Real Maryland FC Monarchs
Join USL Premier Development League
Silver Spring, Maryland – The Real Maryland FC Monarchs are proud to announce they will join the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League for the 2011 season. Real Maryland FC has competed in the USL Second Division for the past three seasons.
“We think this is the best option for the Club and the soccer players of our community,” says General Manager David Noyes. “Developing the local player is our main priority.”
The move to the Premier Development League will create a wealth of geographic rivals for the Monarchs, with teams such as the expansion Fredericksburg Hostspurs, Northern Virginia Royals, Hampton Roads Piranhas and Reading United AC in close proximity.
Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and founded in 2007, the Monarchs play their home games at Roy Lester Stadium on the campus of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD.
In addition to the PDL team, Real Maryland FC fields nine teams in the Super Y-League on both the boys and girls sides. The club had three teams – U13 Girls, U13 Boys and U17 boys - qualify for the upcoming Super Y-League North American Finals in Tampa.
The top U23 men’s league in North America, the USL Premier Development League (PDL) featured 67 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada in 2010. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.
In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The USL Premier Development League has proven to be an important stepping stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. This year’s PDL champions were the Portland Timbers U23s, which defeated the Thunder Bay Chill, 4-1, in the final.