“I think it shows that there are a lot of people in the community supporting us,” Brunner said. “Everybody stepped up.” Brunner said the AVC field is a more appropriate venue to host the MLS teams. “It’s the proper way to introduce the PDL to this city,” Brunner said. “We believe a professional-level team should be at the college. It’s the best facility we have, and I think it’s the proper way to introduce soccer to this city.” AVC President Jackie Fisher said the college is committed to making the school’s facility available to the public whenever possible, noting that requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Brunner said tickets to all Rattlers games can be purchased by logging on to the team’s official Web site, lancasterrattlers.com, or by calling the team’s office at (661) 951-9093. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER – A field crisis that threatened to derail the Lancaster Rattlers’ inaugural soccer season is over. The Rattlers secured use of the Antelope Valley College field for their April 16 exhibition game against the Galaxy, which will kick off the Antelope Valley-based Premier Development League’s season. They will play exhibition games against Chivas USA on June 5 and July 11. Both Major League Soccer teams will send reserve squads to Lancaster. In a separate arrangement, the Rattlers reached an agreement with the Antelope Valley Union High School District for use of Knight High’s field for its regular season opener against the Ventura County Fusion. The Rattlers will play their remaining home games at Palmdale High, which is having its field reseeded, and is expected to be ready for use in time for the team’s May 10 game against the Real SoCal Quakes. Rattlers President and General Manager Gerald Brunner discovered that the Palmdale High field was unusable in a visit to the school three weeks ago. He cited a collaborative community effort to be pivotal in resolving what he acknowledged was a field-use “crisis.” He said his team would have faced a $6,500 fine and considerable embarrassment for not being able to host the MLS teams. Brunner credited officials from AVC, AVUHSD and representatives from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for resolving the dilemma.


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