2003 PDL season

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The 2003 USL Premier Development League season was the 9th PDL season. The season began in April 2003 and ended in August 2003.

Cape Cod Crusaders finished the season as national champions for the second time, beating Chicago Fire Reserves 2-0 in the PDL Championship game. New Orleans Shell Shockers finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 16 out of their 18 games, suffering just 2 losses, and finishing with a +35 goal difference.

Cape Cod Crusaders striker Joseph Ngwenya and Vermont Voltage forward Bo Vuckovic were the league's top scorers, each knocking in 17 goals. Des Moines Menace midfielders Tomas Boltnar and Joseph Kabwe and Nashville Metros Ben Buerger led the league with 10 assists each, while Indiana Invaders keeper Christopher Sawyer enjoyed the best goalkeeping statistics, with a goals-against average of 0.287 per game, and Richmond Kickers Future keeper kept 7 clean sheets and had a GAA average of 0.568 in his 12 games.

Changes From 2002[edit]

New Franchises[edit]

  • Thirteen teams joined the league this year, including twelve brand new franchises:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
British Columbia Abbotsford Rangers Abbotsford area Abbotsford, BC expansion
New York Albany Blackwatch Highlanders Albany area Schenectady, NY expansion
Utah BYU Cougars Provo area Provo, UT expansion
Ohio Columbus Shooting Stars Columbus area Columbus, OH expansion
Indiana Fort Wayne Fever Fort Wayne area Fort Wayne, IN expansion
California Fresno Fuego Fresno area Fresno, CA expansion
New Jersey Jersey Shore Boca Jersey Shore area Toms River, NJ expansion
Nevada Nevada Wonders Carson City area Carson City, NV expansion
Louisiana New Orleans Shell Shockers New Orleans area New Orleans, LA expansion
Missouri St. Louis Strikers St. Louis area St. Louis, MO expansion
New Jersey South Jersey Barons Greater Trenton area Trenton, NJ previously in D3 Pro
Ohio Toledo Slayers Toledo area Maumee, OH expansion
West Virginia West Virginia Chaos Charleston area Charleston, WV expansion

Folding[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Mid-Michigan Bucks 18 14 3 1 40 16 +24 43
2 Indiana Invaders 18 11 5 2 31 19 +12 35
3 Fort Wayne Fever 18 9 7 2 32 30 +2 29
4 Kalamazoo Kingdom 18 6 9 3 29 39 -10 21
5 Toledo Slayers 18 2 13 3 22 45 -23 9
6 Columbus Shooting Stars 18 2 14 2 28 43 -25 8

Heartland Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Chicago Fire Reserves 18 15 2 1 60 17 +43 46
2 Des Moines Menace 18 12 5 1 48 23 +25 37
3 Thunder Bay Chill 18 10 7 1 34 31 +3 31
4 Boulder Rapids Reserve 18 10 7 1 32 29 +3 31
5 Kansas City Brass 18 7 11 0 35 48 -13 21
6 St. Louis Strikers 18 7 11 0 39 53 -14 21
7 Sioux Falls Spitfire 18 6 12 0 42 48 -6 18
8 Wisconsin Rebels 18 0 17 1 11 71 -60 1

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Richmond Kickers Future 18 14 3 1 41 12 +29 43
2 Williamsburg Legacy 18 10 6 2 35 22 +13 32
3 Raleigh CASL Elite 18 8 8 2 22 23 -1 26
4 Chesapeake Dragons 18 7 10 1 19 32 -13 22
5 West Virginia Chaos 18 3 14 1 18 54 -36 10
6 Greenville Lions (-3) 18 3 13 2 23 41 -18 8

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Vermont Voltage 18 12 3 3 37 21 +16 39
2 Cape Cod Crusaders 18 12 4 2 64 30 +34 38
3 Brooklyn Knights 18 11 4 3 46 26 +20 36
4 South Jersey Barons 18 11 6 1 62 31 +31 34
5 Rhode Island Stingrays 18 10 4 4 45 28 +17 34
6 Albany Blackwatch Highlanders 18 6 11 1 36 43 -7 19
7 Jersey Shore Boca * 12 4 8 0 23 44 -21 12
8 Jersey Falcons 18 3 14 1 31 85 -54 10
9 Worcester Kings (-6) 18 1 17 0 21 62 -41 -3

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 New Orleans Shell Shockers 18 16 2 0 53 18 +35 48
2 Memphis Express 18 11 5 2 48 25 +23 35
3 Nashville Metros 18 11 7 0 41 21 +20 33
4 Texas Spurs 18 10 7 1 44 28 -16 31
5 Austin Lightning 18 9 8 1 31 42 -11 28
6 Houston Toros 18 3 13 2 21 60 -39 11
7 Louisiana Outlaws 18 3 14 1 23 46 -23 10

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Cocoa Expos 14 8 3 3 36 27 +9 27
2 Central Florida Kraze 14 7 5 2 38 26 +12 23
3 Bradenton Academics 14 6 5 3 32 24 +8 21
4 Palm Beach Pumas (-1) 14 2 11 1 23 55 -32 6

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Spokane Shadow 18 14 2 2 38 14 +24 44
2 Cascade Surge 18 11 5 2 32 27 +5 35
3 Yakima Reds 18 9 8 1 30 26 +4 28
4 Abbotsford Rangers * 15 4 11 0 21 33 -12 12
5 Calgary Storm Prospects * 15 2 12 1 14 31 -17 4

Southwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Fresno Fuego 18 14 4 0 50 23 +27 42
2 Orange County Blue Star 18 14 4 0 52 29 +23 42
3 Southern California Seahorses 18 10 6 2 34 29 +5 32
4 BYU Cougars 18 2 15 1 21 52 -31 7
5 Nevada Wonders 18 1 15 2 13 51 -38 5

Playoffs[edit]

Conference Semifinals Conference Finals National Semifinals PDL Championship Game
                       
MA1 Virginia Richmond Kickers Future 0
NE2 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 4
NE2 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 2
NE1 Vermont Vermont Voltage 0
NE1 Vermont Vermont Voltage 5
MA2 Virginia Williamsburg Legacy 2
NE2 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 4
Eastern Conference
Southern Conference
MS2 Tennessee Memphis Express 0
MS1 Louisiana New Orleans Shell Shockers 4
SE2 Florida Central Florida Kraze 1
MS1 Louisiana New Orleans Shell Shockers 0
MS2 Tennessee Memphis Express 2
SE1 Florida Cocoa Expos 2
MS2 Tennessee Memphis Express 5
NE2 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 2
HL1 Illinois Chicago Fire Reserves 0
HL1 Illinois Chicago Fire Reserves 8
GL2 Indiana Indiana Invaders 0
HL1 Illinois Chicago Fire Reserves 2
GL1 Michigan Mid-Michigan Bucks 0
GL1 Michigan Mid-Michigan Bucks 1
HL2 Iowa Des Moines Menace 0
HL1 Illinois Chicago Fire Reserves 3
Central Conference
Western Conference
SW2 California Orange County Blue Star 1
SW1 California Fresno Fuego 1
NW1 Washington (state) Spokane Shadow 0
SW1 California Fresno Fuego 0
SW2 California Orange County Blue Star 2
SW2 California Orange County Blue Star 2
NW2 Oregon Cascade Surge 1

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