In the logic of continuing to develop its younger players, the Montreal Impact have officialized that it will field its own PDL Team in 2014. Brian Staus , of Sports Illustrated, initially tweeted the news early this morning.
Expect Montreal Impact to announce new PDL team this morning. MLS/USL development ties continue to strengthen.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) December 3, 2013
The Montreal Impact confirmed so as the club's U21 team will join the PDL in 2014 as a U23 team. A total of 14 games will be played by the Impact in PDL, as the season goes from May through July.
NEWS: The #PDL is pleased to welcome the @impactmontreal U23 for the 2014 season: http://t.co/fmHcP8v8bZ #IMFC— USL PDL (@USLPDL) December 3, 2013
Montreal Impact Academy director Philippe Eullaffroy
The PDL will be a good level of competition for us this year. We will be able to manage our roster between PDL games, the U18 competing in the USSDA and the MLS Reserve League.
PDL senior director Ryan Brooks
The addition of the Montreal Impact is another fantastic step forward for the PDL, following the recent announcement of the San Jose Earthquakes. More and more MLS and USL PRO teams are realizing that the PDL is an ideal platform for the development of their young talent.
It has not been confirmed nor advertised but it's expected to see the Montreal Impact U23 team play in the NorthEast Division. The PDL has a total of 64 teams , from the United States and Canada, divided in four conferences.