2008 PDL season

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The 2008 USL Premier Development League season was the 14th season of the PDL. The regular season started on April 26, 2008, and ended on July 20, 2008. The playoffs began on July 22, 2008, and ended with the PDL Championship Game on August 9, 2008.

Thunder Bay Chill finished the season as national champions, beating Laredo Heat on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in the PDL Championship game in Laredo, Texas on 9 August 2008.

Michigan Bucks finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 13 out of their 16 games, suffering just one loss, and finishing with a +27 goal difference.

Yakima Reds striker Junior Garcia was the league's top scorer and MVP, knocking in 15 goals. Fresno Fuego's Fabricio Codeceira led the league with 13 assists, while Austin Aztex U23 keeper Miguel Gallardo enjoyed the best goalkeeping statistics, with a goals-against average of 0.615 per game, and keeping 9 clean sheets in his 13 games.

Changes From 2007[edit]

Name Changes[edit]

  • Abbotsford Rangers changed their name to the Abbotsford Mariners to reflect the name of their parent organization.
  • Los Angeles Storm changed their name to the Los Angeles Legends to reflect the name of their parent organization.
  • The expansion Austin Stampede were renamed the Aztex U23 after the Austin Aztex USL-1 franchise was announced for 2009 and acquired controlling interest in the PDL team.

New Franchises[edit]

  • Nine franchises joined the league this year, including six brand new teams:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Texas Austin Aztex U23 Greater Austin area Round Rock, TX expansion
Ohio Cincinnati Kings Greater Cincinnati area Wilder, KY relegated from USL-2
Texas Houston Leones Greater Houston area Richmond, TX expansion
Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage Kalamazoo area Kalamazoo, MI expansion
New Hampshire New Hampshire Phantoms Hillsborough County area Manchester, NH relegated from USL-2
New Jersey New Jersey Rangers Northern New Jersey area Denville, NJ expansion
New Jersey Newark Ironbound Express Newark area Newark, NJ expansion
Florida Panama City Pirates Panama City area Panama City Beach, FL expansion
British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Metro Vancouver area Burnaby, BC transferred from PCSL

Folding[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Purple indicates division title clinched
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 13 1 2 40 13 +27 41
2 Cleveland Internationals 16 10 3 3 41 19 +22 33
3 Toronto Lynx 16 8 6 2 28 21 +7 26
4 Cincinnati Kings 16 3 10 3 14 32 -18 12
5 West Virginia Chaos 16 1 8 7 17 32 -15 10

Midwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Chicago Fire Premier 16 8 2 6 26 12 +14 30
2 Kalamazoo Outrage 16 8 6 2 27 24 +3 26
3 Indiana Invaders 16 6 6 4 20 21 -1 22
4 Fort Wayne Fever 16 2 9 5 16 33 -17 11
5 West Michigan Edge 16 2 10 4 18 40 -22 10

Heartland Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Thunder Bay Chill 16 13 2 1 42 17 +25 40
2 Colorado Rapids U23's 16 8 5 3 34 25 +9 27
3 Des Moines Menace 16 7 4 5 29 18 +11 26
4 St. Louis Lions 16 7 5 4 29 27 +2 25
5 Kansas City Brass 16 6 9 1 23 30 -7 19
6 Springfield Demize 16 0 16 0 8 48 -40 0

The top two teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The Conference champion receives a bye into the Conference Semifinals, with the third place team from that division receiving a playoff berth.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Reading Rage 16 11 3 2 32 12 +20 35
2 Fredericksburg Gunners 16 8 8 0 27 23 +4 24
3 Hampton Roads Piranhas 16 6 7 3 22 23 -1 21
4 Virginia Legacy 16 4 8 4 16 31 -15 16
5 Northern Virginia Royals 16 3 8 5 20 34 -14 14
6 Richmond Kickers Future 16 2 8 6 17 27 -10 12
New England Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Cape Cod Crusaders 16 9 3 4 33 16 +17 31
2 Ottawa Fury 16 9 4 3 38 22 +16 30
3 Vermont Voltage 16 8 7 1 28 30 -2 25
4 New Hampshire Phantoms 16 3 9 4 14 28 -14 13
5 Rhode Island Stingrays 16 2 9 5 21 38 -17 11
Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Brooklyn Knights 16 10 2 4 33 17 +16 34
2 Newark Ironbound Express 16 8 2 6 33 17 +16 30
3 Long Island Rough Riders 16 8 4 4 36 26 +10 28
4 Westchester Flames 16 7 7 2 30 30 0 23
5 Ocean City Barons 16 6 5 5 29 25 +4 23
6 New Jersey Rangers 16 2 12 2 12 42 -30 8

The Division Champions and the Second Place team with the most amount of points qualify for the playoffs.

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Austin Aztex U23 16 10 5 1 25 11 +14 31
2 Laredo Heat 16 8 4 4 33 15 +18 28
3 El Paso Patriots 16 8 5 3 22 20 +2 27
4 Mississippi Brilla 16 7 6 3 26 23 +3 24
5 Baton Rouge Capitals 16 7 8 1 20 23 -3 22
6 DFW Tornados 16 6 7 3 17 20 -3 21
7 New Orleans Shell Shockers 16 5 8 3 18 28 -10 18
8 Houston Leones 16 3 11 2 17 38 -21 11
Southeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Central Florida Kraze 16 11 3 2 38 18 +20 35
2 Bradenton Academics 16 10 2 4 37 13 +24 34
3 Cary RailHawks U23's 16 9 5 2 40 29 +11 29
4 Atlanta Silverbacks U23's 16 9 6 1 38 29 +9 28
5 Panama City Pirates 16 7 6 3 35 20 +15 24
6 Carolina Dynamo 16 7 7 2 35 31 +4 23
7 Nashville Metros 16 3 13 0 12 42 -30 9
8 Palm Beach Pumas 16 1 15 0 9 62 -53 -1*

The top two teams in each division qualify for the playoffs.
* Palm Beach deducted 4 points for failing to fulfil three fixtures.

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Tacoma Tide 16 11 4 1 46 23 +23 34
2 Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 16 11 4 1 34 14 +20 34
3 Yakima Reds 16 9 6 1 31 25 +6 28
4 BYU Cougars 16 7 6 3 21 20 +1 24
5 Ogden Outlaws 16 6 8 2 18 21 -3 20
6 Abbotsford Mariners 16 5 8 3 26 32 -6 18
7 Cascade Surge 16 3 8 5 17 35 -18 14
8 Spokane Spiders 16 3 11 2 20 43 -23 11
Southwest Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 San Fernando Valley Quakes 16 8 2 6 32 25 +7 30
2 Fresno Fuego 16 9 5 2 38 27 +11 29
3 Ventura County Fusion 16 8 5 3 24 14 +10 27
4 San Francisco Seals 16 8 5 3 21 17 +4 27
5 San Jose Frogs 16 7 6 3 26 20 +6 24
6 Los Angeles Legends 16 6 6 4 32 25 +7 22
7 Bakersfield Brigade 16 4 5 7 16 21 -5 19
8 Orange County Blue Star 16 5 8 3 24 31 -7 18
9 Southern California Seahorses 16 3 8 5 15 27 -12 14
10 Lancaster Rattlers 16 2 10 4 18 39 -21 10

The top two teams in each division qualify for the playoffs.

Playoffs[edit]

The Divisional Round for the Central Conference took place July 22–23, 2008, with the Conference Championships taking place between July 25-27. The PDL Semifinals took place on August 2, and the final was played on August 9.

Playoff Bracket[edit]

  Divisional Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals National Semifinals PDL Championship Game
                                               
    C1  Michigan Michigan Bucks 1  
    MW2  Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage (AET) 3  
MW1  Illinois Chicago Fire Premier 0  
MW2  Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage 2  
  MW2  Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage 0  
Central Conference
  HL1  Ontario Thunder Bay Chill 4  
HL1  Ontario Thunder Bay Chill 3  
HL2  Colorado Colorado Rapids U23's 1  
  HL1  Ontario Thunder Bay Chill 2  
  GL1  Ohio Cleveland Internationals 0  
GL1  Ohio Cleveland Internationals 2
GL2  Ontario Toronto Lynx 1  
  HL1  Ontario Thunder Bay Chill 2  
  NW2  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 1  
    NW1  Washington (state) Tacoma Tide 3  
    SW2  California Fresno Fuego 0  
    NW1  Washington (state) Tacoma Tide 1  
Western Conference
  NW2  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 4  
    SW1  California San Fernando Valley Quakes 1
    NW2  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (AET) 3  
  HL1  Ontario Thunder Bay Chill (AET/PSO) 1 (4)
  MS2  Texas Laredo Heat 1 (1)
    MA  Pennsylvania Reading Rage (AET) 4  
    WC  New Jersey Newark Ironbound Express 2  
  MA  Pennsylvania Reading Rage 1  
Eastern Conference
  NE  New York Brooklyn Knights 0  
    NE  New York Brooklyn Knights (AET/PSO) 0 (5)
    NWE  Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 0 (3)  
  MA  Pennsylvania Reading Rage 0
  MS2  Texas Laredo Heat 2  
    MS1  Texas Austin Aztex U23 2
    SE2  Florida Bradenton Academics 1  
      MS1  Texas Austin Aztex U23 1
Southern Conference
MS2  Texas Laredo Heat 3  
    SE1  Florida Central Florida Kraze 1
    MS2  Texas Laredo Heat 2  

Divisional Round[edit]

July 22, 2008
5:00 ET
Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage 2 – 0 Illinois Chicago Fire Premier
Warmer Booked 19'
Goal 42' (OG)
Alvino Booked 62'
Muckey Goal 63'
(Report) Cutshaw Booked 52'
Toyota Park
Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 75
Referee: Pawel Wydra (USA)

July 22, 2008
7:30 ET
Colorado Colorado Rapids U23's 1 – 3 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill
Warner Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 7', 78'
Schmoker Booked 28'
Charles Booked 49' Goal 84'
Howlan Booked 76'
Hemmi Red card 90'
(Report) Oliveira Goal 9' Goal 56'
Coronado Booked 33'
Gold Booked 60'
Swartzendruber Goal 74'
Paterson Booked 86'
Putrus Booked 90'
Zendejas Red card 90'
Chapples Park Stadium
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Attendance: 1,005
Referee: Mike Delecruz (CAN)

July 23, 2008
7:00 ET
Ontario Toronto Lynx 1 – 2 Ohio Cleveland Internationals
DeAbreu Booked 42'
Scott Goal 44' Booked 54'
Binstock Booked 82'
(Report) Williams Booked 20'
Nanchoff Booked 26'
Nagbe Goal 54'
Zemanski Goal 83'
Coughlin Field
Lakewood, Ohio
Attendance: 45
Referee: Chris Ponso (USA)

Conference Semifinals[edit]

July 25, 2008
5:00 ET
Florida Bradenton Academics 1 – 2 Texas Austin Aztex U23
Ingvarsson Booked 17'
Gavin Booked 25'
Bello Goal 74'
Maxwell Booked 83'
(Report) Papandrea Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 39', 66'
Godbolt Goal 56' Booked 59'
Bernard Booked 64'
Vincens Goal 65'
Seminole Soccer Complex
Sanford, Florida
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Robert Mauws (USA)

July 25, 2008
5:30 ET
Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders 0 – 0
(AET)
New York Brooklyn Knights
Maloney Booked 33'
Munro Booked 73'
(Report) Damiani Booked 27'
Gonzales Booked 82'
Ortega Booked 93'
Dos Santos Booked 108'
  Penalties  
Munro Penalty scored
Maloney Penalty missed
Lynn Penalty scored
Vercollone Penalty scored
3 – 5 Penalty scored Matteo
Penalty scored Damiani
Penalty scored Guerra
Penalty scored Dos Santos
Penalty scored Kulkov
Don Thomas Stadium
Reading, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 280
Referee: Tim Snyder (USA)

July 25, 2008
7:30 ET
Texas Laredo Heat 2 – 1 Florida Central Florida Kraze
Cruz Booked 21'
Garcia Goal 52' Booked 90+'
Mulamba Booked 53' Goal 63'
Infante Booked 87'
(Report) Araujo Booked 45'
Wolfe Goal 54'
Mattson Red card 90'
Seminole Soccer Complex
Sanford, Florida
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Agostino Minasola (USA)

July 25, 2008
8:00 ET
New Jersey Newark Ironbound Express 2 – 4
(AET)
Pennsylvania Reading Rage
Kotynski Booked 4'
Robinson Booked 29'
Karcz Goal 30' Goal 62'
Grato Red card 82'
Bilbao Booked 83'
Chencinski Booked 100'
Stamatis Booked 100'
Ruesgen Booked 102'
(Report) Ports Goal 22'
O'Connor Booked 66'
Burgess Booked 67' Goal 109' (PK)
Taranto Goal 74'
Benson Goal 92'
Don Thomas Stadium
Reading, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 657
Referee: Bo Maroo (USA)

July 26, 2008
5:30 ET
Ohio Cleveland Internationals 0 – 2 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill
(Report) Putrus Booked 17'
Coronado Booked 21' Red card 45'
Alvarado Red card 27'
Swartzendruber Goal 66'
Intermoia Goal 82'

July 26, 2008
7:30 ET
British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 3 – 1
(AET)
California San Fernando Valley Quakes
Leslie Booked 65'
Davies Booked 69'
Dosanjh Booked 86'
Edwini-Bonsu Goal 90+6' Goal 110'
Russell Booked 114' Goal 116'
Sandhu Booked 118'
(Report) Borak Booked 72'
Agwu Goal 82' Red card 84'
Tracy Booked 104'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, California
Attendance: 1,291
Referee: Mike Kampmeinert (USA)

July 26, 2008
7:30 ET
Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage 3 – 1
(AET)
Michigan Michigan Bucks
Alvino Booked 34'
Oatley Goal 86' Booked 111' Goal 120'
Muckey Goal 98'
(Report) DeMartin Goal 31'
Morisset Booked 39'
Clark Red card 120'

July 26, 2008
10:30 ET
California Fresno Fuego 0 – 3 Washington (state) Tacoma Tide
Alvarado Booked 32'
Calvo Booked 89'
Nunes Booked 89'
(Report) Scott Goal 18'
Mueller Booked 30'
Schomaker Goal 76'
Tangney Goal 90'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, California
Attendance: 3,214
Referee: Maurizio Laudini (USA)

Conference Finals[edit]

July 26, 2008
7:00 ET
Texas Laredo Heat 3 – 1 Texas Austin Aztex U23
Galvan Booked 4'
Mulamba Booked 12' Goal 68'
Quinones Booked 17'
Cruz Booked 26'
Garcia Goal 47' Goal 51'
Morales Booked 80'
(Report) Alvarez Booked 4'
Vega Red card 5'
Watson Goal 26' (PK) Booked 64'
Godbolt Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 36', 41'
Seminole Soccer Complex
Sanford, Florida
Attendance: 100
Referee: Martin Bell (USA)

July 27, 2008
4:30 ET
New York Brooklyn Knights 0 – 1 Pennsylvania Reading Rage
Matteo Booked 40'
Smith Booked 43'
Gonzalez Booked 53'
Damiani Booked 61'
Carrizo Booked 77'
Alvarado Red card 90'
(Report) Burgess Goal 40' Booked 45'
Rowling Booked 69'
Don Thomas Stadium
Reading, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 510
Referee: Ian Bongaardt (USA)

July 27, 2008
7:00 ET
Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage 0 – 4 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill
Howard Booked 10' Milroth Goal 11'
Intermoia Booked 20'
Oliveira Goal 45' (PK)
Swartzendruber Goal 59'
C. Gold Booked 75' Goal 81'

July 27, 2008
10:00 ET
British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 4 – 1 Washington (state) Tacoma Tide
Edwini-Bonsu Goal 41' Goal 64'
Semenets Goal 66'
Russell Goal 86'
Johnstone Booked 87'
(Report) Mueller Booked 46'
Knapp Booked 54'
Agu Booked 82'
Schomaker Goal 90'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, California
Attendance: 510
Referee: Colin Arblaster (USA)

PDL Semifinals[edit]

August 2, 2008
7:00 ET
British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 1 – 2 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill
Leslie Booked 41'
Dosanjh Booked 56'
Davies Booked 81'
Edwini-Bonsu Goal 89' Booked 90+4' Red card 90+4'
Alvarado Booked 52'
Milroth Goal 61' Booked 79'
Zendejas Goal 90+4'
Chapples Park Stadium
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Attendance: 1,546
Referee: Frank Carpino (CAN)

August 2, 2008
9:15 ET
Pennsylvania Reading Rage 0 – 2 Texas Laredo Heat
O'Connor Booked 50'
Sanders Booked 84'
Quinones Booked 29'
Ramos Goal 41'
Garcia Goal 78'
Humphrey Booked 87'
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex
Laredo, Texas
Attendance: 1,693
Referee: Carlos Salas (USA)

PDL Final[edit]

August 9, 2008
8:45 ET
Ontario Thunder Bay Chill 1 – 1
(AET)
Texas Laredo Heat
Putrus Booked 34'
Da Silva Booked 44'
Milroth Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 56', 76'
Oliveira Goal 63' Booked 76'
J. Gold Booked 64'
(Report) Blackwell Booked 33'
Ibarra Goal 46'
Infante Booked 83'
Galvan Booked 90'
  Penalties  
Oliveira Penalty scored
Swartzendruber Penalty scored
C. Gold Penalty scored
Intermoia Penalty scored
4 – 1 Penalty scored Galvan
Penalty missed Ordaz
Penalty missed Su

Awards and All-League team[edit]

F: Carlos Araujo (Central Florida Kraze); Felix Garcia (Laredo Heat) (U19 Player of the Year); Junior Garcia (Yakima Reds) (league MVP)
M: Will Beaugé (Ottawa Fury); Fabricio Codeceira (Fresno Fuego); Adam Gazda (Reading Rage); Nate Jafta (Michigan Bucks)
D: Darrius Barnes (Cary RailHawks U23's); Mike Holody (Michigan Bucks); Norberto Papandrea (Austin Aztex U23) (Defender of the Year)
G: Miguel Gallardo (Austin Aztex U23) (Goalkeeper of the Year)
Coach: Wolfgang Suhnholz (Austin Aztex U23)

See also[edit]