Based in Ventura, California, the Ventura County Fusion is a widely successful, world-class soccer franchise, and participant in the Western Conference’s Southwest Division of the Premier Development League (PDL), an official operation of United Soccer Leagues (USL). Now in its eighth year of operation, Fusion has been a trendsetter in the western US, winning two division titles, reaching the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, and claiming the PDL Championship in 2009. The Fusion’s roster includes members of the U.S.’s Under 20 National Team, players from well-respected NCAA Division I university programs, and highly touted standouts from international squads throughout the world. In addition to PDL play, the Fusion has competed in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup each of the last four years, and will again in 2014, with first round play kicking off Wednesday, May 7th at the Ventura College Sportsplex.
Over the years, the Fusion have taken on some of the top teams in England in exhibition matches, meeting Manchester City, Everton, and Swansea, among others, in Southern California-based friendly games. Other past friendly opponents include Chivas Guadalajara, Club Tijuana, and a host of Liga MX teams, as well as top-flight clubs from Sweden, Argentina and Japan. To say the least, this franchise prides itself on bringing world-class soccer to Ventura County. The Fusion have helped to build Ventura County into a preseason training hub for Major League Soccer teams from throughout North America. The Fusion have played exhibition matches against more than half the teams in Major League Soccer, hosting many of the same teams for two weeks during preseason training.
The Ventura County Fusion is far more than just a PDL franchise, as the organization offers a broad range of soccer instructional programs, including camps, schools, free clinics, and a youth club academy, specifically designed for players of different experience levels. Fusion fans, sponsors, and journalists can follow the team;
For more information on the Ventura County Fusion, please visit http://www.vcfusion.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About United Soccer Leagues (USL)
Founded in 1986, United Soccer Leagues (USL) has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors. Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean. The organization provides a clearly-defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (USL Super Y-League and USL Super-20 League); continuing up through the amateur ranks (USL Premier Development League and USL W-League); and reaching the professional echelon (USL PRO). A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the country. For more information, please visit http://www.USLsoccer.com, or follow the organization on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/USLsoccer and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/USLsoccer.
About the USL Premier Development League (PDL)
The Ventura County Fusion is an established franchise within the Premier Development League (PDL), an official operation of United Soccer Leagues (USL). The top under-23 men’s league in North America, the PDL features 68 teams organized into four regional conferences, each with two divisions, across the United States and Canada. The league’s regular season consists of 16 divisional games, eight home and eight away, followed by playoffs and a championship title game. The PDL provides elite amateur and collegiate players with opportunities to taste higher-level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams also compete in the prestigious Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and play various exhibition matches against domestic and international professional clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping stone for top professionals now playing around the world in such distinguished leagues as United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Division 2, Major League Soccer (MLS), English Premier League (EPL), and countless others. For more information, please visit http://pdl.uslsoccer.com, or follow the PDL on Twitter at http://twitter.com/USLpdl.