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2017 PDL Preview: South Atlantic Division

04/19/2017, 11:45am EDT
By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com

Charlotte Eagles, Carolina Dynamo among 11 clubs ready to compete for division title

A total of five expansion franchises – the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, Nashville SC U23, North Carolina FC U23, Tobacco Road FC and Wilmington Hammerheads FC – join the South Atlantic Division for the 2017 Premier Development League regular season.

Led by the Charlotte Eagles, who have won back-to-back division titles, 11 clubs will participate in the Mid Atlantic Division this season. The Carolina Dynamo, who have won six PDL division titles and have claimed two Eastern Conference titles, will also look to stay atop the South Atlantic table after reaching the PDL Playoffs in 2016.

The Tri-Cities Otters, Peachtree City MOBA and South Georgia Tormenta FC are set to begin their second PDL campaigns, while the SC United Bantams look to stay in the hunt at the top of the division after earning a PDL Playoffs berth alongside the Eagles and Dynamo last season.

Many talented prospects have played in the South Atlantic Division over the years, including Columbus Crew SC defender and Pittsburgh Riverhounds loanee Lalas Abubakar and Chicago Fire standouts Jonathan Campbell and Brandt Bronico.

South Atlantic Division Breakdown:


Head Coach: Tony Falvino
Location: Greensboro, NC
Home Field: Macpherson Stadium
First PDL Season: 2003
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2003-04, 2006-07, 2009, 2011-13, 2016
PDL Titles: PDL Championship Runners-Up (2012), Regular Season Champions (2006), Eastern Conference Champions (2004, 2012), Mid Atlantic Division Champions (2004), Southeast Division Champions (2007), South Atlantic Division Champions (2006, 2011-13)
Notable Alums: Brandt Bronico (Chicago Fire), Jonathan Campbell (Chicago Fire), Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes), Andrew Wenger (Houston Dynamo), Zach Lloyd (Atlanta United FC)


Head Coach: Dave Dixon
Location: Charlotte, NC
Home Field: Charlotte Christian School
First PDL Season: 2015
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2015-16
PDL Titles: South Atlantic Division Champions (2015-16)
Notable Alums: Santiago Moar (Bethlehem Steel FC), Jaime Siaj (Charlotte Independence), Lalas Abubakar (Columbus Crew SC/Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Jared Odenbeck (Charlotte Independence), Austin Yearwood (Charlotte Independence)


Head Coach: Kyle Russell
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Home Field: TBD
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A


Head Coach: Kyle Roelke
Location: Nashville, TN
Home Field: Vanderbilt Stadium, Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A


Head Coach: Dewan Bader
Location: Cary, NC
Home Field: WakeMed Soccer Park
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A


Head Coach: Volker Harms
Location: Peachtree City, GA
Home Field: MOBA Soccer Academy
First PDL Season: 2016
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None


Head Coach: Lee Morris
Location: Columbia, SC
Home Field: Brookland-Cayce Stadium
First PDL Season: 2012
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2016
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Braeden Troyer (Richmond Kickers), Austin Savage (formerly Charleston Battery)


Head Coach: John Miglarese
Location: Statesboro, GA
Home Field: Erk Russell Park
First PDL Season: 2016
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None
Notable Alums: Nico Rittmeyer (Charleston Battery)


Head Coach: Cedric Burke
Location: Durham, NC
Home Field: Durham County Stadium
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A


Head Coach: David Strickland
Location: Johnson City, TN
Home Field: Kermit Tipton Stadium
First PDL Season: 2016
PDL Playoffs Appearances: None
PDL Titles: None


Head Coach: Kevin Johnson
Location: Wilmington, NC
Home Field: UNCW Soccer Stadium
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A



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