FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Fuego (USL Premier Development League) has announced their 2017 regular season PDL schedule. The 14-match slate will include seven matches at Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno. This summer will mark the 15th season of Fuego soccer.
The Fuego enter 2017 coming off a Central Pacific Division title and a 10-3-1 record. 2017 Fuego season tickets and single game tickets are now on sale, and anyone purchasing season tickets prior to March 4 will have the exhibition match against Reno 1868 FC of the United Soccer League included free of charge.
Fresno’s home-opening and season-opening match is Saturday, May 6 against the Burlingame Dragons. The Fuego will play three home matches in a week in June; Thursday, June 8 vs. San Diego Zest, Saturday, June 10 vs. Southern California Surf and Thursday, June 15 vs. Ventura County Fusion. The standard kick-off time is 7:30 p.m., and most home matches will be preceded by Fresno Freeze women’s soccer.
“The Fuego continue to focus on utilizing a core of players that are rooted right here in our very talented Central California region. The PDL is a great platform for our players to compete and perform to get exposure for the next level and we have been fortunate to move more than 50 players onto full professional contracts,” said Jeremy Schultz, General Manager of the Fresno Fuego.
Two exhibitions against teams from the USL (one level below Major League Soccer) remain for the Fuego prior to regular season training. Fresno is hosting Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, February 18, and Reno 1868 FC two weeks later on March 4. Tickets are on sale now starting as low as $10 ($7 youth).
A very balanced 2017 schedule has the Fuego playing at home twice in May, three times in June and twice in July. Fresno will host three Thursday night games, one Friday night and three on Saturday.
FULL 2017 FRESNO FUEGO SCHEDULE
Home- Saturday, May 6, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. Burlingame Dragons
Away- Sunday, May 14, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. Burlingame Dragons
Home- Friday, May 26, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. Ventura County Fusion
(Fresno Freeze vs. Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, 5:30 p.m.)
Away- Sunday, June 4, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. San Francisco City FC
Home- Thursday, June 8, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. San Diego Zest
Home- Saturday, June 10, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. Southern California Surf
(Fresno Freeze vs. North Bay Wave, 5:30 p.m.)
Home- Thursday, June 15, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. Ventura County Fusion
Fresno Freeze vs. West Coast Wildkatz, 5:30 p.m.)
Away- Sunday, June 18, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. Burlingame Dragons
Away- Friday, June 23, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. OC Blues U23
Away- Sunday, June 25, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. San Diego Surf
Home- Saturday, July 1, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. San Francisco City FC
(Fresno Freeze vs. San Ramon FC, 5:30 p.m.)
Away- Saturday, July 8, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. San Diego Zest
Home- Thursday, July 13, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. FC Golden State
Away- Saturday, July 15, 2017: Fresno Fuego vs. Ventura County Fusion