READING, PA (July 10, 2018) – The Premier Development League today announced that Reading United A.C. has been selected to host the 2018 Eastern Conference Final Four set to take place at Wilson High School’s Gurski Stadium on Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st.
Under the current format for the Premier Development League postseason, the Eastern Conference Final Four will be made up of the champions of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and South Atlantic Divisions and the highest-finishing second-place team in the Eastern Conference.
Reading United have already secured their place in the Eastern Conference Final Four by virtue of clinching the Mid-Atlantic Division title. Northeast Division Champions Black Rock FC, based out of Barrington, Massachusetts, have also booked their place in the Conference Final Four.
The conference semi-finals will take place on Friday, July 20th with games being played at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. The Eastern Conference Final will be played on Saturday, July 21st and kickoff at 7:00pm.
The winner of the Eastern Conference Final Four will move on to the Premier Development League National Final Four for a chance to win the 2018 PDL Championship.
This will be the second time in three years that Reading has been chosen to host the Eastern Conference Final Four. United last hosted in 2016 at Exeter High School’s Don Thomas Stadium. Reading advanced to the conference championship match that year but fell to arch-rivals, the Ocean City Nor’easters, by a 4-1 scoreline.
“As proud as we are of our squad's accomplishments on the pitch, we are equally proud of our Reading United staff as they constantly endeavor to put on the best game day experience possible for our fans. We're quite pleased to see that the league recognizes that effort as well in awarding us the hosting rights of this year's Eastern Conference Final Four,” said Reading United General Manager George Gadebusch. He continued, “It is also a great testament to the wonderful fan base we have in Reading and we know that they will be very excited for this huge weekend of soccer action as they look to cheer their team to the Conference Title.”