Memphis City FC tryouts will be held at 8:30 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, April 21 at Memphis University School. The fee to register for tryouts is $35 and can be done at the link below.
More information about the 2018 Memphis City FC PDL season, including its head coach and home field, will be available in the coming weeks.
Memphis City FC has named Mark Franklin its head coach and Diego Vieira its assistant coach for the upcoming Premier Development League (PDL) season, which begins on Saturday, May 12.
Franklin was formerly an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, as well as at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where he also played from 2000-03. He was an all-conference performer during three seasons and served as team captain as a senior in 2003. As a freshman in 2000, Franklin was a member of the Bucs’ Gulf South Conference championship team that went on to the Final 16 of the Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament.
Franklin played in the PDL for the Memphis Express in 2002 and 2003.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work on this project,” Franklin said. “It’s an exciting time for soccer in Memphis, and I’m honored to be a part of it. As a former Memphis PDL player I know what the league is like, and I also know how important it can be for the development of young players.”
Vieira played two seasons at CBU before transferring to Duquesne University, where he also coached after his playing career. He played in 35 matches and made 17 starts at Duquesne after playing in 36 of a possible 37 matches, with 30 starts, in two seasons at CBU. Vieira finished his CBU career with 26-consecutive starts.
Vieira played in the PDL for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 in 2016.
USL Memphis has acquired Memphis City FC and will operate it as a Premier Development League (PDL) franchise starting with the 2018 PDL season, with the first match set for Saturday, May 12.
“We applaud all of the work that Doug Kranz and Dan Collins did to establish Memphis City, and we look forward to building upon their success,” USL Memphis President Craig Unger said. “This is an exciting first step in unifying professional soccer in Memphis.”
“We are thrilled to be able to operate a team in the PDL in 2018 as we continue our preparations for the launch of USL Memphis next March,” USL Memphis Sporting Director Andrew Bell said. “This is an important part of our player development program, and we are looking to start that process with the upcoming 2018 PDL season.
“Operating Memphis City FC in the PDL will allow us to work closely with the local college soccer programs and also take a look at some elite local high school players as we help support the existing Memphis soccer community.”
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the PDL features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club.
The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all Major League Soccer selections since 2010 having PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.
Memphis City FC competed the previous two seasons in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).