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It’s official: Calgary Foothills will play in PDL in 2015


The PDL has confirmed that Calgary Foothills will join the league for the 2015 season.

The club, which will hold tryouts in early January, will play in the PDL’s Northwest Division. The division features teams from along the Pacific Coast in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia — so the Calgary team will face some significant road trips, as will their rivals when they have to head east across the Rockies — and into the Mountain time zone.

The Vancouver Whitecaps won’t field a team in PDL this year, as it will focus on the new USL-PRO team that will play out of the University of British Columbia. But we can hope that a rivalry develops between Foothills and the Victoria Highlanders.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our club and the soccer community of Calgary to see high-profile soccer return to this great sporting city,” Calgary Foothills FC Technical Director and Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. said in a release issued by the PDL. “Since being a part of USL in the early 2000s, it has always been a personal goal of mine to return to USL with another team from Calgary.

“This has taken a lot of hard work from a lot of great people within our organization, but I firmly believe that Calgary is a phenomenal city with some excellent sporting franchises, which until now has been missing a soccer franchise. I feel now with the growth of the game across North America, we want a talent hotbed such as Calgary to play its part in growing the game.”

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  1. VictoriaGooner

    December 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I’m a Victoria Highlanders FC supporter as well and it’s great to see Calgary join our competitive division. Our supporters group is looking forward to welcoming Calgary to Victoria.

  2. Tomas

    December 4, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Hopefully the rumours of the Highlanders moving up to NASL in the future will come true.

    Don’t think Calgary’s D4 PDL team will draw over 1K but we’ll see. Maybe Calgary can get some preseason games in vs FC Edmonton next spring.

  3. Seathanaich

    December 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    As a Highlanders fan, this is great news; I’m not sure how the owner who foots the bills will feel. We’re losing our opponents from Vancouver, and it’s likely that we’ll lose Seattle and Portland within a year or two.

    The challenge will be for Calgary fans to match the numbers we put up in Victoria (1000-1500 per game), and they’ll need to in order to cover travel costs.

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