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Charlotte Eagles mark 25th soccer season with open tryouts
PDL opener is May 13 vs. Wilmington
 
Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

The Charlotte Eagles turn 25 this season.


They open Premier Development League play on May 13 against Wilmington (which played in the USL last season) at Charlotte Christian at 7 p.m. The game is a rematch of former USL rivals who moved down to PDL – the Hammerheads self-relegated for 2017.

Charlotte has enjoyed regular season success since self-relegating from the USL after the 2014 season, winning the South Atlantic Division in 2015 (10-0-4) and 2016 (11-2-1). However, they have failed to turn it into postseason success, falling in the Eastern Conference semifinals both seasons.

Dave Dixon returns as the Charlotte’s head coach for a third season.

The Eagles, who host tryouts March 18 at Matthews Sportsplex, will begin to announce their 2017 roster next month.

Since joining the PDL, several Eagles have been selected in the MLS Superdraft, such as Dayton defender Lalas Abubakar (selected fifth by Columbus), Pfeiffer alumnus and 2015 Division II national champion striker Jaime Siaj (drafted 45th by Colorado) and midfielder Santi Moar (selected 82nd by Philadelphia).

In its 23rd season, the PDL consists of 72 franchises (16 new teams) in a four-conference 10-division league. The regular season starts on May 5, with the playoffs commencing on July 18 and the championship on Aug. 5.

For more information about tryouts or to register: www.maisoccer.wufoo.com    

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