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.