Premier Development League
The top U23 men's amateur league in North America lives in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the developmental ground for elite players. The regular season will consist of 14 regular season matches, 7 home and 7 away. The schedule is augmented by participation in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and various exhibitions. Players have the ability to compete in the PDL throughout the summer months maintaining the collegiate eligibility.
The league is the proving ground for players that aspire to reach the highest levels of the game. In the past six years combined, 70% of all MLS draftees played in the PDL.
The first stage of this will be our tryouts and getting our rosters set. If you have what it takes to compete at a high level, then sign-up and we will see you on the pitch. If you have any questions about the PDL, please contact Mo Sheta at email@example.com.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup provides a unique opportunity for amateur players in the PDL to be exposed to professional clubs and competition across North America while taking part in one of the world's longest-running soccer tournaments," PDL Director Todd Eason said. "We are thrilled to have a record-high 21 of our teams taking part in 2017 and look forward to supporting each and every one of our clubs as they attempt to make a deep run in the tournament.
21 PDL Teams Earn U.S. Open Cup Spot
The teams set to compete in the opening stage of the competition on May 10 include FC Tucson, the Charlotte Eagles, the Des Moines Menace, Reading United AC, the OKC Energy U23, the Fresno Fuego, The Villages SC, the GPS Portland Phoenix, the Carolina Dynamo, San Diego Zest FC, the South Florida Surf, the Ocean City Nor'easters, the FC Golden State Force, Chicago FC United, the Western Mass Pioneers, the Sounders FC U23, the Ventura County Fusion, SC United Bantams, Burlingame Dragons FC, the Derby City Rovers and the Bucks.