2014 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League
Season 2014
Matches played 98
Goals scored 278 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorer Christian Ramirez (15)
Biggest home win FCE 6 vs CAR 1
(6/8)
Biggest away win NYC 3 @ TB 0
(5/17)
NYC 3 @ FTL 0
(5/31)
Highest scoring FCE 6 vs CAR 1
(6/8)
Longest winning run MIN (4 games)
(4/12 - 5/3)
Longest unbeaten run NYC (5 games)
(5/12 - Present)
SAN (5 games)
(5/10 - Present)
Longest winless run IND (9 games)
(4/12 - Present)
Longest losing run IND (4 games)
(4/26 - 5/17)
Highest attendance 11,048
CAR @ IND
(4/12)
Lowest attendance 2,158
CAR @ OTT
(4/26)
Total attendance 237,010
Average attendance 5,267
2013
2015

The 2014 North American Soccer League season will be the 47th season of Division II soccer in the United States and the fourth season of the revived North American Soccer League. It will be contested by ten teams including two from Canada. Joining the NASL in the Spring of 2014 will be two new franchises, Indy Eleven and Ottawa Fury FC; originally Virginia Cavalry FC were to begin play this season but now plan to join in the 2015 season.[1] A split season format will be used again for the 2014 season.[2]

Teams, stadiums, and personnel[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Main article: List of NASL stadiums

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Kit producer Shirt sponsor
Atlanta Silverbacks United States Jason Smith United States Mike Randolph Nike People HRO
Carolina Railhawks Northern Ireland Colin Clarke Puerto Rico Kupono Low Adidas BCBS of NC
FC Edmonton Canada Colin Miller Northern Ireland Albert Watson Adidas Fath Group
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Austria Günter Kronsteiner Honduras Iván Guerrero Acerbis
Indy Eleven United States Juergen Sommer Germany Kristian Nicht Diadora Honda
Minnesota United FC United States Manny Lagos United States Aaron Pitchkolan Admiral Atomic Data, Mall of America
New York Cosmos Venezuela Giovanni Savarese United States Carlos Mendes Nike Emirates
Ottawa Fury FC Canada Marc Dos Santos Republic of Ireland Richie Ryan Admiral Heart and Crown[3]
San Antonio Scorpions Canada Alen Marcina Canada Adrian Cann Nike Toyota
Tampa Bay Rowdies England Ricky Hill United States Frankie Sanfilippo Admiral Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Player transfers[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Atlanta Silverbacks Trinidad and Tobago Brian Haynes Contract not renewed 9 December 2013[4] Pre-Season United States Wynalda, EricEric Wynalda 7 January 2014[5]
Atlanta Silverbacks United States Wynalda, EricEric Wynalda Voluntary move to team technical director 17 July 2014[6] 8th United States Jason Smith 18 July 2014[7]
San Antonio Scorpions Canada Marcina, AlenAlen Marcina End of interim period 22 November 2013 Pre-Season Canada Marcina, AlenAlen Marcina 22 November 2013[8]
Indy Eleven Expansion team United States Sommer, JuergenJuergen Sommer 11 June 2013[9]
Ottawa Fury FC Expansion team Canada Dos Santos, MarcMarc Dos Santos 23 May 2013[10]

Spring Championship[edit]

The Spring season will last for 9 games beginning on April 12 and ending on June 8. The schedule will feature a single round robin format with each team playing every other team in the league a single time.[11] Half the teams will host 5 home games and play 4 road games whereas the other half of the teams will play 4 home games and 5 road games. The winner of the Spring season will earn one of four berths in the playoffs, now known as The Championship.[12]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 Minnesota United (C) 9 6 2 1 16 9 +7 20 2014 NASL Spring Season Winner
2 New York Cosmos 9 6 1 2 14 3 +11 19
3 San Antonio Scorpions 9 5 2 2 13 9 +4 17
4 Carolina RailHawks 9 4 2 3 11 15 −4 14
5 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 9 4 1 4 18 18 0 13
6 Ottawa Fury FC 9 3 1 5 14 13 +1 10
7 Tampa Bay Rowdies 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 9 3 1 5 12 20 −8 10
9 FC Edmonton 9 2 2 5 11 11 0 8
10 Indy Eleven 9 0 4 5 14 20 −6 4

Source: [1]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of June 8, 2014

Results[edit]

v · t · e

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MIN NYC OTT SAN TB
Atlanta Silverbacks 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–2
Carolina RailHawks 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–0
FC Edmonton 1–2 6–1 1–3 0–1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4–0 3–2 0–3 2–0
Indy Eleven 1–1 1–2 2–4 1–2 1–1
Minnesota United 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–2
New York Cosmos 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
Ottawa Fury FC 4–0 1–0 1–2 2–3 1–1
San Antonio Scorpions 3–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 0–1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1–3 1–1 3–2 3–3 0–3

Updated to games played on June 8, 2014.
Source: [2]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fall Championship[edit]

The Fall season will begin following a break for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 19 and ending on November 2nd, with each team playing the others twice, once home and once away. The winner of the Fall season will earn automatic berth in The Championship.[13]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 San Antonio Scorpions 11 7 1 3 19 11 +8 22 2014 NASL Fall Season Winner
2 Minnesota United 10 6 3 1 20 10 +10 21
3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 5 1 4 15 14 +1 16
4 New York Cosmos 11 4 4 3 14 14 0 16
5 FC Edmonton 11 4 3 4 13 14 −1 15
6 Carolina RailHawks 11 4 1 6 16 17 −1 13
7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 11 3 3 5 9 14 −5 12
8 Indy Eleven 11 3 3 5 13 20 −7 12
9 Atlanta Silverbacks 10 3 2 5 16 16 0 11
10 Ottawa Fury FC 10 2 3 5 9 14 −5 9

Source: [3]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of September 13, 2014

Results[edit]

v · t · e

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MIN NYC OTT SAN TAM
Atlanta Silverbacks 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–2
Carolina RailHawks 0–2 2–3 1–2 3–0 3–1 3–4
FC Edmonton 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–0 1–0
Indy Eleven 2–4 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–2
Minnesota United 1–0 3–2 2–1 5–1 2–1 1–1
New York Cosmos 3–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–3
Ottawa Fury FC 2–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–2
San Antonio Scorpions 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3–2 0–1 3–1 0–2 0–2

Updated to games played on September 13, 2014.
Source: [4]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Attendance[edit]

Season Spring Season Weekly Averages
ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MN NY OTT SA TB League avg.
Week 1 - - - 3,105 11,048 - 7,906 - 7,381 7,003 7,289
Week 2 5,000 4,007 4,399 - 10,421 - - 3,457 - - 5,457
Week 3 - - - 3,515 - 5,287 4,130 2,158 - 4,670 3,952
Week 4 3,922 4,066 3,276 - - 4,913 - - 5,595 - 4,354
Week 5 - - - 3,109 10,285 - 3,091 2,164 5,834 - 4,897
Week 6 - 5,527 - - 10,285 5,325 - - 7,087 4,855 6,616
Week 7 - - 2,961 - - 6,784 3581 2,432 - 4,331 4,018
Week 8 5,000 7,856 - 5,572 10,285 - - 3,207 - - 6,384
Week 9 5,000 - 3,641 - - - 6,495 - 6,484 4,132 5,150
Spring Total 18,922 21,456 14,277 15,310 52,324 22,309 21,622 13,418 32,381 24,991 237,010
Spring Avg 4,730 5,364 3,569 3,825 10,465 5,157 4,323 2,684 6,476 4,998 5,267
Bold denotes league's highest attendance for the week[14]
Season Fall Season Weekly Averages
ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MN NY OTT SA TB League avg.
Week 1 - 3,080 - 3,092 - - 3,806 3,609 - 3,896 3497
Week 2 3,011 - - - 10,555 7,287 - 14,593 6,958 - 8,481
Week 3 4,810 4,294 - 3,257 - - - - 7,884 4,868 5,023
Week 4 - - 3,152 2,648 10,285 - 4,649 14,047 - - 6,956
Week 5 - - 2,849 - 10,285 5,112 4,524 - 7,847 - 6,123
Week 6 3,842 3,140 - 2409 - 5,420 - 4,814 - - 3,925
Week 7 - 4,666 3,111 - 10,285 - - 4,277 - 4,273 5,322
Week 8 - - - 3,006 - - 3,928 4,206 5,734 4,212 4,217
Week 9 5,000 3,106 2,796 - 10,659 - 3,626 - - - 5,037
Week 10 - - - - - 7,024 - - 5,594 -
Fall Total - - - - - - - - - -
Fall Avg - - - - - - - - - -
Bold denotes league's highest attendance for the week[15]

2014 NASL Playoffs[edit]

Soccer Bowl 2014 will be contested by the winners of the spring and fall seasons hosting the next best two teams in the full year regular season table. The half-season champions will earn the #1 & #2 seeds, with the higher seed going to the team with the better full-season record. The two next-best teams will earn the #3 & #4 seeds. (in the event that the same team wins both half-season championships, they will be the #1 seed, with seeds 2-4 going to the three next-best full-season teams.) The semi-finals will take place on November 8 and 9, with the #1 seed hosting the #4 seed and #2 hosting #3. The winners will meet in the Championship game (Soccer Bowl 2014) hosted by the team with the higher seed, on November 15th. [16]

  • Projected Playoff Pairngs:
    • Tampa Bay Rowdies (#4 Seed) at San Antonio Scorpions (2014 Fall Season leader, #1 Seed)
    • New York Cosmos (#3 Seed) at Minnesota United (2014 Spring Season champion, #2 Seed)

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 Minnesota United (Q) 19 12 5 2 36 19 +17 41 2014 NASL Spring Season Winner
2 San Antonio Scorpions 20 12 3 5 32 20 +12 39 Championship Qualifier
3 New York Cosmos 20 10 5 5 28 17 +11 35
4 Carolina RailHawks 20 8 3 9 27 32 −5 27
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 19 7 5 7 26 30 −4 26
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 20 7 4 9 27 32 −5 25
7 FC Edmonton 20 6 5 9 24 25 −1 23
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 19 6 3 10 28 36 −8 21
9 Ottawa Fury FC 19 5 4 10 23 27 −4 19
10 Indy Eleven 20 3 7 10 27 40 −13 16

Source: [5]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of September 13, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virginia Cavalry FC To Begin Play In 2015". Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NASL 2014 Season Format Announced". NASL 2014 Season Format Announced. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ OSEG Communications Heart and Crown Partners with OSEG and Fury FC", Ottawa Fury FC, Ottawa, 11 April 2014. Retrieved on 11 April 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/fc/news/item/club-declines-contract-extension-on-haynes
  5. ^ http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/fc/news/item/wynalda-to-manage-from-technical-director-role
  6. ^ http://ajc.com/news/sports/pro-sports/wynalda-calls-silverbacks-decision-very-difficult/nghZt/
  7. ^ http://www.atlantasilverbacksfc.com/news/detail/uuid/1ujm954ii9pvo1q1mnam5wtlkc/smith-named-head-coach-wynalda-remains-technical-director#.U_EnkMVdWM5
  8. ^ "Alen Marcina Named Scorpions Head Coach". North American Soccer League. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Juergen Sommer to Lead Indy Eleven as Head Coach". indyeleven.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ottawa Fury to name Canadian Marc Dos Santos as head coach – reports". Canadian Soccer News. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=6054
  12. ^ http://www.nasl.com/article/uuid/19mjcfxw5twlf1kav40nm9i7w8/nasl-clubs-to-compete-for-the-championship#.UyWzWIWAetp
  13. ^ http://www.nasl.com/article/uuid/19mjcfxw5twlf1kav40nm9i7w8/nasl-clubs-to-compete-for-the-championship#.UyWzWIWAetp
  14. ^ http://www.nasl.com/schedule
  15. ^ http://www.nasl.com/schedule
  16. ^ "NASL Clubs To Compete For 'The Championship'". February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 

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