2011 PDL season

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USL Premier Development League
2011-PDL-Championship-logo.png
Official 2011 PDL Championship logo
Season 2011
Champions Kitsap Pumas
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Matches played 512
Goals scored 1643 (3.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Jake Keegan, Westchester Flames, 16
Biggest home win 7-1, Real Colorado Foxes over Springfield Demize
Biggest away win 11-1 Jersey Express S.C. over Brooklyn Knights
Highest scoring 12 goals, Jersey Express S.C. 11-1 Brooklyn Knights
2010
2012

The 2011 USL Premier Development League season was the 17th season of the PDL. The regular season began on April 29, 2011, when the Los Angeles Blues 23 played Fresno Fuego, and ended on July 24. The playoffs began on Tuesday, July 26 and concluded with the PDL Championship Game on August 6. As in previous years, the PDL Championship Game was broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel in the United States, with commentary by Steve Bell and Keith Tabatznik.

The Kitsap Pumas ended the season as national champions, beating Laredo Heat 1-0 in the 2011 PDL Championship game. The playoffs were held at the home of the Pumas in Bremerton, Washington.

Fresno Fuego had the best regular-season record, posting an unbeaten 13-0-3 record. Fresno midfielder Milton Blanco was named League MVP, after leading the league in points (38) and assists (14) and helping his team to the Southwest Division title. Two Michigan Bucks players - Stewart Givens and Mitch Hildebrandt - were given end-of-season awards as Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year respectively, while their coach Gary Parsons was named Coach of the Year. Jake Keegan of the Westchester Flames was named Rookie of the Year after tallying 16 goals in 16 games to take the league goal-scoring crown. Keegan accounted for 64 percent of Westchester’s goals in 2011 and also finished third in the league in points with 34.[1]

Changes from 2010[edit]

Name changes[edit]

New franchise[edit]

  • Ten franchises were announced as joining the league this year:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Flag of Ohio.svg Akron Summit Assault[5] Akron area Akron, OH expansion
Flag of Virginia.svg Fredericksburg Hotspur[6] Fredericksburg area Fredericksburg, VA expansion
Flag of Ontario.svg Hamilton Rage[7] Hamilton area Hamilton, ON expansion
Flag of Florida.svg FC Jax Destroyers Jacksonville area Jacksonville, FL expansion
Flag of California.svg Los Angeles Blues 23[8] West Los Angeles area Pacific Palisades, CA expansion
Flag of Washington.svg North Sound SeaWolves[9] Snohomish County area Everett, WA expansion
Flag of Maryland.svg Real Maryland Monarchs[10] Montgomery County area Rockville, MD from USL Second Division
Flag of Texas.svg Rio Grande Valley Grandes[11] Rio Grande Valley area Edinburg, TX expansion
Flag of Kentucky.svg River City Rovers[12] Louisville area Louisville, KY expansion
Flag of Manitoba.svg WSA Winnipeg[13] Winnipeg area Winnipeg, MB expansion

Folding/moving[edit]

Standings[edit]

Purple indicates division title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Note: The first tie-breaker in PDL standings is head-to-head results between teams tied on points, which is why some teams with inferior goal differences finish ahead in the standings.

Central Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Michigan Bucks 16 12 2 2 38 9 +29 38
2 Chicago Fire Premier 16 11 2 3 28 10 +18 35
3 Forest City London 16 9 2 5 32 23 +9 29
4 Indiana Invaders 16 6 3 7 25 26 -1 21
5 Akron Summit Assault 16 5 3 8 23 28 -5 18
6 Hamilton Rage 16 5 3 8 20 27 -7 18
7 Toronto Lynx 16 5 2 9 15 25 -10 17
8 Cincinnati Kings 16 2 7 7 23 33 -10 13
9 River City Rovers 16 2 6 8 16 37 -21 12

Heartland Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Thunder Bay Chill 16 12 2 2 31 9 +22 38
2 Des Moines Menace 16 12 0 4 41 20 +21 36
3 Real Colorado Foxes 16 11 3 2 49 23 +26 36
4 Kansas City Brass 16 4 4 8 28 36 -8 16
5 St. Louis Lions 16 4 5 7 25 24 +1 13
6 WSA Winnipeg 16 3 1 12 15 44 -29 10
7 Springfield Demize 16 1 3 12 12 45 -33 6

*Note: St. Louis Lions deducted four points for league rules infringement

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Long Island Rough Riders 16 12 3 1 42 13 +29 39
2 Reading United 16 12 2 2 41 14 +27 38
3 Jersey Express 16 11 3 2 45 12 +33 36
4 Westchester Flames 16 6 4 6 25 33 -8 22
5 Central Jersey Spartans 16 4 4 8 24 31 -7 16
6 Bermuda Hogges 16 4 3 9 17 31 -14 15
7 Ocean City Nor'easters 16 2 8 6 20 25 -5 14
8 New Jersey Rangers 16 5 1 10 15 32 -17 12
9 Brooklyn Knights 16 1 2 13 15 53 -38 5

*Note: New Jersey Rangers deducted four points for league rules infringement

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 MPS Portland Phoenix 16 8 5 3 24 11 +13 29
2 New Hampshire Phantoms 16 7 3 6 25 20 +5 24
3 Western Mass Pioneers 16 6 5 5 18 20 -2 23
4 Ottawa Fury 16 4 5 7 22 31 -9 17
5 Vermont Voltage 16 3 6 7 12 21 -9 15

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Carolina Dynamo 16 11 1 4 37 14 +23 34
2 Northern Virginia Royals 16 10 1 5 20 13 +7 31
3 Real Maryland Monarchs 16 8 2 6 29 20 +9 26
4 West Virginia Chaos 16 7 4 5 32 23 +9 25
5 Virginia Beach Piranhas 16 3 3 10 13 32 -19 12
6 Fredericksburg Hotspur 16 2 3 11 10 39 -29 9

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Laredo Heat 16 11 2 3 35 13 +22 35
2 Chivas El Paso Patriots 16 10 3 3 24 22 +2 33
3 Baton Rouge Capitals 16 8 1 7 26 20 +6 25
4 New Orleans Jesters 16 7 2 7 23 27 -4 23
5 West Texas United Sockers 16 5 0 11 20 35 -15 15
6 Rio Grande Valley Grandes 16 3 2 11 19 29 -10 11

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Mississippi Brilla 16 12 2 2 39 14 +25 38
2 Central Florida Kraze 16 11 2 3 34 23 +11 35
3 Bradenton Academics 16 8 2 6 34 27 +7 26
4 Jax Destroyers 16 3 4 9 22 37 -15 13
5 Nashville Metros 16 3 3 10 15 31 -16 12
6 Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy 16 2 3 11 17 30 -13 9

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Kitsap Pumas 16 12 3 1 42 9 +33 35
2 Victoria Highlanders 16 9 3 4 29 16 +13 30
3 Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 16 8 3 5 24 21 +3 27
4 Portland Timbers U23's 16 6 4 6 34 21 +13 22
5 Abbotsford Mariners 16 6 3 7 22 25 -3 21
6 North Sound SeaWolves 16 4 4 8 20 34 -14 16
7 Washington Crossfire 16 3 5 8 22 39 -17 14
8 Tacoma Tide 16 1 5 10 21 49 -28 8

*Note: Kitsap Pumas deducted four points for league rules infringement

Southwest Division[edit]

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Fresno Fuego 16 13 3 0 43 15 +28 42
2 Ventura County Fusion 16 10 6 0 38 10 +28 36
3 Orange County Blue Star 16 9 2 5 45 31 +14 29
4 Southern California Seahorses 16 8 3 5 22 24 -2 27
5 BYU Cougars 16 4 4 8 15 21 -6 16
6 Los Angeles Blues 23 16 4 2 10 17 37 -20 14
7 Ogden Outlaws 16 2 4 10 18 36 -18 10
8 Los Angeles Misioneros 16 1 2 13 16 40 -24 5

League post-season tournament[edit]

Division matches for qualification[edit]

Northeast Division
Eastern Conference
     
NE1 MPS Portland Phoenix 0
NE2 New Hampshire Phantoms 1
Mid Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
     
MA2 Reading United 0
MA3 Jersey Express 1
South Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
     
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 1
SA2 Northern Virginia Royals 0
Great Lakes Division
Central Conference
     
GL2 Chicago Fire Premier 3
GL3 Forest City London 0

Bracket[edit]

Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Semi-Finals Finals
                       
SE1 Mississippi Brilla 3
MS2 Chivas El Paso Patriots 0
SE1 Mississippi Brilla 2 (6)
Southern Conference
MS1 Laredo Heat 2 (7)
MS1 Laredo Heat 1
SE2 Central Florida Kraze 0
MS1 Laredo Heat 4
MA1 Long Island Rough Riders 1
MA1 Long Island Rough Riders 3
NE2 New Hampshire Phantoms 1
MA1 Long Island Rough Riders 3
Eastern Conference
MA3 Jersey Express 2
MA3 Jersey Express 2
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 1
MS1 Laredo Heat 0
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 1
SW1 Fresno Fuego 3
NW2 Victoria Highlanders 1
SW1 Fresno Fuego 0
Western Conference
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 1
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 1
SW2 Ventura County Fusion 0
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 3
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 1
GL1 Michigan Bucks 3
HL2 Des Moines Menace 2
GL1 Michigan Bucks 1
Central Conference
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 2
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 1
GL2 Chicago Fire Premier 0

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

July 26, 2011
7:00PM EST
Illinois Chicago Fire Premier 3 - 0 Ontario Forest City London
Vaz Goal 37' Goal 68'
Mallace Goal 51'
Report 1
Report 2
Toyota Park
Bridgeview, IL
Attendance: 50
Referee: Miguel Panduro Jr. (USA)

July 26, 2011
7:00PM EST
North Carolina Carolina Dynamo 1 - 0 Virginia Northern Virginia Royals
Lovejoy Goal 24' Report
Macpherson Stadium
Browns Summit, NC
Attendance: 2,519
Referee: Danny Thornberry (USA)

July 26, 2011
8:00PM EST
Pennsylvania Reading United 0 - 1 New Jersey Jersey Express
Report Youhill Goal 50'
Don Thomas Stadium
Reading, PA
Attendance: 300
Referee: John Douglas (USA)

July 26, 2011
8:15PM EST
Maine MPS Portland Phoenix 0 - 1 New Hampshire New Hampshire Phantoms
Report Tsonis Goal 32'
Memorial Stadium
Portland, ME
Attendance: 300
Referee: Guido Gonzalez (USA)

Conference Semifinals[edit]

July 29, 2011
5:30PM EDT
North Carolina Carolina Dynamo 1 - 2 New Jersey Jersey Express
Tweed-Kent Goal 38' Report Niouky Goal 27'
Coulibaly Goal 33'
Cy Donnelly Stadium
South Huntington, NY
Attendance: 145
Referee: Yevgeniy Mednikov (USA)

July 29, 2011
5:30PM EDT
Illinois Chicago Fire Premier 0 - 1 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill
Report Gonzalez Goal 37'
Ultimate Soccer Arenas
Pontiac, MI
Referee: Giuseppi Agusta (USA)

July 29, 2011
6:00PM EDT
Florida Central Florida Kraze 0 - 1 Texas Laredo Heat
Report Ibarra Goal 55'
Harper Davis Stadium
Jackson, MS
Referee: Thaj Huynh (USA)

July 29, 2011
8:00 PM EDT
New Hampshire New Hampshire Phantoms 1 - 3 New York Long Island Rough Riders
Adam Goal 43' Report Sarle Goal 18' Goal 27' Goal 53'
Cy Donnelly Stadium
South Huntington, NY
Attendance: 387
Referee: Hernan Aguilar (USA)

July 29, 2011
8:00PM EDT
Iowa Des Moines Menace 2 - 3
(AET)
Michigan Michigan Bucks
Sosa Goal 45' Goal 103' Report 1
Report 2
Catalano Goal 90'
Alashe Goal 105'
Caldwell Goal 111'
Ultimate Soccer Arenas
Pontiac, MI
Attendance: 944
Referee: Marc Lawrence (USA)

July 29, 2011
8:30PM EDT
Texas Chivas El Paso Patriots 0 - 3 Mississippi Mississippi Brilla
Report 1
Report 2
Aduny Goal 11'
Luak Goal 30'
Palmer Goal 74'
Harper Davis Stadium
Jackson, MS
Attendance: 1,412
Referee: Jack Damrill (USA)

July 30, 2011
1:00 PM EDT
California Ventura County Fusion 0 - 1 Washington (state) Kitsap Pumas
Report 1
Report 2
Burke Goal 11'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, CA
Referee: Ezequiel Molina (USA)

July 30, 2011
3:30 PM EDT
British Columbia Victoria Highlanders 1 - 3 California Fresno Fuego
Dixon Goal 19' Report 1
Report 2
Reinhart Goal 10' Goal 83' Goal 90'
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, CA
Attendance: 2,369
Referee: Chris Hutchison (USA)

Conference Finals[edit]

July 30, 2011
5:00PM EDT
New Jersey Jersey Express 2 - 3 New York Long Island Rough Riders
Ovenseri Goal 50' Goal 56' Report Detelj Goal 7'
Sarle Goal 33'
Barea Goal 84'
Cy Donnelly Stadium
South Huntington, NY
Attendance: 826
Referee: Ayodeji Obisesan (USA)

July 30, 2011
7:30PM EDT
Ontario Thunder Bay Chill 2 - 1 Michigan Michigan Bucks
Oliveira Goal 8'
Neto Goal 86'
Report Givens Goal 11'
Ultimate Soccer Arenas
Pontiac, MI
Attendance: 796
Referee: Artem Sher (USA)

July 30, 2011
8:30PM EDT
Texas Laredo Heat 2 - 2
(AET)
Mississippi Mississippi Brilla
Garcia Goal 11'
Begines Goal 116'
Report 1
Report 2
Palmer Goal 90+'
Luak Goal 97'
  Penalties  
7 - 6
Harper Davis Stadium
Jackson, MS
Attendance: 1,027
Referee: Jared Peeler (USA)

July 31, 2011
3:00PM EDT
Washington (state) Kitsap Pumas 1 - 0 California Fresno Fuego
Hyde Goal 89' Report 1
Report 2
Report 3
Chukchansi Park
Fresno, CA
Attendance: 2,573
Referee: Said Ravenfar (USA)

PDL Semifinals[edit]

August 5, 2011
8:00PM EDT
Texas Laredo Heat 4 - 1 New York Long Island Rough Riders
Bayona Goal 38'
Ibarra Goal 64'
Lopez Goal 85'
Escovar Goal 90'
Report 1
Report 2
Gabriele Goal 69'
Bremerton Memorial Stadium
Bremerton, WA
Attendance: 1,122
Referee: Ezequiel Molina (USA)

August 5, 2011
10:30PM EDT
Washington (state) Kitsap Pumas 3 - 1 Ontario Thunder Bay Chill
Burke Goal 60'
Friesen Goal 72' Goal 90'
Report 1
Report 2
Oliveira Goal 34'

PDL Final[edit]

Award Winners and Finalists[edit]

MVP: Milton Blanco (FRE) (winner), Mitch Hildebrandt (MIC), Chandler Hoffman (OCB)
Rookie of the Year: Albert Edward (RCR), Brian Holt (REA), Jake Keegan (WES) (winner)
Defender of the Year: Dillon Barna (VCF), Stewart Givens (MIC) (winner), Wilson Neto (TBC)
Goalkeeper of the Year: Mitch Hildebrandt (MIC)
Coach of the Year: Tony Colistro (TBC), Pete Fewing (KIT), Gary Parsons (MIC) (winner)[19]

All-League and All-Conference Teams[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

F: Hakan Ilhan (CAR), Jake Keegan (WES)*, Dominick Sarle (LIR)
M: Keishen Bean (BER), Jason Massie (POR), Stephen Okai (REA)
D: Matthew Baker (REA), Brian Fekete (POR), Shaun Foster (JER), Kyle Manscuk (OTT)
G: Brian Holt (REA)

Central Conference[edit]

F: Adam Mena (IND), Branden Stelmak (CIN), Brandon Swartzendruber (TBC)
M: Tom Catalano (MIC), Albert Edward (RCR), John Sosa (DMM)*
D: Kevin Cope (CHI), Stewart Givens (MIC)*, Jonathan Raj (CHI), Wilson Neto (TBC)*
G: Mitch Hildebrandt (MIC)*

Southern Conference[edit]

F: Moses Aduny (MIS), Esteban Bayona (LAR), Achille Campion (BRC)
M: Michael Azira (MIS), Enrique Cervantes (EPP), Jonathan Mendoza (CFK)*
D: Carlos Ordaz (LAR), Guilherme Reis (BRD), Daniel Sackman (CFK), Hugo Samano Contreras (EPP)
G: Keneil Baker (CFK)

Western Conference[edit]

F: Milton Blanco (FRE)*, Chandler Hoffman (OCB)*, Brent Richards (POR)
M: Danny Barrera (VCF)*, Nikolas Besagno (KIT), Jose Cuevas (FRE)
D: Dillon Barna (VCF)*, Fernando De Alba (LAB), Ryan Kawulok (POR), Daniel Scott (KIT)*
G. Bryan Meredith (KIT)

* denotes All-League player

See also[edit]

References[edit]