2016 schedule released

The schedule for the 2016 USL PDL schedule was released by the United Soccer Leagues. After playing in the South Atlantic Division the first two years and finishing 2nd in both years, the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC is now in the Great Lakes Division with defending 2015 PDL Champion K-W United FC and 2014 PDL Champion Michigan Bucks. CEO Mike Mossel commented on the upcoming season and being in the new Division: “We had a great season last year. We started losing our first three games but then won seven games straight putting us in 2nd place and qualifying for the play-offs. The team grew tremendously during the season thanks to our experienced coaching staff (Terry Nicholl, Bruno Lopes, Jack Hermans and Scott Cagle). The group really came together resulting in a play-off spot and a close game against the Charlotte Eagles (3-2 loss).  The Great Lakes Division is a very strong Division including the 2015 PDL Champion and long time PDL powerhouse Michigan Bucks. We also have a great rival game against our “brother” Dayton Dutch Lions FC. But despite the strength of the Division our ambition is the same as the first two years and that is qualifying for the play-offs”.

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC open the 2016 season May 21 away against Dayton Dutch Lions FC. The first game at home is May 26 against Toronto FC Academy. Click here for the full schedule.

The seven teams in the Division are:

Central Conference
Great Lakes Division
Cincinnati Dutch Lions
Dayton Dutch Lions
Derby City Rovers
K-W United FC
Michigan Bucks
Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23
TFC Academy
2016 PDL Playoff Format
Central Conference: The top two teams in the Great Lakes and Heartland Division will advance to the Central Conference Championship.
The PDL Conference Championships will be held on the weekend of July 22-24, with the four conference champions advancing to the PDL Semifinals, to be held on the week of July 24-31. The 2016 PDL Championship Game will be held on the weekend of August 5-7.
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