New England Soccer Today

PDL Roundup: Boucher’s Back, Rams To Easton & Phantoms to Iceland

With winter over and May rapidly approaching, Premier Development League teams have commenced announcing rosters as they finalize squads for the new season.

The Northeast Division has been particularly abuzz over the last month as the Reál Boston Rams and CFC Azul have both made major moves before the season’s start, all while two former Seacoast United Phantoms have signed professional contracts in Iceland.

Recently, the Rams announced Muscato Stadium in Easton, MA as their homestead for 2013 as well as the commitment of University of Massachusetts forward Victor Ferreira.

Hailing from St. Michael, Portugal, Ferreira recorded a hat-trick and two game winning goals with the Corsairs last year and a total of eight goals and assists as well as 63 shots in 17 games.

From Connecticut, after announcing Central Connecticut State University as their home for 2013, CFC Azul recently made public the re-commitment of 2012 defender Pat Boucher.

A member of the club’s inaugural season, Boucher was a core player in the squad that allowed only 14 goals last year, tied with the Ottawa Fury for second lowest in the Northeast Division behind the Western Mass Pioneers’ 11.

Boucher’s abilities also earned him a brief trial with the New England Revolution reserve squad alongside Azul forward Ryan Kinne who recently signed with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of third division USL Pro.

Moving up North to New Hampshire, former Seacoast United Phantoms Ruben Resendes and Chris Tsonis recently signed contracts with Icelandic second division club FC Tindastoll for 2013.

Both Resendes and Tsonis players received All-American honors during their four years at Southern New Hampshire University with Resendes recording 4 assists and 16 shots on goal last season while Tsonis was responsible for seven game winning points as co-captain of the Penmen.

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