BYU SOCCER RETURNS HOME AFTER 15 YEARS!!!
BYU Men's Soccer left the college ranks in 2002 to join the Premier Developmental League. It was a wonderful move to become the only College Soccer Program in the country to compete at the Semi-pro level. BYU even gained the opportunity to compete in the US Open Cup in 2007, 2008 and again in 2015. Head Coach Brandon Gilliam says its been an amazing run in the PDL and one that has provided so much opportunity for the players and staff, but now its time to come back home!
The cougars have spent the last 14 seasons playing their official league schedule during the months of May, June, and July. These months are typically not the busiest on campus and the student body drops from 30,000 to roughly 10,000. With the switch back to college soccer the team will enjoy competing during the fall semester and regaining its relationship with the students! Coach Magleby and Gilliam were both freshman on the team in 2002 and remember playing in front of 3,000 students nearly every game. The new schedule will offer home games in the fall against teams like University of Utah on September 27th, UVU on October 4th, and Weber on October 18th. Regional Tournament will be held at UVU end of October and then Nationals in Arizona end of November!
BYU will look to add to its impressive count. In 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001 BYU Cougars won the National Championship and this year they will go for an 8th title. The Cougars are excited to be back home! Playing Home League games during Fall and competing for national titles will sure to be a bright future for the Program!!!
Learn more about the History of BYU in the PDL with these articles over the years!
BYU Soccer on NY Times- http://politics.nytimes.com/2003/03/07/sports/soccer/07BYU.html?pagewant...
BYU Joins the PDL- https://magazine.byu.edu/article/mens-soccer-runs-with-a-new-crowd/
BYU Steps into the US OPEN CUP- http://www.espnfc.com/story/449647
BYU Covered Over Seas- https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/03/byu-cougars-brigham-young-...