PDL Scouting Network Unveiled - Tucson News Now

PDL Scouting Network Unveiled

Source: FC Tucson Source: FC Tucson
 TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL Scouting Network was unveiled today, with the top U-23 men's league in North America embarking on a new initiative that will make it easier for elite talent in the PDL to be discovered by top professional clubs in leagues such as the USL and Major League Soccer.

Thanks to a partnership with Front Rush Scouting Software, the PDL Scouting Network will identify and evaluate domestic and international PDL players who have the qualities necessary to play the professional game, regardless of age or college eligibility. The PDL Scouting Network will be operated by the league and will feature a scouting staff of more than 20 respected coaches and managers covering every region of the U.S.Professional clubs will be given access to PDL Scouting Network resources, allowing them to keep track of the wealth of undiscovered talent playing in the PDL.

“The PDL Scouting Network satisfies a huge need for professional clubs seeking out the top young talent in North America, as the clubs don't have the resources to keep track of such a large talent pool,” PDL Director Todd Eason said. “Our scouts will be able to identify all of the potential professional prospects playing in the PDL, and through the Front Rush Scouting Software we will be able to deliver the top prospects directly to the pro scouts. We feel that this is the start of what will become the most notable professional soccer scouting service in North America.”

Some of the players currently included in the first group of PDL Top Prospects onUSLPDL.com include FC Tucson speedster Devante Dubose, a former standout at Virginia Tech, as well as Chris Hellman of the Des Moines Menace, who won a national title with NCAA D2 Lynn University. Others include the University of Dayton pair Lalas Abubakar and Amass Amankona, who both play for the Charlotte Eagles.

The PDL will update its Top 50 Prospects list every two weeks during the season, using the latest scouting reports received from throughout the country. The proven path to pro in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience.


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