2012–13 Chicago Mustangs season

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Chicago Mustangs
ChicagoMustangsPASL.jpg
2012–13 PASL season
Owner/CEO Armando Gamboa
Head Coach Narciso "Chicho" Cuevas
(games 1–13)[1]
Armando Gamboa
(games 14–16)[2]
Arena Grand Sports Arena
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
PASL 3rd, Central
US Open Cup Semi-Finals
Average home league attendance 339 (over 8 home games)[3]

The 2012–13 Chicago Mustangs season was the first season of the new Chicago Mustangs professional indoor soccer club. The Mustangs, a Central Division team in the Professional Arena Soccer League, played their home games in the Grand Sports Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Nasser Rafidia was the team's general manager. Narciso "Chicho" Cuevas served as head coach until late January 2013 when owner Armando Gamboa assumed the role with Thomas Cahue as his assistant coach.[1][2]

Season summary[edit]

The Mustangs were successful in the regular season, finishing 11–5, but failed to qualify for the postseason in the tough Central Division. The team fared better at home than on the road, winning 7 of 8 home games but splitting the road games with 4 wins and 4 losses. A coaching change late in the season was followed by the team dropping 2 of its 3 final matches.

The Mustangs participated in the 2012–13 United States Open Cup for Arena Soccer. They defeated the Rockford Rampage in the Wild Card round, the Illinois Piasa in the Round of 16, and the Cincinnati Saints of the Premier Arena Soccer League in the Quarter-Finals before falling to the Detroit Waza in the Semi-Finals.

History[edit]

The Mustangs are named for the original Chicago Mustangs that was a founding member of the United Soccer Association in 1967 and played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1968 before becoming a semi-pro team in 1969.

Off-field moves[edit]

The Mustangs huddle during a road match against the Dallas Sidekicks on January 12, 2013.

8-year old Melissa Mendoza and her mother, the Mustangs' Director of Marketing, organized a canned food and clothing collection drive dubbed "Mission Melissa". Kicked off with a halftime presentation during the December 15th game against the Illinois Piasa, the drive collects for families in need at the holiday season. The team offered free tickets to any person that donated to the drive.[4]

The team's first two home games had a reported attendance of 459 while the remaining home games each reported an attendance of 299. These numbers were reported by the team for technical reasons and may not represent an accurate count of home attendees.

Roster moves[edit]

On November 2, 2012, the Mustangs announced the signing of Jose Omar Santillan, Ruben Omar Tapia, and Miguel Angel Vaca from the Guerreros de Guadalajara of the Liga Mexicana de Fútbol Rapido.[5]

On February 6, 2013, the team submitted its 20-man roster in preparation for the postseason. Included on it were three newly signed midfielders: local Angel Escobedo plus Mexican national football team veterans Eduardo Rodrigo Flores and Edgar Quintin Vazquez. Both Vazquez and Flores join four other Mustangs players who spend their summer with Guerreros De Guadalajara in the Liga Mexicana de Fútbol Rapido. Flores is also the brother of Mustangs goalkeeper Jesus Flores.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

On January 1, 2013, the Professional Arena Soccer League named Nestor Hernandez as its Player of the Week. The league cited the rookie midfielder's team-leading scoring efforts, including six goals plus three assists in the previous weekend's two games, in making their decision.[7]

In postseason honors, forward Nestor Hernandez was named to the 2012-13 PASL All-League First Team.[8]

Schedule[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Regular season[edit]

Game Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location[9] Attendance
Final Score Record
1 Saturday November 10 4:30pm Illinois Piasa W 16–8[10] 1–0 Grand Sports Arena 459[11]
2 Saturday November 24 7:05pm at Rockford Rampage L 6–7[12] 1–1 Victory Sports Complex 485[13]
3 Saturday December 1 7:30pm
(6:30pm Central)
at Detroit Waza L 7–8 1–2 Taylor Sportsplex 428[14]
4 Saturday December 8 4:30pm Rockford Rampage W 8–7[15] 2–2 Grand Sports Arena 459[16]
5 Saturday December 15 4:30pm Illinois Piasa W 15–8[17] 3–2 Grand Sports Arena[4] 299[18]
6 Sunday December 23 1:30pm Texas Strikers W 20–1 4–2 Grand Sports Arena[19] 299[20]
7 Friday December 28 8:00pm Rio Grande Valley Flash W 10–9[21] 5–2 Grand Sports Arena[22] 299[23]
8 Monday December 31 5:00pm at Cincinnati Kings W 6–5 6–2 GameTime Training Center 226[24]
9 Saturday January 5 7:35pm at Illinois Piasa W 7–6[25] 7–2 The Sports Academy 360[26]
10 Sunday January 6 6:30pm Dallas Sidekicks W 8–7 (OT)[27] 8–2 Grand Sports Arena[28] 299[29]
11 Friday January 11 7:05pm at Texas Strikers W 12–2 9–2 Ford Arena 385[30]
12 Saturday January 12 7:00pm at Dallas Sidekicks L 2–6[31] 9–3 Allen Event Center[32] 4,015[33]
13 Saturday January 19 7:05pm at Rockford Rampage W 8–5 10–3 Victory Sports Complex 338[34]
14 Sunday January 27 5:30pm Detroit Waza L 6–9[35] 10–4 Grand Sports Arena[36] 299[37]
15 Friday February 1 7:00pm Harrisburg Heat W 10–8[38] 11–4 Grand Sports Arena 299[39]
16 Friday February 15 7:30pm at Rio Grande Valley Flash L 5–8[40] 11–5 State Farm Arena[41] 1,749[42]

† Game also counts for US Open Cup, as listed in chart below.

2012–13 US Open Cup for Arena Soccer[edit]

Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance
Final Score Record
Wild Card December 8 4:30pm Rockford Rampage W 8–7[15] 1–0 Grand Sports Arena 459[16]
Round of 16 December 15 4:30pm Illinois Piasa W 15–8[17] 2–0 Grand Sports Arena[4] 299[18]
Quarter-finals January 20 5:00pm Cincinnati Saints
(PASL-Premier)
W 10–7 3–0 Grand Sports Arena[43][44] 299[45]
Semi-finals January 27 4:30pm Detroit Waza L 6–9[35] 3–1 Grand Sports Arena[36] 299[37]

Team roster[edit]

As of February 6, 2013[46] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Jorge Perez
4 Brazil DF William Zardetto
5 United States DF Carlos Reyes
7 Mexico MF Eduardo Rodrigo Flores
8 Mexico MF Miguel Vaca
9 Mexico MF Adrian Ortiz
10 Mexico MF Nestor Hernandez
11 Mexico MF Omar Santillan
12 United States MF Luis Ortega
13 United States DF Arturo Alanis
No. Position Player
14 FW Michael Berriquin
15 Mexico FW Omar Tapia
16 Mexico DF Gabriel Corona
18 Mexico MF Quintin Vasquez
20 Brazil DF Guilherme Veiga
21 United States MF Angel Escobedo
23 United States GK Jesus Flores
56 England FW Jay Lee Harris
59 United States FW Bryan Velazquez
77 United States FW Alexis Camarena

These are the 20 players submitted by the team to the league on February 6, 2013, as its final roster for possible postseason play.[6] Other players who spent time on the Mustangs roster during the 2012–13 season include goalkeeper Victor Ayala; forwards Victor Blanco, Edwin Ferrera, Qudus Lawal, David Martinez, and Mario Pinon; midfielders Mario Calleros, Ivan Chino, Rafael Hernandez, Luis Mojica, and Manuel Salcedo; plus defenders Amaury Gasca and Narciso Cuevas Jr.[46]

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