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Mariners announce name for PDL team

October 4, 2005 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.-The Virginia Beach Mariners are pleased to announce that Submariners has been chosen as the name for its Premier Development League (PDL) team. Submariners was selected by the Mariners' staff from entries submitted through their "Name our PDL Team Contest." Joe I., 11, of Chesapeake, is the winner. Joe plays for the Chesapeake Select Soccer Club U-11 team called the "Mariners."

In addition to the honor of choosing the team name, Joe will receive a season ticket for all Mariners and Submariners home games in 2006, a Mariners calendar, a replica Mariners jersey, and will serve as Honorary Captain for the Submariners inaugural home game. "The name Submariners was chosen as the most suitable as it allows us to maintain the Mariner identity while highlighting the fact the team will represent some of our future Mariners, both substitutes and squad members," said Mike McCann, Managing Director for both teams.

Mariners owner's, Virginia Beach Soccer, LLC, acquired the franchise rights to a PDL team in July from the United Soccer League (USL). The PDL is an amateur league, primarily for 16-23 year old players, designed to allow players to experience professional soccer while maintaining their college eligibility. The Submariners are expected to have 16 regular season games in 2006, eight of which will be hosted at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The first Tryouts for the Submariners will take place in January 2006. Further information can be accessed through the Mariners website at or call (757)430-9800.

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