PDL NEWS RELEASE: Thursday, February 25, 2016
FC Boston Bolts Complete Field for 2016 PDL Season
Brian Ainscough named FC Boston Bolts Head Coach
TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced on Friday that the FC Boston Bolts are joining the PDL for the 2016 season. Boston completes the PDL field of 67 teams participating in this year’s campaign
“The PDL is excited to bring in the FC Boston Bolts, who have been a part of New England’s development landscape in previous forms for the past three decades,” PDL Director Todd Eason said. “We anticipate some strong rivalries among the Northeast Division, and the addition of the FC Boston Bolts to the mix will further contribute to the division’s and the league’s high caliber of play.”
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The club will be owned and operated under the leadership of FC Boston Bolts President Jonathan Price and the team will hold its home games at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.
FC Boston also announced that its head coach will be Brian Ainscough, who has an extensive managerial background in the area. Ainscough spent nearly a decade as Northeastern University’s head coach and was previously an assistant coach at Boston College.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for FC Boston,” Ainscough said. “The Bolts have developed some of the best players in New England, and this is a much needed pathway in our club development pyramid.”
FC Boston joins the PDL’s Northeast Division, which also features AC Connecticut, FA Euro, GPS Portland Phoenix, the Long Island Rough Riders, Seacoast United Phantoms, Western Mass Pioneers and Westchester Flames.
The highest level of amateur soccer in North America, the PDL has a history dating back more than two decades that has helped top-level players rise to the professional ranks. Among the PDL’s alumni are players such as U.S. Men’s National Team members Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Geoff Cameron. More than 200 PDL alumni competed in the 2015 Major League Soccer season.
The PDL has provided a major development platform for future professional players, with 12 of the league’s current membership being owned and operated by an MLS or USL club, or holding a partnership with an MLS or USL club. Seventy percent of the players selected in the MLS SuperDraft over the past eight years are PDL alumni.
The PDL has received strong support from both Major League Soccer and the USL as it provides a proven pathway to the professional ranks for top college-aged players in North America.
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The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the 2016 PDL season features 67 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Twelve of the PDL’s current members are owned and operated by a Major League Soccer or United Soccer League club. 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. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.