Friday, January 26, 2007

USL set their schedule

United Soccer Leagues have announced their schedules for the 2007 season. If you live in one of the many cities that have a USL team, why not take in a game or two.

The USL First Division starts on April 13 with Puerto Rico host the Virginia Beach Mariners. New club Carolina RailHawks start their campaign on April 21 with other rookie the California Victory opening on the road on April 28. The final day of the regular season is Sunday, September 9. In all, the first division will play 182 games.

The USL Second Division starts play with four matches on April 20 and 21 with new clubs the Crystal Palace Baltimore, Bermuda Hogges, Charlotte Eagles and New Hampshire Phantoms all having their first games on these dates. Their regular season will end with the season's 100th game on Saturday, August 11.

And the biggest division in all of USL, the Premier Development League, will open up their 504-game regular season on April 28th when the Fresno Fuego play host to the Bakersfield Brigade and the Ventura County Fusion host the Lancaster Rattlers. The next weekend sees 12 matches played. This huge season comes to a conclusion on July 22nd when eight matches will be played.

The opening night of the W-League is Friday, May 11 when Charlotte Lady Eagles play host to the Atlanta Silverbacks. The action continues with three matches the following night with the Toronto Lady Lynx hosting the Sudbury Canadians while the Long Island Rough Riders make their debut at home against the New York Magic and fellow expansion side Jersey Sky Blue host the Western Mass Lady Pioneers. Opening weekend ends on Sunday when the Richmond Kickers Destiny take to the road against the Hampton Roads Piranhas.

The 218-match season comes to an end on July 22nd with seven games.

If you live in the US, chances are at least one of these USL teams is located within 50-miles. Take a look at the website and find your local and then give them your support. If you want soccer to become a major sport in America, you need to build from the ground up.

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