2007 PDL season

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The 2007 USL Premier Development League season was the 13th season of the PDL. The season started on April 28, 2007. The regular season ended on July 25, 2007.

Laredo Heat finished the season as national champions, beating Michigan Bucks on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in the PDL Championship game in Laredo, Texas on August 11, 2007.

Hampton Roads Piranhas finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 14 out of their 16 games, suffering no losses, and finishing with a +36 goal difference.

Fresno Fuego striker Pablo Campos was the league's top scorer, knocking in 18 goals. Thunder Bay Chill's Gustavo Oliveira led the league with 15 assists, while Hampton Roads Piranhas keeper Evan Newton enjoyed the best goalkeeping statistics, with a goals-against average of 0.222 per game, and keeping 8 clean sheets in his 14 games.

Changes From 2006[edit]

Name Changes[edit]

New franchises[edit]

  • Ten teams joined the league this year, including seven brand new franchises:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Louisiana Baton Rouge Capitals Baton Rouge area Baker, LA expansion
Virginia Fredericksburg Gunners Fredericksburg area Fredericksburg, VA expansion
New York Long Island Rough Riders Long Island area New Hyde Park, NY previously in USL-2
Mississippi Mississippi Brilla Jackson area Clinton, MS expansion
California Lancaster Rattlers Antelope Valley area Palmdale, CA expansion
California San Jose Frogs Silicon Valley area San Jose, CA previously in NPSL
Washington (state) Spokane Spiders Spokane Valley area Spokane, WA expansion
Missouri Springfield Demize Springfield area Springfield, MO expansion
Ontario Toronto Lynx Toronto area Toronto, Ontario previously in USL-1
California Ventura County Fusion Ventura County area Ventura, CA expansion

Folding[edit]

Playoff format[edit]

The top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs, with all playoff matchups consisting of one game. Each conference will hold separate playoffs at a host location. The format for each conference playoff consists of one division winner playing against the other division's second-place club, with winners advancing to the conference final. The winners of each conference play in the national semifinal, determined as such: Central vs Western, Eastern vs Southern. The winners of these matches play in the final match scheduled on August 11.

Current Standings[edit]

Purple indicates division champion
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Central Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Michigan Bucks 16 11 2 3 48 15 +33 36
2 Chicago Fire Premier 16 8 4 4 23 17 +6 28
3 West Michigan Edge 16 6 5 5 21 24 -3 23
4 Toronto Lynx 16 6 6 4 25 21 +4 22
5 Indiana Invaders 16 5 9 2 19 31 -12 17
6 Cleveland Internationals 16 5 10 1 22 35 -13 16
7 Fort Wayne Fever 16 4 11 1 21 38 -17 13

Heartland Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Thunder Bay Chill 16 10 3 3 35 17 +18 33
2 St. Louis Lions 16 10 6 0 39 24 +15 30
3 Kansas City Brass 16 8 3 5 26 28 -2 29
4 Des Moines Menace 16 8 7 1 41 24 +17 25
5 Colorado Rapids U23's 16 7 5 4 37 22 +15 25
6 Springfield Demize 16 4 11 1 16 44 -28 13
7 Sioux Falls Spitfire 16 3 11 2 15 41 -26 11

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Hampton Roads Piranhas 16 14 0 2 42 6 +36 44
2 Ocean City Barons 16 9 3 4 33 20 +13 31
3 Virginia Legacy 16 9 5 2 27 19 +8 29
4 Reading Rage 16 7 5 4 30 29 +1 25
5 Fredericksburg Gunners 16 7 7 2 31 22 +9 23
6 Richmond Kickers Future 16 5 7 4 23 25 -2 19
7 Northern Virginia Royals 16 3 11 2 15 48 -33 11
8 Delaware Dynasty 16 3 11 2 20 35 -15 11
9 West Virginia Chaos 16 3 11 2 20 37 -17 101

1West Virginia was penalized 1 point for circumstances not released by the USL.

Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Cape Cod Crusaders 16 9 1 6 35 15 +20 33
2 Brooklyn Knights 16 9 4 3 31 24 +7 30
3 Westchester Flames 16 7 4 5 34 17 +17 26
4 Long Island Rough Riders 16 7 6 3 26 22 +4 24
5 Albany Admirals 16 7 7 2 20 27 -7 23
6 Vermont Voltage 16 4 9 3 20 43 -23 15
7 Ottawa Fury 16 3 8 5 17 21 -4 14
8 Rhode Island Stingrays 16 4 11 1 19 33 -14 13

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Laredo Heat 16 10 2 4 29 12 +17 34
2 El Paso Patriots 16 8 6 2 19 17 +2 26
3 DFW Tornados 16 7 6 3 22 24 -2 24
4 Mississippi Brilla 16 6 5 5 30 21 +9 23
5 New Orleans Shell Shockers 16 5 6 5 28 22 +6 20
6 Baton Rouge Capitals 16 5 7 4 20 32 -12 19
7 Austin Lightning 16 3 12 1 13 31 -18 10
Southeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Carolina Dynamo 16 11 3 2 41 14 +27 35
2 Central Florida Kraze 16 11 4 1 47 21 +26 34
3 Atlanta Silverbacks U23's 16 10 2 4 32 14 +18 34
4 Bradenton Academics 16 8 4 4 39 19 +20 28
5 Cary RailHawks U23's 16 7 6 3 22 17 +5 24
6 Palm Beach Pumas 15 4 10 1 20 36 -16 112
7 Nashville Metros 16 2 11 3 12 32 -20 9
8 Cocoa Expos 15 0 13 2 1 63 -62 2

2Palm Beach was penalized 2 points for circumstances not released by the USL.

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 BYU Cougars 16 13 1 2 37 14 +23 41
2 Tacoma Tide 16 10 4 2 36 23 +13 32
3 Ogden Outlaws 16 6 7 3 23 22 +1 21
4 Abbotsford Rangers 16 5 6 5 38 24 +14 20
5 Spokane Spiders 16 6 10 0 25 49 -24 18
6 Yakima Reds 16 3 9 4 22 35 -13 13
7 Cascade Surge 16 3 11 2 17 38 -21 11
Southwest Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Fresno Fuego 16 10 4 2 41 28 +13 32
2 San Fernando Valley Quakes 16 9 2 5 33 16 +17 32
3 San Jose Frogs 16 10 5 1 24 16 +8 31
4 Ventura County Fusion 16 9 4 3 27 19 +8 30
5 Los Angeles Storm 16 6 5 5 23 25 -2 23
6 San Francisco Seals 16 6 8 2 18 23 -5 20
7 Southern California Seahorses 16 5 6 5 26 24 +2 20
8 Bakersfield Brigade 16 6 10 0 22 29 -7 18
9 Orange County Blue Star 16 3 9 4 18 27 -9 13
10 Lancaster Rattlers 16 2 13 1 23 48 -25 7

Playoffs[edit]

Playoff Bracket[edit]

Conference Semifinals Conference Finals National Semifinals PDL Championship Game
                       
MA1 Virginia Hampton Roads Piranhas 1 (5)
NE2 New York Brooklyn Knights (AET/PSO) 1 (6)
NE2 New York Brooklyn Knights 1
NE1 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 0
NE1 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 5
MA2 New Jersey Ocean City Barons 0
NE2 New York Brooklyn Knights 1 (4)
Eastern Conference
Central Conference
GL1 Michigan Michigan Bucks (AET/PSO) 1 (5)
GL1 Michigan Michigan Bucks 4
HL2 Missouri St. Louis Lions 1
GL1 Michigan Michigan Bucks 3
GL2 Illinois Chicago Fire Premier 0
HL1 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill 1
GL2 Illinois Chicago Fire Premier 3
GL1 Michigan Michigan Bucks 0 (3)
MS1 Texas Laredo Heat 0 (4)
MS1 Texas Laredo Heat 4
SE2 Florida Central Florida Kraze 0
MS1 Texas Laredo Heat 2
SE1 North Carolina Carolina Dynamo 1
SE1 North Carolina Carolina Dynamo 1
MS2 Texas El Paso Patriots 0
MS1 Texas Laredo Heat 1
Southern Conference
Western Conference
SW1 California Fresno Fuego 0
NW1 Utah BYU Cougars 2
SW2 California San Fernando Valley Quakes 0
NW1 Utah BYU Cougars 0
SW1 California Fresno Fuego 3
SW1 California Fresno Fuego (AET) 4
NW2 Washington (state) Tacoma Tide 1

Conference Semifinals[edit]


July 27, 2007
5:30 PM ET
Illinois Chicago Fire Premier 3 – 1 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill
Hlavaty Goal 53' (PK) Booked 62'
Fleak Goal 76' Goal 77'
Gold Booked 3'
Putrus Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 15', 90'
Swartzendruber Goal 57'
Moldenhaur Booked 62'
Alvarado Booked 85'

July 27, 2007
6:30 PM ET
Texas El Paso Patriots 0 – 1 North Carolina Carolina Dynamo
Cervantes Booked 10'
Morin Booked 70'
Franks Booked 12'
Jata Goal 81'
UISD Student Activity Center
Laredo, Texas
Attendance: 143
Referee: Rudy Nino (USA)

July 27, 2007
7:30 PM ET
New Jersey Ocean City Barons 0 – 5 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders
Carmichael Red card 22'
Holloway Booked 24' Red card 24'
Evans Booked 30'
Chery Goal 36' Goal 49'
Short Booked 44'
Wright Goal 52'
Massie Goal 57' Booked 57'
Nyazamba Goal 72'
Carey Stadium
Ocean City, New Jersey
Attendance: 878
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)

July 27, 2007
7:30 PM ET
California San Fernando Valley Quakes 0 – 2 Utah BYU Cougars
Shaw Booked 18'
Leslie Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 59', 72'
Borak Booked 63'
Paladini Booked 68'
Fellows Goal 64' Goal 76'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, CA
Attendance: 2,746
Referee: Colin Arblaster (USA)

July 27, 2007
8:00 PM ET
Missouri St. Louis Lions 1 – 4 Michigan Michigan Bucks
Clayes Booked 29'
Angus Goal 45' Booked 70'
Dube Goal 26'
Jafta Booked 45'
Holody Goal 79'
Djokic Goal 86'
Uzoigwe Goal 90'

July 27, 2007
9:30 PM ET
Florida Central Florida Kraze 0 – 4 Texas Laredo Heat
Herbet Booked 24' Morales Goal 4' Booked 4' Goal 26'
Galvan Goal 7'
Ibarra Goal 60'
Mulamba Booked 64'
Macias Booked 89'
UISD Student Activity Center
Laredo, Texas
Attendance: 1,401
Referee: Jeff Katawar (USA)

July 27, 2007
10:30 ET
Washington (state) Tacoma Tide 1 – 4
(AET)
California Fresno Fuego
O'Brien Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 27', 74'
David Goal 63'
Schomaker Red card 102'
Nunes Goal 22' Booked 38'
Rivera Booked 43'
Blanco Booked 74' Goal 102'
Cabello Booked 75'
Cignetti Booked 90'
Machado Booked 95' Goal 108'
Campos Goal 100'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, CA
Attendance: 2,746
Referee: Mike Kampmeinert (USA)

Conference Finals[edit]

July 28, 2007
7:30 PM ET
New York Brooklyn Knights 1 – 0 Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders
Dragoi Booked 34' Goal 38' (PK)
Niebles Booked 40'
Cioffi Booked 49'
Barnett Booked 53'
Short Booked 54'
Stratford Booked 88'
Nyazamba Red card 88'
Carey Stadium
Ocean City, New Jersey
Attendance: 231
Referee: William Guarini (USA)

July 28, 2007
7:30 PM ET
Illinois Chicago Fire Premier 0 – 3 Michigan Michigan Bucks
Katic Booked 42'
Fallon Booked 85'
Ratner Booked 88'
Dube Goal 57'
Shipalane Goal 74'
Daniel Booked 79'
Uzoigwe Goal 89'

July 28, 2007
9:05 PM ET
Texas Laredo Heat 2 – 1 North Carolina Carolina Dynamo
Galvan Booked 32'
Ibarra Goal 48' (PK) Booked 48'
Infante Booked 71'
Morales Goal 74'
Garcia Booked 76'
Blackwell Booked 90'
Loyd Booked 30'
Lahoud Goal 54'
Lewis Booked 84'
UISD Student Activity Center
Laredo, Texas
Attendance: 1,457
Referee: Michael Brow (USA)

July 28, 2007
10:30 PM ET
California Fresno Fuego 3 – 0 Utah BYU Cougars
Nunes Goal 5' (PK)
Campos Goal 51' Booked 55' Goal 90'
Vogt Booked 74'
Van Wagenen Booked 80'
De Francis Booked 90'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, CA
Attendance: 1,872
Referee: Yader Reyes (USA)

National Semifinals[edit]

August 4, 2007
7:30 PM ET
New York Brooklyn Knights 1 – 1
(AET)
Michigan Michigan Bucks
Smith Goal 15'
Matos Booked 60'
Velasquez Booked 108'
Clark Booked 17'
Dube Goal 33'
  Penalties  
Matteo Penalty scored
Dragoi Penalty missed
Niebles Penalty scored
Charles Penalty scored
Belke Penalty scored
4 – 5 Penalty scored Uzoigwe
Penalty scored Djokic
Penalty scored Brunner
Penalty scored Shipalane
Penalty scored Holody
Lake Orion High School
Orion Township, Michigan
Attendance: 1,061
Referee: Chad Ulinger (USA)

August 4, 2007
9:05 PM ET
California Fresno Fuego 0 – 1 Texas Laredo Heat
Codeceira Booked 31'
Cabello Booked 64'
Blanco Booked 88'
Nunes Booked 90'
Quinones Booked 34'
Infante Booked 48'
Garcia Goal 83'
Su Booked 90'
UISD Student Activity Center
Laredo, Texas
Attendance: 2,713
Referee: Colin Tait (USA)

National Final[edit]

August 11, 2007
TBA ET
Michigan Michigan Bucks 0 – 0
(AET)
Texas Laredo Heat
Nowak Booked 80'
Djokic Booked 86'
Holody Booked 109'
Infante Booked 109'
  Penalties  
Djokic Penalty scored
Balc Penalty missed
Brunner Penalty scored
Fuzetti Penalty scored
Holody Penalty missed
Daniel Penalty missed
3 – 4 Penalty scored Galvan
Penalty scored Ordaz
Penalty missed Morales
Penalty scored Blackwell
Penalty missed Ibarra
Penalty scored Garcia
UISD Student Activity Center
Laredo, Texas
Attendance: 6,640
Referee: Oscar Ortiz (USA)

See also[edit]