NEW ORLEANS, LA – (March 25, 2011) -- The New Orleans Jesters have released their 2011 schedule. The minor league soccer team will debut in New Orleans during double header weekend on May 27th and May 28th at Pan American Stadium.
“We are optimistic about the upcoming season,” stated Dana Stumpf, CEO/Owner of the New Orleans Jesters. “While our team goal is winning on the field, our entire organization is focused on providing affordable, family-friendly entertainment and on continuing to make a positive impact in the community.”
The Jesters’ league play will run from May to July with possible championship play in early August. The schedule will be comprised of competition with teams in the Southern Conference of United Soccer Leagues, such as El Paso, Midland and Jackson to name a few. The opening home game will be a tough match against three-time National Champions, Laredo Heat.
“This year’s schedule will produce a very intense season,” said Jesters’ Head Coach Kenny Farrell, former PDL Coach of the Year. “We have been shifted into the Mid-South Division and will play very talented Texas teams like Laredo and Chivas El Paso.”
The New Orleans Jesters will compete in the Mid-South Division of the United Soccer Leagues’ PDL. In 2010, the Jesters barely missed the playoffs with a record of 7-6-2 (23 points). While in 2009, the Jesters went undefeated in the regular season with a record of 5-0-11 (26 points) and did not lose a game until the playoffs.
In addition to league matches, the Jesters will host youth camps and clinics during the summer months. The team will be participating in numerous community events and fans are encouraged to request players for appearances at local schools, clubs or churches beginning in May.
The 2011 Jesters Home Schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 27 v. Laredo Heat 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
Saturday, May 28 v. RVG Grandes 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
Friday, June 3 v. Nashville Metros 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
Wednesday, June 8 v. Mississippi Brilla 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
Saturday, June 18 v. Chivas El Paso 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
Saturday, June 25 v. Baton Rouge Capitals 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
Wednesday, July 6 v. Baton Rouge Capitals 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
Friday, July 15 v. West Texas United 7:00PM Pan American Stadium
About the New Orleans Jesters
The New Orleans Jesters are the area’s minor league soccer team and top level franchise. As part of the United Soccer Leagues’ 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, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Wales and a variety of other countries. Home games are played at Pan American Stadium in City Park.
The New Orleans Jesters soccer team was established in 2008 by Samson, LLC and played their first season in 2009. The team intends to raise the level of soccer in the Greater New Orleans area, to offer the community affordable family-friendly entertainment and to provide children with the opportunity to receive soccer instruction through camps, clinics and training sessions.