PDL, up to 73 teams, opens April 22

[DATEBOOK] The 2012 PDL will begin its 584-game schedule on April 22 when LA Misioneros FC (the former Los Angeles Legends) faces the Fresno Fuego.

(Click here for 2012 PDL schedule.)

The amateur PDL will feature 73 teams -- up from 64 in 2011 -- in four geographic conferences and nine divisions.

Thirteen new teams have joined the PDL for 2012: Austin Aztex, Baltimore Bohemians, Boston Victory, CFC Azul, Chicago Inferno, FC Tucson, Ocala Stampede, Palmetto FC Bantams, Panama City Beach Pirates, Texas Dutch Lions, Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors, VSI Tampa Flames and Worcester Hydra.

Besides LA Misioneros FC, several teams have undergone name changes: Sounders FC U23 (Tacoma Tide), El Paso Patriots (Chivas El Paso Patriots), Fraser Valley Mariners (Abbotsford Mariners), West Texas Sockers (West Texas United Sockers) and Seacoast United Phantoms (New Hampshire Phantoms).

Each team will play 16-game schedules in 2012.

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