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2017 PDL Preview: Northeast Division

By AARON CRANFORD -, 04/17/17, 11:45AM EDT


Reigning division winners GPS Portland Phoenix lead seven teams set to compete

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A total of seven teams will compete in the Northeast Division for the 2017 Premier Development League season.

The GPS Portland Phoenix return to the PDL as the reigning division winners. The Maine-based club has qualified for the PDL Playoffs six times since joining the league in 2010.

The Northeast Division claims one PDL Championship, with the Westchester Flames winning the title in 2001.

Many talented players have played in the Northeast Division before moving to the professional level, including Philadelphia Union forward and Bethlehem Steel FC loanee Charlie Davies, New York Red Bulls attacker Mike Grella and Atlanta United FC defender Miles Robinson, who played for FC Boston in 2016.

Northeast Division Breakdown:

Head Coach: Alex Harrison
Location: Newtown, CT
Home Field: Western Connecticut State University
First PDL Season: 2012
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2014
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Ryan Kinne (formerly New England Revolution, Pittsburgh Riverhounds)

Head Coach: Brian Ainscough
Location: Newton, MA
Home Field: Mount Ida College
First PDL Season: 2016
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC)

Head Coach: Craig Fannan
Location: Portland, ME
Home Field: Deering High School
First PDL Season: 2010
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2010-13, 2015-16
PDL Titles: Northeast Division Champions (2011, 2015-16)
Notable Alums: Aaron Schoenfeld (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Paul Nicholson (FC Cincinnati), Skyler Milne (Real Monarchs SLC)

Head Coach: Flavio Ferri
Location: South Huntington, NY
Home Field: Cy Donnelly Stadium
First PDL Season: 2007
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2009, 2011, 2015
PDL Titles: Eastern Conference Champions (2011), Mid Atlantic Division Champions (2011)
Notable Alums: Ryan Meara (New York Red Bulls II), Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City), Mike Grella (New York Red Bulls), Joe Holland (Houston Dynamo), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Head Coach: Alistar Bain
Location: Hampton, NH
Home Field: Amesbury Sports Park
First PDL Season: 2008
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2011, 2014-15
PDL Titles: Northeast Division Champions (2014)
Notable Alums: Anthony Grant (Richmond Kickers), Chris Tsonis (formerly Charleston Battery and New York Red Bulls II)

Head Coach: Gus Skoufis
Location: Westchester, NY
Home Field: City Park
First PDL Season: 1999 (Club did not play in PDL from 2002-04)
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2000-01, 2006
PDL Titles: PDL Champions (2001), Eastern Conference Champions (2000-01, 2006), Northeast Division Champions (2000-01, 2006)
Notable Alums: Charlie Davies (Philadelphia Union/Bethlehem Steel FC), Julius James (Sacramento Republic FC)

Head Coach: Federico Molinari
Location: Ludlow, MA
Home Field: Lusitano Stadium
First PDL Season: 2010
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2016
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Ronaldo Vieira (formerly Fort Lauderdale Strikers)

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