Like many NCAA Division I schools, BYU doesn't have a varsity men's soccer program and may never will because of Title IX compliance issues, but it did do something no other school has done and
launched a team in the PDL. But after 14 seasons, the Cougars have dropped out of the national summer league to play a local club schedule in the fall.
In 2017, BYU played FC Tucson, FC
Boulder U23, Colorado Rapids U23 and the Albuquerque Sol. The year before, it was in a PDL division with the Fresno Fuego, Burlingame Dragons, San Francisco City FC and Las Vegas Mobsters.
Now it will play a fall schedule against other club teams in Utah. Only Utah Valley in Utah has a Division I men's soccer program -- Dixie State and Westminster are Division II -- so the eight-game
regular-season schedule is dotted with club programs from BYU rivals.
The competition might be a step down, but the atmosphere should be higher. The PDL team drew few fans during the
summer when students are away. Players and coaches are not only looking forward to the challenge of trying to win a national club title -- the Cougars won six in nine years before they joined the PDL
-- but to the student support. BYU men's coach Brandon Gilliam to The Daily Universe
: “Excitement is at its highest when everyone is coming back to school. We want to give the
opportunity to the students to come out and have another event on campus.”