There is going to be something a bit different about the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League in 2017 – only one club will be representing the state of Washington.
- Facebook Fan Page: USL PDL NW Division
The Sounders U23’s are the last club from our state left in the division (and thus the league) after an off-season that saw the Kitsap Pumas jump to the NPSL and Washington Crossfire be sold to a British Columbia group.
In December of 2015 the Puget Sound Gunners (Issaquah) were sold and moved to Victoria BC as the rejuvenated Highlanders.
|Calgary Foothills FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Lane United FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Portland Timbers U23||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sounders FC U23||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Victoria Highlanders FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|TSS FC Rovers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
This is the first time since all the way back in 1995 (Puget Sound Hammers) that Washington has had just one club in the PDL. The zenith for the state was in 2009 when five of the 10 clubs in the PDL NW were from Washington (Kitsap Pumas, Spokane Spiders, Yakima Reds, Seattle Wolves, Tacoma Tide.)
In 2017 the Sounders U23s are headed to the US Open Cup and will also fight it out with five other clubs for the PDL playoffs (see table above). Two will be from Oregon, the other three are from Canada.
The Sounders U23’s kick off their PDL season on Friday May 19 when they host the Portland Timbers U23’s at 7:30 PM at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.