Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Six Marshall men's soccer players are spending their summer in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (USL PDL).


The PDL is the amateur division of the USL, which also has a pro division, USL Pro. The USL Pro is the third highest professional league in the United States soccer system, behind Major League Soccer (MLS) and the North American Soccer League (NASL).


Players use the PDL league as a way to stay sharp in the college soccer offseason and to gain exposure.


Below is a list of Marshall's players in the PDL this summer.


Senior D Matt Freeman - Carolina Bantams

Senior D/MF Jack Hopkins - Chattanooga FC

Senior MF Nick Edginton - Chattanooga FC

Senior MF Ryan Forde - FC Indiana

Junior MF Daniel Jodah - TFC Academy

Sophomore D Cory Shimensky - Spokane Shadow


Herd coach Bob Gray said the team is happy for the players in the PDL and hopes the season will have them ready for the fall regular season.


"We're very happy that the players have the opportunity to play this summer throughout the United States and Canada," Gray said. "It's a great opportunity for them to hone their skills and be prepared for our preseason in August."


"We are also excited for both Nick Edginton and Jack Hopkins, who have made it through the first two rounds of the US Open Cup (a tournament between USL, NASL and MLS teams) with Chattanooga FC. We are also excited that Daniel Jodah has been selected as one of the 15 players to watch in the PDL with Toronto."


"We wish them all good luck and health and we hope they represent Marshall University well this summer."


The PDL season runs from early May until mid-July.