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OKC Gets PDL Soccer Franchise

By February 19, 2013

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Basketball fans embraced the Thunder, hockey enthusiasts welcomed the Barons, and now the Oklahoma City sports scene expands again with a little gift to those who love soccer. The Premier Development League announced late last week that our fair city has been awarded a PDL soccer franchise, set to open its inaugural season on May 11. The ownership group consists of metro-area residents Sean Jones, Donna Clark and Tim McLaughlin, and former Blazers executives Brad Lund and DeBray Ayala are managing partners.

"We welcome Oklahoma City FC to the PDL and look forward to having them compete in one of the league's strongest divisions starting with the 2013 season," USL President Tim Holt said in the press release. "With such a strong and stable ownership group and experienced executive leadership, we expect Oklahoma City FC to thrive in a market with unlimited potential."

With games played at Oklahoma City University's Stars Field, the team is slated for league's previously all-Texas Mid South Division, competing against the Austin Aztex, El Paso Patriots, Laredo Heat, Texas Dutch Lions and West Texas Sockers. Check oklahomacityfc.com in the coming weeks for schedule, nickname and roster announcements.

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