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Official Division III Pro Soccer

2011 USL PRO TEAMS

Antigua Barracuda FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Eagles
Dayton Dutch Lions
FC New York
Harrisburg City Islanders
Orlando City SC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers
CA River Plate Puerto Rico
Rochester Rhinos
Sevilla FC Puerto Rico
Wilmington Hammerheads
 

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F.C. New York set for USL PRO

Club to feature fully-integrated soccer pyramid

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues is proud to announce the addition of F.C. New York to USL PRO for the 2011 season. Headquartered in Garden City, New York, F.C. New York was founded in 2007 and will play its home games at The Soccer Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.

F.C. New York President Doug Petersen and Senior Vice President Jo-Ellen Treiber are the club’s senior executives and principal owners. Former Manchester United Academy and Ipswich Town player Matt Weston serves as the club’s director of football. Weston is establishing the pro squad as well as overseeing F.C. New York’s academy system.

“F.C. New York is excited about the league moving in this direction,” Petersen said. “USL PRO is what we have been waiting for from a business and fan perspective; the model makes sense. Developing regional rivalries helps create a great fan experience that will also include national and international game play.”

USL PRO will make its debut in 2011 and includes marquee franchises such as the Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers and Orlando City SC (formerly Austin Aztex). Designed to help ensure the long-term stability of professional soccer in North America below MLS, USL PRO will feature 16 teams in 2011 and will benefit from national television and online broadcast packages. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature an unprecedented six teams with more than a decade of operational experience in 2011, and more than 100 years of combined operational experience

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Hammerheads Return for 2011

Wilmington to join Revitalized USL PRO

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads, one of the most successful minor league soccer franchises in U.S. history, will return in 2011 as part of USL PRO. Led by majority owner Bill Rudisill and Head Coach/Director of Soccer David Irving, the Hammerheads will return to Legion Stadium and become a cornerstone franchise for USL PRO, which also includes powerhouse franchises such as the Rochester Rhinos, Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers and Orlando City SC (formerly Austin Aztex).

Designed to help ensure the long-term stability of professional soccer in North America, USL PRO will feature 18-20 teams in 2011 and will have a national broadcast package, with USL expected to continue its nine-year partnership with Fox Soccer Channel for the coverage of its top professional league.

“It is a thrill to be a part of bringing the Wilmington Hammerheads back to Legion Stadium and to the Wilmington fans,” said Rudisill, who will be joined by partners Dr. Clyde Harris, Cindy Harris, Dr. Mario Basegoda and Dr. Sara Borcherding. “The Hammerheads are very much a part of our local culture and it is our hope that you will support us again as you did before.”

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USL Forging Bright Future

Rochester, Orlando Additions Show USL PRO's Strength

One is a name that has become synonymous with success over the course of its 15-year history.

The other is a newer face on the American soccer scene, but one that has quickly become a successful franchise.

Together, they will become two cornerstones for USL PRO, set to launch in 2011.

Monday’s announcement that the Rochester Rhinos and Orlando City Soccer Club, formerly the Austin Aztex, will join the USL’s new professional division is a clear indicator of the standard of play and quality of ownership expected of USL PRO franchises.

Under the ownership of Rob Clark, who acquired the club in 2008, the Rhinos continued their run of reaching the playoffs in each of their 15 seasons, head coach Bob Lilley earning USSF Division 2-Pro League Coach of the Year honors as he led the side to the best regular season record in the league.

"The new USL PRO is a tremendous opportunity to really market to and captivate our respective fan bases in all of our respective markets," Clark said. "I look forward to doing our part in Rochester to help further strengthen the marketing initiatives USL PRO will have in 2011 and beyond."

Austin was one of the great success stories of the 2010 season, finishing as runner-up to the Rhinos in the USSF D-2 regular season. With new investment to aid its growth, the club headed by majority owner Phil Rawlins appears set to go from strength-to-strength in its new home.

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Riverhounds Join USL PRO

Will Continue to Build on Success in 2010

Pittsburgh Riverhounds News Release -- www.riverhounds.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are proud to announce their participation in USL PRO for the 2011 Season. United Soccer Leagues will combine teams from the its First and Second Divisions to form USL PRO, the strongest professional soccer league in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean outside of Major League Soccer.

USL PRO will introduce regional divisions through the merger of many storied franchises in the United States and the evolution of new franchises throughout North America. USL is anticipating as many as four regions, comprised of as many as 20 teams, creating highly competitive matches and natural regional rivalries to bolster the league’s allure. Additional franchises participating in USL PRO for the 2011 season will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

“The Riverhounds built an impressive amount of momentum both on and off the field in 2010, and we’re looking forward to them adding to their recent success in USL PRO,” USL President Tim Holt said. “Justin Evans has built a formidable squad that should be a force to contend with in 2011 and beyond.”

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USL Pro beginning a Caribbean Division

At a news conference Wednesday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sevilla Football Club Puerto Rico and Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico formally announced they will compete in USL PRO for the 2011 season. The Puerto Rico Soccer League (PRSL) members will join Barracuda FC of Antigua & Barbuda as the building blocks of a new USL PRO Caribbean Division.

The progressively-structured arrangement allows both Sevilla FC Puerto Rico and Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico - the past two PRSL regular season champions - to play in USL PRO, compete in the PRSL and continue to have the opportunity to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. PRSL expansion teams Indios de Mayagüez FC and Puerto Rico United, of Aguada, are also currently considering the possibility of competing in USL PRO.


In addition to officials from both clubs, Puerto Rican Futbol Federation President Joe Serralta, PRSL President Mike Roca and Juncos Mayor Alfredo “Papo” Alejandro joined USL Senior Director of International Development Francisco Marcos at the news conference.

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The West Coast is getting USL PRO representation next year with the announcement of the new LA Blues franchise, set to begin play in 2011. The club, which had been rumored for about a month to be the newest franchise for U.S. soccer’s new third division, will play in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium and be coached by Charlie Naimo, the former head coach of the Pali Blues (a professional women’s soccer club) and team general manager.

The club becomes the third division’s fourteenth team and moves USL PRO two teams away from its stated goal of having sixteen for the 2011 season. Being able to field a stable and competitive league for the upcoming year would be a major accomplishment for U.S. soccer, considering that last season there was so much turmoil in the second and third levels. For 2011, the USSF Division 2 Professional League (composed of the USL and NASL) will be replaced with the NASL, while the third division USL-2 will be replaced with USL PRO.

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Puerto Rico United Joins USL PRO

Joins fellow PRSL clubs Sevilla FC, Club Atlético River Plate

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues announced today that Puerto Rico United Sporting Club will become the third team from the Puerto Rico Soccer League to compete in USL PRO in 2011.

Through a progressively-structured arrangement, Puerto Rico United will join Sevilla FC Puerto Rico and Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico in USL PRO. Barracuda FC of Antigua and Barbuda has also joined USL PRO for 2010.

“We welcome Raul Blanco and Puerto Rico United to USL PRO, and we’re excited about our growing relationship with the Puerto Rico Soccer League,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “Both the level of fan support and the level of play in Puerto Rico continue to grow and we’re looking forward to the participation of three of the PRSL’s top clubs in USL PRO.”

Led by owner Raul Blanco, Puerto Rico United was founded in 2007 and recently competed in the PRSL’s Super Copa DirectTV tournament, which will serves as the qualifier for the 2011 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

Puerto Rico United is based in Aguada, Puerto Rico, and plays its home games at 4,000-seat Aguada Stadium. Luis A. Echevarria Santiago serves as mayor of Aguada, a city of more than 40,000 located in the western coastal region and served by nearby Rafael Hernandez International Airport.

“PR United started as an amateur team in 2007 and now we are in USL PRO. We are growing!” Blanco said. “This is a big step for the team and we accept the challenge. Our participation in the 2011 USL PRO season will help raise the levels of professional soccer in Puerto Rico.”

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D3 River Plate PR shocks D2 PR Islanders


BAYAMON, P.R. - USL PRO's River Plate Puerto Rico pulled off a huge victory in the first leg of the 2010 SuperCopa DirecTV Finals, knocking off the reigning USSF D2 champion Puerto Rico Islanders by a score of 1-0. The teams will meet again Sunday at 6 p.m. to decide the title. By reaching the finals of the Puerto Rico Soccer League tournament, both teams have booked spots in next year’s Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

River wasted little time in putting the Islanders on their heels, with Peter Villegas finding Guillermo García Barros alone in front at the seven minute mark, and Barros giving River a 1-0 lead and silencing the Islanders fans. The Islanders began to possess the ball more after falling behind, but River stayed dangerous via the counter-attack.

The Islanders were given a golden chance to equalize in the 20th minute when referee Jose Carlos Rivera awarded them a questionable penalty. Joshua Hansen stepped up and fired to the left, but River keeper Mariano Graziano was up to the task and knocked the shot away, demoralizing the Islanders.

River picked up its play in the second half, and though both teams had chances the Islanders weren't able to find the equalizer. As the game wore on and the frustration increased for the Islanders, the rough play resulted in a shower of yellow cards for both teams.

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Islanders Sunday with a 2-0 victory that sealed a 3-0 aggregate romp to capture the Puerto Rico Soccer League’s 2010 SuperCopa DirecTV. River Plate entered the second leg with the advantage following a 1-0 victory against the Islanders on Thursday.

Confident after the opening-leg victory, River Plate started Sunday’s game at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium on the front foot and created several chances for Alexander Russo. After a couple of near misses, Russo staked River Plate to the lead in the 35th minute when Yakiel Perez sent him in and he beat Islanders keeper Cody Laurendy.

River Plate put the nail in the Islanders’ coffin two minutes later when Perez beat a pair of defenders and dribbled past a charging Laurendy. Though he had reduced his angle greatly, Perez remained calm and slotted the ball home. Down 3-0 on aggreagate, the Islanders found themselves in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The Islanders resorted to long balls for much of the second half in hopes of closing the gap, but the River Plate defense held firm to complete the 3-0 aggregate domination.

By reaching the final, both teams have earned spots in the 2011 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

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Orlando City Unveils Logo'
The Lions' establish colors for first season


Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Last month, Orlando City Soccer Club announced its commitment to bring pro soccer to Orlando, Florida. Today, we are proud to formally launch our new club crest and brand.

About our brand: The name Orlando City was chosen to reflect our community’s pride in our City and its growth into one of America’s major cities. It is our goal to evolve with the City and to bring into this market the City’s second major league sports franchise.

"City" states we are Citizens of Orlando and the equals of all. "City" says that all of us who live here are part of a vibrant population that expects the best that any large city offers. Orlando City intends to give us all the best soccer experience possible. The "City Beautiful" deserves the "Beautiful Game."

About our colors: Our brand is built on our choice of colors, Regal Red, Pride Purple, and Championship Gold.
 

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F.C. New York Announces Affiliation with RGV Ocelots FC

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK (December 10th, 2010) – F.C. New York of USLPRO today announced its affiliation with the Rio Grande Valley Ocelots F.C of the Southern Premier Soccer League. The two clubs will exchange best practices, while RGV Ocelots F.C will act as a feeder club for F.C. New York.

“These are exciting times for F.C. New York. We have built up some great relationship’s over the last 6 months and the vision we have set out at our inception is starting to come into fruition” F.C. New York Technical Director Matt Weston said. “Our goal was to link up with the ‘right’ clubs at all levels both here and abroad and ultimately open up the pathway for aspiring youth soccer players to dream of one day reaching the top.

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F.C. New York Announces Affiliation with West Virginia Chaos

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK (December 21st, 2010) – F.C New York of the USL PRO league today announced its affiliation with the West Virginia Chaos of the Premier Development League. The two clubs will exchange best practices, while WV Chaos will act as a feeder club for F.C. New York.

“We are excited about this new relationship with the West Virginia Chaos. Over the last few months we have been going back and forth with plans for the future and how our relationship can help both clubs move forward successfully in 2011’’ say’s FC New York’s Technical Director Matt Weston.

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Spurs Group Eyes Alamo Stadium
By Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express News



Spurs Sports & Entertainment Vice President Leo Gomez said Thursday the company will propose bringing a United Soccer Leagues franchise to Alamo Stadium to play 12 to 15 home games, eventually developing it into a Major League Soccer team.

“We would work to grow the market and get to that point sooner rather than later,” Gomez said.

The proposal would mean keeping the stadium's football field but doing away with the eight-lane track to make room for the pro soccer field.

The San Antonio Independent School District, which owns the stadium and the adjacent Convocation Center, begins soliciting partnership concepts for the facilities today

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USL Pro Releases Schedule and Divisional Alignment
by Robert Hay

While we await the final release of the MLS schedule, third-division USL Pro announced their schedule and division alignments on Friday, emphasizing the league’s accessibility and stability. The press release from USL Pro emphasizes that six of their franchises have more than ten years of operational experience.

The league will feature 15 teams in three divisions: American, National, and International. The National Division will include the Dayton Dutch Lions, Harrisburg City Islanders, FC New York, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and the Rochester Rhinos. The American will include the Charleston Battery, the Charlotte Eagles, Orlando City, the Richmond Kickers, and the Wilmington Hammerheads. The International is comprised of Barracuda FC, the Los Angeles Blues, Puerto Rico United, River Plate of Puerto Rico, and Sevilla FC Puerto Rico.

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Orlando City To Play In Pro Classic

Houston, Toronto, Dallas also set for WDW event

Orlando City News Release - www.orlandocitysoccer.com

Friday, January 21, 2011

ORLANDO - Orlando City Soccer Club is proud to announce their participation in the 2011 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic as the only non-Major League Soccer invitee.

“It is an absolute honor to be included in this tournament,” said Steve Donner, Orlando City CEO. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Orlando City to bring our local fans top-level competition at a very affordable price. This is also a fantastic start for Orlando City’s relationship with the Walt Disney Company.”

In addition to Orlando City, three Major League Soccer teams make up this year’s line-up: Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, and 2010 MLS Cup finalist FC Dallas. All three teams featured in last season’s edition of the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.

The tournament will take place on Thursday, February 24, and Saturday, February 26. Each day will feature two matches for a single ticket. The first match kicks off at 6 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. match. Both matches will be played at Hess Field at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

All four teams will play on both nights. The winners of the February 24 matches will play the championship match at 8 p.m. on February 26. The 6 p.m. match will feature the two losing sides from day one in a consolation game.
 

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Belson To Be FC New York's Home

St. John's soccer stadium provides accessibility, atmosphere

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - F.C. New York, the new professional soccer club of USL PRO, is pleased to announce that Belson Stadium on the grounds of St. John’s University in Jamaica Queens will be the team’s home for its 2011 inaugural season. F.C. New York will kick off the 2011 USL PRO regular season on April 30 by welcoming Orlando City.

Belson Stadium is a state-of-the-art, soccer-specific turf facility and one of the nation's premier home venues. Belson Stadium has created a significant home-field advantage for the St. John's men's and women's soccer programs. St. John’s University is located in the heart of Queens close to all major parkways and Jamaica station - the transportation hub of Queens. The Long Island Railroad, numerous subway lines and several MTA bus lines are nearby at Jamaica station.

“Belson Stadium is an ideal home for us to start and the administration and athletic staff at St. John’s University really worked hard and wanted us here as much as we wanted to be here,” F.C. New York President Doug Petersen said. “I had always said our first choice was to build a permanent home in Queens; working with St. John’s is a step in the right direction. In the past year our plans and visions have been embraced by a number of area leaders and, equally importantly, the fans on the street

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F.C. New York Sets Preseason Schedule

Will face four local colleges including Hofstra, St. John's

F.C. New York News Release – www.fcnewyorksoccer.com

Monday, January 31, 2011

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – F.C. New York has announced a preseason line-up of four games against local colleges as it prepares for the 2011 USL PRO season.

F.C. New York will travel throughout the New York City area to face Hofstra, Adelphi, LIU Brooklyn and St. John’s on their home fields. After working to build relationships with the coaching staffs of each of the colleges, F.C. New York Technical Director Matt Weston said he was happy to be able to face them as the club builds for the season.

“Over the last six months FC New York have been building relationships with college coaches from across the country,” Weston said. “Regionally we have formed close ties with the coaching staff of St John’s, LIU, Adelphi and Hofstra amongst others, and now as part of our preseason schedule we will travel to all four colleges to play a match.”

F.C. New York will open the preseason against Hofstra on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. before travelling to face Adelphi on March 26 at 7 p.m. It will then meet LIU on April 1 at 8 p.m. before closing out at its new home, Belson Field, against St. John’s on April 5 at 5 p.m.

Weston said the colleges have already provided him a great deal in being able to establish the F.C. New York brand in the area in addition to help recruit talent for the club’s inaugural season.
 

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F.C. New York Signs Graciano Brito

Quinnipiac standout was a two-time NSCAA All-American

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - F.C. New York is pleased to announce the signing of talented striker Graciano Brito, pending USL and USSF approval. Brito had been playing with Clube Operario Desportivo of the Portuguese League, and the former Quinnipiac University standout is excited about returning to the area to compete in USL PRO. The 6-foot-2 striker has a nose for the net and was named to ESPN Soccernet’s Top Six Senior College Forwards in 2008.

“It's privilege and a dream come true to be playing in New York City," Brito said. "I am exciting to be a part of F.C. New York."

In his final season at Quinnipiac in 2008, Brito was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the fifth player in league history to win the award in back-to-back years. He led the NEC in goals (18), goals per game and points per game en route to helping the Bobcats reach the postseason for the first time since 2004.

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New York Adds Forward Ben Algar

21-year-old joins club from England's Chesterfield

F.C. New York News Release -- www.fcnewyorksoccer.com

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – F.C. New York of USL PRO is proud to announce that former Chesterfield striker Ben Algar has signed a one-year contract pending USL and USSF approval. Algar, 21, came to New York for trials this summer and has been training with Matlock Town FC since then to maintain his fitness.


Algar signed the deal alongside F.C. New York President Doug Petersen at the Copthorne Hotel, Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England. Algar was surrounded by family and well-wishers, including Sheffield United Vice Chairman, David Green and Dave MacCarthy, who oversees SUFC academy. Also in attendance were Carl Shieber, Sheffield United head of football administration, as well as football greats Brian Deane and Tony Agana.

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Orlando City soccer's deal with Orlando Health announced


The sponsorship agreement will be for 3 years.

The Orlando City Soccer club announced Thursday a partnership with Orlando Health, which will be a presenting sponsor and the exclusive medical provider for the United Soccer Leagues Pro Division team.

As part of the three-year agreement, which runs through 2013:

An Orlando Health logo will appear on the front of Orlando City's jerseys.

There will be Orlando Health field and stadium signage for Orlando City's matches at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Orlando Health will be a presenting sponsor for Orlando City youth camps, and the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children logo will appear on youth camp T-shirts.

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