Men's Soccer Players to Play in USL Premier Development League
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three members of the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer team will take time to play in United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL) this summer.
Jonathan Hohn (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Josey Portillo (Metairie, La.) and Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla.) have all been added to rosters this season and will all play in the Southeast Division.
“We are extremely excited that these players have the chance to play in the PDL,” FGCU men’s soccer head coach Bob Butehorn said. “It is great for our program, one because it gives us exposure nationwide, but more importantly because it helps to get us prepared for the upcoming season. We had a great spring season and with these three guys playing over the summer it will help them maintain that high level and hopefully come back in August ready to go.”
Hohn will play this summer for the expansion side Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy. In his second season with the Eagles, Hohn started in 12 of FGCU’s 16 contests and registered a pair of assists for the Blue and Green.
Portillo will suit up for the Baton Rouge Capitals this summer. As a sophomore midfielder, Portillo made 13 starts and appeared in 16 games for the Eagles.
Raudales, a 2009 All-Atlantic Sun Conference Second Team selection, will play this summer for IMG Bradenton Academics. The sophomore started all 16 contests for the Blue and Green and finished the 2009 campaign with three assists, while leading the team in goals (5), game-winning goals (3), and points (13)
The USL Premier Development League (commonly known as the PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. It is currently the top level men's amateur competition in the United States, and has 67 teams competing in four conferences, split into eight regional divisions; unofficially, it is considered to be the fourth tier of competition, behind Major League Soccer, the USSF Division 2 Professional League (comprising the USL First Division and the North American Soccer League) and the USL Second Division, and roughly equal with the National Premier Soccer League and the Pacific Coast Soccer League.
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