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2018 PDL Preview: South Atlantic Division

04/25/2018, 9:15am EDT
By COLTON CORESCHI - colton.coreschi@uslsoccer.com

Mutiny look to repeat as division champs, while Eagles begin PDL Championship defense

South Atlantic Division clubs have a tough grind ahead in 2018, competing against the PDL Champion Charlotte Eagles and the 2017 divisional champion Myrtle Beach Mutiny.

Despite finishing atop the division with a sterling 10-1-3 record, the Mutiny ended up playing second fiddle to the Eagles in 2017, as the latter ran through the playoffs to their first PDL Championship title. Those two return to a division that has reduced in scope, with many teams jumping to the new Deep South Division.

Also returning to the division are fellow Carolina-based teams Tobacco Road FC, the Carolina Dynamo and North Carolina FC U23.

Those five clubs are joined by one of the newest PDL member clubs, as Virginia Peninsula-based Lionsbridge FC begins play in 2018.

South Atlantic Division Breakdown


Carolina Dynamo

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Home Field: MacPherson Stadium
2017 Finish: 2-10-2, 10th in South Atlantic Division
First PDL Season: 2004
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2004, 2006-07, 2009, 2011-13, 2016
PDL Titles: PDL Regular Season Champion (2006), Eastern Conference Champion (2004), South Atlantic Division Champion (2006, 2011-13), Southeast Division Champion (2007), Mid Atlantic Division Champion (2004)
Notable Alums: Andrew Wenger (Houston Dynamo), Jon Bakero (Chicago Fire/Tulsa Roughnecks), Sam Cronin (Minnesota United FC)


Charlotte Eagles

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Home Field: Sportsplex
2017 Finish: 9-3-2, 2nd in South Atlantic Division
First PDL Season: 2015
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2015-17
PDL Titles: PDL Champion (2017), South Atlantic Division Champion (2015-16)
Notable Alums: Clint Irwin (Toronto FC), Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United FC)


Lionsbridge FC

Location: Newport News, Virginia
Home Field: POMOCO Stadium
2017 Finish: N/A
First PDL Season: 2018
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A
Notable Alums: N/A


Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Home Field: NMB
2017 Finish: 10-1-3, 1st in South Atlantic Division
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: 2017
PDL Titles: South Atlantic Division Champion (2017)
Notable Alums: Tobenna Uzo (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC)


North Carolina FC U23

Location: Cary, North Carolina
Home Field: WakeMed Soccer Park
2017 Finish: 5-7-2, 7th in South Atlantic Division
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A
Notable Alums: N/A


Tobacco Road FC

Location: Durham, North Carolina
Home Field: Durham County Stadium
2017 Finish: 6-5-3, 6th in South Atlantic Division
First PDL Season: 2017
PDL Playoffs Appearances: N/A
PDL Titles: N/A
Notable Alums: Alan Winn (Nashville SC)



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