2012 USL Pro season

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USL PRO
Season 2012
Champions Charleston Battery
Supporters' Shield Orlando City
Matches played 132
Goals scored 330 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorer Dennis Chin (11)
Biggest home win Charleston 4–0 Antigua
Wilmington 4–0 Charlotte
Dayton 4–0 Wilmington
Orlando 4–0 Rochester
Orlando 4–0 Charleston
Charlotte 4–0 Antigua
Charleston 4–0 Rochester
Biggest away win Los Angeles 0–4 Orlando
Highest scoring 6 goals (twice):
Wilmington 4–2 Los Angeles
Harrisburg 2–4 Orlando
Longest winning run 6 matches – Rochester
Longest unbeaten run 14 matches: Orlando
Longest winless run 12 matches: Dayton
Longest losing run 8 matches: Antigua
Highest attendance 8,932 Orlando vs Dayton 17 August 2012
Lowest attendance 200 Los Angeles vs Wilmington 4 May 2012
1 paid Los Angeles vs Antigua at IMG in Bradenton Florida
Average attendance 2,777
2011
2013

The 2012 USL Pro season was the 26th season of third-division soccer in the United States,[1] and the second season of USL Pro. The season started with 11 teams. FC New York self-relegated to the National Premier Soccer League prior to the release of the schedule. The final weekend of the regular season was August 17–19.

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and Locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Antigua Barracuda St. John's, Antigua Stanford Cricket Ground 5,000
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina Blackbaud Stadium 5,100
Charlotte Eagles Charlotte, North Carolina Restart Field 2,000
Dayton Dutch Lions Bellbrook, Ohio Miami Valley South Stadium 3,000
Harrisburg City Islanders Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Skyline Sports Complex 5,000
Los Angeles Blues Fullerton, California Titan Stadium 10,000
Orlando City Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl 65,438
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Bridgeville, Pennsylvania Chartiers Valley High School 2,500
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia City Stadium 22,000
Rochester Rhinos Rochester, New York Sahlen's Stadium 13,768
Wilmington Hammerheads Wilmington, North Carolina Legion Stadium 6,000

Personal and Kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Head Coach Captain Jersey manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Antigua Barracuda England Curtis, TomTom Curtis Antigua and Barbuda Dublin, GeorgeGeorge Dublin Joma None
Charleston Battery United States Anhaeuser, MichaelMichael Anhaeuser South Africa Armstrong, StephenStephen Armstrong Umbro avVenta
Charlotte Eagles United States Steffans, MarkMark Steffans United States Rife, JoshJosh Rife Admiral Sportswear Coca Cola
Dayton Dutch Lions Netherlands van Dinteren, IvarIvar van Dinteren United States Jones, BretBret Jones Under Armour Scoutforall.com
Harrisburg City Islanders United States Becher, BillBill Becher United States Pelletier, JasonJason Pelletier Nike Capital Blue Cross/Snickers
Los Angeles Blues United States Naimo, CharlieCharlie Naimo Iran Dastan, ShahryarShahryar Dastan Nike Marriott
Orlando City England Heath, AdrianAdrian Heath United States Ian Fuller Umbro Orlando Health/Legoland Florida
Pittsburgh Riverhounds United States Evans, JustinJustin Evans Umbro #1 Cochran
Richmond Kickers England Cowlishaw, LeighLeigh Cowlishaw United States Pascale, RonnieRonnie Pascale Adidas Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc.
Rochester Rhinos United States Myers, JesseJesse Myers Umbro Non-Smoking Coalition
Wilmington Hammerheads England Irving, DavidDavid Irving Umbro New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Transfers[edit]

For full list, see List of USL Pro transfers 2012.

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
T
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification
1 Orlando City (CC) 24 17 6 1 50 18 +32 57 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs 1st round bye
2 Rochester Rhinos (A) 24 12 5 7 27 23 +4 41 Playoffs 1st round bye
3 Charleston Battery (A) 24 12 2 10 36 26 +10 38 Playoffs
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 24 11 5 8 31 27 +4 38
5 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 24 10 7 7 34 32 +2 37
6 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 24 10 7 7 34 29 +5 37
7 Charlotte Eagles 24 11 3 10 34 26 +8 36
8 Los Angeles Blues 24 9 3 12 26 29 −3 30
9 Dayton Dutch Lions 24 4 10 10 20 29 −9 22
10 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 24 4 5 15 20 39 −19 17
11 Antigua Barracuda 24 5 1 18 16 50 −34 16

Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: Points, then tiebreak: 1) Head-to-head record based on total points in League games, 2) Total wins in League games, 3) Goal difference in League games, 4) Goals scored in League games, etc.[2]
(CC) = Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record); (A) = Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (D) = Divisional winners.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the USL Pro Playoffs, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.

Results table[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Antigua Barracuda FC – ANT • Charleston Battery – CHB • Charlotte Eagles – CHE • Dayton Dutch Lions – DDL
Los Angeles Blues – LAB • Harrisburg City Islanders – HAR • Orlando City S.C. – ORL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – PIT • Richmond Kickers – RIC • Rochester Rhinos – ROC • Wilmington Hammerheads – WIL

Home  • Away  • Win  • Loss  • Draw

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
Antigua Barracuda FC PIT PIT CHE CHE WIL CHB ORL ORL CHB ORL CHB CHB ROC HAR LAB LAB PIT DAY RIC CHE LAB LAB RIC RIC
0–1 3–1 3–2 0–2 0–3 0–4 0–1 1–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–4 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–1
Charleston Battery RIC RIC CHE PIT ANT ROC LAB PIT DAY ORL ANT HAR ANT ANT CHE CHE WIL ORL ORL WIL WIL HAR ROC DAY
2–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–4 2–2 1–2 0–3 4–0 0–0
Charlotte Eagles ORL DAY CHB HAR ANT ANT HAR ROC ROC WIL ORL RIC RIC LAB CHB CHB PIT WIL RIC RIC ANT PIT DAY WIL
0–2 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–4 3–0 2–2 1–0
Dayton Dutch Lions CHE PIT ROC RIC LAB ROC HAR ROC CHB PIT LAB LAB WIL ORL PIT ROC HAR HAR WIL RIC ANT CHE ORL CHB
0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 4–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–0
Harrisburg City Islanders CHE WIL CHE RIC PIT DAY ROC RIC WIL ROC ORL CHB ROC PIT ANT DAY DAY PIT LAB ORL CHB RIC LAB LAB
2–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 1–3 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–4 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–0
Los Angeles Blues ROC ROC WIL WIL DAY PIT ORL CHB DAY DAY CHE WIL RIC ORL ORL ANT ANT ROC HAR PIT ANT ANT HAR HAR
0–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 2–4 0–1 0–1 0–4 3–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–1
Orlando City S.C. CHE WIL RIC RIC PIT ANT ANT LAB CHE WIL CHB ANT HAR DAY PIT LAB LAB ROC CHB WIL CHB HAR ROC DAY
2–0 4–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 4–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 4–2 1–0 1–1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds ANT ANT DAY CHB WIL ORL LAB HAR RIC CHB DAY ROC WIL ORL DAY HAR RIC CHE HAR ROC ANT LAB CHE ROC
1–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–1 2–0 0–3 0–1
Richmond Kickers CHB CHB ORL ORL DAY HAR PIT WIL HAR ROC CHE WIL CHE ROC LAB WIL PIT DAY CHE CHE ANT HAR ANT ANT
1–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–4 2–3 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–2
Rochester Rhinos LAB LAB DAY CHE CHE CHB DAY HAR DAY RIC WIL HAR PIT RIC HAR ANT DAY WIL ORL PIT LAB ORL CHB PIT
1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 4–1 2–0 0–0 0–4 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–4 1–0
Wilmington Hammerheads ORL HAR PIT ANT LAB LAB CHE RIC ORL ROC HAR RIC PIT DAY LAB RIC ROC CHB DAY CHE ORL CHB CHB CHE
1–4 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–4 4–2 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–1

USL Pro published schedule and results.[3][4]

Playoffs[edit]

The 2012 USL PRO Playoffs included the top six finishers in the table, with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receiving a first-round bye on August 25. The semifinals featuring the four remaining teams was played the following weekend, with the 2012 USL PRO Championship set for the weekend of September 7–9. All playoff rounds featured a single-game knockout format.

  First Round     Semifinals     USL PRO Championship
                           
      1  Orlando City 3  
  4  Richmond Kickers 2     5  Wilmington Hammerheads 4    
  5  Wilmington Hammerheads 3         3  Charleston Battery 1
      5  Wilmington Hammerheads 0
      2  Rochester Rhinos 1(3)    
  3  Charleston Battery 2     3  Charleston Battery 1(4)  
  6  Harrisburg City Islanders 1  




Final[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Goalkeeping[edit]

(Minimum of 1080 Minutes Played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SH SVS GA GAA W-L-T SHO
1 Mexico Miguel Gallardo Orlando City 21 1845 182 53 16 0.780 14-0-6 8
2 Germany Kristian Nicht Rochester Rhinos 22 1890 200 86 20 0.909 12-6-4 11
3 United States Andrew Dykstra Charleston Battery 20 1800 159 57 20 1.000 11-7-2 9
4 United States Eric Reed Charlotte Eagles 21 1890 139 64 21 1.000 9-9-1 7
5 United States Ronnie Pascale Richmond Kickers 24 2154 194 95 27 1.128 11-8-5 7
6 United States Matt Williams Dayton Dutch Lions 24 2147 259 115 29 1.215 4-10-10 5
7 United States Nick Noble Harrisburg City Islanders 23 2050 171 70 29 1.273 9-7-7 8
8 United States Alex Horwath Wilmington Hammerheads 24 2160 228 85 32 1.333 11-7-6 7
9 United States Hunter Gilstrap Pittsburgh Riverhounds 22 1980 229 92 35 1.590 4-13-5 3
10 Antigua and Barbuda Molvin James Antigua Barracuda 15 1268 161 56 33 2.342 3-9-1 0

Source:[5]

League Awards[edit]

[6]

  • Most Valuable Player: Kevin Molino (ORL)
  • Rookie of the Year: Jose Cuevas (CHB)
  • Defender of the Year: Troy Roberts (ROC)
  • Goalkeeper of the Year: Kristian Nicht (ROC)
  • Coach of the Year: Adrian Heath (ORL)

All-League Teams[edit]

[7]

First Team[edit]

F: Dennis Chin (ORL), Jose Cuevas (CHB), Corey Hertzog (WIL)
M: J.C. Banks (ROC), Kevin Molino (ORL), Nicki Paterson (CHB)
D: Josh Rife (CHE), Troy Roberts (ROC), Rob Valentino (ORL), William Yomby (RIC)
G: Kristian Nicht (ROC)

Second Team[edit]

F: Bright Dike (LAB), Matt Luzunaris (ORL), Lucky Mkosana (HAR)
M: Joel DeLass (DDL), Matt Kassel (PIT), Bryce Taylor (WIL)
D: Kieron Bernard (ORL), Erlys Garcia (LAB), Quentin Griffith (ANT), Jerome Mechack (ORL)
G: Miguel Gallardo (ORL)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Litterer, Dave (23 October 2003). "The Year in American Soccer – 1986". The American Soccer Archives. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ See Rule 2.11 League Regulations
  3. ^ "USL Pro 2012 schedule released". USL PRO. Demosphere. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Schedule/Results
  5. ^ a b c "USL PRO – Top 10 Stats Leaders". Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "USL PRO Awards Winners Announced". United Soccer Leagues. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "All-League Teams Announced". United Soccer Leagues. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.