New Orleans, LA â€“ The New Orleans Jesters first home match of the season is a double header this weekend when they square off against the Laredo Heat on Friday, May 27th and the RVG Grandes on Saturday, May 28th. This season features a 16-game schedule with eight home matches being played at Pan American Stadium. All home matches begin at 7 p.m.
In 2011, the Jesters will continue to play in the USL-PDL but will switch from the Southeast Division to the highly competitive the Mid-South Division of the Southern Conference. The teams included in this division include Chivas El Paso Patriots, Laredo Heat, RGV Grandes FC, West Texas United Sockers and Baton Rouge Capitals.
â€œThe teams will be more competitive in the mid-south division,â€ states Coach Kenny Farrell. â€œEl Paso and Laredo have consistently proven to be two of the top teams in the entire USL, winning numerous national and conference titles over the years. We will be challenged this season but we are definitely up to the challenge.â€
The 2011 Jesters feature a roster comprised of local players from the New Orleans area and others from the US, Europe and Central America. In all, there are six players from metro area, including Andrew Tarbell, Patrick Mullins, Jordan Schwartz, Jordan Daigle, and brothers, Tony and Frank Judice. Several international players, such as Paris Simmons, James Burgin and Jesper Tornqvist, have top professional experience after playing for clubs Swansea City, Derby County FC, Umea FC and others.
â€œThereâ€™s no question that we have higher-level players this season. We set out to improve every year,â€ said Farrell.
Season tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for kids/students. Single game tickets are $10. For more information on the New Orleans Jesters soccer team, ticket packages, youth camps or community appearances, please visit www.NolaJesters.com. Fans can also become followers of the team on Facebook (http://Facebook.com/NolaJesters) and on Twitter (http://twitter.com/NolaJesters).
About the New Orleans Jesters
The New Orleans Jesters are the areaâ€™s only minor league soccer team and top level franchise. As part of the United Soccer Leaguesâ€™ Premier Development League (PDL), elite players are provided the opportunity to develop in professional environments while awaiting their chance to move on to top professional teams in the US and across the world. In 2011, the New Orleans team will be an extraordinary blend of high-level American soccer with international flare, featuring players from the US, Great Britain, Wales, Ireland, Costa Rica and a variety of other countries. Home games are played at Pan American Stadium in City Park.
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