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2018 PDL Open Tryout Announced

By Admin, 01/30/18, 3:15PM EST

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Scheduled for January 13th at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center

NEWTOWN, Conn. – AC Connecticut is pleased to announce its open tryout for the 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) season. The open tryout will be held on Saturday, January 13th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Registration: 4:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.) at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center in Newtown, Conn.

The NYA Sports & Fitness Center is located at 4 Primrose Street.

All trialists will be required to register and pay a $35 tryout fee. This fee will cover a AC Connecticut trial t-shirt as well as any supplemental training sessions. To register, please CLICK HERE. Additionally, all players are required to follow the below link and bring the completed registration form to the tryout:

REGISTRATION FORM (Click)

All players must pre-register. NO walk-ins will be allowed to participate.

AC Connecticut, Connecticut’s only PDL club, will play a 14-game schedule between the months of May-August. The PDL is the top supplier of talent for professional soccer in North America. AC Connecticut players have been called to participate in a New England Revolution reserve team match and others have signed professional contracts after their time with the club.

As a major developmental platform, the PDL currently has 12 franchises owned and operated by an MLS or USL club, or holding a partnership with an MLS or USL club.

The top U23 men’s league in North America, the PDL is the destination league for college-aged players to continue their development toward the professional ranks with clubs from across North America not only competing for a championship each summer, but also providing the opportunity for top-level competition for the best players in the college ranks. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in various exhibitions as well as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.

About AC Connecticut:

AC Connecticut joined the USL’s Premier Development League (PDL) for the 2012 season, becoming the only PDL soccer franchise based in Connecticut. Along with a men’s PDL team, AC Connecticut works closely with local travel programs and provides the area’s best regional boys and girls soccer program involving the best local soccer ambassadors and coaches, using the best facilities and focusing on the technical, tactical, physical and psychosocial components of the game to improve our players.

About PDL:

For more than two decades, the PDL has helped high-caliber players rise to the professional ranks. More than 550 PDL alumni participated in the 2016 Major League Soccer and United Soccer League regular seasons. Among the PDL alumni currently competing professionally include 2016 Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris, 2016 MLS Defender of the Year Matt Hedges, Sierra Leone National Team member Kei Kamara, Iran National Team member Steven Beitashour and U.S. Men’s National Team members Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin and Sacha Kljestan. 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 provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.