PDL / Director Todd Eason (right) and South Georgia Tormenta FC President Darin Van Tassell (left) at the 2016 Winter Summit
Soccer in the South has been booming in recent years, and the Premier Development League has been a part of that significant rise. Speaking to Soccer Down Here on Thursday, PDL Director Todd Eason talked about the league's growth in the South, the on- and off-field successes of those franchises and much more.
"The idea of the PDL is to continue to provide a platform for a lot of the younger players, college players or even [former South Georgia Tormenta FC forward and current Atlanta United Academy attacker] James Brighton, to get the experience outside of college or outside of their DA academy team and to be able to let them play more," Eason said.
The PDL is preparing for its 23rd season, with a total of 72 teams – including five new franchises in the South Atlantic Division – set to compete across North America. The regular season will kick off on May 5, while the PDL Playoffs begin with a play-in match on July 18.
Listen to Soccer Down Here's full interview with Eason starting at 38:45.