Premier soccer is coming to Hamilton this week with the debut of the Hamilton FC of the Premier Development League.
Unveiled back in February, the new USL franchise will bring an exciting new sport to the forefront in the city. Branded the Rage, the team will play home games from Brian Timmins Field, which is located directly beside Ivor Wynne Stadium. The existing W-League soccer club, the Hamilton Lady Avalanche, will be rebranded under the Hamilton FC name and colours.
“I am extremely honored and privileged to be associated with the new ownership group. This group has worked extremely hard over the past few months in bringing the Avalanche to a different level by expanding on the men’s side. The combined new franchise, Hamilton FC, will be something to be proud of,” explained Valdi Greco founding owner of the Hamilton Lady Avalanche.
The men’s U23 team joins several other teams in Ontario including the Toronto Lynx, FC London, and the Ottawa Fury. The three Ontario teams, along with six other teams, make up the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference in the PDL.
“The level of play offered in the PDL is outstanding and I am looking forward to coaching at that level again,” said Brett Mosen, who brings more than 25 years of professional coaching experience to Hamilton FC. “We intend to provide an exciting style of play and offer a professional environment to the talented players who will join Hamilton FC. In addition to player development, we will provide support to the H&DSA and the local clubs through top levelcoaching development initiatives.”
Cable 14 has signed on to broadcast nine games, five from the men’s team and four from the women’s team. Exact games and whether the games will be broadcast live or on tape delay have not been confirmed.
Hamilton will play a season schedule consisting of sixteen games, eight of which will be played at home.
The season opener for Hamilton FC takes place Wednesday morning at 11am from Centennial Park Stadium in Toronto taking on the Lynx. The game is the first of a Hamilton-Toronto double header as the W-League Hamilton FC Rage also take on Toronto at 2pm.
The home opener for both teams will take place this Sunday May 29th from Ivor Wynne Stadium. The men’s team plays at 6pm while the women play at 2pm. Both teams will take on the Ottawa Fury.
Single game tickets to all games are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and youth up to 12 years old. More information on pricing, including season ticket information, can be found on the official website for the team www.hamiltonfc.com.