2017 PDL season

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USL Premier Development League
Season 2017
Champion(s) Charlotte Eagles
Regular Season Title New York Red Bulls U-23
Matches played 521
(503 RS, 18 PO)
Goals scored 1,743 (3.35 per match)
(1692 RS, 51 PO)
Biggest home win WMP 7, WCF 0
(July 14)
JER 7, FAE 0
(July 15)
Biggest away win NYRB 10, EVR 1
(June 24)
Highest scoring VIL 8, TBR 3
(June 8)
NYRB 10, EVR 1
(June 24)
SCU 7, ACC 4
(July 16)
Longest winning run 9, OKC Energy U23
(May 13 - June 17)
Longest unbeaten run 12, Michigan Bucks
(May 27 - end of season)
Longest winless run 12, WSA Winnipeg
(May 20 - July 7)
Longest losing run 8, Evergreen FC
(June 6 - July 15)
GPS Portland Phoenix
(June 19 - July 12)
Weston FC
(May 24 - June 19)
2016
2018
All statistics correct as of August 5, 2017.

The 2017 USL Premier Development League season is the 23rd season of the PDL. The Michigan Bucks entered the season as the defending champions, but their title defense campaign ended with a loss in the Central Conference semi-finals. On August 5, 2017, the Charlotte Eagles won their first PDL championship by defeating the Thunder Bay Chill 2-1.

Changes from 2016[edit]

New Teams[edit]

Team Country City/area Stadium Founded Head coach Notes
FC Cleburne U.S. Cleburne, Texas The Depot at Cleburne Station 2017 Paul Davenport Expansion[1]
FC Boulder U23 U.S. Boulder, Colorado Pleasant View Fields Sports Complex 2017 Luis Swisher Expansion[2]
Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C. U.S. Bryan, Texas Nutrabolt Stadium 2017 James Clarkson Expansion[3]
Houston FC U.S. Houston, Texas Rice Track/Soccer Stadium 2017 Bruce Talbot Expansion[4]
Lakeland Tropics U.S. Lakeland, Florida Bryant Stadium 2016 Eoghan Conlon Expansion[5]
Myrtle Beach Mutiny U.S. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex 2011 Kyle Russell NPSL
Nashville SC U23 U.S. Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex 2016 Kyle Roelke Expansion[6]
SIMA Águilas U.S. Montverde, Florida Montverde Academy Center 2017 Mike Potempa Expansion[7]
SoCal Surf U.S. Carlsbad, California Maffucci Field 2015 Cody Worden NPSL[8]
Tampa Bay Rowdies U23 U.S. Tampa, Florida Waters Soccer Complex 2017 Keith Fulk Expansion[9]
Tobacco Road FC U.S. Durham, North Carolina Durham County Stadium 2013 Cedric Burke NPSL[10]
Weston FC U.S. Weston, Florida Broward College Soccer Field 1998 Victor Pastora NPSL
Wilmington Hammerheads FC U.S. Wilmington, North Carolina Legion Stadium 1996 Kevin Johnson USL[11]
TSS FC Rovers Canada Burnaby, British Columbia Swangard Stadium 2017 Colin Elmes Expansion

Name Changes[edit]

Folding/Moving[edit]

Standings[edit]

Tiebreakers[edit]

  1. Head-to-head results
  2. Goal differential
  3. Goals scored

Central Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Michigan Bucks 14 10 3 1 31 9 +22 33 Advance to Central Conference Championship
2 K-W United FC 14 9 1 4 31 13 +18 28
3 West Virginia Chaos 14 7 1 6 22 27 −5 22
4 Cincinnati Dutch Lions 14 5 3 6 17 16 +1 18
5 Dayton Dutch Lions 14 4 3 7 10 22 −12 15
6 Derby City Rovers 14 1 2 11 8 31 −23 5
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Heartland Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Thunder Bay Chill 14 9 2 3 26 8 +18 29 Advance to Central Conference Championship
2 Des Moines Menace 14 7 2 5 19 12 +7 23
3 Saint Louis FC U23 14 6 4 4 16 15 +1 22
4 St. Louis Lions 14 6 1 7 19 27 −8 19
5 Chicago FC United 14 4 5 5 20 18 +2 17
6 WSA Winnipeg 14 2 1 11 12 33 −21 7
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Seacoast United Phantoms 14 11 2 1 44 20 +24 35 Advance to Eastern Conference play-in round
2 Long Island Rough Riders 14 8 4 2 28 19 +9 28
3 Western Mass Pioneers 14 8 3 3 29 16 +13 27
4 FC Boston 14 6 3 5 24 27 −3 21
5 GPS Portland Phoenix 14 4 1 9 29 30 −1 13
6 AC Connecticut 14 2 2 10 19 35 −16 8
7 Westchester Flames 14 2 1 11 14 40 −26 7
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Red Bulls U-23 14 12 1 1 51 14 +37 37 Advance to Eastern Conference play-in round
2 Reading United AC 14 12 0 2 36 10 +26 36
3 Ocean City Nor'easters 14 9 1 4 26 14 +12 28
4 Jersey Express S.C. 14 5 0 9 28 36 −8 15
5 F.A. Euro 14 3 1 10 11 39 −28 10
6 Lehigh Valley United 14 4 1 9 19 30 −11 9
7 Evergreen FC 14 1 2 11 14 42 −28 5
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Myrtle Beach Mutiny 14 10 3 1 38 19 +19 33 Advance to Eastern Conference Championship
2 Charlotte Eagles 14 9 2 3 30 14 +16 29
3 Nashville SC U23 14 8 4 2 34 18 +16 28
4 South Georgia Tormenta FC 14 7 4 3 34 17 +17 25
5 SC United Bantams 14 6 4 4 20 21 −1 22
6 Tobacco Road FC 14 6 3 5 34 31 +3 21
7 North Carolina FC U23 14 5 2 7 22 29 −7 17
8 Wilmington Hammerheads FC 14 3 3 8 28 43 −15 12
9 Tri-Cities FC 14 3 2 9 10 26 −16 11
10 Carolina Dynamo 14 2 2 10 19 34 −15 8
11 Peachtree City MOBA 14 2 2 10 15 34 −19 8
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 OKC Energy U23 14 12 1 1 39 10 +29 37 Advance to Southern Conference Championship
2 Mississippi Brilla FC 14 9 3 2 24 10 +14 30
3 Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C. 14 7 1 6 30 28 +2 22
4 Texas United 14 5 1 8 27 28 −1 16
5 FC Cleburne 14 3 1 10 20 41 −21 10
6 Houston FC 14 2 2 10 14 35 −21 8
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Southeast Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 SIMA Águilas 14 11 1 2 34 13 +21 34 Advance to Southern Conference Championship
2 FC Miami City 14 10 3 1 41 12 +29 33
3 Lakeland Tropics 14 9 2 3 27 20 +7 29
4 The Villages SC 14 8 2 4 46 21 +25 26
5 IMG Academy Bradenton 14 5 3 6 20 24 −4 18
6 Tampa Bay Rowdies U23 14 3 3 8 25 36 −11 12
7 South Florida Surf 14 3 3 8 21 29 −8 12
8 Weston FC 14 3 1 10 11 38 −27 10
9 Palm Beach Suns FC 14 2 0 12 10 42 −32 1
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Western Conference[edit]

Mountain Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Tucson 14 9 3 2 34 17 +17 30 Advance to Western Conference Championship
2 FC Boulder U23 14 8 2 4 24 24 0 26
3 Colorado Rapids U-23 14 5 5 4 24 21 +3 20
4 BYU Cougars 14 4 4 6 22 24 −2 12
5 Albuquerque Sol FC 14 2 2 10 17 32 −15 8
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Northwest Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Portland Timbers U23s 14 8 4 2 29 12 +17 28 Advance to Western Conference play-in round
2 Calgary Foothills FC 14 8 4 2 20 15 +5 28
3 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 14 6 1 7 22 20 +2 19
4 Victoria Highlanders 14 5 1 8 17 28 −11 16
5 Lane United FC 14 3 5 6 21 24 −3 14
6 TSS FC Rovers 14 3 3 8 19 29 −10 9
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Southwest Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Golden State Force 14 10 3 1 45 17 +28 33 Advance to Western Conference Championship
2 Fresno Fuego 14 10 2 2 45 19 +26 32
3 San Francisco City FC 14 8 1 5 25 24 +1 25
4 SoCal Surf 13 7 1 5 19 15 +4 22
5 Burlingame Dragons FC 14 5 4 5 21 22 −1 19
6 Southern California Seahorses 14 5 2 7 17 24 −7 17
7 San Diego Zest FC 14 3 2 9 13 29 −16 11
8 Ventura County Fusion 14 2 4 8 23 34 −11 10
9 Orange County SC U-23 13 1 1 11 9 36 −27 4
Source: Premier Development League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Playoffs[edit]

  Divisional Qualification Conference Semifinals Conference Finals National Semifinals National Championship
                                               
       
       
  SW1 FC Golden State Force 3  
    NW1 Portland Timbers U23s 1  
NW1 Portland Timbers U23s 3
NW2 Calgary Foothills FC 0  
  SW1 FC Golden State Force 2  
Western Conference
  SW2 Fresno Fuego 0  
       
       
  SW2 Fresno Fuego 1
    MT1 FC Tucson 0  
     
       
  SW1 FC Golden State Force 0  
  HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 1  
       
       
  GL1 Michigan Bucks 0
    HL2 Des Moines Menace 2  
     
       
  HL2 Des Moines Menace 0
Central Conference
  HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 2  
       
       
  HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 2
    GL2 K-W United FC 0  
     
     
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 1
SA2 Charlotte Eagles 2
       
       
  SA1 Myrtle Beach Mutiny 0  
    NE2 Long Island Rough Riders 2  
MA1 New York Red Bulls U-23 1
NE2 Long Island Rough Riders 4  
  NE2 Long Island Rough Riders 1(2)  
Eastern Conference
  SA2 Charlotte Eagles 1(4)  
NE1 Seacoast United Phantoms 3  
MA2 Reading United AC 1  
  NE1 Seacoast United Phantoms 1
    SA2 Charlotte Eagles 4*  
     
       
  SA2 Charlotte Eagles 3
  MS2 Mississippi Brilla FC 1  
     
     
  MS1 OKC Energy U23 0
    SE2 FC Miami City 1  
   
     
  SE2 FC Miami City 0(1)      
Southern Conference
  MS2 Mississippi Brilla FC 0(3)        
     
     
  SE1 SIMA Águilas 3
    MS2 Mississippi Brilla FC 4  
   
     
  • After extra time

Divisional Qualification[edit]

Matches in the Divisional Qualification round were held on July 18. Two Eastern Conference play-in matches were played at Amesbury, MA (Seacoast United Phantoms) and Whippany, NJ (New York Red Bulls U-23). One Western Conference play-in match was played at Salem, OR (Portland Timbers U23s).

Conference Championships[edit]

The PDL Conference Championships were held over the weekend of July 21–23. Matches were played at: Tucson, AZ (Western Conference, host FC Tucson); Statesboro, GA (Eastern Conference, host South Georgia Tormenta FC); Pontiac, MI (Central Conference, host Michigan Bucks); and Clinton, MS (Southern Conference, host Mississippi Brilla FC). The four conference champions advanced to the PDL semifinals.

PDL Championship[edit]

The PDL semifinals were held on July 29, with matches played at Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Eagles) and Thunder Bay, ON (Thunder Bay Chill). The PDL Championship Game was held on August 5 in Matthews, NC (Charlotte Eagles).

Awards[edit]

  • Most Valuable Player: Brian White (NYR)
  • Golden Boot: Brian White (NYR)
  • Young (U21) Player of the Year: Aaron Molloy (REA)
  • Coach of the Year: Robert Elliott, (NYR)
  • Goalkeeper of the Year: Ben Lundgaard (NYR)
  • Defender of the Year: Mitchell Osmond (TBC)
  • Creative Player of the Year: Harry Pearse (JER)

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All-League and All-Conference Teams[edit]

[12] [13][14][15] [16]

Eastern Conference[edit]

F: Tobenna Uzo (MYB) *, Brian White (NYR) *, Joao Costa (CHE)
M: Ricardo Gomez (MYB) *, Aaron Molloy (REA) *, Martim Galvão (NAS)
D: Douglas Oliveira (CHE), Alex Nelson (MYB), Kevin Politz (NYR), Daniel Kozma (OCN)
G: Ben Lundgaard (NYR) *

Central Conference[edit]

F: Ryan Sierakowski (CHI), Samuel Gainford (STL), Francis Atuahene (MIB)
M: Abraham Villon (TBC), Amass Amankona (DDL), Chris Mueller (CHI)
D: Mitchell Osmond (TBC) *, Nick Walker (MIB) *, Lucas Stauffer (DMM), Brandon Fricke (DMM)
G: Michael Yantz (DDL)

Western Conference[edit]

F: Mark Verso (GSF) *, Ryosuke Kinoshita (FCB), Jose Cuevas (FRE)
M: Moshe Perez (TUC) *, Christo Michaelson (POR), Jose Carrera-Garcia (GSF)
D: Sergi Nus (FRE) *, Scott DeVoss (COL) *, Sho Goto (VIC), Wouter Verstraaten (POR)
G: Jordan Farr (POR)

Southern Conference[edit]

F: Mohamed Kourouma (MIA), Ricardo Diegues (LAK), Julio Moncada (OKC)
M: Kevin Varela (TBR), Willian Hopfner (VIL), Angelo Kelly-Rosales (MIS)
D: Kevin Coiffic (MIA), Jonathan Parpeix (MIA), Gabriel Torres (VIL), Thomas Vancaeyezeele (MIS)
G: Eric Dick (OKC)

* denotes All-League player

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Staff, PDL (23 January 2017). "PDL Awards FC Boulder Franchise Ahead of 2017 Season". USLPDL.com. 
  3. ^ "Brazos Valley Franchise Unveils Name, Logo". USLPDL.com. February 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ Staff, PDL (3 February 2017). "Houston FC Named New PDL Franchise". 
  5. ^ "PDL Reveals Lakeland Tropics as Expansion Franchise". Premier Development League (PDL). September 19, 2016. Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Staff, PDL (20 September 2016). "PDL Introduces Nashville SC U23". 
  7. ^ Staff, PDL (26 January 2017). "Montverde Academy Awarded PDL Franchise". 
  8. ^ Staff, PDL (28 November 2016). "North County Battalion, San Diego Surf Establish New PDL Franchise". 
  9. ^ Communications, Rowdies (2 February 2017). "Rowdies U23 to Compete in USL's Premier Development League". 
  10. ^ "Tobacco Road FC Revealed as PDL Expansion Franchise". Premier Development League (PDL). November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Wilmington Hammerheads FC Awarded PDL Franchise". Premier Development League (PDL). September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "2017 2017 PDL All-League Awards Revealed". Premier Development League (PDL). August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ "2017 PDL All-Eastern Conference Team". Premier Development League (PDL). July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  14. ^ "2017 PDL All-Central Conference Team". Premier Development League (PDL). July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  15. ^ "2017 PDL All-Western Conference Team". Premier Development League (PDL). July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ "2017 PDL All-Southern Conference Team". Premier Development League (PDL). July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.