2009 United Soccer Leagues

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The 2009 season is the 23rd season played by the United Soccer Leagues. Season titles will be contested by 20 professional men's clubs in the USL First Division and USL Second Division, as well as 37 professional and amateur women's clubs in the W-League and 68 professional and amateur men's teams in the USL Premier Development League.

The First Division season kicked off on April 11 with the US Open Cup finalist Charleston Battery and host defending champions Vancouver Whitecaps FC playing to a scoreless tie, while the Carolina RailHawks defeated the visiting Minnesota Thunder 2-1. The season ended on September 20 with the Charleston Battery defeating hosts Minnesota Thunder 3-2. As a change for this season, the Finals will follow the rest of the playoffs in being two legs.[1] The playoffs started on September 24, and ended on October 17 with the Montreal Impact defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a 6-3 aggregate score.

The Second Division season started on April 17 with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and host Crystal Palace Baltimore playing to a scoreless tie. The regular season ended on August 15 with three games. The Richmond Kickers captured the title in the playoffs with a 3-1 win over the Charlotte Eagles on August 29.

General[edit]

Honors[edit]

Competition Champion Runner-Up Regular Season Champion/Best USL team
USL First Division Montreal Impact Vancouver Whitecaps FC Portland Timbers
USL Second Division Richmond Kickers Charlotte Eagles Wilmington Hammerheads
USL PDL Ventura County Fusion Chicago Fire Premier Reading Rage
U.S. Open Cup Seattle Sounders FC D.C. United Rochester Rhinos
USL W-League Pali Blues Washington Freedom Reserves Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues

First Division[edit]

USL First Division
Season2009
ChampionsMontreal Impact
Goals scored388
Average goals/game2.35
Biggest home win9 – 0 (Carolina vs Miami)
Biggest away win4 – 1 (Portland @ Rochester)
3 – 0 (Portland @ Miami, Carolina @ Cleveland, Rochester @ Cleveland)
Highest scoring9 – 0 (Carolina vs Miami)
Longest winning run5 (Portland, Puerto Rico)
Longest unbeaten run24 (Portland)
Longest losing run6 (Miami)
Highest attendance14,103 (Portland)
Lowest attendance67 (Miami)
Average attendance4,702
2008
2010

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

  Commissioner's Cup, bye to semifinal round of playoffs
  Quarterfinal round of playoffs

Pos Club Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD H2H Pts
1 Portland Timbers 58 30 16 4 10 45 19 +26
2 Carolina RailHawks 55 30 16 7 7 43 19 +24
3 Puerto Rico Islanders 53 30 15 7 8 44 31 +13 PUE: 6 pts
CHA: 3 pts
4 Charleston Battery 53 30 14 5 11 33 21 +12
5 Montreal Impact 44 30 12 11 7 32 31 +1
6 Rochester Rhinos 43 30 11 9 10 34 32 +2
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 42 30 11 10 9 42 36 +6
8 Minnesota Thunder 31 30 7 13 10 39 44 −5
9 Miami FC 29 30 8 17 5 26 52 −26
10 Austin Aztex 21 30 5 17 8 28 51 −23
11 Cleveland City Stars 19 30 4 19 7 22 52 −30

Austin deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on July 25, 2009[2]

Results[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Austin Aztex - AUS • Carolina RailHawks - CAR • Charleston Battery - CHA • Cleveland City Stars - CLE • Miami FC - MIA • Minnesota Thunder - MIN • Montreal Impact - MTL • Portland Timbers - POR • Puerto Rico Islanders - PUE • Rochester Rhinos - ROC • Vancouver Whitecaps FC - VAN
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
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 29 30
Austin Aztex MIN VAN CLE PUE MTL CAR PUE CHA CHA PUE MIA CAR ROC CLE CLE ROC POR MIN MTL CHA CAR ROC MIN MTL MIA VAN MIA POR POR VAN
1-1 1-1 3-0 1-1 4-0 0-1 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-4 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-1 4-1 1-2 1-0 2-2 1-0 0-3 1-0 2-2 2-0 1-0 3-2 3-1 0-1 1-2 2-1
Carolina RailHawks MIN ROC MIN POR POR CHA MIA CLE AUS CLE POR MIN AUS PUE CHA VAN CHA MIA AUS ROC CLE VAN VAN ROC MIA MTL MTL PUE PUE MTL
2-1 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 1-2 0-2 0-3 0-1 1-0 0-0 2-0 1-1 1-2 0-1 2-1 2-1 4-0 3-0 0-1 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 9-0 1-1 1-0 2-0 2-1 2-0
Charleston Battery VAN MTL MIN MIA CAR MTL MIA ROC CLE AUS AUS POR PUE PUE PUE MTL CAR CLE ROC CAR AUS VAN POR CLE VAN POR MIN MIA ROC MIN
0-0 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-2 0-0 1-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 1-1 2-1 1-0 1-2 3-1 4-1 1-1 0-0 1-3 2-1 0-0 2-3
Cleveland City Stars MIA AUS ROC POR MIN CAR CAR CHA PUE PUE ROC MIA MIA VAN AUS AUS PUE CHA MTL ROC VAN CAR CHA MTL MIN MIN MTL POR POR VAN
3-1 3-0 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-3 1-0 2-0 2-1 2-2 3-0 1-2 0-1 2-2 2-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 4-1 4-1 0-0 2-0 4-1 1-2 1-0 3-0 1-2 0-1 2-1 2-1
Miami FC CLE MTL ROC CHA CAR CHA MIN VAN AUS CLE CLE MTL PUE VAN POR POR MIN CAR MTL PUE MIN POR VAN CAR AUS AUS ROC CHA ROC PUE
3-1 2-1 1-2 0-1 0-2 1-0 0-0 3-2 2-0 1-2 0-1 1-0 0-0 2-1 1-1 0-3 1-2 4-0 1-1 4-0 0-1 3-1 0-2 9-0 1-0 3-1 1-2 2-1 0-0 3-1
Minnesota Thunder CAR AUS CHA CAR VAN CLE MIA PUE ROC CAR POR ROC POR VAN MTL AUS MIA POR MTL MIA AUS ROC CLE CLE PUE VAN CHA PUE MTL CHA
2-1 1-1 1-1 1-0 3-2 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 5-1 1-2 1-1 4-0 3-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 1-0 0-1 2-2 3-3 1-0 3-0 3-1 1-1 1-3 5-2 1-1 2-3
Montreal Impact CHA MIA PUE ROC CHA AUS ROC POR VAN VAN MIA POR CHA MIN ROC PUE CLE AUS MIA MIN POR PUE CLE AUS CAR CAR CLE VAN MIN CAR
0-0 2-1 3-2 1-2 0-0 4-0 0-1 1-0 1-2 2-1 1-0 4-0 0-1 2-0 0-0 0-1 4-1 2-2 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-2 2-0 1-1 1-0 1-2 1-0 1-1 2-0
Portland Timbers VAN CAR CAR CLE ROC PUE PUE VAN MTL CAR CHA MIN MTL MIN AUS MIA MIA PUE MIN VAN CHA MTL ROC MIA CHA ROC AUS AUS CLE CLE
1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-1 5-1 4-0 1-1 1-2 1-1 0-3 0-0 1-1 1-0 3-1 0-1 1-4 3-1 0-0 1-2 0-1 1-2 0-1 2-1
Puerto Rico Islanders VAN ROC MTL AUS VAN POR POR AUS MIN CLE CLE AUS CHA CHA CHA CAR MIA ROC CLE MTL POR VAN MIA MTL MIN ROC CAR MIN CAR MIA
2-1 0-0 3-2 1-1 1-0 1-1 1-2 3-1 1-2 2-1 2-2 4-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 4-2 4-0 1-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 5-2 2-1 3-1
Rochester Rhinos CAR PUE MIA CLE MTL POR VAN CHA MTL MIN CLE AUS MIN AUS PUE MTL CHA CLE VAN CAR AUS POR MIN CAR VAN POR PUE MIA MIA CHA
1-0 0-0 1-2 0-3 1-2 2-1 1-2 2-0 0-1 0-0 3-0 0-2 1-2 4-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 4-1 1-3 0-1 1-0 1-4 3-3 0-0 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-2 0-0 0-0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC CHA PUE AUS POR MIN PUE ROC POR MTL MIA MTL CLE MIN MIA CAR PUE ROC CLE POR CHA CAR CAR CHA MIA ROC AUS MIN MTL AUS CLE
0-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 2-3 1-0 1-2 2-0 1-2 3-2 2-1 2-2 4-0 2-1 2-1 4-2 1-3 0-0 1-0 1-2 0-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 3-2 1-1 1-0 2-1 2-1

Playoffs[edit]

Teams will be re-seeded for semifinal matchups

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                                       
  2 Carolina RailHawks FC 0 0 0    
  7 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 0 1    
      1 Portland Timbers 1 3 4  
    7 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 3 5    
     
      5 Montreal Impact 3 3 6
  3 Puerto Rico Islanders 1 4 5         7 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 1 3
  6 Rochester Rhinos 2 1 3          
      3 Puerto Rico Islanders 1 1 2    
        5 Montreal Impact 2 2 4  
  4 Charleston Battery 0 1 1    
  5 Montreal Impact 2 2 4  

Quarterfinals[edit]

Puerto Rico Islanders1 – 2Rochester Rhinos
Arrieta Red card 7'
Hansen Yellow card 68'
Addlery Goal 72'
(Report) Bertz Goal 64'
Ball Goal 71'
Short Yellow card 74'

Charleston Battery0 – 2Montreal Impact
Bobo Yellow card 10' Yellow-red card 45' (Report) Testo Goal 10'
Di Lorenzo Yellow card 12'
Placentino Goal 88' Yellow card 88'
Attendance: 11,282
Referee: Dave Gantar (Canada)

Carolina RailHawks FC0 – 1Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Low Yellow card 78'
Paladini Yellow card 80'
(Report) Versailles Yellow card 64'
Edwini-Bonsu Goal 77'
Attendance: 5,135
Referee: Fabrizio Romano (Canada)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC0 – 0Carolina RailHawks FC
Bellisomo Yellow card 43'
Nash Yellow card 59'
Martin Yellow card 75'
(Report) Rusin Yellow card 52'
Plotkin Yellow card 76'
Attendance: 2,471
Referee: Niko Bratsis (United States)

Rochester Rhinos1 – 4Puerto Rico Islanders
Sancho Yellow card 24' Yellow-red card 29'
Nunes Goal 82'
(Report) Noël Goal 12'80'
Addlery Goal 40'90' Yellow card 84'

Montreal Impact2 – 1Charleston Battery
deRoux Yellow card 16'
Pizzolitto Goal 23'
Donatelli Goal 74' Yellow card 82'
(Report) Fuller Goal 16' Yellow card 72'
Wilson Yellow card 76'
Attendance: 2,311
Referee: Mark Kadlecik (United States)

Semifinals[edit]

Puerto Rico Islanders1 – 2Montreal Impact
Jones Yellow card 6'
Steele Goal 31'
(Report) Donatelli Goal 8'
Brown Goal 20'
Pizzolitto Yellow card 58'
Attendance: 9,835
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Portland Timbers1 – 2Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Pore Goal 44' (Report) Gbeke Goal 25'
Reda Red card 45'
Haber Goal 49'
James Yellow card 66'
Versailles Yellow card 76'
Attendance: 4,516
Referee: Geoff Gamble (CAN)

Montreal Impact2 – 1Puerto Rico Islanders
Byers Goal 2'
deRoux Yellow card 16'
Pizzolitto Yellow card 24'
Joqueviel Yellow card 81'
Sebrango Goal 90'
(Report) Vélez Yellow card 44'
Hansen Goal 86' (pen.)
Nuñez Yellow card 90'
Attendance: 5,101
Referee: Oscar Ortiz (USA)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC3 – 3Portland Timbers
Haber Goal 4' Yellow card 62'
Nash Goal 60'
James Goal 71'
(Report) Farber Goal 10'43'
McManus Yellow card 26'
Pore Yellow card 66'
Nimo Goal 83'
López Yellow card 90'
Attendance: 14,283
Referee: Hilario Grajeda (USA)

Finals[edit]

Montreal Impact3 – 2Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Pejic Goal 45' (o.g.)
Byers Goal 63'
Sebrango Goal 89'
(Report) Nash Red card 51'
Haber Goal 56'
James Goal 65' Yellow card 66'
Attendance: 5,886
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC1 – 3Montreal Impact
Bellsomo Yellow card 21'
Pejic Red card 29'
Moose Yellow card 56'
Toure Goal 44'
(Report) Donatelli Goal 30' (pen.)
Gjertsen Goal 40'
Brown Goal 42'
Attendance: 13,034
Referee: Dave Gantar

Awards and All-League team[edit]

F: Charles Gbeke (VAN), Keita Mandjou (POR), Johnny Menyongar (ROC)
M: Daniel Paladini (CAR), Ryan Pore (POR), Ricardo Sánchez (MIN)
D: Nelson Akwari (CHA), Cristian Arrieta, (PR), Matt Bobo (CHA), David Hayes, (POR)
G: Steve Cronin (POR) (Goalkeeper of the Year)
Coach:

Second Division[edit]

USL Second Division
Season2009
ChampionsWilmington Hammerheads (Regular Season); Richmond Kickers (playoffs)
Goals scored252
Average goals/game2.80
Biggest home win6–0 (Charlotte vs. Bermuda)
Biggest away win6–3 (Wilmington @ Charlotte)
3–0 (Charlotte @ Real Maryland)
Highest scoring7–2 (Richmond vs Bermuda)
6–3 (Wilmington @ Charlotte)
Longest winning run5 (Wilmington)
Longest unbeaten run6 (Richmond)
Longest losing run5 (Bermuda)
Highest attendance4,010 (Richmond)
Lowest attendance200 (Bermuda)
Average attendance1,686
2008
2010

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Wilmington Hammerheads 20 12 5 3 42 24 +18 39
2 Richmond Kickers 20 11 3 6 39 18 +21 39
3 Harrisburg City Islanders 20 9 7 4 31 23 +8 31
4 Charlotte Eagles 20 8 5 7 40 28 +12 31
5 Real Maryland Monarchs 20 8 10 2 22 31 −9 26
6 Crystal Palace Baltimore 20 6 9 5 16 20 −4 23
7 Western Mass Pioneers 20 6 9 5 21 34 −13 23
8 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 20 6 10 4 18 27 −9 22
9 Bermuda Hogges 20 4 12 4 19 43 −24 16

Purple indicates league title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Results[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Bermuda Hogges - BMU • Charlotte Eagles - CHA • Crystal Palace Baltimore - CPB
Harrisburg City Islanders - HAR • Pittsburgh Riverhounds - PIT • Real Maryland Monarchs - RMM
Richmond Kickers - RIC • Western Mass Pioneers - WMA • Wilmington Hammerheads - WIL
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Bermuda Hogges CPB RMM HAR RIC WIL WIL RMY WIL CHA PIT HAR CPB WMA PIT PIT RIC WMA WMA CHA RMY
2-0 3-2 2-1 1-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 6-0 1-0 3-0 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-0 7-2 5-0 2-2 1-1 4-3
Charlotte Eagles WIL CPB WIL RIC CPB HAR PIT BMU WMA RIC HAR WIL RIC WMA RMM RMM CPB BMU PIT WMA
2-2 0-2 3-6 1-1 1-2 3-0 5-1 6-0 2-0 2-2 0-0 2-3 3-0 5-0 1-1 0-3 0-0 1-1 1-3 3-0
Crystal Palace Baltimore PIT BMU CHA WIL RMM WMA CHA RIC WMA RMM WMA WIL BMU RMM HAR HAR RIC CHA HAR PIT
0-0 2-0 0-2 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-0 0-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 0-1 3-1 2-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-0
Harrisburg City Islanders RIC WMA BMU PIT PIT CHA RMM RIC BMU RMM CHA WIL CPB CPB PIT WIL RIC RMM CPB WMA
2-2 3-1 2-1 3-0 0-1 3-0 2-3 5-0 3-0 4-0 0-0 3-2 3-1 2-0 1-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 2-1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds CPB RIC RMM HAR HAR CHA WIL BMU RIC WMA RIC BMU BMU RMM HAR WMA WMA WIL CHA CPB
0-0 1-1 2-1 3-0 0-1 5-1 1-3 1-0 0-2 0-0 1-2 1-2 1-0 2-1 1-0 1-1 3-0 0-2 1-3 1-0
Real Maryland Monarchs BMU PIT CPB WMA BMU CPB HAR WMA RIC HAR WIL CPB PIT WIL CHA CHA RIC HAR BMU WIL
3-2 2-1 2-0 3-0 1-0 0-1 2-3 2-0 1-0 4-0 3-0 0-1 2-1 3-1 1-1 0-3 1-0 0-0 4-3 2-0
Richmond Kickers HAR RIC WMA BMU CHA CPB WMA HAR RMM PIT CHA PIT CHA BMU CPB WIL HAR RMM WIL WIL
2-2 1-1 0-2 1-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 5-0 1-0 0-2 2-2 1-2 3-0 7-2 1-2 3-2 0-1 1-0 0-1 2-2
Western Mass Pioneers HAR RIC CPB RMM WIL CPB RIC CPB RMM CHA PIT BMU WIL CHA BMU BMU PIT PIT HAR CHA
3-1 0-2 1-0 3-0 2-1 0-0 2-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 0-0 2-2 4-0 5-0 5-0 2-2 1-1 3-0 2-1 3-0
Wilmington Hammerheads CHA CPB CHA BMU BMU WMA PIT BMU CPB RMM HAR CHA WMA RMM RIC HAR PIT RIC RMM RIC
2-2 3-0 3-6 0-0 0-1 2-1 1-3 1-0 2-1 0-3 3-2 2-3 4-0 3-1 3-2 1-2 0-2 0-1 2-0 2-2

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                           
      1 Wilmington Hammerheads 0  
  4 Charlotte Eagles 3     4 Charlotte Eagles 1    
  5 Real Maryland Monarchs 1         2 Richmond Kickers 3
      4 Charlotte Eagles 1
      2 Richmond Kickers (AET) 1    
        3 Harrisburg City Islanders 0  

First Round[edit]

Real Maryland Monarchs1 – 3Charlotte Eagles
Brooks Goal 83' Yellow card 54' Yellow-red card 90+'
Lewis Yellow card 68'
King Yellow card 89'
Funicello Red card 90'
Report Herrera Goal 4' (pen.)
Swinehart Goal 16'
Bentos Goal 90' Yellow card 90+'
Attendance: 760
Referee: Mark Kadlecik (United States)

Semifinals[edit]

Harrisburg City Islanders0 – 1
(AET)
Richmond Kickers
Baker Yellow card 43'
Velten Yellow card 63'
(Report) Worthen Yellow card 33'
Hunter Yellow card 117'
Delicâte Goal 120'
Attendance: 1,923
Referee: Mike Andrews (United States)

Charlotte Eagles1 – 0Wilmington Hammerheads
Williams Yellow card 61'
Herrera Yellow card 62'
Swinehart Yellow card 80'
Bentos Goal 85'
(Report) Watson Yellow card 36'
Attendance: 2,783
Referee: Dan Fitzgerald (United States)

Final[edit]

Charlotte Eagles1 – 3Richmond Kickers
Martins Goal 14'
Nunes Yellow card 41'
Williams Yellow card 46'
Ceus Yellow card 85'
(Report) Elcock Goal 63'
DiRaimondo Goal 83'
Bulow Goal 86' (pen.)
Attendance: 2,991
Referee: Tony Russo (United States)

Awards and All-League team[edit]

First Team
F: Matthew Delicâte (Richmond Kickers), Jamie Watson (WIL) (MVP)
M: Ty Shipalane (HAR), Kenny Bundy (WIL), Mike Burke (RIC), Jorge Herrera (CHA)
D: Dustin Bixler (HAR), John Borrajo (RMD), Shintaro Harada (CPB), Yomby William (RIC) (Defender of the Year)
G: Ronnie Pascale (RIC) (Goalkeeper of the Year)
Coach: David Irving (WIL)
Rookie of the Year: Ty Shipalane, HAR

Second Team
F: Almir Barbosa (WMA), Damico Coddington (BER), Chad Severs (HAR)
M: Justin Evans (PIT), Jamie Franks (WIL), Amaury Nunes (CHA), Val Teixeira (CPB)
D: Colin Falvey (WIL), Sascha Gorres (RIC), Andrew Marshall (CPB)
G: Chase Harrison (HAR)

Premier Development League[edit]

W-League[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 USL-1 season details unveiled". www.uslsoccer.com. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original on February 4, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  2. ^ "Austin receives two point deduction". www.uslsoccer.com. July 29, 2009. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2009.

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