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Velazco Enjoys Ascent With Tucson
Returns to Louisville as PDL's Young Player of the Year

How Ricardo Velazco came to play for FC Tucson was somewhat by chance. “I didn’t really know much about it; I knew that they had started a new PDL team but I didn’t really know what the PDL was because I was playing in the Academy,” Velazco said by phone recently. “We had a scrimmage against them when I was playing with RSL [Arizona], and after the coaches asked what I was going to do in the summer prior to going to college, and I really had no plans, so they asked me if I wanted to go and play with them.”

Velazco Enjoys Ascent With Tucson

How Ricardo Velazco came to play for FC Tucson was somewhat by chance. “I didn’t really know much about it; I knew that they had started a new PDL team but I didn’t really know what the PDL was because I was playing in the Academy,” Velazco said by phone recently. “We had a scrimmage against them when I was playing with RSL [Arizona], and after the coaches asked what I was going to do in the summer prior to going to college, and I really had no plans, so they asked me if I wanted to go and play with them.”

Express Delighted With Historic Season

Throughout its history, the Jersey Express have been one of the better teams within the PDL. While this year's squad might not have had the talent of its predecessors, the Express experienced unprecedented success this season. This year, the Express won the PDL Mid Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time in team history.

Heat Players Visit Boys & Girls Clubs

Even though the 2014 PDL season concluded just over a week ago for the Laredo Heat Soccer Club, members of the coaching staff and several local players still took time to visited three Boys & Girls Clubs of Laredo this past week. The club partnered together with long time sponsor International Bank of Commerce (IBC) – Laredo to provide financial literacy lessons and a soccer clinic to children at the participating Boys & Girls Clubs.

PDL Standouts On Hermann Watch List

The 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list was announced on Wednesday as 22 current and former PDL standouts were named as preseason contenders for the most prestigious award in NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer. Leading the way are a pair of last year’s semifinalists in the Ventura County Fusion’s Laurie Bell (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and OC Pateadores Blues’ Leo Stolz (UCLA), both of who return to try and add to stellar 2013 college seasons.

PDL Alumni Named In TDS Best XIs

TopDrawerSoccer.com unveiled its preseason NCAA Division I Best XI teams on Monday, with PDL alumni making up two-thirds of the players selected to the three teams. Seven members of the TDS First Team previously competed in the PDL, including U.S. U23 international Jordan Morris of the Sounders FC U-23.

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