Right off the successful Sicily Player Development Tour, the club has not taken a break during this busy summer as PDL tryouts for the 2019 season have been announced.
"We want to start off the new season on the best foot forward. The club has clear goals and objectives, to finally make the breakthrough and qualify for play-offs and the US Open Cup." comments last years' PDL Head Coach and Academy Director Ferdinando de Matthaeis. "We want to start moving swiftly, find the right talent pool of players who share the same, undying hunger as us, and we do that by putting last season's disappointment to rest and look ahead."
This year's tryouts will have two options where players can purchase a single day trial or opt for all six tryouts that will take place between October and March.
To register, visit the club's tryout page by clicking HERE.
The tryout dates & location are as follows:
October 21 - Calvert Vaux Park
November 24 - New Utrecht High School
December 15 - New Utrecht High School
January 20 - New Utrecht High School
February 9 - New Utrecht High School
March 9 - New Utrecht High School
All tryouts will take place between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Age groups: Players born in 2002 and older.
About PDL: The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the Premier Development League features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.
Competition Format: The Premier Development League regular season takes place during the summer from early May to mid-July. Each team plays a 14-match schedule against their respective divisional opponents, seven at home and seven away. In conferences with three divisions, each division winner, plus the highest-finishing second-place team in the conference, advances to the playoffs in the conference semifinals. In conferences with two divisions, the top two teams from each division advance to the conference semifinals. The playoffs occur in late July, with each conference champion advancing to the national semifinals and the winners of those matches advancing to the PDL Championship in early August.