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IMG Academy’s PDL season underway; 2013 team features 27 players from top collegiate programs

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Blair Gavin, formerly of the New England Revolution, has returned to his alma mater, IMG Academy, to help lead the PDL team

IMG Academy’s USL Premier Development League (PDL) season is underway. Last year‘s team included the New England Revolution’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Andrew Farrell. This year, 27 players, consisting primarily of high-level college players, including some All-Americans, are led by head coach Scott Dean, IMG Academy’s Director of Soccer, and assistant coaches Scott Bowers and Aidan Davison.

The 2013 roster is comprised of:

  • Ryan Arambula (Midfielder; University of South Carolina)
  • Anthony Arico (Midfielder; Orlando City)
  • Zak Boggs (Forward; New England Revolution)
  • Luis Calzadilla (Forward; IMG Academy)
  • Jonathan Campbell (Midfielder; IMG Academy)
  • Blair Gavin (Midfielder; New England Revolution)
  • Chris Glodack (Goalkeeper; Clemson University)
  • Owen Griffith (Midfielder; Penn State University)
  • Joseph Hackbarth (Defender; Yale University)
  • Makela Hariston (Defender; St. Francis University)
  • Akil Howard (Defender; Penn State University)
  • Nick Kolarac (Midfielder; St. Francis University)
  • Asa Kryst (Midfielder; University of South Carolina)
  • Konrad Kucharski (Defender; IMG Academy)
  • Mark Lee (Midfielder; Eckerd College)
  • Ryan Lemasters (Forward; Western Michigan University)
  • Marco Lobo (Forward; Western Michigan University)
  • Mark Magee (Forward; Ventura County Fusion)
  • Diego Medina-Mendez (Forward; IMG Academy)
  • Michael Minutillo (Forward; Penn State University)
  • Henrique Novaes (Forward; East Tennessee State University)
  • David Sanabria (Midfielder; Cartaginés Deportiva)
  • Manuel Schonhuber (Goalkeeper; St. Leo University)
  • Spencer Tayloe (Defender; UNC – Wilmington)
  • Joseph Toby (Defender; Orlando City)
  • Grant Warming (Midfielder; Penn State University)
  • Andrew Wolverton (Goalkeeper; Penn State University)

The 14-game schedule began on May 19 and runs through July 19. The community is encouraged to attend all home games at the IMG Academy soccer complex, accessible from 43rd St. W/Bollettieri Blvd, off 53rd Ave./State Road 70. Tickets will be available on match day. The complete schedule is as follows:

  • May 19, at Orlando City
  • May 26, Ocala (HOME)
  • May 29, Orlando City (HOME)
  • June 2, at Ft. Lauderdale
  • June 7, at Panama City Beach
  • June 11, Ft. Lauderdale (HOME)
  • June 14, VSI Tampa Bay (HOME)
  • June 18, at VSI Tampa Bay
  • June 23, Mississippi (HOME)
  • June 29, at SW Florida
  • July 3, SW Florida (HOME)
  • July 7, at Ocala
  • July 13, at Mississippi
  • July 19, Panama City Beach (HOME)

PDL is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States, Canada and Bermuda, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. It is currently the top level men's amateur soccer competition in the United States, featuring 64 teams competing in four conferences and split into nine regional divisions. IMG Academy is a member of the 10+ Club in the USL Hall of Fame. This club consists of franchises that have survived for at least 10 years. Past IMG Academy PDL team members include the likes of: 2010 World Cup U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard; San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch; U.S. Men’s National team members Michael Parkhurst and Demarcus Beasley; and New York Red Bulls back Heath Pearce.

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