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.