The Edmond Sun

Sports

February 15, 2013

Oklahoma City lands soccer franchise

EDMOND — Oklahoma City will be home to a Premier Development League soccer franchise and will open its season May 11 at home. Home games will be played at Stars Field on the Oklahoma City University campus.

The PDL is the largest organization of elite-level men’s soccer in North America, with 65 franchises. In the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, 68 percent of the players selected played in the PDL, including six of the first 10 selections and the overall No. 1 pick.

“(Oklahoma Christian University) views the PDL as a good opportunity for our players,” said David Scott, OC men’s head soccer coach.

In the summer the university is not allowed contact with its players, so the PDL could be a summer alternative for players instead of going home. In the summer players are soley responsible for their workouts and the PDL gives them the potential to continue to play.

Edmond is set to host the 2013 Southern Regional Championships of the USYSA. From June 20-26, more than 208 teams from a 12-state region will be at the Service-Blake Soccer Complex on Danforth. This week-long tournament is expected to bring an estimated $5 million to $9 million in area economic impact.

The PDL season consists of 14 regular-season matches, seven home and seven away. The PDL will offer collegiate players the opportunity to play at a higher level of competetion while maintaining eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Huny U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.

The regular season schedule, tryout information, team nickname, ticket information and the coaching staff will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, call 232-7223 or go to

oklahomacityfc.com.

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