Here comes the 2017 Premier Development League Northwest Season

PDL Primary ShieldThe 2017 Premier Development League (PDL) season kicks off for the Northwest Division this weekend.

Washington’s team, Sounders U23, begin their regular season on Friday May 19 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner against the Portland Timbers U23 at 7 PM.

The PDL recently posted the club previews below. Also posted are some recent tweets from the clubs.

PDL Northwest Division Preview

A total of six teams, including 2016 Western Conference Champion Calgary Foothills FC, will compete in the 2017 Northwest Division.

Four different clubs have won the Northwest Division in the past five seasons, including Foothills FC (2016), Victoria Highlanders FC (2013) and the Sounders FC U23 (2012).

The Portland Timbers U23 are the only current Northwest club to have won a PDL Championship, finishing the 2010 season with a perfect 16-0-0 overall record – the first undefeated champion in PDL history.

Lane United FC, which has helped multiple talented players progress to the professional level over the years, and Vancouver-based club TSS FC Rovers will also participate in the 2017 regular season.

Among the many standout alumni to play in the Northwest Division include Newcastle United FC fullback DeAndre Yedlin, New York City FC forward Khiry Shelton, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe, Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 defender Dominick Zator.


Head Coach: Tommy Wheeldon Jr.
Location: Calgary, AB
Home Field: Calgary Soccer Center
First PDL Season: 2015
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2016
PDL Titles: PDL Runners-Up (2016), Western Conference Champions (2016), Northwest Division Champions (2016)
Notable Alums: Dominick Zator (Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2), Sean Melvin (Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2), Bradley Kamdem Fewo (Rochester Rhinos), Tyrin Hutchings (FC Gute)

Head Coach: John Galas
Location: Eugene, OR
Home Field: Willamalane Center
First PDL Season: 2014
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Matt Bersano (San Jose Earthquakes/Reno 1868 FC), Conner Bevans (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC), Wade Hamilton (Portland Timbers 2), Riggs Lennon (Real Monarchs SLC)

Head Coach: Aaron Lewis
Location: Salem, OR
Home Field: McCulloch Stadium
First PDL Season: 2009
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2009-10, 2012-13, 2015
PDL Titles: PDL Champions (2010), PDL Regular Season Champions (2010), Western Conference Champions (2010), Northwest Division Champions (2010)
Notable Alums: Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers), Daniel Johnson (Chicago Fire), Colton Storm (Sporting Kansas City/Swope Park Rangers), Jacori Hayes (FC Dallas)

Head Coach: Darren Sawatzky
Location: Sumner, WA
Home Field: Sunset Stadium
First PDL Season: 2006
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2007-08, 2012, 2015-16
PDL Titles: Western Conference Champions (2012, 2015), Northwest Division Champions (2008, 2012)
Notable Alums: DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Jonathan Campbell (Chicago Fire), Brandt Bronico (Chicago Fire), Niko Hansen (Columbus Crew SC)

Head Coach: Colin Elmes
Location: Richmond, BC
Home Field: Swangard Stadium
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A

Head Coach: David Dew
Location: Victoria, BC
Home Field: University of Victoria
First PDL Season: 2009 (Did not play in PDL during 2015)
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2011, 2013-14
PDL Titles: Western Conference Champions (2013), Northwest Division Champions (2013)
Notable Alums: Brett Levis (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Jamar Dixon (Ottawa Fury FC), Josh Heard (Bethlehem Steel FC), A.J. Gray (Phoenix Rising FC)

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