2012 USL Pro season

The 2012 USL Pro season was the 26th season of third-division soccer in the United States,[1] and the second season of USL Pro. The season started with 11 teams. FC New York self-relegated to the National Premier Soccer League prior to the release of the schedule. The final weekend of the regular season was August 17–19.

USL Pro
Season2012
ChampionsCharleston Battery
Commissioner's CupOrlando City SC
Matches played132
Goals scored330 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorerDennis Chin (11)
Biggest home winCHB 4, ANT 0
(May 4)
HAR 4, DDL 0
(May 19)
DDL 4, WIL 0
(June 23)
ORL 4, ROC 0
(July 14)
ORL 4, CHB 0
(July 27)
CHE 4, ANT 0
(August 4)
Biggest away winORL 4, LAB 0
(July 8)
CHB 4, ROC 0
(August 11)
Highest scoringWIL 4, LAB 2
(June 30)
ORL 4, HAR 2
(August 1)
Longest winning run6 games:
ROC (April 14-May 12)
Longest unbeaten run14 games:
ORL (June 9-August 17)
Longest winless run12 games:
DDL (April 13-June 17)
Longest losing run8 games:
ANT (April 28-June 29)
Highest attendance8,932
ORL vs DDL (August 17)
Lowest attendance200
LAB vs WIL (May 4)
Average attendance2,777
2011
2013

TeamsEdit

Stadiums and LocationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Antigua Barracuda St. John's, Antigua Stanford Cricket Ground 5,000
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina Blackbaud Stadium 5,100
Charlotte Eagles Charlotte, North Carolina Restart Field 2,000
Dayton Dutch Lions Bellbrook, Ohio Miami Valley South Stadium 3,000
Harrisburg City Islanders Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Skyline Sports Complex 5,000
Los Angeles Blues Fullerton, California Titan Stadium 10,000
Orlando City SC Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl 65,438
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Bridgeville, Pennsylvania Chartiers Valley High School 2,500
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia City Stadium 22,000
Rochester Rhinos Rochester, New York Sahlen's Stadium 13,768
Wilmington Hammerheads Wilmington, North Carolina Legion Stadium 6,000

Personal and KitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Head Coach Captain Jersey manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Antigua Barracuda   Tom Curtis   George Dublin Joma None
Charleston Battery   Michael Anhaeuser   Stephen Armstrong Umbro avVenta
Charlotte Eagles   Mark Steffens   Josh Rife Admiral Coca-Cola
Dayton Dutch Lions   Ivar van Dinteren   Bret Jones Under Armour Scoutforall.com
Harrisburg City Islanders   Bill Becher   Jason Pelletier Nike Capital Blue Cross/Snickers
Los Angeles Blues   Charlie Naimo   Shahryar Dastan Nike Marriott
Orlando City SC   Adrian Heath   Ian Fuller Umbro Orlando Health/Legoland Florida
Pittsburgh Riverhounds   Justin Evans Umbro #1 Cochran
Richmond Kickers   Leigh Cowlishaw   Ronnie Pascale Adidas Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc.
Rochester Rhinos   Jesse Myers Umbro Non-Smoking Coalition
Wilmington Hammerheads   David Irving Umbro New Hanover Regional Medical Center

TransfersEdit

For full list, see List of USL Pro transfers 2012.

StandingsEdit


Pos Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Orlando City SC (C) 24 17 6 1 50 18 +32 57 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs 1st round bye
2 Rochester Rhinos (A) 24 12 5 7 27 23 +4 41 Playoffs 1st round bye
3 Charleston Battery (A) 24 12 2 10 36 26 +10 38 Playoffs
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 24 11 5 8 31 27 +4 38
5 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 24 10 7 7 34 32 +2 37
6 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 24 10 7 7 34 29 +5 37
7 Charlotte Eagles 24 11 3 10 34 26 +8 36
8 Los Angeles Blues 24 9 3 12 26 29 −3 30
9 Dayton Dutch Lions 24 4 10 10 20 29 −9 22
10 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 24 4 5 15 20 39 −19 17
11 Antigua Barracuda 24 5 1 18 16 50 −34 16
Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: Points, then tiebreak: 1) Head-to-head record based on total points in League games, 2) Total wins in League games, 3) Goal difference in League games, 4) Goals scored in League games, etc.[2]
(A) Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (C) Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record).

Results tableEdit

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Antigua Barracuda FC – ANT • Charleston Battery – CHB • Charlotte Eagles – CHE • Dayton Dutch Lions – DDL
Los Angeles Blues – LAB • Harrisburg City Islanders – HAR • Orlando City SC – ORL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – PIT • Richmond Kickers – RIC • Rochester Rhinos – ROC • Wilmington Hammerheads – WIL

Home  • Away  • Win  • Loss  • Draw

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
Antigua Barracuda FC PIT PIT CHE CHE WIL CHB ORL ORL CHB ORL CHB CHB ROC HAR LAB LAB PIT DAY RIC CHE LAB LAB RIC RIC
0–1 3–1 3–2 0–2 0–3 0–4 0–1 1–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–4 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–1
Charleston Battery RIC RIC CHE PIT ANT ROC LAB PIT DAY ORL ANT HAR ANT ANT CHE CHE WIL ORL ORL WIL WIL HAR ROC DAY
2–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–4 2–2 1–2 0–3 4–0 0–0
Charlotte Eagles ORL DAY CHB HAR ANT ANT HAR ROC ROC WIL ORL RIC RIC LAB CHB CHB PIT WIL RIC RIC ANT PIT DAY WIL
0–2 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–4 3–0 2–2 1–0
Dayton Dutch Lions CHE PIT ROC RIC LAB ROC HAR ROC CHB PIT LAB LAB WIL ORL PIT ROC HAR HAR WIL RIC ANT CHE ORL CHB
0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 4–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–0
Harrisburg City Islanders CHE WIL CHE RIC PIT DAY ROC RIC WIL ROC ORL CHB ROC PIT ANT DAY DAY PIT LAB ORL CHB RIC LAB LAB
2–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 1–3 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–4 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–0
Los Angeles Blues ROC ROC WIL WIL DAY PIT ORL CHB DAY DAY CHE WIL RIC ORL ORL ANT ANT ROC HAR PIT ANT ANT HAR HAR
0–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 2–4 0–1 0–1 0–4 3–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–1
Orlando City SC CHE WIL RIC RIC PIT ANT ANT LAB CHE WIL CHB ANT HAR DAY PIT LAB LAB ROC CHB WIL CHB HAR ROC DAY
2–0 4–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 4–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 4–2 1–0 1–1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds ANT ANT DAY CHB WIL ORL LAB HAR RIC CHB DAY ROC WIL ORL DAY HAR RIC CHE HAR ROC ANT LAB CHE ROC
1–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–1 2–0 0–3 0–1
Richmond Kickers CHB CHB ORL ORL DAY HAR PIT WIL HAR ROC CHE WIL CHE ROC LAB WIL PIT DAY CHE CHE ANT HAR ANT ANT
1–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–4 2–3 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–2
Rochester Rhinos LAB LAB DAY CHE CHE CHB DAY HAR DAY RIC WIL HAR PIT RIC HAR ANT DAY WIL ORL PIT LAB ORL CHB PIT
1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 4–1 2–0 0–0 0–4 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–4 1–0
Wilmington Hammerheads ORL HAR PIT ANT LAB LAB CHE RIC ORL ROC HAR RIC PIT DAY LAB RIC ROC CHB DAY CHE ORL CHB CHB CHE
1–4 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–4 4–2 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–1

USL Pro published schedule and results.[3][4]

PlayoffsEdit

The 2012 USL Pro Playoffs included the top six finishers in the table, with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receiving a first-round bye on August 25. The semifinals featuring the four remaining teams was played the following weekend, with the 2012 USL PRO Championship set for the weekend of September 7–9. All playoff rounds featured a single-game knockout format.

  First Round     Semifinals     USL Pro Championship
                           
      1 Orlando City SC 3  
  4 Richmond Kickers 2     5 Wilmington Hammerheads 4    
  5 Wilmington Hammerheads 3         3 Charleston Battery 1
      5 Wilmington Hammerheads 0
      2 Rochester Rhinos 1(3)    
  3 Charleston Battery 2     3 Charleston Battery 1(4)  
  6 Harrisburg City Islanders 1  
August 25, 2012 (2012-08-25) 1stRichmond Kickers2–3Wilmington HammerheadsRichmond, Virginia
7:00 pm EDT Yeisley   12'
Elcock   79'
Report
Report
Briggs   57'
Chirishian   69'
Perry   72'
Guzman   90'
Parratt   90+3'
Stadium: City Stadium
Attendance: 1,441
Referee: Charles Carson
August 25, 2012 (2012-08-25) 1stCharleston Battery2–1Harrisburg City IslandersCharleston, South Carolina
7:30 pm EDT Paterson   40' (pen.)   89'
Donatelli   45+1'
Richter   80'
Report
Report
Ombiji   16'
Mellor   45'
Pelletier   53'
Basso   77'
Stadium: Blackbaud Stadium
Attendance: 2,718
Referee: Augie Minasola
August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31) SFOrlando City SC3–4Wilmington HammerheadsOrlando, Florida
7:30 pm EDT Luzunaris   44'
O'Connor   61'
Watson   81'   90+' (pen.)
Davis   90+'
Report
Report
Hertzog   4' (pen.),   59'   90+'
Holmes   9'
Chirishian   29'   30'
Cole   32'
Riley   64'
Guzman   71'
Hernandez   90+'
Stadium: Citrus Bowl
Attendance: 7,887
Referee: Marcos Deliveira
August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31) SFRochester Rhinos1–1
(a.e.t.)

(3–4 p)
Charleston BatteryRochester, New York
7:35 pm EDT McFayden   55'
McManus   57'
Hoxie   76'
Cost   80'
Fernández   90'
Report
Report
Donatelli   90+'
Hoffer   114'
Stadium: Sahlen's Stadium
Referee: Vito Testa, Jr.
Penalties
Hoxie  
Kyriazis  
Earls  
Zamudio  
Roberts  
Nicht  
Rosenlund  
  Paterson
  Donatelli
  Azira
  Falvey
  Prince
  Wilson
  Mack
September 8, 2012 (2012-09-08) FCharleston Battery1–0Wilmington HammerheadsCharleston, South Carolina
7:30 pm EDT Azira   74'
Falvey   75'
Wiltse   87'
Report
Report
Report
Cole   34'
Chirishian   46'
Musa   66'
Stadium: Blackbaud Stadium
Attendance: 4,963
Referee: Robert Sibiga

Championship Game MVP: Jose Cuevas (CHB)

Statistical leadersEdit

Top GoalkeepersEdit

(Minimum of 1080 Minutes Played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SVS GA GAA W-L-T SHO
1   Miguel Gallardo Orlando City SC 21 1845 53 16 0.780 14-0-6 8
2   Kristian Nicht Rochester Rhinos 22 1890 86 20 0.909 12-6-4 11
3   Andrew Dykstra Charleston Battery 20 1800 57 20 1.000 11-7-2 9
4   Eric Reed Charlotte Eagles 21 1890 64 21 1.000 9-9-1 7
5   Ronnie Pascale Richmond Kickers 24 2154 95 27 1.128 11-8-5 7
6   Matt Williams Dayton Dutch Lions 24 2147 115 29 1.215 4-10-10 5
7   Nick Noble Harrisburg City Islanders 23 2050 70 29 1.273 9-7-7 8
8   Alex Horwath Wilmington Hammerheads 24 2160 85 32 1.333 11-7-6 7
9   Hunter Gilstrap Pittsburgh Riverhounds 22 1980 92 35 1.590 4-13-5 3
10   Molvin James Antigua Barracuda 15 1268 56 33 2.342 3-9-1 0

Source:[5]

League AwardsEdit

[6]

  • Most Valuable Player: Kevin Molino (ORL)
  • Rookie of the Year: Jose Cuevas (CHB)
  • Defender of the Year: Troy Roberts (ROC)
  • Goalkeeper of the Year: Kristian Nicht (ROC)
  • Coach of the Year: Adrian Heath (ORL)

All-League TeamsEdit

[7]

First TeamEdit

F: Dennis Chin (ORL), Jose Cuevas (CHB), Corey Hertzog (WIL)
M: J.C. Banks (ROC), Kevin Molino (ORL), Nicki Paterson (CHB)
D: Josh Rife (CHE), Troy Roberts (ROC), Rob Valentino (ORL), William Yomby (RIC)
G: Kristian Nicht (ROC)

Second TeamEdit

F: Bright Dike (LAB), Matt Luzunaris (ORL), Lucky Mkosana (HAR)
M: Joel DeLass (DDL), Matt Kassel (PIT), Bryce Taylor (WIL)
D: Kieron Bernard (ORL), Erlys Garcia (LAB), Quentin Griffith (ANT), Jerome Mechack (ORL)
G: Miguel Gallardo (ORL)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Litterer, Dave (23 October 2003). "The Year in American Soccer – 1986". The American Soccer Archives. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  2. ^ See Rule 2.11 League Regulations
  3. ^ "USL Pro 2012 schedule released". USL PRO. Demosphere. January 11, 2012. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Schedule/Results". Archived from the original on 2015-02-07. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  5. ^ a b c "USL PRO – Top 10 Stats Leaders". Archived from the original on August 16, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "USL PRO Awards Winners Announced". United Soccer Leagues. 7 September 2012. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  7. ^ "All-League Teams Announced". United Soccer Leagues. 4 September 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2012.