1997 PDSL season

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The 1997 Premier Development Soccer League season was its 3rd. The season began in April 1997 and ended in August 1997.

Central Coast Roadrunners successfully defended the championship, defeating the Cocoa Expos 3-2. Spokane Shadow won the regular season title, winning 14 games to 2 losses.

Changes from 1996 Season[edit]

Name changes[edit]

New teams[edit]

6 teams were added for the season.

Team Area Location Previous affiliation
Flag of Alabama.svg Alabama Saints Birmingham area Birmingham, AL expansion
Flag of Oregon.svg Cascade Surge Willamette Valley Area Salem, OR from USISL Pro League
Flag of Ohio.svg Cincinnati Riverhawks Greater Cincinnati area Cincinnati, OH expansion
Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders Greater Los Angeles area Glendale, CA expansion
Flag of Florida.svg Southwest Florida Manatees Southwest Florida area Cape Coral, FL expansion
Flag of Washington.svg Yakima Reds Yakima area Yakima, WA from USISL Pro League

Teams Leaving[edit]

The Nashville Metros were promoted to the A League. The Arizona Sahuaros (formerly the Arizona Phoenix), Austin Lone Stars, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (formerly Florida Strikers), and San Francisco Bay Seals were promoted to the D-3 Pro League.

6 teams folded after the 1996 season:

The Wichita Blue went on hiatus for this year, and the Willamette Valley Firebirds went on hiatus for the next two years.

Standings[edit]

Blue denotes team has won their division.
Green denotes team has won playoff spot.
Orange denotes team gets bye into semifinals as defending champion.

Central Conference[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Lincoln Brigade* 16 12 4 2 0 34 23 +11 32
2 Omaha Flames 16 7 9 0 1 42 29 +13 21
3 Sioux City Breeze 16 8 8 0 0 26 38 -12 24
4 Des Moines Menace* 16 7 9 1 0 29 27 +2 19
5 Colorado Springs Stampede 16 6 10 0 1 23 33 -10 18
6 Twin Cities Tornado* 16 5 11 2 1 29 39 -10 11

* Lincoln and Twin Cities were both penalized 6 points. Des Moines was penalized 3 points

North Central Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Mid-Michigan Bucks 16 12 4 0 1 41 24 +17 36
2 Detroit Dynamite* 16 10 6 1 2 41 20 +21 28
3 Kalamazoo Kingdom* 16 10 6 2 1 32 25 +7 26
4 Grand Rapids Explosion* 16 8 8 1 1 35 27 +8 22
5 Michigan Madness* 16 1 15 1 0 11 66 -55 1

* Kalamazoo was penalized 6 points. Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Michigan were all penalized 3 points.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid-South Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Cincinnati Riverhawks 15 10 5 0 0 48 28 +20 30
2 Jackson Chargers* 16 10 6 1 0 50 25 +25 28
3 Lexington Bluegrass Bandits* 16 10 6 2 3 45 22 +23 26
4 Alabama Saints 16 5 11 0 1 31 34 -3 15
5 Chattanooga Express* 16 5 11 1 0 18 54 -36 13

* Lexington was penalized 6 points. Chattanooga and Jackson were both penalized 3 points.
NOTE: Game between Cincinnati and Tucson was unable to be rescheduled before season's end, games was cancelled because it had no impact on playoffs.

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Cocoa Expos* 16 12 4 1 2 46 23 +23 34
2 South Florida Future* 16 11 5 1 0 42 22 +20 31
3 West Florida Fury* 16 10 6 2 1 32 23 +9 26
4 Miami Breakers 16 8 8 0 1 41 24 +17 24
5 Southwest Florida Manatees 16 0 16 0 0 9 74 -65 0

* West Florida was penalized 6 points. Cocoa and South Florida were both penalized 3 points.

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Spokane Shadow 16 14 2 0 0 37 16 +21 42
2 Yakima Reds 16 7 9 0 1 31 31 0 21
3 Cascade Surge* 16 8 8 2 1 28 23 +5 22
4 Bellingham Orcas 16 6 10 0 1 26 40 -14 18
5 Puget Sound BigFoot* 16 5 11 1 0 27 39 -12 13

* Cascade and Puget Sound were both penalized 3 points.

Southwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 16 12 4 0 0 43 20 +23 36
2 Central Coast Roadrunners 16 11 5 1 2 34 17 +17 34
3 Tucson Amigos* 15 6 9 1 0 18 41 -23 16
4 Southern California Chivas* 16 4 12 1 0 16 32 -16 10

* Southern California and Tucson were both penalaized 3 points
NOTE: Game between Cincinnati and Tucson was unable to be rescheduled before season's end, games was cancelled because it had no impact on playoffs.

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

Central Coast received a bye to the PDL Semifinals as the defending champion.
The top four teams from every division except the Southwest earn playoff spots. With Central Coast already receiving a bye, the top two teams from the Southwest Division will play each other, however if Central Coast is in the top two, then the third place team receives a playoff spot. The Division winners would then face each other in the Conference finals.

Divisional Brackets[edit]

Division Semifinals Division Finals Central Finals
                 
NC1 Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 1
NC4 Flag of Michigan.svg Grand Rapids Explosion 0
NC1 Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks (AET/PSO) 0 (1)
North Central Division
NC3 Flag of Michigan.svg Kalamazoo Kingdom 0 (0)
NC2 Flag of Michigan.svg Detroit Dynamite 0
NC3 Flag of Michigan.svg Kalamazoo Kingdom (AET) 1
NC1 Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 3
C4 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 0
C1 Flag of Nebraska.svg Lincoln Brigade 0
C4 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 4
C4 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 6
Central Division
C2 Flag of Nebraska.svg Omaha Flames 0
C2 Flag of Nebraska.svg Omaha Flames 5
C3 Flag of Iowa.svg Sioux City Breeze 3
Division Semifinals Division Finals Eastern Finals
                 
SE1 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 5
SE4 Flag of Florida.svg Miami Breakers 2
SE1 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 3
Southeast Division
SE3 Flag of Florida.svg West Florida Fury 1
SE2 Flag of Florida.svg South Florida Future 0
SE3 Flag of Florida.svg West Florida Fury 4
SE1 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 2
MS2 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 1
MS1 Flag of Ohio.svg Cincinnati Riverhawks 7
MS4 Flag of Alabama.svg Alabama Saints 4
MS1 Flag of Ohio.svg Cincinnati Riverhawks 0
Mid-South Division
MS2 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 3
MS2 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers (AET) 1
MS3 Flag of Kentucky.svg Lexington Bluegrass Bandits 0
Division Semifinals Division Finals Western Finals
                 
NW1 Flag of Washington.svg Spokane Shadow (AET/PSO) 4 (1)
NW4 Flag of Washington.svg Bellingham Orcas 4 (0)
NW1 Flag of Washington.svg Spokane Shadow 2
Northwest Division
NW2 Flag of Washington.svg Yakima Reds 0
NW2 Flag of Washington.svg Yakima Reds 1
NW3 Flag of Oregon.svg Cascade Surge 0
NW1 Flag of Washington.svg Spokane Shadow 0
SW1 Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 1
SW1 Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders bye
 
SW1 Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 2
Southwest Division
SW2 Flag of Arizona.svg Tucson Amigos 1
SW2 Flag of Arizona.svg Tucson Amigos bye
 

PDSL Finals Brackets[edit]

  PDSL Semifinals                    
  NC1  Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 0  
  H  Flag of California.svg Central Coast Roadrunners 2   PDSL Finals
      H  Flag of California.svg Central Coast Roadrunners 2
  PDSL Semifinals   SE1  Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 1
  SW1  Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 0 (0)
  SE1  Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos (AET/PSO) 0 (1)   PDSL Third Place
    NC1  Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 2
    SW1  Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 3

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