2002 PDL season

The 2002 USL Premier Development League season was the 8th PDL season. The season began in April 2002 and ended in August 2002.

USL Premier Development League
Season2002
ChampionsCape Cod Crusaders
2001
2003

Cape Cod Crusaders finished the season as national champions, beating Boulder Rapids Reserve 2-1 in the PDL Championship game. Des Moines Menace finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 15 out of their 18 games, suffering no losses, and finishing with a +49 goal difference.

Changes from 2001Edit

Name changesEdit

New franchisesEdit

  • Twelve teams joined the league this year, including eight brand new franchises:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
  Calgary Storm Select Calgary area Calgary, Alberta expansion
  Chico Rooks northern Sacramento Valley area Chico, CA previously in D3 Pro
  Houston Toros Houston area Houston, TX expansion
  Memphis Express Memphis area Memphis, TN expansion
  Nashville Metros Nashville area Nashville, TN previously in A-League
  Raleigh CASL Elite Raleigh area Cary, NC expansion
  Rhode Island Stingrays Providence area East Providence, RI previously in D3 Pro
  Richmond Kickers Future Richmond area Richmond, VA expansion
  Santa Barbara Sharks Santa Barbara area Santa Barbara, CA expansion
  Williamsburg Legacy Williamsburg area Williamsburg, VA expansion
  Wisconsin Rebels Fox River Valley area Menasha, WI returned from hiatus
  Worcester Kings Worcester area Worcester, MA expansion

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FoldingEdit

StandingsEdit

Legend
Division champion
Team qualified for playoff berth
Team folded during the season

Central ConferenceEdit

Great Lakes DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Chicago Fire Reserves 18 14 3 1 43 15 +28 7 64
2 Mid-Michigan Bucks 18 11 5 2 48 36 +12 9 55
3 West Michigan Edge 18 11 6 1 49 28 +21 8 53
4 Kalamazoo Kingdom 18 9 8 1 37 32 +5 6 43
5 Indiana Invaders 18 8 7 3 32 25 +7 5 40
6 Dayton Gemini 18 3 12 3 26 48 −22 3 18

Heartland DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Des Moines Menace 18 15 0 3 68 19 +49 11 74
2 Boulder Rapids Reserve 18 11 3 4 49 23 +26 6 54
3 Sioux Falls Spitfire 18 9 6 3 34 33 +1 6 45
4 Chicago Eagles Select 18 6 11 1 37 38 −1 5 30
5 Kansas City Brass 18 5 12 1 39 56 −17 6 27
6 Thunder Bay Chill 18 5 12 1 35 58 −23 5 26
7 Denver Cougars 18 4 9 5 25 45 −20 3 24
8 Wisconsin Rebels 18 1 17 0 11 76 −65 0 4

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Mid Atlantic DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Williamsburg Legacy 18 14 4 0 44 26 +18 9 65
2 Raleigh CASL Elite 18 11 7 0 42 35 +7 7 51
3 Richmond Kickers Future 18 9 9 0 40 37 +3 4 40
4 Chesapeake Dragons 18 5 13 0 27 44 −17 4 24
5 Greenville Lions 18 4 14 0 22 57 −35 4 20

Northeast DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Vermont Voltage 18 14 2 2 48 18 +30 8 66
2 Cape Cod Crusaders 18 12 4 2 39 17 +22 8 58
3 Rhode Island Stingrays 18 8 9 1 38 38 0 7 40
4 Worcester Kings 18 6 12 0 29 51 −22 4 28
5 Brooklyn Knights 18 6 12 0 23 36 −13 3 27
6 Jersey Falcons 18 5 12 1 25 42 −17 2 23

Southern ConferenceEdit

Mid South DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Memphis Express 18 12 4 2 45 19 +26 10 60
2 Texas Spurs 18 12 6 0 48 30 +18 8 56
3 Austin Lightning 18 8 8 2 36 42 −6 6 40
4 Nashville Metros 18 7 9 2 37 34 +3 6 36
5 Louisiana Outlaws 18 5 12 1 39 38 +1 7 28
6 Houston Toros 18 4 13 1 27 60 −33 2 19

Southeast DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Tampa Bay Hawks 18 14 4 0 51 27 +24 8 64
2 Bradenton Academics 18 10 7 1 43 31 +12 7 48
3 Central Florida Kraze 18 9 8 1 34 33 +1 6 43
4 Palm Beach Pumas 18 7 11 0 32 42 −10 5 33
5 Cocoa Expos 18 4 13 1 35 61 −26 7 24

Western ConferenceEdit

Northwest DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Spokane Shadow 18 11 6 1 39 23 +16 8 53
2 Cascade Surge 18 9 9 0 31 32 −1 4 40
3 Calgary Storm Select 18 5 10 3 21 44 −23 2 25
4 Yakima Reds 18 5 11 2 30 33 −3 5 27
5 Seattle Sounders Select 14 9 3 2 33 22 +11 4 42[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Folded during the season

Southwest DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Chico Rooks 18 13 4 1 40 22 +18 8 61
2 Southern California Seahorses 18 11 7 0 43 28 +15 6 50
3 Orange County Blue Star 18 7 9 2 29 26 +3 5 35
4 Los Angeles Heroes 18 6 10 2 24 38 −14 4 30
5 Central Coast Roadrunners 18 5 13 0 19 37 −18 3 23
6 Santa Barbara Sharks 13 3 10 0 20 37 −17 3 15[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Folded during the season

PlayoffsEdit

Conference Semifinals Conference Finals National Semifinals PDL Championship Game
            
MA1   Williamsburg Legacy 0
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 2
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 1
MA2   Raleigh CASL Elite 0
NE1   Vermont Voltage 0
MA2   Raleigh CASL Elite 1
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 3
Eastern Conference
Southern Conference
SE2   Bradenton Academics 2
MS1   Memphis Express 0
SE2   Bradenton Academics 1
SE2   Bradenton Academics 3
SE1   Tampa Bay Hawks 2
SE1   Tampa Bay Hawks 4
MS2   Texas Spurs 2
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 2
HL2   Boulder Rapids Reserve 1
HL1   Des Moines Menace 1
GL2   Mid-Michigan Bucks 2
GL2   Mid-Michigan Bucks 0 (6)
HL2   Boulder Rapids Reserve 0 (7)
GL1   Chicago Fire Reserves 1
HL2   Boulder Rapids Reserve 3
HL2   Boulder Rapids Reserve 2
Central Conference
Western Conference
SW2   Southern California Seahorses 1
SW1   Chico Rooks 0
NW2   Cascade Surge 1
NW2   Cascade Surge 2
SW2   Southern California Seahorses 3
NW1   Spokane Shadow 0
SW2   Southern California Seahorses 2

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