2014 USL Pro season

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USL Pro
Season 2014
Commissioner's Cup Orlando City
Matches played 210
Goals scored 585 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Kevin Molino
(20-USL Pro Record)
Biggest home win ORL 7, DDL 0
(August 31)
Biggest away win SAC 6, OCB 1
(August 17)
Highest scoring HAR 5, DDL 3 (May 17)
Longest winning run 8 ORL
(May 17-July 12)
Longest unbeaten run 21 RIC
(April 19-August 16)
Longest losing run 6 OKC
(April 15-May 25)
(August 9-September 4)
OCB
(July 7-August 8)
Highest attendance 20,231 SAC vs. HAR
(April 26)
SAC vs. LAG
(May 17)[1]
SAC vs. AZU
(Jun 7)[2]
Lowest attendance 213 DDL vs. CHB
(May 4)
Total attendance 610,351
Average attendance 3,114
2013
2015

The 2014 USL Pro season is the 28th season of third-division soccer in the United States, and is the fourth season of the United Soccer Leagues' (USL) PRO professional competition.

Teams[edit]

Antigua Barracuda FC and VSI Tampa Bay FC folded following the 2013 season and were replaced by Sacramento Republic FC and Oklahoma City Energy FC. On January 29, 2014, the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS announced that they would be fielding a USL Pro team, the LA Galaxy II. [3] The Los Angeles Blues were rebranded Orange County Blues FC on February 5, 2014. [4] Arizona United SC replaced Phoenix FC on March 13, 2014.[5]

Orlando City Soccer Club will spend their final season in USL Pro playing at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the campus of Walt Disney World Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. This is due to the closure of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, their home for their first three seasons, for remodeling during 2014. When they begin playing in Major League Soccer in 2015, they will spend some time in the renovated Citrus Bowl before moving into a brand new facility downtown.

Stadiums and Locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arizona United SC Peoria, Arizona Peoria Sports Complex 12,880
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina Blackbaud Stadium 5,100
Charlotte Eagles Charlotte, North Carolina Dickson Field 2,500
Dayton Dutch Lions West Carrollton, Ohio DOC Stadium 3,000
Harrisburg City Islanders Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Skyline Sports Complex 5,000
LA Galaxy II Carson, California StubHub Center 30,510
Oklahoma City Energy FC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Pribil Stadium 4,000
Orange County Blues FC Irvine, California Anteater Stadium 2,500
Orlando City Lake Buena Vista, Florida ESPN Sports Complex 5,300
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium 3,500
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia City Stadium 22,000
Rochester Rhinos Rochester, New York Sahlen's Stadium 13,768
Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento, California Bonney Field 8,000
Wilmington Hammerheads Wilmington, North Carolina Legion Stadium 6,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager Captain Kit supplier Shirt sponsor
Arizona United SC United States Michael Dellorusso United States Matt Kassel Lotto Abrazo Health Care
Charleston Battery United States Michael Anhaeuser Republic of Ireland Colin Falvey Nike Sparcet
Charlotte Eagles United States Mark Steffens United States Eric Reed Nike Powerade
Dayton Dutch Lions England Matt Weston United States Joel DeLass Nike Dayton Outpatient Center
Harrisburg City Islanders United States Bill Becher United States Jason Pelletier Adidas Capital Blue Cross
LA Galaxy II United States Curt Onalfo United States Jack McBean Adidas Herbalife
Oklahoma City Energy Denmark Jimmy Nielsen United States Michael Thomas Admiral First Fidelity Bank
Orange County Blues FC Iran Dariush Yazdani Scotland Allen Russell Nike Sports 1 Marketing
Orlando City England Adrian Heath United States Rob Valentino Lotto Orlando Health
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Croatia Nikola Katic Netherlands Collins John Nike #1 Cochran
Richmond Kickers England Leigh Cowlishaw Uganda Henry Kalungi Adidas Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Rochester Rhinos United States Bob Lilley United States Troy Roberts Admiral Bimbo Bakeries USA
Sacramento Republic United States Preki Mexico Rodrigo López Lotto UC Davis Children's Hospital
Wilmington Hammerheads United States Carson Porter Scotland Tom Parratt Nike New Hanover Regional Medical Center

MLS-USL Pro Alliance[edit]

Each USL PRO team will compete in two additional inter-league games against 2014 MLS Reserve League opponents in a "geographically influenced unbalanced schedule". The inter-league games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings.[6]

The following teams will affiliate:

USL Pro teams compiled an 14 Win, 5 Tie and 9 Loss record against MLS Reserve Teams in 2014.

Player transfers[edit]

For full article, see List of USL Pro transfers 2014.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Oklahoma City Energy FC Expansion team Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Pre-Season [12]
Sacramento Republic FC Expansion team United States Preki Pre-Season [13]
LA Galaxy II Expansion team United States Curt Onalfo Pre-Season [3]
Arizona United SC Expansion team United States Michael Dellorusso Pre-Season [14][15]
Pittsburgh Riverhounds United States Justin Evans 14th Place Croatia Nikola Katic (Interim) May 19, 2014 [16][17]
Dayton Dutch Lions Netherlands Sid van Druenen 14th Place England Matt Weston August 7, 2014 [18]
Wilmington Hammerheads England David Irving 12th Place United States Carson Porter (Interim) August 21, 2014 [19]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
T
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification
1 Orlando City (CC) 28 19 5 4 56 24 +32 62 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs
2 Sacramento Republic FC (A) 28 17 4 7 49 28 +21 55 Playoffs
3 LA Galaxy II (A) 28 15 6 7 54 38 +16 51
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 28 13 12 3 53 28 +25 51
5 Charleston Battery (A) 28 11 8 9 36 31 +5 41
6 Rochester Rhinos (A) 28 10 8 10 29 25 +4 38
7 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 28 9 11 8 35 33 +2 38
8 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 28 10 7 11 45 46 −1 37
9 Arizona United SC 28 10 5 13 32 47 −15 033
10 Oklahoma City Energy FC 28 9 5 14 32 37 −5 32
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 9 5 14 35 49 −14 32
12 Charlotte Eagles 28 9 4 15 33 40 −7 31
13 Orange County Blues FC 28 9 1 18 31 54 −23 28
14 Dayton Dutch Lions 28 6 4 18 28 63 −35 22

Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: 1st Head-to-head; 2nd number of matches won; 3rd goal difference.
(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.
Standings updated as of September 7, 2014
Arizona was deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on June 21 against LA Galaxy II.[20][21]


Results table[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Arizona United SC – AZU • Charleston Battery – CHB • Charlotte Eagles – CHE • Dayton Dutch Lions – DDL • Harrisburg City Islanders – HAR
LA Galaxy II – LAG • Oklahoma City Energy FC – OKC • Orange County Blues FC – OCB • Orlando City S.C. – ORL • Pittsburgh Riverhounds – PIT
Richmond Kickers – RIC • Rochester Rhinos – ROC • Sacramento Republic FC – SAC • Wilmington Hammerheads – WIL
MLS Reserve Teams:
Chicago Fire – CHI • Chivas USA – CHV • Colorado Rapids – COR • FC Dallas – DAL • Montreal Impact – MTL • New York Red Bulls – NYR • Real Salt Lake – RSL • Seattle Sounders – SEA

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 25 26 27 28
Arizona United SC OKC SAC LAG CHE RIC HAR ORL CHV OCB SAC DDL ROC LAG SAC OCB LAG OCB OKC OCB WIL CHB SAC LAG OKC PIT OKC SEA PIT
0-4 2-1 1-1 2-1 0-4 1-0 0-1 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-2 1-0 1-1 0-1 2-3 2-4 2-1 1-1 3-0 0-0 0-2 1-2 2-3 2-1 3-1 1-0 1-5 2-1
Charleston Battery ORL RIC ORL NYR PIT ROC HAR DDL WIL WIL PIT ORL LAG CHE HAR CHE RIC RIC AZU MTL ROC DDL OCB ROC OKC SAC PIT HAR
1-1 2-2 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-1 4-0 2-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 0-2 3-0 1-3 1-4 0-0 0-4 1-1 2-0 1-0 0-0 2-2 3-2 2-1 2-0 1-3 4-0 2-1
Charlotte Eagles DDL RIC CHI WIL AZU LAG OCB ORL RIC WIL OKC OCB CHB HAR ROC DDL CHB SAC PIT DDL WIL ORL RIC ROC ORL PIT MTL HAR
0-1 2-1 2-3 2-0 1-2 1-2 2-0 1-3 0-2 1-2 1-1 0-1 3-1 1-1 1-0 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-2 2-1 2-0 1-4 1-2 3-1 2-0 0-1 1-1 2-4
Dayton Dutch Lions NYR CHE ROC HAR RIC CHB LAG HAR SAC ROC OCB LAG AZU ROC ORL PIT PIT CHE HAR CHE OKC HAR CHB WIL RIC COR ORL WIL
0-3 1-0 1-1 1-0 1-5 0-2 1-1 3-5 1-2 0-1 3-4 1-5 2-1 0-2 0-2 1-0 1-2 3-1 1-3 1-2 0-3 0-1 2-2 2-1 1-1 1-2 0-7 0-4
Harrisburg City Islanders WIL DDL OCB SAC CHB AZU DDL RIC PIT RIC PIT PIT MTL CHE CHB DDL WIL OKC RIC LAG DDL NYR ORL ORL ROC ROC CHB CHE
0-0 0-1 1-4 2-1 0-4 0-1 5-3 2-3 1-1 0-1 3-1 0-0 0-1 1-1 4-1 3-1 0-0 3-3 1-2 3-1 1-0 3-1 3-2 1-3 2-2 1-4 1-2 4-2
LA Galaxy II OCB SAC OKC SAC OCB AZU OCB CHE DDL SAC OKC SEA DDL ROC CHB AZU ORL AZU OKC OCB HAR PIT AZU OKC WIL RSL RIC SAC
3-1 1-1 4-2 0-3 3-1 1-1 3-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 5-0 1-0 5-1 1-2 0-3 1-1 0-3 4-2 1-0 4-0 1-3 1-3 3-2 1-0 3-3 1-0 1-1 2-1
Oklahoma City Energy FC OCB LAG AZU DAL ORL ORL OCB RIC LAG NYR WIL CHE SAC ROC SAC PIT AZU LAG HAR DDL OCB SAC AZU LAG AZU CHB SAC OCB
2-0 2-4 4-0 0-1 1-2 1-3 0-1 1-4 0-5 1-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 0-1 3-3 3-0 1-0 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-1 0-2 0-1 1-0
Orange County Blues FC LAG OKC SAC LAG HAR LAG SAC CHE OKC SEA AZU DDL ORL CHE CHV AZU SAC AZU AZU LAG OKC PIT ROC CHB SAC WIL RIC OKC
1-3 0-2 2-1 1-3 4-1 0-3 1-2 0-2 1-0 0-1 2-0 4-3 1-4 1-0 2-1 3-2 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-4 0-1 0-1 1-0 2-3 1-6 1-2 1-1 0-1
Orlando City S.C. CHB PIT ROC CHB DAL OKC OKC PIT ROC AZU CHE CHB MTL OCB DDL LAG WIL SAC ROC CHE HAR HAR CHE RIC WIL DDL WIL RIC
1-1 1-1 3-1 1-0 3-2 2-1 3-1 1-0 1-1 1-0 3-1 2-0 2-1 4-1 2-0 3-0 2-0 0-0 0-1 4-1 2-3 3-1 0-2 3-2 1-3 7-0 0-0 1-0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds ORL RIC WIL RIC CHB ORL ROC WIL CHB HAR ROC HAR HAR RIC DDL DDL ROC OKC CHE RSL SAC LAG OCB AZU DAL CHE CHB AZU
1-1 1-3 3-4 2-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 1-5 0-1 1-1 3-2 1-3 0-0 1-3 0-1 2-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 5-2 0-5 3-1 1-0 1-3 3-1 1-0 0-4 1-2
Richmond Kickers CHB PIT CHE PIT DDL ROC AZU OKC CHI CHE ROC HAR HAR WIL PIT CHB RSL SAC CHB CHB HAR WIL CHE DDL ORL OCB LAG ORL
2-2 3-1 1-2 2-2 5-1 1-1 4-0 4-1 0-0 2-0 0-0 3-2 1-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 0-0 2-1 4-0 1-1 2-1 3-1 2-1 1-1 2-3 1-1 1-1 0-1
Rochester Rhinos ORL DDL CHI CHB RIC WIL ORL PIT SAC RIC DDL PIT LAG AZU DDL OKC CHE PIT DAL WIL ORL CHB OCB CHB CHE HAR HAR WIL
1-3 1-1 2-0 1-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-0 2-3 2-1 0-1 2-0 0-0 0-1 0-2 3-0 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-1 1-2 1-3 2-2 4-1 2-0
Sacramento Republic FC LAG CHV OCB LAG AZU HAR OCB LAG ROC DDL AZU OKC COR AZU OKC OCB RIC CHE ORL PIT AZU OKC OCB WIL CHB WIL OKC LAG
1-1 3-1 1-2 3-0 1-2 1-2 2-1 2-1 1-0 2-1 1-1 0-2 4-3 1-0 0-2 2-1 1-2 1-0 0-0 5-0 2-1 2-1 6-1 2-0 3-1 0-0 1-0 1-2
Wilmington Hammerheads HAR PIT CHE ROC CHB CHB PIT CHE OKC RIC CHI RIC ORL HAR ROC AZU CHE RIC DDL NYR SAC OCB LAG ORL SAC ORL DDL ROC
0-0 4-3 0-2 0-0 1-0 1-0 5-1 2-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 0-2 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-2 1-3 1-2 0-1 0-2 2-1 3-3 3-1 0-0 0-0 4-0 0-2

USL Pro published schedule and results.[22][23]

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

The 2014 USL PRO Playoffs will include the top eight finishers in the table, with the quarterfinals (No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc.) set for the weekend of September 12–14. The semifinals featuring the four remaining teams will be played the following weekend, with the 2014 USL PRO Championship set for the weekend of September 26–28. All playoff rounds feature a single-game knockout format and teams will not be re-seeded following each round. [22]

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals USL PRO Championship
                 
1 Orlando City 0
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 1
8 Harrisburg City Islanders
4 Richmond Kickers
4 Richmond Kickers (a.e.t.) 2
5 Charleston Battery 1
 
 
2 Sacramento Republic 4
7 Wilmington Hammerheads 1
2 Sacramento Republic
3 LA Galaxy II
3 LA Galaxy II 2
6 Rochester Rhinos 1




Statistical leaders[edit]

Goalkeeping[edit]

(Minimum of 1080 Minutes Played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SH SVS GA GAA W-L-T SHO
1 United States John McCarthy Rochester Rhinos 18 1620 59 41 13 0.722 8–4–6 10
2 United States Joe Willis Richmond Kickers 18 1620 70 56 14 0.777 10–0–7 7
3 New Zealand Jake Gleeson Sacramento Republic 17 1471 62 47 15 0.917 11–2–3 6
4 Mexico Miguel Gallardo Orlando City 24 2160 89 66 23 0.958 17–4–3 8
5 Cuba Odisnel Cooper Charleston Battery 24 2094 111 70 25 1.074 10–7–7 9
6 United States Samir Badr Oklahoma City Energy 13 1093 47 33 14 1.152 3–6–3 3
7 Canada Quillan Roberts Wilmington Hammerheads 17 1514 55 37 20 1.188 5–4–6 5
8 United States Alec Kann Charlotte Eagles 17 1515 81 56 22 1.306 6–8–3 3
9 United States Cody Laurendi LA Galaxy II 19 1665 63 35 25 1.351 10–6–3 4
10 United States Michael Lisch Pittsburgh Riverhounds 17 1530 102 67 25 1.470 7–6–3 4
11 United States Nick Noble Harrisburg City Islanders 26 2217 130 83 39 1.583 10–9–5 4
12 United States Evan Newton Arizona United SC 28 2475 176 111 47 1.709 10–13–5 4
13 United States Jon Kempin Oklahoma City Energy 13 1157 59 37 22 1.711 4–7–2 4
14 United States Patrick McLain Orange County Blues 15 1305 99 66 27 1.862 6–9–0 2
15 United States Matt Williams Dayton Dutch Lions 27 2423 171 114 61 2.265 6–18–3 3

Source:[24]

League Awards[edit]

  • Most Valuable Player:
  • Rookie of the Year:
  • Defender of the Year:
  • Goalkeeper of the Year:
  • Coach of the Year:

All-League Teams[edit]

First Team[edit]

Second Team[edit]

References[edit]

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