2012 in American soccer

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Soccer in the United States
Season 2012
Supporters' Shield San Jose Earthquakes
NASL San Antonio Scorpions
USL Pro Charleston Battery
US Open Cup Sporting Kansas City
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy
2011
United States
2013
The professional soccer clubs of the United States and Canada, year 2012. Not pictured: NASL or USL Pro clubs based off the mainland.

The 2012 season is the 100th season of competitive soccer in the United States.

National teams[edit]

Men[edit]

Senior[edit]

Wins Losses Draws
9 2 3

Under-23[edit]

Under-20[edit]

Under-18[edit]

Under-17[edit]

Women[edit]

Senior[edit]

Wins Losses Draws
28 1 3

Under-23[edit]

Under-20[edit]

Under-17[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Colorado Rapids Gary Smith Fired November 7, 2011 5th (Western Conference) Óscar Pareja January 5, 2012[1] Off-season
Philadelphia Union Peter Nowak Resigned June 13, 2012 9th (Eastern Conference) John Hackworth June 13, 2012[2] 9th (Eastern Conference)
Portland Timbers John Spencer Fired July 9, 2012 8th (Western Conference) Gavin Wilkinson July 9, 2012[3] 8th (Western Conference)
C.D. Chivas USA Robin Fraser Fired November 9, 2012 9th (Western Conference) José Luis Sánchez Solá December 8, 2012[4] Off-season
New York Red Bulls Hans Backe End of Contract November 9, 2012 3rd (Eastern Conference) Mike Petke November 9, 2012[5] Off-season

League tables[edit]

Major League Soccer (Div. 1)[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
3 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
4 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
6 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
7 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
8 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
9 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
10 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to matches played on 18:04 EDT October 28, 2012
Source: MLSSoccer.com
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (E2) = Eastern Conference runner-up; (E3) = Eastern Conference third seed; (WC) = Qualifies for playoffs via wild-card.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.

Western Conference
Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) (W1) 66 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Real Salt Lake 57 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11
3 Seattle Sounders FC 56 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18
4 LA Galaxy 54 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6
6 FC Dallas 39 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5
7 Colorado Rapids 37 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6
8 Portland Timbers 34 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22
9 Chivas USA 30 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34

Updated to matches played on October 28, 2012
Source: MLSSoccer.com
(W1) = Western Conference champion; (W2) = Western Conference runner-up; (W3) = Western Conference third seed; (WC) = Qualifies for playoffs via wild-card.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.

Overall
Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) 66 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 Supporters' Shield & 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15
3 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
4 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
5 Real Salt Lake 57 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11
6 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5
7 Seattle Sounders FC 56 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18
8 LA Galaxy 54 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12
9 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
10 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6
12 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
13 FC Dallas 39 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5
14 Colorado Rapids 37 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6
15 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
16 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
17 Portland Timbers 34 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22
18 Chivas USA 30 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34
19 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to games played on October 28, 2012
Source: MLSsoccer.com
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield
1The highest ranked U.S.-based MLS club qualifies to the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot A). The other U.S. representatives in the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League are:


North American Soccer League (Div. 2)[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 San Antonio Scorpions (C) 28 13 8 7 46 27 +19 47 2012 NASL Playoffs semifinals
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 28 12 9 7 37 30 +7 45
3 Puerto Rico Islanders 28 11 8 9 32 30 +2 41 2012 NASL Playoffs quarterfinals
4 Carolina RailHawks 28 10 10 8 44 46 −2 40
5 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 28 9 9 10 40 46 −6 36
6 Minnesota United 28 8 11 9 34 33 +1 35
7 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 7 9 12 35 46 −11 30
8 FC Edmonton 28 5 10 13 26 36 −10 25

Updated to games played on 23 September 2012.
Source: NASL Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
(C) = Commissioner's Cup (regular season champion)


USL Pro (Div. 3)[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.[6]
(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.

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

The 99th edition of the annual national championship, the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, ran from May 15 through August 8. Sporting Kansas City defeated Seattle Sounders FC on penalty kicks 3-2 for the championship. The winner qualified for the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage.

Changes for 2012[edit]

In 2012, U.S. Soccer announced that the field would expand from 40 clubs to 64 clubs,[7] that all MLS teams would receive an automatic berth, and that all 2nd and 3rd tier professional leagues would also receive an automatic berth.

The tournament is a single game, single elimination tournament with random drawings deciding the home team (provided the home team stadium meets USSF standards)[8] for the first round through the quarterfinals. The home team for the semi-finals and finals will be determined through competitive bidding as has been done in prior years.

Tournament format[edit]

Teams from the Premier Development League (16 berths), the United States Adult Soccer Association (9 berths), the National Premier Soccer League (6 berths), and US Club Soccer (1 berth) will enter the tournament in the first round. The winners will advance to the 2nd round where they will meet tier 3, USL Pro (10 berths) and tier 2 North American Soccer League professional teams. The second round winners will in turn meet the 16 MLS clubs in the third round. In the remaining rounds of the tournament, winners will advance in each round until the two teams meet in the finals on August 6 or 7th.

Qualification for the lower tiers of the soccer pyramid was mostly completed by April 29[9] and the pairings for the first two rounds were released on May 1.[10]

American clubs in international competition[edit]

Club Competition Final round
Los Angeles Galaxy 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals
Seattle Sounders FC Quarterfinals
Houston Dynamo 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals
Los Angeles Galaxy Semifinals
Real Salt Lake Group Stage
Seattle Sounders FC Semifinals

2011-12 Champions League[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

Seattle Sounders[edit]

2012-13 Champions League[edit]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

Real Salt Lake[edit]

Seattle Sounders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado Rapids name Oscar Pareja head coach". 5 January 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nowak steps down as Union team manager". 13 June 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Timbers coach John Spencer relieved of duties with club". 9 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chivas USA part ways with Robin Fraser, Greg Vanney". 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Red Bulls Announce Contract for Hans Backe Will Not Be Extended". 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  6. ^ See Rule 2.11 League Regulations
  7. ^ Format, Composition and Schedule Finalized for 99th Edition of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  8. ^ Lower-Division Teams Relish Chance to Host Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Matches. Retrieved from USSoccer.com on 2 May 2012.
  9. ^ The USASA received permission for its Region IV to hold their tournament May 4–5 to determine the qualifiers.
  10. ^ 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Pairings Announced for First and Second Rounds.