Ocala4sale.com sponsors Ocala’s newest sports team the Stampede. The team operates under Premier Development League, a division of United Soccer Leagues, which allows young players to get the attention of pro teams.
“We are excited to see this team find its start in Ocala and know big things are in store for our community and these talented athletes,” said die-hard sports fan and Ocala4sale.com co-owner LuAnne Warren.
PDL teams have 26 players between the ages of 17 and 23. Eight players can come from other countries. Already signed are footballers Mike Stephenson from UK, Gabriel Zapponi from Brazil, and Italian-born goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini from the Czech Republic where he won a U19 National title. Ocala’s own Lex Craggs has been signed as he finishes his senior year at Forest High School.
The Ocala Stampede open their inaugural season in the PDL on Sunday, May 6 when they travel to face the VSI Tampa Flames at 6 p.m.
Each game will have a theme related to a local charity that will share in the proceeds. For example, on “Interfaith Night,” a portion of the proceeds will go to Interfaith Emergency Services. For the club’s home opener, the Stampede will face Ft Lauderdale Schulz Academy on May 29th at 7:00pm at Trinity Catholic High School.