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One and Done: Hydra, Victory Won’t Return for ’13

Boston Victory midfielder Ruben Resendes was one local collegian who saw playing time with the club during their inaugural season. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Boston Victory midfielder Ruben Resendes was one local collegian who saw playing time with the club during their inaugural season. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

A pair of New England-based Premier Development League clubs that launched earlier this year won’t be back for seconds in 2013.

Boston Victory SC and Worcester Hyrda FC, both of whom kicked off their inaugural campaigns with considerable hype via social media, will not return next season, according to the USL office.

The Victory, which played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, Mass., finished at the bottom of the Northeast Division, with a 3-11-2 (11 points) record. Although they signed former Revolution draft pick Andrew Sousa, the Boston nonetheless struggled to score. A league-low six goals for on the season was among one of the worst offensive numbers in PDL nationwide.

The Hydra, which played at Commerce Bank Field in Worcester, attained greater success than their fellow debutantes, finishing fourth with a 6-5-5 (23 points) mark. Forward Alencar Junior shined brightly, scoring a division-high 10 goals. He was named to the All-Conference PDL team following the season.

Meanwhile, CFC Azul, which also kicked off its first season in PDL in 2012, has already announced that it will return in 2013.

With the exits of the Victory and Hyrda, the Northeast Division is expected to be realigned next season. It’s likely that Real Boston Rams, which will join PDL next year, will play within the division.

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2 Comments

  1. Logan XI

    December 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I wonder how much of the reasons for both teams not returning was purely cost based. Maybe they would have had better luck with the similar but much cheaper NPSL. Mass United have not had great success in terms of results, but seem to be doing alright. I personally like the fewer restrictions and lower fees of the NPSL and think that’s the way to go over PDL.

  2. Operations

    January 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I can truly say the PDL was a great experience and unfortunately I believe the reason Hydra is not returning is because our President was not able to lock in any real investors as the team itself performed great with players from BU, BC, Northeastern, U of Minnesota Morris, SNHU, Merrimack, etc…I wish from the staff part of it that we comeback because Worcester was a great hosting city and the fans were great (averaging 100+)!

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