Several Saint Mary’s men’s soccer players will be working to keep in shape as well as improve their skills by playing on various Premier Development League (PDL) teams throughout the country this summer. Click here for a schedule of games.
Las Vegas Mobsters
Albuquerque Sol FC
Des Moines Menace
Portland Timbers U-23
According to its website, the PDL features 64 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 12 teams affiliated with USL PRO or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience. 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.