The former Northern Virginia Royals Premier Development League (PDL) organization confirmed today that they are relocating their central operations to Leesburg, Virginia for the upcoming 2015 season. The team will play their home slate of 2015 PDL matches at the newly constructed Evergreen Sportsplex main stadium field.
Although released through other media outlets, final announcement of rebranding and renaming of the squad is expected soon pending both legal and league approvals.
The transfer announcement remains old news to many in the soccer community, as the coaching staff has been conducting trials over the last few weeks at the Evergreen complex. Richie Burke returns to the helm of the Northern Virginia PDL coaching staff with former Royals head coach and DC United Academy coach Tom Torres serving as assistant coach.
Previous information released included renaming the squad Evergreen FC, however more recent information indicates a close involvement and relationship with a larger, more prominent Washington DC area soccer organization. Until final approval is granted, the United Soccer Leagues USL) still lists the organizaion as the Northern Virginia Royals on both the PDL website and league schedule. The team will remain in the Mid Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference for 2015.
United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced earlier this month the final Super Y-League (SYL) First and Second-11 Club rankings for the 2011 regular season, recognizing the league’s top clubs on a competitive and administrative basis. Northern Virginia Royals (boys) and Majestics (girls) youth soccer teams, together with partner club VA Alliance, earned thirteenth place overall of the 110 Super Y-league clubs in North America.
With the 2011 ranking, Northern Virginia finished in the top twenty Super Y-League rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the Northern Virginia Royals program landed a number ten spot in separate First-11 Club honors for their success the past season.
Taking top honors across both the boys and girls divisions were MPS Bulldogs/Renegades Soccer Club from Boston, Massachussetts as the club accumulated a total of 93.97 points. The Northern Virginia Majestics/Royals grabbed the prestigious number one ranking a two years ago with a score of 81.80 for the 2009 season.