FINAL - Sounders U-23 2-3 FC London (VIDEO-RECAP)

Sounders FC U-23  2-3  Forest City London






PDL NEWS RELEASE: Saturday, July 28, 2012


Carolina To Host PDL Championship


Dynamo to face FC London next Saturday night at Macpherson Stadium


TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced tonight the 2012 PDL Championship presented by Umbro will be hosted by the Carolina Dynamo at Macpherson Stadium next Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Eastern Conference Champion Dynamo will host the Central Conference Champion FC London in the championship match after each side won its respective National Semifinal on Saturday night.


PDL-ChampionshipGame0728.jpgThe Dynamo had to battle back to earn a 2-1 victory against Orlando City U23 at Macpherson Stadium on Saturday night. The Lions took the lead as Nicolas Russo was able to turn home a deflected cross in the 25th minute, but Carolina hit back 10 minutes later through Donnie Smith before taking the lead in the 43rd minute through Shawn Sloan. The Dynamo were then able to hold on throughout a scoreless second half to earn their first trip to the PDL Championship Game, and their first trip to a USL championship contest since 1997.


London also fought back from a deficit at German Club Stadium, defeating the Sounders FC U23 3-2 after trailing by a pair of goals at the halftime break. The Sounders gained the upper hand in the 21st minute as Sean Morris was able to finish from close range. Dennis Sanchez then doubled their advantage in the 34th minute on a shot from 25 yards out.


But Carl Haworth pulled a goal back for London a minute into the second half, and then Bryan Da Cruz tied the game five minutes later, giving the home side momentum. Local product Alex Lewis then capped the victory with seven minutes to go, earning his side its first trip to the PDL Championship in just its fourth season of competition.



Presented by Umbro

Saturday, August 4

FC London at Carolina Dynamo, 7 p.m. ET

At Macpherson Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.





Saturday, July 28

Carolina Dynamo 2, Orlando City U23 1

FC London 3, Sounders FC U23 2




Eastern Conference Championships

Conference Semifinals

Saturday, July 21

Ottawa Fury 1, Ocean City Nor’easters 0

Carolina Dynamo 1, Reading United 1, AET

Carolina wins 8-7 in a penalty shootout


Conference Championship

Sunday, July 22

Carolina Dynamo 1, Ottawa Fury 0


Central Conference Championships

Conference Semifinals

Saturday, July 21

Michigan Bucks 1, Real Colorado Foxes 0

Forest City London 1, Thunder Bay Chill 0


Conference Championship

Sunday, July 22

Forest City London 2, Michigan Bucks 1


Southern Conference Championships

Conference Semifinals

Friday, July 20

Orlando City U23 2, Laredo Heat 1

Austin Aztex 3, Ocala Stampede 2


Conference Championship

Sunday, July 22

Orlando City U23 4, Austin Aztex 2


Western Conference Championships

Conference Semifinals

Saturday, July 21

Ventura County Fusion 1, Portland Timbers U-23s 0, AET

Sounders FC U23 2, FC Tucson 1


Conference Championship

Sunday, July 22

Sounders FC U23 2, Ventura County Fusion 0



The top developmental men’s league in North American, the PDL features 73 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. 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 PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.


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