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Charlotte Eagles to Participate in the Premier Development League

September 17, 2014 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Charlotte Eagles News Release

We are pleased to announce that beginning in 2015, the Charlotte Eagles men's soccer team will participate in the Premier Development League (PDL) of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The PDL is a developmental league which allows elite collegiate players to experience a higher level of competition without losing their college eligibility.

The PDL is comprised of 64 teams in four conferences located throughout the United States and Canada. Over 70% of the MLS draftees have had experience in the PDL. There are fourteen games in the PDL season which begins in May and ends in July, running concurrently with the Charlotte Lady Eagles' season. You can find out more about the PDL by going to www.uslsoccer.com and clicking on the PDL tab.

Earlier this year, we announced the pending sale of the rights to the USL PRO franchise held by the Charlotte Eagles for the last 22 years. The option to purchase those rights have been acquired by the Queen City Soccer Club with approval by the USL. Although the sale of the franchise will end the Charlotte Eagles' tenure as one of the oldest professional soccer teams in the United Soccer Leagues, it will not change our fundamental mission or involvement in the Charlotte community.

The Charlotte Eagles will continue to deliver its value proposition of excellence in soccer, authentic community, ministry involvement and spiritual growth through sustainable high level men's and women's teams who are visibly involved in serving the community throughout the year. Our goal is to have a training center in Charlotte which will feature year-round youth training programs, including facilities, and formal training programs for coaching, inner city ministry and international ministry. Players from theCharlotte Eagles and Lady Eagles will continue to staff the coaching positions of our camps, urban ministry and youth soccer leagues.

The Charlotte Eagles were founded on the vision of a high-level men's soccer team that would combine excellence in soccer with biblically-based values to influence the lives of the people all over the world. Tens of thousands of people have been impacted by the Charlotte Eagles and Lady Eagles over the past twenty-two years through games, camps and international outreach trips. The Charlotte Eagles men's team will be playing in the PDL in 2015 with a fresh vision of how to fulfill that founding purpose.

We'd like to give you a glimpse of the schedule that we have for the next year:

Int'l Coaches Training - Peru | Sep | 30 adults*

Fall Homeschool Clinic | Sept - Oct |30 youth

Grier Heights Academy | Sept - Nov | 50 youth

Fall Youth Rec Indoor League | Sept - Nov | 100 youth

Fall Adult Indoor League |Sept - Nov | 100 adults

Annual Banquet | Nov. 11 th | All Welcome

Winter Youth Rec Indoor League |Jan - Mar | 200 youth

Winter Adult Indoor League | Jan - Mar | 200 adults

Spring Homeschool Clinic | Mar - May | 75 youth

Eagles Summer Camps | June - Aug | 1,000 youth

Int'l Youth Tour - Brazil | June | 30 youth

Men's PDL Season | May - July | 25 men

Women's W-League Season | May - July | 25 women

Int'l Youth Tour - Germany | July | 50 youth

* number of lives impacted

We want to thank you, our loyal supporters, and ask that you continue your involvement as fans, sponsors, host families and volunteers as we move into this new calendar of year-round ministry. We need your support to sustain us for the next twenty years and beyond!

Pat Stewart,

President MAI

If you have any questions feel free to visit CharlotteEagles.com or email info@charlotteeagles.com for more details.

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