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2017 PDL Preview: Mid Atlantic Division

By AARON CRANFORD -, 04/18/17, 11:45AM EDT


Reigning division winner Reading United AC headlines seven 2017 Mid Atlantic clubs

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Led by reigning divisional winner Reading United AC, the Mid Atlantic Division will feature seven teams in the 2017 Premier Development League regular season.

Reading United, which currently has more than 50 alumni playing professionally around the world, won its fourth Mid Atlantic Division title in 2016. The Ocean City Nor'easters, winners of three division titles since joining the PDL in 2003, look to add to last season's major accomplishment – winning the Eastern Conference Championship.

The New York Red Bulls U23, Eastern Conference and Mid Atlantic Division champions in 2015, are eager to return to the PDL Playoffs after finishing fourth in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Jersey Express – 2014 Mid Atlantic Division winners – Evergreen FC and FA Euro New York also look to challenge for the 2017 title.

Mid Atlantic Division Breakdown:

Head Coach: Joe Balsamo
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Home Field: Belson Stadium
First PDL Season: 2013
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Cristian Arrieta (formerly Philadelphia Union)

Head Coach: Grady Renfrow
Location: Leesburg, VA
Home Field: Evergreen Sportsplex
First PDL Season: 2016
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None

Head Coach: Julian Richens
Location: Springfield, NJ
Home Field: Williams Field
First PDL Season: 2008
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2008, 2010-12, 2014-15
PDL Titles: Eastern Conference Champions (2014), Mid Atlantic Division Champions (2014)
Notable Alums: Ryan Meara (New York Red Bulls II), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew SC), Derby Carrillo (Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja), David Greczek (Swope Park Rangers)

Head Coach: Andy Adlard*
Location: Allentown, PA
Home Field: J. Birney Crum Stadium
First PDL Season: 2015
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Jordan Scarlett (New York Red Bulls II), Robby Sagel (Rio Grande Valley FC Toros)

Head Coach: Rob Elliott
Location: East Hanover, NJ
Home Field: Red Bulls Training Facility
First PDL Season: 2015
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2015
PDL Titles: PDL Championship Runners-up (2015), Eastern Conference Champions (2015), Mid Atlantic Champions (2015)
Notable Alums: Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls), Arun Basuljevic (New York Red Bulls II), Eric Klenofsky (D.C. United/Richmond Kickers), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls), Tim Schmoll (New York Red Bulls II)

Head Coach: John Thompson
Location: Ocean City, NJ
Home Field: Carey Stadium
First PDL Season: 2003
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2004-05, 2007, 2009, 2012-13, 2016
PDL Titles: Eastern Conference Champions (2013, 2016), Northeast Division Champions (2004), Mid Atlantic Division Champions (2012-13)
Notable Alums: Chevaughn Walsh (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), John McCarthy (Philadelphia Union), Ken Tribbett (Philadelphia Union/Bethlehem Steel FC), Keasel Broome (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Ryan Richter (New York Cosmos)

Head Coach: Stephen Hogan
Location: Reading, PA
Home Field: Don Thomas Stadium
First PDL Season: 2004
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2004, 2008-14, 2016
PDL Titles: Regular Season Champion (2009), Eastern Conference Champion (2008, 2010), Mid Atlantic Division Champion (2008-10, 2016)
Notable Alums: Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Corey Hertzog (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union), Luke Mulholland (Real Salt Lake), Ray Gaddis (Philadelphia Union)

*Updated on April 20.

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