Turlock is fast becoming soccer city.
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the city will be home to the organization’s Under-23 Premier Development League team. It will hold practices at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex and play its home games at California State University, Stanislaus.
Additionally, the Earthquakes also announced its Major League Soccer team will play its final preseason game against Sacramento Republic FC in Turlock at Warrior Field on Wednesday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
It’s not immediately known if the PDL team based in Turlock will carry the city name and how its roster will be filled. The team will be coached by Cal State Stanislaus men’s soccer coach Dana Taylor.
The PDL website shows in its standings the “San Jose Earthquakes” in the Southwest Division with the Fresno Fuego, Southern California Seahorses, LA Misioneros FC, OC Blues and the Ventura Fusion.
The schedule shows the Turlock team opening the season May 9 in the first of four road games. Its first scheduled game at home is May 31 against the OC Blues.
The schedule shows 14 games through July 15 with seven at Cal State Stanislaus, including four in June.
The PDL is part of the USL, which helps to govern a number of soccer leagues in the United States, including the USL Pro which includes Sacramento Republic FC.
On the USL website, it describes the PDL as league that “provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.”
There are 64 PDL teams nationwide stretching from coast to coast and as far north as Canada. They are spread into 10 divisions.
The Turlock team’s Southwest Division is among three in the league’s West Conference, joining the Northwest and Mountain divisions.
The developmental team will practice at the city’s soccer complex three mornings a week over 14 months, at times that do not interfere with other users. The city would help sell game tickets and get a 10 percent share of each one, with the proceeds going to youth soccer scholarships.