2014 PDL season

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USL Premier Development League
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Season 2014
Matches played 443
Goals scored 1381 (3.12 per match)
Biggest home win LIR 8, NJL 0
(July 12)
Biggest away win VIC 7, LAU 0
(June 22)
Highest scoring LIR 8, NJL 0
(July 12)
KWU 6, TOR 2
(July 16)
WMA 7, WES 1
(July 19)
Longest winning run 10, Seacoast United
(June 8 - July 19)
Longest unbeaten run 14, Ocala Stampede
(June 5 - July 27)
Longest winless run 14, Vermont Voltage
(entire season)
Longest losing run 11, NJ-LUSO Parma
(May 26 - July 20)
Highest attendance 8,207 POR vs. PUG
(May 30)
Lowest attendance 16 CHI vs. TOR
(June 1)
Average attendance 590 (375 of 443 games reported) [1]
2013
2015

The 2014 USL Premier Development League season is the 20th season of the PDL. The regular season began on May 3 and ended July 20. The regular season was followed by a postseason tournament of conference winners to determine the league's champion. Seven teams were added to the league, bringing the total number of teams in the league to 64 for 2014. The Austin Aztex are the defending champions.

Changes from 2013[edit]

New teams[edit]

Seven new clubs joined the PDL this coming season.

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Quebec Montreal Impact U23 Greater Montreal Montreal, Quebec CSL [2]
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 Pittsburgh metropolitan area Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania expansion [3]
Ohio Cincinnati Dutch Lions Greater Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio expansion [4]
New Mexico Albuquerque Sol FC Albuquerque metropolitan area Albuquerque, New Mexico expansion [5]
Nevada Las Vegas Mobsters Las Vegas–Paradise, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada expansion [6]
Oregon Lane United FC Lane County, Oregon Eugene, Oregon expansion [7]
California San Jose Earthquakes U-23 Santa Clara County, California San Jose, California expansion [8][9]

Name Changes[edit]

Folding/moving[edit]

Divisions[edit]

The schedule and divisions were announced January 31 with each team to play a 14-game schedule. The Western Conference was split into three divisions (Northwest, Southwest and Mountain).[12]

Standings[edit]

2014 Premier Development League standings.[13]

Key to colours in group tables
Team in position to win Division Title
Team in position to qualify 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 14 9 3 2 38 8 +30 30
2 K-W United FC 14 8 3 3 26 20 +6 27
3 Chicago Fire Premier 14 7 2 5 21 20 +1 23
4 Forest City London 14 6 4 4 32 25 +7 22
5 Toronto Lynx 14 2 3 9 15 35 −20 9
6 Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 14 2 1 11 13 37 −24 7

Heartland Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Des Moines Menace 14 12 1 1 32 7 +25 37
2 St. Louis Lions 14 6 4 4 18 16 +2 22
3 Thunder Bay Chill 14 6 1 7 22 17 +5 19
4 Springfield Demize 13 4 4 5 8 11 −3 16
5 WSA Winnipeg 14 2 2 10 10 33 −23 8
6 Chicago Inferno 5 0 2 3 1 7 −6 2

Note: Chicago Inferno withdrew from the league on June 20. [14][15]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Jersey Express 14 10 3 1 45 15 +30 33
2 Reading United AC 14 9 4 1 30 12 +18 31
3 Long Island Rough Riders 14 8 4 2 26 13 +13 28
4 Ocean City Nor'easters 14 7 2 5 24 24 0 23
5 Baltimore Bohemians 14 6 2 6 23 21 +2 20
6 Northern Virginia Royals 14 3 2 9 17 30 −13 11
7 F.A. Euro 14 3 1 10 16 36 −20 10
8 NJ-LUSO Parma 14 1 0 13 10 40 −30 3

Northeast Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Seacoast United Phantoms 14 11 2 1 28 7 +21 35
2 Connecticut FC Azul 14 9 3 2 27 13 +14 30
3 Western Mass Pioneers 14 8 2 4 33 16 +17 26
4 Montreal Impact U23 14 7 2 5 26 17 +9 23
5 Real Boston Rams 14 6 2 6 21 26 −5 20
6 GPS Portland Phoenix 14 4 1 9 19 32 −13 13
7 Westchester Flames 14 2 2 10 11 36 −25 8
8 Vermont Voltage 14 0 4 10 9 27 −18 4

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 West Virginia Chaos 14 7 4 3 24 17 +7 25
2 Cincinnati Dutch Lions 14 6 4 4 27 20 +7 22
3 King's Warriors 14 6 4 4 23 20 +3 22
4 Carolina Dynamo 14 6 2 6 21 26 −5 20
5 SC United Bantams 14 4 2 8 19 23 −4 14
6 River City Rovers 14 3 4 7 19 27 −8 13

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Austin Aztex 14 11 2 1 37 11 +26 35
2 Laredo Heat 14 7 3 4 23 16 +7 24
3 Midland/Odessa Sockers 14 7 3 4 26 19 +7 24
4 Mississippi Brilla 14 3 4 7 20 32 −12 13
5 Houston Dutch Lions 14 1 3 10 12 37 −25 6

Southeast Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Ocala Stampede 14 9 4 1 29 16 +13 31
2 SW Florida Adrenaline 14 7 5 2 27 14 +13 26
3 IMG Academy Bradenton 14 5 2 7 15 22 −7 17
4 Panama City Beach Pirates 14 4 4 6 23 27 −4 16
5 Orlando City U-23 14 2 5 7 16 23 −7 11
6 Floridians FC 14 2 5 7 14 23 −9 11

Western Conference[edit]

Mountain Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 FC Tucson 14 11 1 2 35 11 +24 34
2 BYU Cougars 14 7 3 4 23 25 −2 24
3 Albuquerque Sol FC 14 3 6 5 12 16 −4 15
4 Las Vegas Mobsters 14 4 1 9 17 31 −14 13
5 Real Colorado Foxes 14 2 4 8 12 18 −6 10

Northwest Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Kitsap Pumas 14 9 4 1 25 9 +16 31
2 Victoria Highlanders 14 8 3 3 32 18 +14 27
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 14 8 3 3 34 19 +15 27
4 Portland Timbers U23's 14 5 5 4 20 20 0 20
5 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 14 5 2 7 18 20 −2 17
6 Washington Crossfire 14 3 5 6 18 22 −4 14
7 Puget Sound Gunners FC 14 3 2 9 9 31 −22 11
8 Lane United FC 14 2 2 10 10 27 −17 8

Southwest Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Ventura County Fusion 14 8 3 3 26 17 +9 27
2 Los Angeles Misioneros 14 7 5 2 28 17 +11 26
3 San Jose Earthquakes U-23 14 7 3 4 27 18 +9 24
4 Fresno Fuego 14 6 1 7 25 18 +7 19
5 OC Pateadores Blues 14 5 2 7 20 29 −9 17
6 Southern California Seahorses 14 1 1 12 14 41 −27 4

Conference Championships[edit]

Participants in the four conference championships were determined according to the specific rules of each conference. In the two-division Central and Southern Conferences, the top two teams from each division meet in a conference final four.[16] In the Eastern and Western Conferences, both of which are broken into three divisions, additional quarterfinal matches were required. In the Western Conference, two teams from the Northwest Division advanced to the conference final four: the division champion and the winner of a match between the division's second- and third-place teams. The first-place teams from the Mountain and Southwest divisions met the second-place teams of the other division to determine the final two participants. In the Eastern Conference the winner of a match between the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic divisions' second-place teams advanced to the final four along with the three division champions.[17]

Inter-Divisional Playoff
Eastern Conference
     
MA2 Reading United 0
NE2 Connecticut FC Azul 3
Northwest Division Playoff
Western Conference
     
NW2 Victoria Highlanders 2
NW3 Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 7
Inter-Divisional Playoff
Western Conference
     
MT1 FC Tucson 2
SW2 Los Angeles Misioneros 1
Inter-Divisional Playoff
Western Conference
     
SW1 Ventura County Fusion 1
MT2 BYU Cougars 0

Eastern Conference Championship[edit]

Central Conference Championship[edit]

Southern Conference Championship[edit]

Western Conference Championship[edit]

Playoff Bracket[edit]

Conference Semifinals (July 25–26) Conference Finals (July 26–27) Semi-Finals (August 1) Championship (August 3)
                       
NE1 Seacoast United Phantoms 0
SA1 West Virginia Chaos 2
SA1 West Virginia Chaos 1
Eastern Conference
MA1 Jersey Express 3
MA1 Jersey Express 2
NE2 Connecticut FC Azul 0
MA1 Jersey Express
GL1 Michigan Bucks
HL1 Des Moines Menace (PEN) 0 (4)
GL2 K-W United FC 0 (3)
HL1 Des Moines Menace 0
Central Conference
GL1 Michigan Bucks 2
GL1 Michigan Bucks (AET) 3
HL2 St. Louis Lions 1
 
 
MS1 Austin Aztex 3
SE2 SW Florida Adrenaline 1
MS1 Austin Aztex 0
Southern Conference
SE1 Ocala Stampede 2
SE1 Ocala Stampede (PEN) 1 (5)
MS2 Laredo Heat 1 (4)
SE1 Ocala Stampede
NW1 Kitsap Pumas
MT1 FC Tucson 1
NW3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 0
MT1 FC Tucson 0
Western Conference
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 3
NW1 Kitsap Pumas (PEN) 3 (3)
SW1 Ventura County Fusion 3 (1)

PDL Championship[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

Championship[edit]

All-League and All-Conference Teams[edit]

[18][19]

Eastern Conference[edit]

F: Anthony Grant (SUP) *, Jeff McClure (CIN), Alencar Junior (WMA)
M: Boluwatife Akinyode (NJL), Shaun Foster (LIR), Walter Hines (JER)
D: Kouassi Sylvain N’Guessan (JER), Jake Stovall (CIN), Tom Wharf (LIR), Travis Brent (WVA)
G: Alex Bono (REA)

Central Conference[edit]

F: Chris Hellmann (DMM) *, Moses Danto (WSA), Dzenan Catic (MIB) *
M: Zach Steinberger (MIB) *, Drew Conner (CHI), Ralph Lundy (DMM)
D: Nolan Intermoia (THU) *, Ken Tribbett (MIB), Blake Jones (STL), Dan Keller (CHI)
G: Yuta Nomura (SPR)

Western Conference[edit]

F: Javier Castro (LAM), Cody Cook (VAN), Kharlton Belmar (POR)
M: Ricardo Velazco (TUC) *, Jose Cuevas (FRE) *, Bryan de la Fuente (LAM)
D: Ramon Martin Del Campo (SJO) *, James Kiffe (VEN), Cory Keitz (KIT) *, Jordan Farahani (VAN)
G: Billy Thompson (TUC) *

Southern Conference[edit]

F: Jesus Cortes (AUS), Ilija Ilic (OCA), Adi Kavara (PAN)
M: Antonio Rocha (AUS), Michael Lightbourne (PAN), Karamba Janneh (OCA)
D: Yair Hernandez (LAR) *, Walker Hume (MIO), Ben Knight (OCA), Kalen Ryden (AUS)
G: Devin Cook (AUS)

* denotes All-League player

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC Joins PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Albuquerque Sol FC Joins PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "PDL Expands to Las Vegas for 2014". United Soccer Leagues (USL). October 10, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lane United FC Joins PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 18, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Earthquakes Acquire PDL Franchise". United Soccer Leagues (USL). October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Earthquakes establish PDL team for 2014 season". San Jose Earthquakes. October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Floridians F.C. Joins PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 20, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b http://www.austinchronicle.com/sports/2014-01-10/soccer-watch/
  12. ^ "PDL Alignment & Schedule Announced". United Soccer Leagues (USL). January 31, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  13. ^ Official Standings
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  15. ^ "Menace match 'postponed' as Chicago team shuts down". Chris Cuellar. Des Moines Register. June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ "PDL Playoff Races Take Shape". uslpdl.com (United Soccer Leagues). July 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2014 PDL Media Guide". secureserver.net (Press release). United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ "PDL All-Conference Teams Announced". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ "PDL All-League Team Announced". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014.