2012 PDL season

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USL Premier Development League
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Season 2012
Champions Forest City London
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Matches played 584
Goals scored 1702 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer 13 goals: 2 tied: Deshorn Brown of Reading United AC
Sullivan Silva of Thunder Bay Chill
Biggest home win 2 tied: Austin Aztex 7–0 Texas Dutch Lions 24 May 2012
Austin Aztex 7–0 West Texas Sockers 6 July 2012
Biggest away win Ventura County Fusion 6–0 Fresno Fuego 31 May 2012
Highest scoring WSA Winnipeg 6–3 Springfield Demize 14 July 2012
Longest winning run 11 wins: Thunder Bay Chill
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches: 3 tied: Carolina Dynamo, Michigan Bucks, Ventura County Fusion
Longest winless run 16 matches: Fraser Valley Mariners
Longest losing run 13 losses: Fraser Valley Mariners
Highest attendance 8,174 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 at Portland Timbers U23 1 June 2012
Lowest attendance 0 Michigan Bucks at Chicago Fire Premier July 1, 2012 [1]
Average attendance 487[2]
2011
2013

The 2012 USL Premier Development League season was the 18th season of the PDL. The regular season began on 22 April with a match between the Los Angeles Misioneros and Fresno Fuego, and ended with 14 matches on 15 July 2012.[3] The regular season was followed by a postseason tournament of conference winners which determined the league's champion, Forest City London. Thirteen teams were added to the league and 4 teams dropped, bringing the total number of teams in the league to 73 for 2012.[3]

Changes from 2011[edit]

Name changes[edit]

New teams[edit]

Thirteen new clubs joined the PDL this coming season.[3]

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Texas Austin Aztex Greater Austin Austin, Texas expansion[6]
Maryland Baltimore Bohemians Baltimore area Bel Air, Maryland expansion[7]
Massachusetts Boston Victory Metropolitan Boston Quincy, Massachusetts expansion[8]
Illinois Chicago Inferno Greater Chicago Chicago, Illinois expansion[9]
Connecticut Connecticut FC Azul Connecticut Hamden, Connecticut USASA[10]
Florida Ocala Stampede Ocala, Florida Ocala, Florida expansion[11]
South Carolina Palmetto FC Bantams Greenwood, South Carolina Greenwood, South Carolina expansion[12]
Florida Panama City Beach Pirates Panama City Panama City Beach, Florida expansion[13]
West Virginia Southern West Virginia King's Warriors Raleigh County Beckley, West Virginia expansion[14]
Texas Texas Dutch Lions Greater Houston Holland, Texas expansion[15]
Arizona FC Tucson Pima County Tucson, Arizona USASA[16]
Florida VSI Tampa Flames Tampa Bay Area Tampa, Florida expansion[17]
Massachusetts Worcester Hydra Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts expansion[18]

Realignment[edit]

The Nashville Metros were moved from the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference to the South Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.[5]

Folding/moving[edit]

Standings[edit]

2012 Premier Development League standings.[19][20]

Key to colours in group tables
Team won the Division Title
Team qualified for playoff berth

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]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Michigan Bucks 16 13 2 1 46 10 +36 41
2 Forest City London 16 7 4 5 28 21 +7 25
3 River City Rovers* 16 7 2 7 24 32 −8 23
4 Cincinnati Kings 16 6 3 7 28 33 −5 21
5 Chicago Fire Premier 16 6 3 7 22 26 −4 21
6 Toronto Lynx 16 6 2 8 22 25 −3 20
7 Hamilton Rage 16 4 3 9 23 35 −12 15
8 Chicago Inferno 16 4 3 9 21 32 −11 15

 * Although River City Rovers qualified for post season play, they ceded the match that was to be played 7/17 to Forest City London.

Heartland Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Thunder Bay Chill 16 13 1 2 41 10 +31 40
2 Real Colorado Foxes 16 8 4 4 19 19 0 28
3 Des Moines Menace 16 8 3 5 30 22 +8 27
4 Springfield Demize 16 5 4 7 23 29 −6 19
5 Kansas City Brass 16 6 1 9 30 31 −1 19
6 WSA Winnipeg 16 3 5 8 15 28 −13 14
7 St. Louis Lions 16 3 2 11 16 35 −19 11

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Ocean City Nor'easters 16 13 0 3 36 13 +23 39
2 Reading United 16 11 3 2 33 11 +22 36
3 Jersey Express 16 10 3 3 33 16 +17 33
4 New Jersey Rangers 16 8 3 5 28 25 +3 27
5 Long Island Rough Riders 16 6 3 7 26 22 +4 21
6 Baltimore Bohemians 16 5 4 7 20 24 −4 19
7 Brooklyn Knights 16 5 2 9 31 37 −6 17
8 Central Jersey Spartans 16 4 2 10 13 31 −18 14
9 Bermuda Hogges 16 4 2 10 17 38 −21 14
10 Westchester Flames 16 2 2 12 20 40 −20 8

Northeast Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Ottawa Fury 16 10 3 3 30 14 +16 33
2 GPS Portland Phoenix 16 10 2 4 29 17 +12 32
3 Western Mass Pioneers 16 6 6 4 18 11 +7 24
4 Worcester Hydra 16 6 5 5 23 19 +4 23
5 Connecticut FC Azul 16 6 5 5 24 14 +10 23
6 Seacoast United Phantoms 16 5 5 6 14 20 −6 20
7 Vermont Voltage 16 3 2 11 21 34 −13 11
8 Boston Victory 16 3 2 11 6 36 −30 11

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Carolina Dynamo 16 11 4 1 37 10 +27 37
2 Real Maryland Monarchs 16 8 4 4 33 22 +11 28
3 West Virginia Chaos 16 8 3 5 22 22 0 27
4 Nashville Metros 16 7 3 6 24 15 +9 24
5 Fredericksburg Hotspur 16 6 2 8 23 34 −11 20
6 Palmetto FC Bantams 16 4 7 5 16 18 −2 19
7 Northern Virginia Royals 16 5 4 7 14 23 −9 19
8 King's Warriors 16 4 2 10 17 24 −7 14
9 Virginia Beach Piranhas 16 3 3 10 16 34 −18 12

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Laredo Heat 16 10 3 3 31 15 +16 33
2 Austin Aztex 16 9 2 5 40 13 +27 29
3 El Paso Patriots 16 7 2 7 26 24 +2 23
4 Texas Dutch Lions 16 5 2 9 22 47 −25 17
5 New Orleans Jesters 16 3 7 6 26 34 −8 16
6 West Texas Sockers 16 3 6 7 18 30 −12 15

Southeast Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Ocala Stampede 16 11 2 3 35 20 +15 35
2 Orlando City U-23 16 8 5 3 31 17 +14 29
3 Bradenton Academics 16 8 2 6 23 14 +9 26
4 Mississippi Brilla 16 8 1 7 32 25 +7 25
5 VSI Tampa Flames 16 7 4 5 23 20 +3 25
6 Panama City Beach Pirates 16 6 3 7 19 19 0 21
7 Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy 16 3 3 10 10 39 −29 12
8 FC JAX Destroyers 16 1 4 11 17 36 −19 7

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 16 11 3 2 33 17 +16 36
2 Portland Timbers U23's 16 10 2 4 35 16 +19 32
3 Kitsap Pumas 16 10 2 4 29 18 +11 32
4 Washington Crossfire 16 8 1 7 17 21 −4 25
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 16 7 3 6 35 20 +15 24
6 Victoria Highlanders 16 6 4 6 21 18 +3 22
7 North Sound SeaWolves 16 4 0 12 16 40 −24 12
8 Fraser Valley Mariners 16 0 1 15 4 40 −36 1

Southwest Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Ventura County Fusion 16 12 2 2 42 13 +29 38
2 FC Tucson 16 9 4 3 21 16 +5 31
3 Fresno Fuego 16 8 3 5 28 24 +4 27
4 Los Angeles Misioneros 16 5 7 4 29 23 +6 22
5 Ogden Outlaws 16 6 3 7 21 27 −6 21
6 BYU Cougars 16 6 2 8 27 25 +2 20
7 Orange County Blue Star 16 5 5 6 30 26 +4 20
8 Southern California Seahorses 16 3 3 10 21 36 −15 12
9 Pali Blues 16 2 3 11 16 45 −29 9

Conference Championships[edit]

As in prior years, each of the four conferences will hold a conference championship. In 2012, the location for each conference championship will be held the weekend of July 20th–22nd with the host team decided by a bidding process with preference given to the teams with the best records. The winner of the four conference championships will then compete in the PDL Championship held July 27th–29th and August 4th.[21]

Divisional Playoffs[edit]

Five of the divisions have additional matches in order for teams to qualify for the conference championship.

In the Great Lakes Division the 2nd and 3rd place teams qualify for a play in match; however, the 3rd place River City Rovers ceded the match to Forest City London who qualified for the Central Conference Championship.

In the Northwest Division, the top 4 teams qualify for a play-in match with the #4 seed playing at the home pitch of the top seed; and the #3 seed playing at the #2 seed. The winners of these matches then qualify for the Western Conference Championships. These matches were played on 7/14 and 7/15 with Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers U-23 teams winning.

Northwest Division
Western Conference
     
NW1 Seattle Sounders FC U‑23 3
NW4 Washington Crossfire 1
Northwest Division
Western Conference
     
NW2 Portland Timbers U23's 2
NW3 Kitsap Pumas 1

In the Eastern Conference, there are three divisions. The team with the best overall record in the conference qualifies for the Conference Championships directly, and, from that team's division, the 2nd and 3rd place teams compete in a play-in match. In 2012, Ocean City from the Mid Atlantic Division had the best overall all record. Therefore, 3rd place Jersey Expressed traveled to 2nd place Reading United on July 17 to determine the 2nd team from the Mid Atlantic that would qualify for the Conference Championships. Reading United won the match 3–1 with an extra time goal scored in the 119th minute and a penalty goal in stoppage time.

The top two teams from the other two divisions will also compete in a play-in match. In the Northeast Division, the Ottawa Fury hosted the GPS Portland Phoenix on July 17 with Ottawa claiming victory after extra time 3–2. The Carolina Dynamo hosted the Real Maryland Monarchs in the South Atlantic play-in match, with Carolina easily cruising to a 5–0 victory. The Eastern Conference Championships which will be hosted by Carolina Dynamo.[22]

Northeast Division
Eastern Conference
     
NE1 Ottawa Fury 3
NE2 GPS Portland Phoenix 2
Mid Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
     
MA2 Reading United 3
MA3 Jersey Express 1
South Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
     
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 5
SA2 Real Maryland FC 0

Eastern Conference Championship[edit]

Central Conference Championship[edit]

Southern Conference Championship[edit]

Western Conference Championship[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Conference Semifinals (July 20–21) Conference Finals (July 22) Semi-Finals (July 28) Championship (August 4)
                       
SE1 Ocala Stampede 2
MS2 Austin Aztex 3
MS2 Austin Aztex 2
Southern Conference
SE2 Orlando City U-23 4
MS1 Laredo Heat 1
SE2 Orlando City U-23 2
SE2 Orlando City U-23 1
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 2
MA1 Ocean City Nor'easters 0
NE1 Ottawa Fury 1
NE1 Ottawa Fury 0
Eastern Conference
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 1
SA1 Carolina Dynamo (AET) 2
MA2 Reading United 1
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 1
GL2 Forest City London 2
SW1 Ventura County Fusion (AET) 1
NW2 Portland Timbers U23's 0
SW1 Ventura County Fusion 0
Western Conference
NW1 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 2
NW1 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 2
SW2 FC Tucson 1
NW1 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 2
GL2 Forest City London 3
GL1 Michigan Bucks 1
HL2 Real Colorado Foxes 0
GL1 Michigan Bucks 1
Central Conference
GL2 Forest City London 2
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 0
GL2 Forest City London 1

PDL Championship[edit]

The 2012 PDL Championship will consist of 4 teams, the winner of each Conference Championship, with the semi-finals being held on Saturday, July 28 and the finals being played Saturday, August 4. The host sites were determined following the completion of the Conference Championships.

Semi-Finals[edit]

Championship[edit]

Awards[edit]

[23]

  • Most Valuable Player: Sullivan Silva, (THU)
  • Rookie of the Year: Adam Grinwis, (MIB)
  • Defender of the Year: Kevin Cope, (MIB)
  • Coach of the Year: Gary Parsons, (MIB)
  • Goalkeeper of the Year: Adam Grinwis, (MIB)

All-League and All-Conference Teams[edit]

[24][25]

Eastern Conference[edit]

F: Deshorn Brown (REA) *, Alencar Junior (WOR), David Neuberth (RMD)
M: Christian Barreiro (BAL), Jason Massie (GPS), Stephen Okai (REA)
D: Patrick Boucher (CON), Marcello Castro (OTT), Greg Cochrane (REA), Sebastien Ibeagha (CAR) *
G: John McCarthy (OCN)

Central Conference[edit]

F: Jordan Ayris (LON), Sullivan Silva (THU) *, Branden Stelmak (CIN)
M: Tom Catalano (MIB) *, Bryan Ciesiulka (CHI), Jordan Green (KCB) *
D: Sicelo Buthelezi (THU), Kevin Cope (MIB) *, Lorne Donaldson (RCO), Peter Nechvatal (KCB)
G: Adam Grinwis (MIB) *

Western Conference[edit]

F: Jaime Chavez (LAM), Mark Sherrod (POR) *, Gyasi Zardes (VCF)
M: Ben Fisk (VAN), Matt Friesen (KIT) *, Frankie López (VCF)
D: James Farenhorst (VAN), Stephen Mohn (KIT), Conor Spence (TUC), DeAndre Yedlin (SEA) *
G: Elliott Mitrou (VIC)

Southern Conference[edit]

F: Karamba Janneh (OCA), Chrispin Ochieng (MIS), Kris Tyrpak (AUS)
M: Juan de Dios Ibarra-Trevino (AUS), Douglas dos Santos (OCA), Kekuta Manneh (AUS)
D: Taian de Souza (PAN), Oumar Diakhite (ORL), Max Gunderson (LAR) *, Zack Pope (AUS)
G: Alonso Jimenez (WTX)

* denotes All-League player

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Match Report". Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Note that of 584 matches, 74(13%) did not report attendance
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i PDL Schedule, Alignment Released
  4. ^ "Blues’ PDL Announces Name Change". Pali Blues News Release. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Premier Development League 2012 Standings.
  6. ^ Drake, Sarah (26 September 2011). "Aztex soccer team returns to Austin". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Baltimore Bohemians Join USL PDL
  8. ^ "Boston Victory SC Joins USL PDL". United Soccer Leagues. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Drake, Sarah (26 September 2011). "Aztex soccer team returns to Austin". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Connecticut FC Azul Joins USL PDL". United Soccer Leagues. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ocala Stampede Joins USL PDL". United Soccer Leagues. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Palmetto FC Bantams Join PDL
  13. ^ Panama City Beach Pirates Joins USL PDL
  14. ^ "Southern West Virginia Added to PDL". United Soccer Leagues. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Exclusive: Mike Mossel interview
  16. ^ "FC Tucson Joins USL PDL". United Soccer Leagues. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "VisionPro Academy Headed To Tampa". United Soccer Leagues. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Worcester Hydra FC Joins USL PDL". USL News Release. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  19. ^ Official Standings
  20. ^ Elimination information available from this table
  21. ^ "PDL Announces Playoff Schedule". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  22. ^ Carolina To Host Eastern Championships (18 July 2012). PDL.USLSoccer.com.
  23. ^ United Soccer Leagues (USL)
  24. ^ PDL All-Conference Teams Announced (30 July 2012). PDL.USLSoccer.com.
  25. ^ PDL All-League Team Announced (31 July 2012). PDL.USLSoccer.com.

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