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2015 North American Soccer League season

The 2015 North American Soccer League season was the 48th season of Division II soccer in the United States and the fifth season of the North American Soccer League. It was contested by eleven teams including two from Canada. Jacksonville Armada FC made their NASL debut this season. The defending Soccer Bowl champions were the San Antonio Scorpions, while Minnesota United FC were the defending North American Supporters' Trophy winners. A split season format was used for the 2015 season.

North American Soccer League
Season2015
ChampionsNew York Cosmos
Spring ChampionsNew York Cosmos
Fall ChampionsOttawa Fury
Matches played165
Goals scored453 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorerStefano Pinho (16)
Biggest home win6 goals:
FTL 7–1 IND
(Aug 29)
Biggest away win4 goals:
JAX 0–4 CAR
(May 30)
Highest scoring8 goals:
FTL 7–1 IND
(Aug 29)
Longest winning run5 games:
Ottawa Fury
(Jul 19 – Aug 8)
Longest unbeaten run12 games:
Ottawa Fury
(May 9 – Aug 8)
Ottawa Fury
(Aug 26 – Oct 31)
Longest winless run8 games:
Atlanta Silverbacks
(Apr 25 – Jul 4)
Jacksonville Armada
(May 16 – Jul 15)
Longest losing run4 games:
Atlanta Silverbacks
(May 24 – Jul 4)
Carolina RailHawks
(Aug 12 – 30)
FC Edmonton
(Oct 4 – 17)
Highest attendance16,167
JAX 3–1 FCE
(Apr 4)
Lowest attendance1,112
FCE 4–0 SAS
(Jul 5)
Total attendance975,558
Average attendance5,912
2014
2016

Teams, stadiums, and personnelEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Head coach Captain Kit producer Shirt sponsor
Atlanta Silverbacks   Gary Smith   Simon Mensing Reto Sports
Carolina RailHawks   Colin Clarke   Connor Tobin Adidas Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
FC Edmonton   Colin Miller   Albert Watson Adidas The Fath Group
Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Günter Kronsteiner   Iván Guerrero Nike Azul Airlines
Indy Eleven   Tim Regan (interim)   Kristian Nicht Diadora Honda
Jacksonville Armada FC   Eric Dade (interim)   Marcos Flores Nike Winn-Dixie
Minnesota United FC   Manny Lagos   Aaron Pitchkolan Inaria Atomic Data / Mall of America
New York Cosmos   Giovanni Savarese   Carlos Mendes Nike Emirates
Ottawa Fury FC   Marc Dos Santos   Richie Ryan Admiral The Heart and Crown
San Antonio Scorpions   Alen Marcina   Adrian Cann Nike Toyota
Tampa Bay Rowdies   Stuart Campbell   Marcelo Saragosa Nike Hard Rock

Player transfersEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Atlanta Silverbacks   Alejandro Pombo End of interim period November 2, 2014 Pre-Season   Gary Smith December 23, 2014
Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Günter Kronsteiner Not Returning December 5, 2014 Pre-Season   Marcelo Neveleff January 19, 2015
Jacksonville Armada Expansion team   José Luis Villarreal June 14, 2014[1]
Tampa Bay Rowdies   Ricky Hill Fired November 18, 2014 Pre-Season   Thomas Rongen December 3, 2014[2]
Jacksonville Armada   José Luis Villarreal Resigned May 22, 2015 6th   Guillermo Ángel Hoyos June 14, 2015[3]
Indy Eleven   Juergen Sommer Fired June 2, 2015 11th   Tim Regan (interim) June 2, 2015[4]
Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Marcelo Neveleff Resigned June 7, 2015 10th   Iván Guerrero (interim) June 7, 2015[5]
Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Iván Guerrero (interim) End of interim period June 30, 2015 8th   Günter Kronsteiner June 30, 2015[6]
Tampa Bay Rowdies   Thomas Rongen Fired August 21, 2015 10th   Stuart Campbell August 26, 2015[7]
Jacksonville Armada   Guillermo Ángel Hoyos Fired September 21, 2015 11th   Eric Dade (interim) September 21, 2015[8]

Spring seasonEdit

The Spring season began on April 4 and ended on June 13. The schedule featured a single round robin format with each team playing every other team in the league a single time. Each team hosted 5 home games and played 5 road games. The winner of the Spring season earned one of four berths in the playoffs, known as The Championship.[9]

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Cosmos (S) 10 5 5 0 18 9 +9 20 Playoffs
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 5 4 1 15 9 +6 19
3 Carolina RailHawks 10 3 5 2 15 10 +5 14
4 Minnesota United 10 3 5 2 15 13 +2 14
5 Indy Eleven 10 3 4 3 13 12 +1 13
6 Jacksonville Armada 10 3 3 4 15 18 −3 12
7 San Antonio Scorpions 10 3 3 4 11 15 −4 12
8 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 10 3 2 5 12 13 −1 11
9 Ottawa Fury 10 2 5 3 5 8 −3 11
10 FC Edmonton 10 2 3 5 16 22 −6 9
11 Atlanta Silverbacks 10 1 5 4 7 13 −6 8
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(S) Spring season champion.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR FCE FTL IND JAX MNU NYC OTT SAS TBR
Atlanta Silverbacks 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1
Carolina RailHawks 1–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1
Edmonton 4–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 2–3
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1
Indy Eleven 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 2–2
Jacksonville Armada 0–4 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–1
Minnesota United 1–0 2–3 3–2 1–1 2–2
New York Cosmos 4–2 3–3 1–0 3–0 2–0
Ottawa Fury 0–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–0
San Antonio Scorpions 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–3
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–0

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fall seasonEdit

The Fall season began on July 4 and ended on November 1. The schedule featured each team playing every other team in the league once at home and once away. The winner of the Fall season earned one of four berths in The Championship.[10]

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ottawa Fury (F) 20 13 6 1 37 15 +22 45 Playoffs
2 Minnesota United 20 11 6 3 39 26 +13 39
3 New York Cosmos 20 10 6 4 31 21 +10 36
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 20 8 6 6 37 27 +10 30
5 FC Edmonton 20 7 5 8 25 24 +1 26
6 Atlanta Silverbacks 20 6 7 7 24 27 −3 25
7 Carolina RailHawks 20 6 3 11 29 39 −10 21
8 Tampa Bay Rowdies 20 5 5 10 18 28 −10 20
9 Indy Eleven 20 5 5 10 23 36 −13 20
10 San Antonio Scorpions 20 4 7 9 30 37 −7 19
11 Jacksonville Armada 20 5 4 11 18 31 −13 19
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(F) Fall season champion.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR FCE FTL IND JAX MNU NYC OTT SAS TBR
Atlanta Silverbacks 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 3–3 0–0
Carolina RailHawks 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–3 1–3 3–2 1–1
Edmonton 1–3 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 4–0 1–0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2–2 4–0 1–1 7–1 2–0 2–5 3–3 0–2 0–0 2–1
Indy Eleven 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–4 1–2 2–0
Jacksonville Armada 1–0 3–0 3–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–0
Minnesota United 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–0
New York Cosmos 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–4 2–1 2–0
Ottawa Fury 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 4–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–2
San Antonio Scorpions 3–3 3–3 2–2 2–4 2–0 1–0 3–4 1–2 0–1 3–0
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0

Source: [2]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

The Championship, culminating with Soccer Bowl 2015, was contested by the winners of the spring and fall seasons hosting the next best two teams in the full year regular season table. The half-season champions earned the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, with the higher seed going to the team with the better full-season record. The two next-best teams earned the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. The semi-finals had the No. 1 seed hosting the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed hosting the No. 3 seed. The winners met in the Soccer Bowl 2015 hosted by the team with the higher seed.[11]

Combined standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Cosmos (C, X) 30 15 11 4 49 30 +19 56 Championship qualifiers
2 Ottawa Fury 30 15 11 4 42 23 +19 56
3 Minnesota United 30 14 11 5 54 39 +15 53
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 30 11 8 11 49 40 +9 41
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 30 10 9 11 33 37 −4 39
6 Carolina RailHawks 30 9 8 13 44 49 −5 35
7 FC Edmonton 30 9 8 13 41 46 −5 35
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 30 7 12 11 31 40 −9 33
9 Indy Eleven 30 8 9 13 36 48 −12 33
10 San Antonio Scorpions 30 7 10 13 41 52 −11 31
11 Jacksonville Armada 30 8 7 15 33 49 −16 31
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(C) Champion; (X) Regular season champion.

The ChampionshipEdit

ParticipantsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

New York Cosmos2–1Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Cellerino   37'   74'
Senna   58'
Raúl   61'
Szetela   71'
Report
Report
PC   16'
Thomas   33'
Attendance: 5,061
Referee: Sorin Stoica

Ottawa Fury2–1 (a.e.t.)Minnesota United
Heinemann   9'   47'108'
Trafford   104'
Report
Report
Calvano   2'
Ramirez   7' (pen.)
Ibson   45'
Mendes   45+'
Vicentini   100'
Jordan   120+'
Attendance: 9,346
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau (CAN)

Soccer Bowl 2015Edit

New York Cosmos3–2Ottawa Fury
Cellerino   7'   8'72'85'
Maurer   41'
Guenzatti   60'
Report
Report
Report
Trafford   68'
Heinemann   70'90+2'
Falvey   76'
Ryan   76'
Attendance: 10,166
Referee: Alan Kelly

AttendanceEdit

Club GP Total High Low Average Change
Indy Eleven 15 147,139 10,524 8,500 9,809 -6.3%
Minnesota United 15 131,499 9,418 5,890 8,767 9.9%
Jacksonville Armada 15 118,905 16,164 5,652 7,927 N/A
San Antonio Scorpions 15 101,043 8,053 4,105 6,736 -0.3%
Tampa Bay Rowdies 15 84,739 7,010 4,219 5,649 24.2%
Ottawa Fury 15 77,464 6,899 3,023 5,164 24.5%
New York Cosmos 15 75,927 12,550 3,326 5,062 7.6%
Carolina RailHawks 15 68,080 7,217 3,055 4,539 -0.1%
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 15 67,067 11,691 1,278 4,471 9.9%
Atlanta Silverbacks 15 60,366 5,511 2,302 4,024 -0.7%
FC Edmonton 15 43,329 4,240 1,112 2,889 -14.6%
Total 165 975,558 16,164 1,112 5,912 7.5%

Source: NASL

Statistical leadersEdit

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month NASL Player of the Month
Player Club Stats Ref
April   Jimmy Maurer New York Cosmos 12SV, 1GA [13]
May   Raúl New York Cosmos 3G [14]
June   Romuald Peiser Ottawa Fury 9SV, 0GA [15]
July   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United 4G, 2A [16]
August   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers 6G, 1A [17]
September   Romuald Peiser Ottawa Fury 11SV, 2GA [18]
October   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4G, 3A [19]

Weekly awardsEdit

Week NASL Player of the Week NASL Play of the Week
Player Club Player Club
Week 1   Stefan Antonijevic Tampa Bay Rowdies   Jemal Johnson Jacksonville Armada
Week 2   PC Fort Lauderdale Strikers   PC Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 3   Sainey Nyassi FC Edmonton   Sergio Peña Indy Eleven
Week 4   Maicon Santos Tampa Bay Rowdies   Zourab Tsiskaridze San Antonio Scorpions
Week 5   Alhassane Keita Jacksonville Armada   Omar Cummings San Antonio Scorpions
Week 6   Carlos Mendes New York Cosmos   Bochy Hoyos Jacksonville Armada
Week 7   Billy Forbes San Antonio Scorpions   Andrés Flores New York Cosmos
Week 8   Raúl New York Cosmos   Nicki Paterson Ottawa Fury
Week 9   Kyle Hyland Indy Eleven   Lionel Brown Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 10   Victor Pineda Indy Eleven   Brian Shriver Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 11   Pascal Millien Jacksonville Armada   Hagop Chirishian New York Cosmos
Week 12   Lance Laing FC Edmonton   Wojciech Wojcik Indy Eleven
Week 13   Omar Cummings San Antonio Scorpions   Wojciech Wojcik Indy Eleven
Week 14   Nacho Novo Carolina RailHawks   Jaime Chavez Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 15   Carl Haworth Ottawa Fury   Dylan Mares Indy Eleven
Week 16   Rafael Alves Ottawa Fury   Pedro Mendes Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 17   Pedro Mendes Atlanta Silverbacks   Junior Burgos Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 18   Jaime Castrillón Jacksonville Armada   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 19   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Justin Davis Minnesota United
Week 20   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 21   Zach Steinberger Indy Eleven   Marvin Ceballos Indy Eleven
Week 22   Rafael Castillo San Antonio Scorpions   Pablo Campos Minnesota United
Week 23   Siniša Ubiparipović Ottawa Fury   Pedro Mendes Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 24   Tom Heinemann Ottawa Fury   Kalif Alhassan Minnesota United
Week 25   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Kris Tyrpak San Antonio Scorpions
Week 26   Pablo Campos Minnesota United   Giuseppe Gentile San Antonio Scorpions
Week 27   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Brad Ring Indy Eleven
Week 28   Richard Menjivar Tampa Bay Rowdies   Mechack Jérôme Jacksonville Armada
Week 29   Raúl New York Cosmos   Junior Burgos Atlanta Silverbacks

League awardsEdit

NASL Best XI[28]
Position Player Team
Goalkeeper   Romuald Peiser Ottawa Fury
Defense   Rafael Alves Ottawa Fury
Defense   Justin Davis Minnesota United
Defense   Carlos Mendes New York Cosmos
Defense   Kevin Venegas Minnesota United
Midfield   Richie Ryan Ottawa Fury
Midfield   Lance Laing FC Edmonton
Midfield   Ibson Minnesota United
Midfield   James Marcelin Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Forward   Stefano Pinho Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Forward   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United

ReferencesEdit

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