There's a new W-League team in town, the third in Southern California, and an expanded schedule in the Western Conference highlighted by double- and tripleheaders at Cal State Fullerton.
The Los Angeles Strikers are one of two new Western teams, bulking the conference to eight sides (and 14 games on the home-and-home slate), and will play their home games at Pasadena City College.
The club, formed by former Santa Clarita Blue Heat director of operations Debbie Caracciolo and her husband, Joe, will debut against the Pali Blues in a tripleheader May 14 in Fullerton and play its home opener four days later against fellow expansion club Victoria Highlanders, from British Columbia.
Two-time W-League champ Pali, which is affiliated with USL Pro men's team L.A. Blues, will open the May 14 “festival” at 1 p.m., with La Mirada-based Premier Development League team Southern California Seahorses playing at 4 and the L.A. Blues taking on the Charlotte Eagles -- a partner with the Seahorses, their fellow Christian club -- at 7:30.
Pali also will play a CSUF doubleheader with the L.A. Blues on July 2; the club's opener at Palisades High School in May 20 against Victoria.
Blue Heat, a second-year outfit based at Valencia High School, opens its campaign at home May 22 against Victoria.
The USL will release its PDL schedule Thursday. Six local teams played in the national amateur/semipro league last year.
Here are the local W-League teams' home schedules. (For their full schedules, click on the team name; for the full USL W-League schedule, go here.)
Home: Pasadena City College
May 18 Victoria, 7 p.m.
May 29 Santa Clarita, 7 p.m.
June 1 Seattle, 7 p.m.
June 3 Vancouver, 7 p.m.
June 28 Colorado Rush, 7 p.m.
July 2 Colorado Force, 7 p.m.
July 9 Pali, 7 p.m.
Home: Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades)
May 14 Los Angeles, 1 p.m. (at Cal State Fullerton)
May 20 Victoria, 7 p.m.
May 26 Santa Clarita, 7 p.m.
June 1 Vancouver, 7 p.m.
June 5 Seattle, 3 p.m.
June 30 Colorado Force, 7 p.m.
July 2 Colorado Rush, 4 p.m.
Home: Valencia High School (Valencia/Santa Clarita)
May 22 Victoria, 7 p.m.
June 3 Seattle, 7 p.m.
June 5 Vancouver, 1 p.m.
June 28 Colorado Force, 7 p.m.
June 30 Colorado Rush, 7 p.m.
July 13 Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
July 17 Pali, 7 p.m.