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2018 PDL Preview: Northeast Division

By COLTON CORESCHI -, 04/23/18, 9:00AM EDT


Phantoms try to defend division crown, Black Rock FC looks to make first-year impact

Led by the defending champion Seacoast United Phantoms, the Northeast Division features seven teams in 2018, including one new to the Premier Development League.

Rolling to an 11-1-2 record, the Phantoms captured their second Northeast Division crown in 2017. The Phantoms can claim a long list of illustrious alumni, which includes Atlanta United FC midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and D.C. United and Richmond Kickers goalkeeper Travis Worra.

The second-place finishers Long Island Rough Riders depart the division this season, returning to the Mid Atlantic Division in 2018, but are replaced by a new PDL member club in Black Rock FC.

Third-place finishers Western Mass Pioneers and fourth-place FC Boston also return to the Northeast Division, hoping to supplant the Phantoms atop the division.

Northeast Division Breakdown

AC Connecticut

Location: Danbury, Connecticut
Home Field: Western Connecticut State University
2017 Finish: 2-10-2, 6th in Northeast Division
First PDL Season: 2012
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2014
PDL Titles: N/A
Notable Alums: Edward Opoku (Columbus Crew)

Black Rock FC

Location: Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Home Field: Hotchkiss Athletic Fields
2017 Finish: N/A
First PDL Season: 2018
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A
Notable Alums: N/A

FC Boston

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Home Field: Mount Ida College
2017 Finish: 6-5-3, 4th in Northeast Division
First PDL Season: 2016
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A
Notable Alums: Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC), Mac Steeves (RGV FC)

GPS Portland Phoenix

Location: Portland, Maine
Home Field: Deering HS
2017 Finish: 4-9-1, 5th in Northeast Division
First PDL Season: 2010
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2011-13, 2015-16
PDL Titles: Northeast Division Champion (2011, 2015, 2016)
Notable Alums: Emmanuel Appiah (LA Galaxy II), Forrest Lasso (FC Cincinnati)

Seacoast United Phantoms

Location: Amesbury Sports Park
Home Field: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2017 Finish: 11-1-2, 1st in Northeast Division
First PDL Season: 2008
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2011, 2014-15, 2017
PDL Titles: Northeast Division Champion (2014, 2017)
Notable Alums: Jeff Larentowicz (Atlanta United FC), Travis Worra (Richmond Kickers)

Westchester Flames

Location: New Rochelle, New York
Home Field: City Park
2017 Finish: 2-11-1, 7th in Northeast Division
First PDL Season: 1999 (Did not compete in PDL from 2002-04)
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2000-01, 2006
PDL Titles: PDL Champion (2001), Northeast Division Champion (2000, 2001, 2006), Eastern Conference Champion (2000, 2001, 2006)
Notable Alums: Charlie Davies (Most recently Philadelphia Union), Michael Dafonte (Phoenix Rising FC)

Western Mass Pioneers

Location: Ludlow, Massachusetts
Home Field: Lusitano Stadium
2017 Finish: 8-3-3, 3rd in Northeast Division
First PDL Season: 2010
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2016
PDL Titles: N/A
Notable Alums: Onua Obasi (Ottawa Fury FC)

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