that the NPSL team played at. I thought there were facility requirements with PDL? The complex has no seating, no concessions, nothing other than the fields (which are nice). The only "concessions" is the Wawa gas station next door that shares a parking lot.
     
  24. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Country:
    United States
    Hmmmmm. That is odd.

    I know there were 1,000-seat facility requirements at one point in PDL-land.

    Maybe a waiver was part of the deal that brought the Rowdies over from the NASL. :)
     
  25. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    United States
    What is the average in PDL these days attendance wise Kenn? Maybe PDL is finally cluing in that 1000 is a bit steep in some markets.
     

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