2003 PDL season

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The 2003 USL Premier Development League season was the 9th PDL season. The season began in April 2003 and ended in August 2003.

USL Premier Development League
Season2003
ChampionsCape Cod Crusaders
2002
2004

Cape Cod Crusaders finished the season as national champions for the second time, beating Chicago Fire Reserves 2-0 in the PDL Championship game. New Orleans Shell Shockers finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 16 out of their 18 games, suffering just 2 losses, and finishing with a +35 goal difference.

Cape Cod Crusaders striker Joseph Ngwenya and Vermont Voltage forward Bo Vuckovic were the league's top scorers, each knocking in 17 goals. Des Moines Menace midfielders Tomas Boltnar and Joseph Kabwe and Nashville Metros Ben Buerger led the league with 10 assists each, while Indiana Invaders keeper Christopher Sawyer enjoyed the best goalkeeping statistics, with a goals-against average of 0.287 per game, and Richmond Kickers Future keeper kept 7 clean sheets and had a GAA average of 0.568 in his 12 games.

Changes from 2002Edit

New franchisesEdit

  • Thirteen teams joined the league this year, including twelve brand new franchises:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
  Abbotsford Rangers Abbotsford area Abbotsford, BC expansion
  Albany Blackwatch Highlanders Albany area Schenectady, NY expansion
  BYU Cougars Provo area Provo, UT expansion
  Columbus Shooting Stars Columbus area Columbus, OH expansion
  Fort Wayne Fever Fort Wayne area Fort Wayne, IN expansion
  Fresno Fuego Fresno area Fresno, CA expansion
  Jersey Shore Boca Jersey Shore area Toms River, NJ expansion
  Nevada Wonders Carson City area Carson City, NV expansion
  New Orleans Shell Shockers New Orleans area New Orleans, LA expansion
  St. Louis Strikers St. Louis area St. Louis, MO expansion
  South Jersey Barons Greater Trenton area Trenton, NJ previously in D3 Pro
  Toledo Slayers Toledo area Maumee, OH expansion
  West Virginia Chaos Charleston area Charleston, WV expansion

FoldingEdit

StandingsEdit

Legend
Division champion
Team qualified for playoff berth

Central ConferenceEdit

Great Lakes DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Mid-Michigan Bucks 18 14 3 1 40 16 +24 43
2 Indiana Invaders 18 11 5 2 31 19 +12 35
3 Fort Wayne Fever 18 9 7 2 32 30 +2 29
4 Kalamazoo Kingdom 18 6 9 3 29 39 −10 21
5 Toledo Slayers 18 2 13 3 22 45 −23 9
6 Columbus Shooting Stars 18 2 14 2 28 43 −15 8

Heartland DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Chicago Fire Reserves 18 15 2 1 60 17 +43 46
2 Des Moines Menace 18 12 5 1 48 23 +25 37
3 Thunder Bay Chill 18 10 7 1 34 31 +3 31
4 Boulder Rapids Reserve 18 10 7 1 32 29 +3 31
5 Kansas City Brass 18 7 11 0 35 48 −13 21
6 St. Louis Strikers 18 7 11 0 39 53 −14 21
7 Sioux Falls Spitfire 18 6 12 0 42 48 −6 18
8 Wisconsin Rebels 18 0 17 1 11 71 −60 1

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Mid Atlantic DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Richmond Kickers Future 18 14 3 1 41 12 +29 43
2 Williamsburg Legacy 18 10 6 2 35 22 +13 32
3 Raleigh CASL Elite 18 8 8 2 22 23 −1 26
4 Chesapeake Dragons 18 7 10 1 19 32 −13 22
5 West Virginia Chaos 18 3 14 1 18 54 −36 10
6 Greenville Lions 18 3 13 2 23 41 −18 8[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 3 points deducted

Northeast DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Vermont Voltage 18 12 3 3 37 21 +16 39
2 Cape Cod Crusaders 18 12 4 2 64 30 +34 38
3 Brooklyn Knights 18 11 4 3 46 26 +20 36
4 South Jersey Barons 18 11 6 1 62 31 +31 34
5 Rhode Island Stingrays 18 10 4 4 45 28 +17 34
6 Albany Blackwatch Highlanders 18 6 11 1 36 43 −7 19
7 Jersey Shore Boca * 12 4 8 0 23 44 −21 12
8 Jersey Falcons 18 3 14 1 31 85 −54 10
9 Worcester Kings 18 1 17 0 21 62 −41 −3[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 6 points deducted

Southern ConferenceEdit

Mid South DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 New Orleans Shell Shockers 18 16 2 0 53 18 +35 48
2 Memphis Express 18 11 5 2 48 25 +23 35
3 Nashville Metros 18 11 7 0 41 21 +20 33
4 Texas Spurs 18 10 7 1 44 28 +16 31
5 Austin Lightning 18 9 8 1 31 42 −11 28
6 Houston Toros 18 3 13 2 21 60 −39 11
7 Louisiana Outlaws 18 3 14 1 23 46 −23 10

Southeast DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Cocoa Expos 14 8 3 3 36 27 +9 27
2 Central Florida Kraze 14 7 5 2 38 26 +12 23
3 Bradenton Academics 14 6 5 3 32 24 +8 21
4 Palm Beach Pumas 14 2 11 1 23 55 −32 6[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 1 point deducted

Western ConferenceEdit

Northwest DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Spokane Shadow 18 14 2 2 38 14 +24 44
2 Cascade Surge 18 11 5 2 32 27 +5 35
3 Yakima Reds 18 9 8 1 30 26 +4 28
4 Abbotsford Rangers * 15 4 11 0 21 33 −12 12
5 Calgary Storm Prospects * 15 2 12 1 14 31 −17 7

Southwest DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Fresno Fuego 18 14 4 0 50 23 +27 42
2 Orange County Blue Star 18 14 4 0 52 29 +23 42
3 Southern California Seahorses 18 10 6 2 34 29 +5 32
4 BYU Cougars 18 2 15 1 21 52 −31 7
5 Nevada Wonders 18 1 15 2 13 51 −38 5

PlayoffsEdit

Conference Semifinals Conference Finals National Semifinals PDL Championship Game
            
MA1   Richmond Kickers Future 0
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 4
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 4
NE1   Vermont Voltage 2
NE1   Vermont Voltage 5
MA2   Williamsburg Legacy 2
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 4
Eastern Conference
Southern Conference
MS2   Memphis Express 0
MS1   New Orleans Shell Shockers 4
SE2   Central Florida Kraze 1
MS1   New Orleans Shell Shockers 0
MS2   Memphis Express 2
SE1   Cocoa Expos 2
MS2   Memphis Express 5
NE2   Cape Cod Crusaders 2
HL1   Chicago Fire Reserves 0
HL1   Chicago Fire Reserves 8
GL2   Indiana Invaders 0
HL1   Chicago Fire Reserves 2
GL1   Mid-Michigan Bucks 0
GL1   Mid-Michigan Bucks 1
HL2   Des Moines Menace 0
HL1   Chicago Fire Reserves 3
Central Conference
Western Conference
SW2   Orange County Blue Star 1
SW1   Fresno Fuego 1
NW1   Spokane Shadow 0
SW1   Fresno Fuego 0
SW2   Orange County Blue Star 2
SW2   Orange County Blue Star 2
NW2   Cascade Surge 1

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