Sunday, February 27, 2011

WSA Winnipeg schedule for 2011

Before we begin, a quick acronym lesson:
  • USL = United Soccer Leagues: and umbrella orgranization of division-3 and lower level leagues, based in U.S., but with teams from Canada and the Caribbean
  • PDL = Premier Development League: A largely amateur, mostly U23 loop of the USL, including 64 teams spread over 9 regional divisions.
  • WSA Winnipeg: Winnipeg's entry in the Heartland Division of the PDL, playing its inaugural season in 2011.
With that out of the way, the PDL announced its 2011 schedule last week, no doubt to much fanfare.

Here's WSA Winnipeg's 16 dates:

May 2011
PDL Sat May 28 8:00 PM ET Thunder Bay at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
PDL Sun May 29 3:00 PM ET Thunder Bay at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
June 2011
PDL Tue Jun 7 8:00 PM ET Des Moines at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
PDL Wed Jun 8 8:00 PM ET Des Moines at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
PDL Sat Jun 11 8:00 PM ET Colorado at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
PDL Sun Jun 12 3:00 PM ET Colorado at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
PDL Sat Jun 18 8:00 PM ET St Louis at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
PDL Sun Jun 19 3:00 PM ET St Louis at Winnipeg Winnipeg Soccer Complex
PDL Sat Jun 25 9:00 PM ET Winnipeg at Colorado Shea Stadium
PDL Sun Jun 26 4:00 PM ET Winnipeg at Colorado Shea Stadium
July 2011
PDL Fri Jul 1 8:30 PM ET Winnipeg at Des Moines Valley Stadium
PDL Sat Jul 2 8:30 PM ET Winnipeg at Des Moines Valley Stadium
PDL Fri Jul 8 8:30 PM ET Winnipeg at Springfield Cooper Sports Complex
PDL Sat Jul 9 6:00 PM ET Winnipeg at St Louis Tony Glavin Complex
PDL Wed Jul 13 7:30 PM ET Winnipeg at Thunder Bay Chapples Park
PDL Thu Jul 14 7:30 PM ET Winnipeg at Thunder Bay Chapples Park

In what can surely be described as one of the quirkiest of scheduling quirks, the team will play its entire 8-game home schedule before heading out on the road for the first time. Barring playoff competition, the team will have played its last home match 4 weeks after opening the season on May 28th against Thunder Bay.

I'm sure the league or the team have their reasons, but surely this cannot be considered ideal. The team website also has a placeholder page for an "exhibitions" schedule. Hopefully there are one or two marquee (by North American standards) opponents that will make an appearance later in the summer.

4 comments:

Tedward said...

Oi! Victoria Highlanders also got their schedule for the PDL - for our third season BTW with good crowds and and owner trying to build something beyond the PDL. Nice to know soccer ends in Vancouver for you.

jonathan said...

I'm not quite sure I understand what I said that made you take offense. I posted about the Winniepg sched because they are my home team. I might have ignored Victoria, but also didn't post schedules for Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, London, Thunder Bay, Abbotsford, or the Whitecaps residency.

I don't know much about the Highlanders but I'm sure they are doing good things, and it would be great for them to take the next step professionally.

I hope I haven't given the impression that I only care about the MLS teams, because I am about as far as I could possibly be in Canada geographically from any one of the sides, and they really have nothing to do with soccer in this province.

Tedward said...

Mostly just pulling your chain (90%) with about 10% genuine complaint. I read your blog and you talk about a lot more than soccer in Winnipeg. The previous post talked about soccer in Canada and you made it sound like there was nothing but MLS in the country except Winnipeg and Edmonton.

Yeah, even at only 10% complaint I'm being harsh, sorry.

jonathan said...

No worries. In fact, apart from the V-Cup, and NASL/USL playoffs if Mon/Van advanced far, I have a hard time getting interested in the pro game in this country at all. Everything seems either too distant (NASL/MLS cities too far away) or too inconsequential (who really cares about PDL outside of their hometown) to write about.

My passion is the national team, and particularly the men's national team. Unfortunately the pro/semi-pro sides haven't really affected my life much until now.