2009 United Soccer Leagues

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The 2009 season is the 23rd season played by the United Soccer Leagues. Season titles will be contested by 20 professional men's clubs in the USL First Division and USL Second Division, as well as 37 professional and amateur women's clubs in the W-League and 68 professional and amateur men's teams in the USL Premier Development League.

The First Division season kicked off on April 11 with the US Open Cup finalist Charleston Battery and host defending champions Vancouver Whitecaps FC playing to a scoreless tie, while the Carolina RailHawks defeated the visiting Minnesota Thunder 2-1. The season ended on September 20 with the Charleston Battery defeating hosts Minnesota Thunder 3-2. As a change for this season, the Finals will follow the rest of the playoffs in being two legs.[1] The playoffs started on September 24, and ended on October 17 with the Montreal Impact defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a 6-3 aggregate score.

The Second Division season started on April 17 with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and host Crystal Palace Baltimore playing to a scoreless tie. The regular season ended on August 15 with three games. The Richmond Kickers captured the title in the playoffs with a 3-1 win over the Charlotte Eagles on August 29.

General[edit]

Honors[edit]

Competition Champion Runner-Up Regular Season Champion/Best USL team
USL First Division Montreal Impact Vancouver Whitecaps FC Portland Timbers
USL Second Division Richmond Kickers Charlotte Eagles Wilmington Hammerheads
USL PDL Ventura County Fusion Chicago Fire Premier Reading Rage
U.S. Open Cup Seattle Sounders FC D.C. United Rochester Rhinos
USL W-League Pali Blues Washington Freedom Reserves Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues

First Division[edit]

USL First Division
Season 2009
Goals scored 388
Average goals/game 2.35
Biggest home win 9 – 0 (Carolina vs Miami)
Biggest away win 4 – 1 (Portland @ Rochester)
3 – 0 (Portland @ Miami, Carolina @ Cleveland, Rochester @ Cleveland)
Highest scoring 9 – 0 (Carolina vs Miami)
Longest winning run 5 (Portland, Puerto Rico)
Longest unbeaten run 24 (Portland)
Longest losing run 6 (Miami)
Highest attendance 14,103 (Portland)
Lowest attendance 67 (Miami)
Average attendance 4,702
2008
2010

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

      Commissioner's Cup, bye to semifinal round of playoffs
      Quarterfinal round of playoffs

Pos Club Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD H2H Pts
1 Portland Timbers 58 30 16 4 10 45 19 +26
2 Carolina RailHawks 55 30 16 7 7 43 19 +24
3 Puerto Rico Islanders 53 30 15 7 8 44 31 +13 PUE: 6 pts
CHA: 3 pts
4 Charleston Battery 53 30 14 6 10 33 21 +12
5 Montreal Impact 44 30 12 10 8 32 31 +1
6 Rochester Rhinos 43 30 11 9 10 34 32 +2
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 42 30 11 10 9 42 36 +6
8 Minnesota Thunder 31 30 7 13 10 39 44 −5
9 Miami FC 29 30 8 17 5 26 52 −26
10 Austin Aztex 21 30 5 17 8 28 51 −23
11 Cleveland City Stars 19 30 4 19 7 22 52 −30

Austin deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on July 25, 2009[2]

Results[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Austin Aztex - AUS • Carolina RailHawks - CAR • Charleston Battery - CHA • Cleveland City Stars - CLE • Miami FC - MIA • Minnesota Thunder - MIN • Montreal Impact - MTL • Portland Timbers - POR • Puerto Rico Islanders - PUE • Rochester Rhinos - ROC • Vancouver Whitecaps FC - VAN
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Austin Aztex MIN VAN CLE PUE MTL CAR PUE CHA CHA PUE MIA CAR ROC CLE CLE ROC POR MIN MTL CHA CAR ROC MIN MTL MIA VAN MIA POR POR VAN
1-1 1-1 3-0 1-1 4-0 0-1 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-4 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-1 4-1 1-2 1-0 2-2 1-0 0-3 1-0 2-2 2-0 1-0 3-2 3-1 0-1 1-2 2-1
Carolina RailHawks MIN ROC MIN POR POR CHA MIA CLE AUS CLE POR MIN AUS PUE CHA VAN CHA MIA AUS ROC CLE VAN VAN ROC MIA MTL MTL PUE PUE MTL
2-1 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 1-2 0-2 0-3 0-1 1-0 0-0 2-0 1-1 1-2 0-1 2-1 2-1 4-0 3-0 0-1 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 9-0 1-1 1-0 2-0 2-1 2-0
Charleston Battery VAN MTL MIN MIA CAR MTL MIA ROC CLE AUS AUS POR PUE PUE PUE MTL CAR CLE ROC CAR AUS VAN POR CLE VAN POR MIN MIA ROC MIN
0-0 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-2 0-0 1-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 1-1 2-1 1-0 1-2 3-1 4-1 1-1 0-0 1-3 2-1 0-0 2-3
Cleveland City Stars MIA AUS ROC POR MIN CAR CAR CHA PUE PUE ROC MIA MIA VAN AUS AUS PUE CHA MTL ROC VAN CAR CHA MTL MIN MIN MTL POR POR VAN
3-1 3-0 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-3 1-0 2-0 2-1 2-2 3-0 1-2 0-1 2-2 2-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 4-1 4-1 0-0 2-0 4-1 1-2 1-0 3-0 1-2 0-1 2-1 2-1
Miami FC CLE MTL ROC CHA CAR CHA MIN VAN AUS CLE CLE MTL PUE VAN POR POR MIN CAR MTL PUE MIN POR VAN CAR AUS AUS ROC CHA ROC PUE
3-1 2-1 1-2 0-1 0-2 1-0 0-0 3-2 2-0 1-2 0-1 1-0 0-0 2-1 1-1 0-3 1-2 4-0 1-1 4-0 0-1 3-1 0-2 9-0 1-0 3-1 1-2 2-1 0-0 3-1
Minnesota Thunder CAR AUS CHA CAR VAN CLE MIA PUE ROC CAR POR ROC POR VAN MTL AUS MIA POR MTL MIA AUS ROC CLE CLE PUE VAN CHA PUE MTL CHA
2-1 1-1 1-1 1-0 3-2 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 5-1 1-2 1-1 4-0 3-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 1-0 0-1 2-2 3-3 1-0 3-0 3-1 1-1 1-3 5-2 1-1 2-3
Montreal Impact CHA MIA PUE ROC CHA AUS ROC POR VAN VAN MIA POR CHA MIN ROC PUE CLE AUS MIA MIN POR PUE CLE AUS CAR CAR CLE VAN MIN CAR
0-0 2-1 3-2 1-2 0-0 4-0 0-1 1-0 1-2 2-1 1-0 4-0 0-1 2-0 0-0 0-1 4-1 2-2 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-2 2-0 1-1 1-0 1-2 1-0 1-1 2-0
Portland Timbers VAN CAR CAR CLE ROC PUE PUE VAN MTL CAR CHA MIN MTL MIN AUS MIA MIA PUE MIN VAN CHA MTL ROC MIA CHA ROC AUS AUS CLE CLE
1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-1 5-1 4-0 1-1 1-2 1-1 0-3 0-0 1-1 1-0 3-1 0-1 1-4 3-1 0-0 1-2 0-1 1-2 0-1 2-1
Puerto Rico Islanders VAN ROC MTL AUS VAN POR POR AUS MIN CLE CLE AUS CHA CHA CHA CAR MIA ROC CLE MTL POR VAN MIA MTL MIN ROC CAR MIN CAR MIA
2-1 0-0 3-2 1-1 1-0 1-1 1-2 3-1 1-2 2-1 2-2 4-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 4-2 4-0 1-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 5-2 2-1 3-1
Rochester Rhinos CAR PUE MIA CLE MTL POR VAN CHA MTL MIN CLE AUS MIN AUS PUE MTL CHA CLE VAN CAR AUS POR MIN CAR VAN POR PUE MIA MIA CHA
1-0 0-0 1-2 0-3 1-2 2-1 1-2 2-0 0-1 0-0 3-0 0-2 1-2 4-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 4-1 1-3 0-1 1-0 1-4 3-3 0-0 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-2 0-0 0-0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC CHA PUE AUS POR MIN PUE ROC POR MTL MIA MTL CLE MIN MIA CAR PUE ROC CLE POR CHA CAR CAR CHA MIA ROC AUS MIN MTL AUS CLE
0-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 2-3 1-0 1-2 2-0 1-2 3-2 2-1 2-2 4-0 2-1 2-1 4-2 1-3 0-0 1-0 1-2 0-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 3-2 1-1 1-0 2-1 2-1

Playoffs[edit]

Teams will be re-seeded for semifinal matchups

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                                       
  2  Carolina RailHawks FC 0 0 0    
  7  Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 0 1    
      1  Portland Timbers 1 3 4  
    7  Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 3 5    
     
      5  Montreal Impact 3 3 6
  3  Puerto Rico Islanders 1 4 5         7  Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 1 3
  6  Rochester Rhinos 2 1 3          
      3  Puerto Rico Islanders 1 1 2    
        5  Montreal Impact 2 2 4  
  4  Charleston Battery 0 1 1    
  5  Montreal Impact 2 2 4  

Quarterfinals[edit]

September 24, 2009
7:05 PM EDT
Puerto Rico Islanders 1 – 2 Rochester Rhinos
Arrieta Red card 7'
Hansen Booked 68'
Addlery Goal 72'
(Report) Bertz Goal 64'
Ball Goal 71'
Short Booked 74'

September 24, 2009
7:45 PM EDT
Charleston Battery 0 – 2 Montreal Impact
Bobo Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 10', 45' (Report) Testo Goal 10'
Di Lorenzo Booked 12'
Placentino Goal 88' Booked 88'
Saputo Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
Attendance: 11,282
Referee: Dave Gantar (Canada)

September 24, 2009
7:30 PM PDT
Carolina RailHawks FC 0 – 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Low Booked 78'
Paladini Booked 80'
(Report) Versailles Booked 64'
Edwini-Bonsu Goal 77'
Swangard Stadium
Burnaby, British Columbia
Attendance: 5,135
Referee: Fabrizio Romano (Canada)

September 27, 2009
5:00 PM EDT
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 – 0 Carolina RailHawks FC
Bellisomo Booked 43'
Nash Booked 59'
Martin Booked 75'
(Report) Rusin Booked 52'
Plotkin Booked 76'
WakeMed Soccer Park
Cary, North Carolina
Attendance: 2,471
Referee: Niko Bratsis (United States)

September 27, 2009
7:00 PM ADT
Rochester Rhinos 1 – 4 Puerto Rico Islanders
Sancho Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 24', 29'
Nunes Goal 82'
(Report) Noël Goal 12'80'
Addlery Goal 40'90' Booked 84'
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 4,232
Referee: Jose Rivero (United States)

September 27, 2009
7:00 PM EDT
Montreal Impact 2 – 1 Charleston Battery
deRoux Booked 16'
Pizzolitto Goal 23'
Donatelli Goal 74' Booked 82'
(Report) Fuller Goal 16' Booked 72'
Wilson Booked 76'
Blackbaud Stadium
Charleston, South Carolina
Attendance: 2,311
Referee: Mark Kadlecik (United States)

Semifinals[edit]

October 1, 2009
7:30 PM EDT
Puerto Rico Islanders 1 – 2 Montreal Impact
Jones Booked 6'
Steele Goal 31'
(Report) Donatelli Goal 8'
Brown Goal 20'
Pizzolitto Booked 58'
Saputo Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
Attendance: 9,835
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

October 1, 2009
7:30 PM PDT
Portland Timbers 1 – 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Pore Goal 44' (Report) Gbeke Goal 25'
Reda Red card 45'
Haber Goal 49'
James Booked 66'
Versailles Booked 76'
Swangard Stadium
Burnaby, British Columbia
Attendance: 4,516
Referee: Geoff Gamble (CAN)

October 4, 2009
7:00 PM ADT
Montreal Impact 2 – 1 Puerto Rico Islanders
Byers Goal 2'
deRoux Booked 16'
Pizzolitto Booked 24'
Joqueviel Booked 81'
Sebrango Goal 90'
(Report) Vélez Booked 44'
Hansen Goal 86' (pen.)
Nuñez Booked 90'
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 5,101
Referee: Oscar Ortiz (USA)

October 4, 2009
4:00 PM PDT
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 – 3 Portland Timbers
Haber Goal 4' Booked 62'
Nash Goal 60'
James Goal 71'
(Report) Farber Goal 10'43'
McManus Booked 26'
Pore Booked 66'
Nimo Goal 83'
López Booked 90'
PGE Park
Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 14,283
Referee: Gilario Grajeda (USA)

Finals[edit]

October 10, 2009
6:30 PM PDT
Montreal Impact 3 – 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Pejic Goal 45' (Own goal)
Byers Goal 63'
Sebrango Goal 89'
(Report) NashRed card 51'
Haber Goal 56'
James Goal 65'Booked 66'
Swangard Stadium
Burnaby, British Columbia
Attendance: 5,886
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

October 17, 2009
2:30 PM EDT
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 – 3 Montreal Impact
Bellsomo Booked 21'
Pejic Red card 29'
Moose Booked 56'
Toure Goal 44'
(Report) Donatelli Goal 30' (pen.)
Gjertsen Goal 40'
Brown Goal 42'
Saputo Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
Attendance: 13,034
Referee: Dave Gantar

Awards and All-League team[edit]

F: Charles Gbeke (VAN), Keita Mandjou (POR), Johnny Menyongar (ROC)
M: Daniel Paladini (CAR), Ryan Pore (POR), Ricardo Sánchez (MIN)
D: Nelson Akwari (CHA), Cristian Arrieta, (PR), Matt Bobo (CHA), David Hayes, (POR)
G: Steve Cronin (POR) (Goalkeeper of the Year)
Coach:

Second Division[edit]

USL Second Division
Season 2009
Champions Wilmington Hammerheads (Regular Season); Richmond Kickers (playoffs)
Goals scored 252
Average goals/game 2.80
Biggest home win 6–0 (Charlotte vs. Bermuda)
Biggest away win 6–3 (Wilmington @ Charlotte)
3–0 (Charlotte @ Real Maryland)
Highest scoring 7–2 (Richmond vs Bermuda)
6–3 (Wilmington @ Charlotte)
Longest winning run 5 (Wilmington)
Longest unbeaten run 6 (Richmond)
Longest losing run 5 (Bermuda)
Highest attendance 4,010 (Richmond)
Lowest attendance 200 (Bermuda)
Average attendance 1,686
2008
2010

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Wilmington Hammerheads 20 12 3 5 42 24 +18 41
2 Richmond Kickers 20 11 3 6 39 18 +21 39
3 Harrisburg City Islanders 20 9 7 4 31 23 +8 31
4 Charlotte Eagles 20 8 5 7 40 28 +12 31
5 Real Maryland Monarchs 20 8 10 2 22 31 −9 26
6 Crystal Palace Baltimore 20 6 9 5 16 20 −4 23
7 Western Mass Pioneers 20 6 9 5 21 34 −13 23
8 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 20 6 10 4 18 27 −9 22
9 Bermuda Hogges 20 4 12 4 19 43 −24 16

Purple indicates league title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Results[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Bermuda Hogges - BMU • Charlotte Eagles - CHA • Crystal Palace Baltimore - CPB
Harrisburg City Islanders - HAR • Pittsburgh Riverhounds - PIT • Real Maryland Monarchs - RMM
Richmond Kickers - RIC • Western Mass Pioneers - WMA • Wilmington Hammerheads - WIL
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Bermuda Hogges CPB RMM HAR RIC WIL WIL RMY WIL CHA PIT HAR CPB WMA PIT PIT RIC WMA WMA CHA RMY
2-0 3-2 2-1 1-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 6-0 1-0 3-0 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-0 7-2 5-0 2-2 1-1 4-3
Charlotte Eagles WIL CPB WIL RIC CPB HAR PIT BMU WMA RIC HAR WIL RIC WMA RMM RMM CPB BMU PIT WMA
2-2 0-2 3-6 1-1 1-2 3-0 5-1 6-0 2-0 2-2 0-0 2-3 3-0 5-0 1-1 0-3 0-0 1-1 1-3 3-0
Crystal Palace Baltimore PIT BMU CHA WIL RMM WMA CHA RIC WMA RMM WMA WIL BMU RMM HAR HAR RIC CHA HAR PIT
0-0 2-0 0-2 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-0 0-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 0-1 3-1 2-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-0
Harrisburg City Islanders RIC WMA BMU PIT PIT CHA RMM RIC BMU RMM CHA WIL CPB CPB PIT WIL RIC RMM CPB WMA
2-2 3-1 2-1 3-0 0-1 3-0 2-3 5-0 3-0 4-0 0-0 3-2 3-1 2-0 1-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 2-1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds CPB RIC RMM HAR HAR CHA WIL BMU RIC WMA RIC BMU BMU RMM HAR WMA WMA WIL CHA CPB
0-0 1-1 2-1 3-0 0-1 5-1 1-3 1-0 0-2 0-0 1-2 1-2 1-0 2-1 1-0 1-1 3-0 0-2 1-3 1-0
Real Maryland Monarchs BMU PIT CPB WMA BMU CPB HAR WMA RIC HAR WIL CPB PIT WIL CHA CHA RIC HAR BMU WIL
3-2 2-1 2-0 3-0 1-0 0-1 2-3 2-0 1-0 4-0 3-0 0-1 2-1 3-1 1-1 0-3 1-0 0-0 4-3 2-0
Richmond Kickers HAR RIC WMA BMU CHA CPB WMA HAR RMM PIT CHA PIT CHA BMU CPB WIL HAR RMM WIL WIL
2-2 1-1 0-2 1-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 5-0 1-0 0-2 2-2 1-2 3-0 7-2 1-2 3-2 0-1 1-0 0-1 2-2
Western Mass Pioneers HAR RIC CPB RMM WIL CPB RIC CPB RMM CHA PIT BMU WIL CHA BMU BMU PIT PIT HAR CHA
3-1 0-2 1-0 3-0 2-1 0-0 2-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 0-0 2-2 4-0 5-0 5-0 2-2 1-1 3-0 2-1 3-0
Wilmington Hammerheads CHA CPB CHA BMU BMU WMA PIT BMU CPB RMM HAR CHA WMA RMM RIC HAR PIT RIC RMM RIC
2-2 3-0 3-6 0-0 0-1 2-1 1-3 1-0 2-1 0-3 3-2 2-3 4-0 3-1 3-2 1-2 0-2 0-1 2-0 2-2

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                           
      1  Wilmington Hammerheads 0  
  4  Charlotte Eagles 3     4  Charlotte Eagles 1    
  5  Real Maryland Monarchs 1         2  Richmond Kickers 3
      4  Charlotte Eagles 1
      2  Richmond Kickers (AET) 1    
        3  Harrisburg City Islanders 0  

First Round[edit]

August 19, 2009
Real Maryland Monarchs 1 – 3 Charlotte Eagles
Brooks Goal 83' Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 54', 90+'
Lewis Booked 68'
King Booked 89'
Funicello Red card 90'
Report Herrera Goal 4' (pen.)
Swinehart Goal 16'
Bentos Goal 90' Booked 90+'
Restart Field
Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 760
Referee: Mark Kadlecik (United States)

Semifinals[edit]

August 22, 2009
7:00 PM EDT
Harrisburg City Islanders 0 – 1
(AET)
Richmond Kickers
Baker Booked 43'
Velten Booked 63'
(Report) Worthen Booked 33'
Hunter Booked 117'
Delicâte Goal 120'
University of Richmond Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 1,923
Referee: Mike Andrews (United States)

August 22, 2009
7:00 PM EDT
Charlotte Eagles 1 – 0 Wilmington Hammerheads
Williams Booked 61'
Herrera Booked 62'
Swinehart Booked 80'
Bentos Goal 85'
(Report) Watson Booked 36'
Legion Stadium, Wilmington, North Carolina
Attendance: 2,783
Referee: Dan Fitzgerald (United States)

Final[edit]

August 29, 2009
8:00 PM EDT
Charlotte Eagles 1 – 3 Richmond Kickers
Martins Goal 14'
Nunes Booked 41'
Williams Booked 46'
Ceus Booked 85'
(Report) Elcock Goal 63'
DiRaimondo Goal 83'
Bulow Goal 86' (pen.)
University of Richmond Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 2,991
Referee: Tony Russo (United States)

Awards and All-League team[edit]

First Team
F: Matthew Delicâte (Richmond Kickers), Jamie Watson (WIL) (MVP)
M: Ty Shipalane (HAR), Kenny Bundy (WIL), Mike Burke (RIC), Jorge Herrera (CHA)
D: Dustin Bixler (HAR), John Borrajo (RMD), Shintaro Harada (CPB), Yomby William (RIC) (Defender of the Year)
G: Ronnie Pascale (RIC) (Goalkeeper of the Year)
Coach: David Irving (WIL)
Rookie of the Year: Ty Shipalane, HAR

Second Team
F: Almir Barbosa (WMA), Damico Coddington (BER), Chad Severs (HAR)
M: Justin Evans (PIT), Jamie Franks (WIL), Amaury Nunes (CHA), Val Teixeira (CPB)
D: Colin Falvey (WIL), Sascha Gorres (RIC), Andrew Marshall (CPB)
G: Chase Harrison (HAR)

Premier Development League[edit]

Further information: 2009 PDL Season

W-League[edit]

Further information: 2009 W-League Season

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 USL-1 season details unveiled". www.uslsoccer.com. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Austin receives two point deduction". www.uslsoccer.com. July 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 

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