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ATTENTION! ATTENTION!

Due to the current weather forecast for this coming weekend, the New Hampshire Phantoms have decided to postpone the tryout originally scheduled for this Sunday, December 16. The tryout will now be held on Sunday, December 23, 2007 from 8-11am. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Also, we will continue to accept on-line registrations for the tryouts. If you have not registered, please do so by going to www.nhphantoms.com. If you have not already forwarded to us your Player Profile, please send it to nhphantomsusl@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you then. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 603-329-4422.


NH Phantoms Men’s Soccer Team Tryouts

HAMPSTEAD, NH – (November 14, 2007) – The New Hampshire Phantoms, the Granite State’s longest active minor league franchise, announces it is moving to the Premier Development League of United Soccer Leagues for the 2008 season. The Phantoms have played in USL’s Second Division for the past five seasons and prior to that in Division 3.

Tryouts for the 2008 team will be held at PhanZone Sports Center, Route 142 State Route 111, in Hampstead, on Sunday, December 16, 2007, from 8-11 AM. Tryouts are open to all amateur status players. Tryout fee is $30 and applicants may register on line at www.nhphantoms.com/pdl. Every participant will receive a NH Phantoms T-shirt. NCAA Division 2 and Division 3 college players are eligible to participate at this tryout. Division 1 players may try out if their school is on official school break for the holidays. Otherwise, those players will have to wait until January when a second tryout date is announced.

The top U23 men’s amateur league in North America lives in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the development ground for elite players. The 2007 campaign featured a 63-team format within four conferences, consisting of 16 regular season matches, 8 home and 8 away.

By joining the PDL, the Phantoms will be renewing long-standing rivalries in the Northeast Division against Vermont Voltage, Cape Cod Crusaders, Rhode Island Stingrays, Westchester Flames, and Long Island Roughriders, Reading Rage, and Northern Virginia Royals. The schedule is augmented by participation in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and various exhibitions. Players have the ability to compete in the PDL throughout the summer months in a professionalized setting while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is the proving ground for players that aspire to reach the highest-levels of the game, while providing affordable family entertainment within their city.

The Phantoms finished with a 3-12-5 mark in 2007 and settled for 9 th place in the 10-team USL Second Division. It was the worst finish ever for a once-storied franchise that went all the way to the finals in 1998 before losing the Division 3 championship to Chicago Stingers, 3-2, in overtime. NH has posted .500 or better seasons in 8 of the 12 years since its inception in 1996.

“This was a very difficult decision to have to make,” said General Manager Jim DeDeus. “For the past several years, we have had to travel by air to play most of our opponents. The high costs of transportation as well as other escalating expenses necessary to operate a professional franchise have been detrimental to our program,” the long-time owner stated.

It is our hope that by playing one year in the PDL, it will allow us the opportunity to re-evaluate and restructure our organization, and possibly reunite with USL-2 in 2009 along with maintaining a second team in PDL.

Phantoms move to PDL division of the USL for 2008 season

HAMPSTEAD, NH – (November 14, 2007) – The New Hampshire Phantoms in their 13th year—the longest running minor league franchise in New Hampshire, announce they will move to the Premier Development League of the USL for the 2008 season. The top U23 men’s amateur league in North America lives in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the development ground for elite players. The 2008 campaign features a 63-team format within four conferences, consisting of 16 regular season matches, 8 home and 8 away. The schedule is augmented by participation in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and various exhibitions. Players have the ability to compete in the PDL throughout the summer months in a professionalized setting while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is the proving ground for players that aspire to reach the highest-levels of the game, while providing affordable family entertainment. The PDL league allows teams to bolster their rosters with up to eight players above the age of 23, all other roster spots must be held by players under the age of 23.

The PDL offers the NH Phantoms an opportunity to add younger players and build a stronger base for a return to Division II in the upcoming seasons. Moving to the PDL allows the Phantoms to offer a greater range of opportunities for recent college graduates and high school players without the means to play college soccer. The move also allows the NH Phantoms the opportunity to revisit some long-standing rivalries in the Northeast Division, including Cape Cod, Vermont, and Rhode Island.

Tryouts for the NH Phantoms PDL team will be announced 11/20/07.