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PDL Central Conference Finals


PDL Central Conference Finals

PDL Central Conference Finals

Pontiac, MI --  July 21, 2016 --- (LSN)   The Michigan Bucks are hosting the 2016 Premier Development League (PDL) Central Conference Championship.  Included are all the important details of the tournament and team information.    

PDL Central Conference Finals  *Michigan Bucks are the host

#1 seed  *Michigan Bucks        12-2-0, 36 points  Great Lakes Division champion (13th division title)

#2 seed  Des Moines Menace  10-2-2, 32 points  Heartland Division champion (5th division title) 

#3 seed  K-W United FC           11-2-1, 34 points  (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario) Great Lakes Division runner up

#4 seed Thunder Bay Chill         7-2-5,  26 points  Heartland Division runner up



Friday, July 22  semi final games at 5 PM and 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 23  championship match 7:30 PM

Friday    5 PM      K-W United  vs  Des Moines Menace

Friday   7:30 PM  Michigan Bucks vs Thunder Bay Chill


 Ultimate Soccer Arenas  867 South Blvd.  Pontiac, MI 48131   248-648-7000


Tickets are available at the gate for $10 Adults and $7 Youth (16 and under) for each day.  Children 5 and under free

Limited amount of discounted Family Passes and Individual Weekend Passes are available ONLY online at   Family Pass is $25 and allows everyone in the immediate family entry to all three games on Friday and

Saturday for only $25.   Individual Pass is $10 and allows one person to all three games on Friday and Saturday.


This is the first time in history that the PDL has had four teams in a Conference Final Four that have all won previous PDL North American championships.

Des Moines Menace 2005

Michigan Bucks        2006

Thunder Bay Chill    2008

Michigan Bucks       2014

K-W United FC        2015


Michigan Bucks:  The most successful team in PDL history and holds nearly every PDL record to date including most wins, most playoff wins and most US Open Cup appearances and wins.   The Bucks have won seven overall championships in their 21 year history, including  the PDL Regular Season Championship in 2000, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2016 and have won the PDL North American Championship (playoffs) in 2006 and 2014.  The Bucks have won 13 Great Lakes Division titles and have been in the playoffs 19 of 21 PDL seasons, all PDL records.  The Bucks have never had a losing season since their first year in 1996 and have had 60 players drafted or signed by Major League Soccer since the start of the MLS draft in 1999.

Des Moines Menace:   The elder statesmen of the PDL, the Menace first played in the league in 1994.  They made their first playoff appearance in 1995 and have won five Heartland Division titles.  This year marks their fourteenth playoff appearance.  The Menace have three PDL titles, which include the 2005 North American Championship where they defeated El Paso on penalty kicks to go along with their two PDL Regular Season titles in 2002 and 2014.

Thunder Bay Chill:  The Chill began play in 2000 and first made the playoffs in 2007.  Since then they have won six Heartland Division titles and are making their ninth playoff appearance of all time.  Thunder Bay has two PDL championships to their credit, including the 2008 North American title where they defeated the Laredo Heat in penalty kicks and the 2013 PDL Regular Season Championship.

K-W United FC:  The new kid on the block, K-W originally started in Hamilton, Ontario Canada in 2011 as the Hamilton Rage.  They moved to the Kitchener-Waterloo area and changed their name in 2013.   They made their first appearance in the playoffs in 2014, where they lost to Des Moines in Iowa.   Last year they got revenge on the Menace and beat them in the first playoff game, en route to winning the 2015 PDL North American Championship.


Bucks – Des Moines Menace

1997  Bucks 3  DM 0

2002  Bucks 3  DM 1

2003  Bucks 1  DM 0

2005  DM 4  Bucks 1

2011  Bucks 3  DM 2  OT

2014  Bucks 2  DM 0


Bucks- Thunder Bay

2010  TB 2  Bucks 1  OT

2011  TB 2  Bucks 1

2013  TB 1  Bucks 0

2015  Bucks 3  TB 2  OT


Bucks- KW

2015  KW 3  Bucks 1

Des Moines- KW

2014  DM 1  KW 0

2015  KW 3  DM 2

KW- Thunder Bay have never faced each other in the playoffs

Thunder Bay- Des Moines have never faced each other in the playoffs

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH- 25% of the PDL Top 40 Prospects across 67 teams are involved in the Central Conference Championships


#11- Russell Cicerone (F)  Bloomfield, MI/ Buffalo 12 goals/ 3 assists in 12 games (second in the league in goals scored) #21 PDL TOP PROSPECT

#24- David Goldsmith  (F)  England/ Butler              4 goals/ 1 assist in 6 games played

#7-   Marco Charalambous (M)   Cypress/ Butler       1 goal/ 5 assists in 11 games played      #35 PDL TOP PROSPECT

#8-   Adam Najem  (M)   Clifton, NJ/ Akron             1 goal / 9 assists in 11 games (PDL assist champion) #9 PDL TOP PROSPECT

#14- Brad Dunwell  (M)  Grand Rapids, MI/ Wake Forest 

#18-  Lalas Abubaker  (D)  Ghana/ Dayton   #4 PDL TOP PROSPECT

#4-    Francis De Vries  (D)  New Zealand/ St. Francis

#1-    Drew Shepherd   (GK)  Ann Arbor, MI/ Western Michigan  record of 8-1-0 with six shutouts and only 3 goals allowed for 0.33 GAA


#28- Nico Campbell  (GK) Valparaiso  9 games played gave us 7 goals 0.78 avg  #14 PDL TOP PROSPECT

#6-  Austin Ledbetter   (D)   SIUE

#15- Sam Brotherton   (D) Wisconsin

#10- Ramone Howell   (M) Valparaiso

#14- Tom Barlow         (F) Wisconsin       7 goals in 11 games played #37 PDL TOP PROSPECT

#19- Elvir Ibisevic        (F) University of Nebraska - Omaha


#3 -  Adam Polakiewicz (D)      (no school) #15 TOP PROSPECT

#7 -  Sven König  (F)                 Hawai’i Pacific – 4th in League for goals (12)  – #41 TOP PROSPECT

#10- Sergio Camargo (F)          Syracuse - #10 TOP PROSPECT

#18 - Kamal Miller  (D)              Syracuse


#7- Sullivan Oliveira Silva (F)      11 goals and 2 assists in 13 games

#8- Anthony Putrus           (M)             9 goals and 3 assists in 13 games

#4- Mitch Osmond             (D)

#24-Ross Lindsay             (M)

#11-Chris Jones               (M)

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