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Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Dayton Dutch Lions FC, Recent, USL PRO | 4 comments

Dutch Lions Announce Preseason Schedule

Dutch Lions Announce Preseason Schedule

 

The Dayton Dutch Lions FC have assembled a slate of preseason games against a talented group of local professional and collegiate clubs.  The friendly matches against quality competition will help to prepare the Dutch Lions for the tough USL PRO season ahead.

The preseason schedule includes familiar names such as The Ohio State University and University of Dayton.  The Dutch Lions will also face Cedarville University, who were the top seed in the 2012 NCCAA Regional Tournament, and Rio Grande, who were the undefeated in 2012 MSC play.  The home matches against Lincoln Memorial University and Forbes will be played at The Miami Valley School at 5151 Denise Drive, Dayton, OH 45429.

The Dayton Dutch Lions FC has also scheduled an exhibition against the Cincinnati Saints on April 30 at the University of Cincinnati.  The Saints are a professional club playing in both the PASL and USPL.  The friendly competition is part of the Dutch Lions’ celebration of Queen’s Day.  Queen’s Day, also known as Koninginnedag, is a national holiday in the Netherlands.

Date                          Time         Opponent                                   Location

Tuesday, April 2      8:00 PM   The Ohio State University         Away

Thursday, April 4    7:00 PM   Cedarville University                 Away

Sunday, April 7       3:30 PM   Lincoln Memorial University    Home

Tuesday, April 9      7:00 PM   Rio Grande College                    Away

Saturday, April 13  3:30 PM   Forbes                                          Home

Tuesday, April 16   8:30 PM   University of Dayton                  Away

Tuesday, April 30   6:30 PM   Cincinnati Saints                         Away

Union Dues Views:

The Dutch Lions have done a good job assembling this schedule of preseason friendlies.  I can’t admit to having a tremendous amount of knowledge about Lincoln Memorial or Forbes, but the remainder of the opponents will provide excellent tune-ups for the rigors of the upcoming USL PRO season.  The big names are obviously Ohio State and University of Dayton, but I’m particularly interested in the tilt against Rio Grande.  They play some serious soccer at that community college.  The coaching staff and fans should have a good idea about what to expect from this team by the time Pittsburgh comes to town on April 20.

The match against the Cincinnati Saints at the University of Cincinnati should be an entertaining contest between two local professional sides.  The Dutch refer to Queen’s Day as the largest street party in the world, and I’m sure the Dutch Lions’ front office will be looking to create some of that revelry in Ohio.

If you’re planning on attending the home dates at the Miami Valley School, bring some chairs or blankets with you.  To the best of my recollection, there isn’t a lot of seating at the field.

4 Comments

  1. A couple of notes: Rio Grande is not just a “community college,” Cincinnati Saints are not technically a “professional” side — at least outdoor they are not, and who is this “Forbes” team?

    • You’re right about Rio Grande. It’s Rio Grande College and Community College. My apologies to all the good folks associated with the institution of higher learning. At least I gave them props for their soccer!

      I actually have no idea who Forbes is. I’ve searched, but am drawing blanks.

      Do you think semi-pro is a better description of the Saints? BTW, I just learned that the UC venue for that game is tentative, so stay tuned.

  2. Saints are a pro indoor team but sponsor an adult amateur side. They are rumored to join the NPSL next summer.

    And, MVS has basically ZERO seating. They have a couple of small bleachers for some fans.

    • Thanks for clearing that up. I’m definitely more familiar with USL PRO than any other league. Glad to have you participating here.

      Yeah, those bleachers at MVS are so small that I almost forgot they were there.