2012 North American Soccer League season
|Champions||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|North American Supporters' Trophy||San Antonio Scorpions|
|Champions League (CFU)||Puerto Rico Islanders
(2012 CFU Club Championship 3rd place)
|Goals scored||294 (2.63 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Pablo Campos
|Biggest home win||SAS 8–0 CAR
|Biggest away win||SAS 0–4 PRI
|Highest scoring||CAR 4–4 ATL
FTL 5–3 ATL
SAS 8–0 CAR
|Longest winning run||4 matches:
(April 28 – May 19)
(June 2 – June 23)
(June 16 – July 4)
|Longest unbeaten run||9 matches:
(April 7 – June 2)
(April 21 – June 16)
|Longest winless run||9 matches:
(April 7 – May 19)
(April 7 – May 26)
(July 18 – September 8)
|Longest losing run||5 matches:
(June 9 – July 3)
PRI @ SAS
EDM @ PRI
The 2012 North American Soccer League season was the 45th season of Division II soccer in the United States and the second season of the revived North American Soccer League. It was contested by eight teams including one from Canada and one from Puerto Rico. The Montreal Impact were self-promoted to Major League Soccer as an expansion franchise and the expansion San Antonio Scorpions were added to the NASL. The NASL received full sanctioning from the United States Soccer Federation on March 3, 2012 at their annual meeting. The defending Soccer Bowl champions were the NSC Minnesota Stars, while the Carolina Railhawks were the defending North American Supporters' Trophy winners.
Personnel and sponsorship
Note 1: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) eligibility rules. Players and managers may have held one or more non-FIFA nationalities.
|Team||Head Coach||Captain||Shirt sponsor|
|Puerto Rico Islanders||Whitbread, AdrianAdrian Whitbread||Delgado, NoahNoah Delgado||Toyota|
|Carolina RailHawks||Clarke, ColinColin Clarke||Low, KuponoKupono Low||BCBSA|
|FC Edmonton||Sinkgraven, HarryHarry Sinkgraven||Kooy, ChrisChris Kooy||Sears Canada|
|Atlanta Silverbacks||Haynes, BrianBrian Haynes||Lancaster, MartynMartyn Lancaster||Reto Sports|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Shore, DarylDaryl Shore||Ståhl, ToniToni Ståhl||Joma|
|Minnesota Stars||Lagos, MannyManny Lagos||Altman, KyleKyle Altman||Admiral|
|San Antonio Scorpions||Hankinson, TimTim Hankinson||Harmse, KevinKevin Harmse||Nike|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||Hill, RickyRicky Hill||Sanfilippo, FrankFrank Sanfilippo||Mainsail Suites / United World Soccer|
||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|
|5||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||28||9||9||10||40||46||−6||36|
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)
|Abbreviation and Color Key:
Atlanta Silverbacks – ATL • Carolina RailHawks FC – CAR • FC Edmonton – EDM • Fort Lauderdale Strikers – FTL
Minnesota Stars FC – MIN • Puerto Rico Islanders – PRI • San Antonio Scorpions FC – SAS • Tampa Bay Rowdies – TAM
• • •
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||EDM||MIN||SAS||PRI||TAM||CAR||PRI||MIN||ATL||TAM||EDM||EDM||MIN||CAR||TAM||CAR||SAS||MIN||SAS||ATL||ATL||CAR||PRI||SAS||TAM||PRI||ATL||EDM|
|Minnesota Stars FC||CAR||FTL||EDM||ATL||ATL||CAR||FTL||TAM||SAS||CAR||TAM||FTL||TAM||PRI||ATL||TAM||FTL||CAR||PRI||EDM||SAS||ATL||EDM||SAS||EDM||PRI||PRI||SAS|
|Puerto Rico Islanders||TAM||SAS||EDM||CAR||FTL||FTL||ATL||CAR||CAR||TAM||SAS||ATL||EDM||MIN||EDM||SAS||ATL||TAM||MIN||SAS||EDM||FTL||TAM||CAR||FTL||MIN||MIN||ATL|
|San Antonio Scorpions FC||ATL||PRI||FTL||CAR||TAM||TAM||EDM||EDM||MIN||ATL||PRI||TAM||ATL||EDM||PRI||FTL||FTL||CAR||PRI||EDM||MIN||TAM||FTL||MIN||CAR||CAR||ATL||MIN|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||PRI||EDM||CAR||ATL||FTL||SAS||SAS||ATL||MIN||FTL||PRI||MIN||SAS||MIN||FTL||MIN||EDM||PRI||EDM||CAR||ATL||SAS||PRI||FTL||ATL||EDM||CAR||CAR|
Final regular season results.
The 6 qualifying teams were seeded 1 through 6, with the top team in the standings receiving the number 1 seed.
The format of the playoffs consisted of quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final. The quarterfinals were single games while the semifinals and final were each a 2-game series with each team playing at home once and the team with the greater number of aggregate goals in both games winning the series.
The number 1 seed and the number 2 seed received byes while the number 3 seed hosted the number 6 seed and the number 4 seed hosted the number 5 seed in the quarterfinal.
For the semifinal, the number 1 seed was paired with the lowest seeded team to qualify from the quarterfinal and the number 2 seed paired with the highest seeded team to qualify from the quarterfinal.
The winners of each semifinal met in the final, known as the Soccer Bowl. In the event of a draw in either quarterfinal game, a 30-minute extra time period was to be played, with the golden goal rule not in effect). If the teams were still locked in a draw following the extra time period, the winner was to be determined by a penalty shootout.
In each semifinal and in the final, if the teams are tied on the number of aggregate goals scored in the series at the conclusion of the second game, the teams were to play a 30-minute extra time period. As in the quarterfinal, the golden goal rule was not in effect. If the teams were still locked in a draw following the extra time period, the winner of the series was to be determined by a penalty shootout.
|Quarter-Finals||Semi-Finals||Soccer Bowl 2012|
|1||San Antonio Scorpions||0||1||1|
|3||Puerto Rico Islanders||1||6||Minnesota Stars||0||2||2|
|6||Minnesota Stars||2||2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||0||3||3 (3)|
|6||Minnesota Stars||2||1||3 (2)|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||2||3||5|
|4||Carolina RailHawks||3||4||Carolina RailHawks||1||3||4|
|5||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||1|
|September 29, 2012 QF||Carolina RailHawks||3 – 1||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Cary, North Carolina|
|7:00 pm EDT||Amir Lowery 34' 71'
Ty Shipalane 52' 67'
Floyd Franks 86'
|Report||Conor Shanosky 58'
Abe Thompson 61'
Lance Laing 90+'
|Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park
Referee: Daniel Radford
|September 30, 2012 QF||Puerto Rico Islanders||1 – 2||Minnesota Stars||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|6:00 pm EDT||David Foley 79'
Josh Hansen 81'
|Report||Amani Walker 9'
Miguel Ibarra 41'
Justin Davis 90'
|Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Referee: Kevin Terry, Jr.
|October 6, 2012 SF – 1st Leg||Carolina RailHawks||1 – 2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Cary, North Carolina|
|7:00 pm EDT||Brian Shriver 78' (pen.)
Amir Lowery 86'
Floyd Franks 89'
|Report||Mike Ambersley 64' 90+'
Andres Arango 77'
Jeff Attinella 83'
Dan Antoniuk 85'
|Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park
Referee: Matthew Foerster
|October 6, 2012 SF – 1st Leg||Minnesota Stars||0 – 0||San Antonio Scorpions||Blaine, Minnesota|
|8:30 pm EDT||Simone Bracalello 21'||Report||Kevin Harmse 86'||Stadium: National Sports Center
Referee: Marcos Deoliveira
|October 13, 2012 SF – 2nd Leg||Tampa Bay Rowdies||3 – 3||Carolina RailHawks||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|7:30 pm EDT||Shane Hill 40' (pen.)
Mike Ambersley 65'
Luke Mulholland 84' 90+'
|Report||Matt Luzunaris 14'
Ty Shipalane 18'
Gale Agbossoumonde 35'
Nick Zimmerman 86' (pen.)
|Stadium: Al Lang Stadium
Referee: Robert Sibiga
|October 14, 2012 SF – 2nd Leg||San Antonio Scorpions||1 – 2||Minnesota Stars||San Antonio, Texas|
|6:15 pm CDT||Walter Ramirez 17'
Pablo Campos 25' 27'
Kevin Harmse 54'
Josue Soto 89'
|Report||Kyle Altman 28'
Neil Hlavaty 67'
Own Goal 76'
Simone Bracalello 83'
|Stadium: Heroes Stadium
Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald
|October 20, 2012 F – 1st Leg||Minnesota Stars||2 – 0||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Blaine, Minnesota|
|8:30 pm EDT||Amani Walker 67'
Kentaro Takada 84'
Martin Nunez 90+'
|Report||Mike Ambersley 48'||Stadium: National Sports Center
Referee: Kevin Terry, Jr.
|October 27, 2012 F – 2nd Leg||Tampa Bay Rowdies||3 – 1
(3 – 2 p)
|Minnesota Stars||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|7:30 pm EDT||Carl Cort 25' 58'
Mike Ambersley 26'
Keith Savage 51'
Luke Mulholland 82'
Dan Antoniuk 86' 90+'
Shane Hill 90'
|Report||Justin Davis 32'
Simone Bracalello 45+'
Lucas Rodríguez 52'
|Stadium: Al Lang Stadium
Referee: Alejandro Mariscal
| Neil Hlavaty
Devin Del Do
2012 NASL Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Minimum of 1260 Minutes Played)
|1||Daryl Sattler||San Antonio Scorpions||2151||66||19||0.795|
|2||Jeff Attinella||Tampa Bay Rowdies||2520||118||30||1.071|
|3||Richard Martin||Puerto Rico Islanders||2340||106||28||1.077|
|4||Matt Van Oekel||Minnesota Stars FC||2250||77||30||1.200|
|5||Lance Parker||FC Edmonton||1440||42||21||1.313|
|6||Matt Glaeser||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||2430||108||44||1.630|
|7||Ray Burse||Carolina RailHawks||2160||82||41||1.708|
|8||Dániel Illyés||Atlanta Silverbacks||1980||86||39||1.773|
Source: North American Soccer League
|Month||NASL Player of the Month|
|April||Reinaldo Navia||CHL||Atlanta Silverbacks||5G|
|May||Shaun Saiko||CAN||FC Edmonton||5G 2A|
|June||Tsuyoshi Yoshitake||JPN||Tampa Bay Rowdies||4G 1A|
|July||Pablo Campos||BRA||San Antonio Scorpions||7G|
|August||Richard Martin||ENG||Puerto Rico Islanders||13 Saves|
|September||Matt Horth||USA||Atlanta Silverbacks||4G|
|October||Jeff Attinella||USA||Tampa Bay Rowdies|||
- Golden Ball (MVP): Pablo Campos (San Antonio Scorpions) 
- Golden Boot: Pablo Campos (San Antonio Scorpions) 
- Golden Glove: Daryl Sattler (San Antonio Scorpions) 
- Coach of the Year: Ricky Hill (Tampa Bay Rowdies) 
- Play of the Year: Kevin Venegas (Minnesota Stars FC) 
- Fair Play Award: Tampa Bay Rowdies 
|NASL Best XI |
|Goalkeeper||Jeff Attinella||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Defense||Kyle Altman||Minnesota United FC|
|Defense||Ryan Cochrane||San Antonio Scorpions|
|Defense||Paul Hamilton||FC Edmonton|
|Defense||Takuya Yamada||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Midfield||Luke Mulholland||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Midfield||Walter Ramírez||San Antonio Scorpions|
|Midfield||Walter Restrepo||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|Midfield||Nick Zimmerman||Carolina RailHawks|
|Forward||Mark Anderson||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|Forward||Pablo Campos||San Antonio Scorpions|
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