Las Vegas Mobsters Provide High-Level Soccer Club for Players and Fans

LAS VEGAS – The Premier Development League (PDL) has consistently been a precursor and stepping-stone for some of the top soccer professionals in the world, helping develop future stars of Major League Soccer. This year alone, eight of the first 10 MLS draft picks had PDL experience. Beginning this spring, Las Vegans will have a new sports team to root for, the Las Vegas Mobsters Football Club.

Las Vegas attorneys Geoffrey Hawkins and Martin Melendrez acquired the PDL franchise rights for Clark County, Nevada from United Soccer Leagues (USL), the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America, and are dedicated to producing a competitive club and professional-level game-day experience.

“The addition of Las Vegas is another important step for the PDL as its profile continues to grow throughout the southwest,” USL President Tim Holt said. “With established clubs in Arizona, California and Utah, a Nevada-based club allows for further regionalization of a conference that already features some of the most competitive teams in the PDL.”

“This is the first step in establishing a nationally-competitive soccer club and we couldn’t be more excited about bringing this opportunity to Nevada,” Owner and General Manager Geoffrey Hawkins said. “Las Vegas is a great city, with a desire to have more high-level sports teams in town.”

“Our ultimate goal is to build this team through the USL pyramid, of which the PDL is part, and provide Las Vegas with a professional soccer team,” said Owner and Chief Financial Officer Martin Melendrez.

The Las Vegas Mobsters, founded in 2013, are the only PDL soccer club in the state of Nevada. The club (LVM) was formed in response to the valley’s strong demand for top-level soccer and a true game-day experience.

Las Vegas will compete in the Western Conference in 2014, playing a 14-game schedule with home games at the 2,500-seat Peter Johann Memorial Field on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Announcements regarding the coaching staff and tryouts will be made in the coming weeks. The league season starts play in May and continues competition through July.

“We are really looking forward to joining with the Las Vegas community and making this club a success,” said Hawkins.

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