Greensboro, NC: Today the Carolina Dynamo announced that tickets for Saturdays PDL Championship game are on sale now. Kids 18 & under are free. Adult tickets are just $7: The cut off to purchase your tickets is this Friday at midnight. Kick-off is 7:00 with the gates opening at 5:30. $1 slices of pizza, and $1 beers will be flowing. Go to www.carolinadynamo.com to purchase your tickets.
2012 PDL Northern American Championship Game
The Carolina Dynamo (Eastern Conference Champions) defeated Orlando City (Southern Conference Champions) 2-1, this past Saturday night to advance to the PDL North American Championship game. The Dynamo will face FC London (Ontario) who defeated the Seattle Sounders by a score of 3-2. The Dynamo trailed for just the 4th time of the season when Orlando City’s Nicolas Russo put the visitors on the board first in the 24th minute. The Dynamo answered just 10 minutes later when Donnie Smith (Charlotte) slotted in a through pass from Danny Lovitz (Elon). Shawn Sloan (High Point) scored the game winning goal in the 43rd minute, again assisted by Danny Lovitz. The Dynamo were able to hold on throughout a scoreless second half to earn their first trip to the PDL Championship Game, and their first trip to a USL championship contest since 1997.
The Dynamo is led by defender Sebastian Ibeagha (Duke), who was recently named to the PDL All-League Team. Peyton Ford (UNCG) minds the net for the Dynamo with .67 GAA and five shutouts on the year including two in the playoffs. Offensively the Dynamo are led by Hakan Ilhan (UNCG) who has 26 points on the season (10G, 6A), including 2 playoff goals. Mamadee Nyepon (High Point) has is second on the team in points with 20 (9G, 2A) The Dynamo finished fourth in the League scoring some 37 goals in 16 games. Donnie Smith (Charlotte), has scored three goals in the playoffs for the Dynamo, and now has 11 (3G, 3A) points on the season. The Dynamo finished tied for 1st in goals against, only allowing 10, and has the longest unbeaten streak in the PDL at 17 games.
FC London (Central Conference Champions) defeated the Seattle Sounders U-23’s (Western Conference Champions) by a score of 3-2. London also fought back from a deficit at German Club Stadium; defeating the Sounders FC U23 3-2 after trailing by a pair of goals at the halftime break. The Sounders gained the upper hand in the 21st minute as Sean Morris was able to finish from close range. Dennis Sanchez then doubled their advantage in the 34th minute on a shot from 25 yards out.
But Carl Haworth pulled a goal back for London a minute into the second half, and then Bryan Da Cruz tied the game five minutes later, giving the home side momentum. Local product Alex Lewis then capped the victory with seven minutes to go, earning his side its first trip to the PDL Championship in just its fourth season of competition.
2012 PDL CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by Umbro
Saturday, August 4
FC London at Carolina Dynamo, 7 p.m. ET
At Macpherson Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.
NATIONAL SEMIFINALS RESULTS
Saturday, July 28
Carolina Dynamo 2, Orlando City U23 1
FC London 3, Sounders FC U23 2