2016 North American Soccer League season

The 2016 North American Soccer League season is the 49th season of Division II soccer in the United States and Canada, and the 6th season of the modern North American Soccer League.

North American Soccer League
Season2016
ChampionsNew York Cosmos
Spring ChampionsIndy Eleven
Fall ChampionsNew York Cosmos
Matches played187
Goals scored441 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorerChristian Ramirez (18)
Biggest home win5 goals:
NYC 6–1 CAR
(August 27)
Biggest away win4 goals:
MNU 0–4 MIA
(Aug 6)
Highest scoring7 goals:
IND 5–2 JAX
(August 3)
NYC 6–1 CAR
(August 27)
Longest winning run5 games:
FC Edmonton
(Jul 27 – Aug 20)
Longest unbeaten run13 games:
Indy Eleven
(Apr 2 – Jul 11)
Longest winless run10 games:
Puerto Rico
(Jul 30 – Sep 17)
Longest losing run5 games:
Jacksonville
(Jul 13 – Aug 3)
Highest attendance10,156
MIA 1–1 TBR
(April 9)
Lowest attendance418
FTL 1–0 FCE
(October 12)
Total attendance885,337
Average attendance4,734
2015
2017

Three expansion clubs joined the league, with Miami FC and Rayo OKC joining in the Spring season and Puerto Rico FC beginning competition in the Fall season. In December, 2015, the San Antonio Scorpions' home stadium, Toyota Field, was bought by the city of San Antonio for use by Spurs Sports & Entertainment to host a club in the USL, forcing the Scorpions to cease operations.[1] In January, 2016, the NASL suspended its operation of the Atlanta Silverbacks for the 2016 season and possibly beyond.[2] As a result, the Spring season was contested by 11 clubs and the Fall season by 12. The New York Cosmos are defending Soccer Bowl champions. A split season format was used for the 2016 season.

Teams, stadiums, and personnelEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Head coach Captain Kit producer Shirt sponsor
Carolina RailHawks   Colin Clarke   Nazmi Albadawi Adidas Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
FC Edmonton   Colin Miller   Albert Watson Adidas The Fath Group
Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Caio Zanardi   Jean Alexandre Inaria Guaraviton
Indy Eleven   Tim Hankinson   Colin Falvey Diadora Honda
Jacksonville Armada FC   Mark Lowry   Matt Bahner Nike Winn-Dixie
Miami FC   Alessandro Nesta   Jonathan Borrajo Macron
Minnesota United FC   Carl Craig   Aaron Pitchkolan Inaria Atomic Data / Mall of America
New York Cosmos   Giovanni Savarese   Carlos Mendes Under Armour Emirates
Ottawa Fury FC   Paul Dalglish   Julian de Guzman Adidas Chartwells
Puerto Rico FC   Adrian Whitbread   Cristiano Nike Claro
Rayo OKC   Gerard Nus   Michel Kelme
Tampa Bay Rowdies   Stuart Campbell   Tamika Mkandawire Nike Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Player transfersEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Puerto Rico Expansion team   Adrian Whitbread August 24, 2015[3]
Miami   Alessandro Nesta August 31, 2015[4]
Ottawa Fury   Marc Dos Santos End of contract November 20, 2015 Pre-season   Paul Dalglish November 20, 2015[5]
Jacksonville Armada   Eric Dade (int.) End of interim period November 24, 2015   Tony Meola November 24, 2015[6]
Indy Eleven   Tim Regan (int.) End of interim period December 2, 2015   Tim Hankinson December 2, 2015[7]
Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Günter Kronsteiner End of contract November 16, 2015   Caio Zanardi December 2, 2015[8]
Minnesota United   Manny Lagos Promotion to general manager December 3, 2015   Carl Craig December 3, 2015[9]
San Antonio Scorpions   Alen Marcina Fired November 1, 2015[10] Club defunct[11]
Rayo OKC Expansion team   Alen Marcina January 7, 2016[12]
Atlanta Silverbacks   Gary Smith Released January 11, 2016 Pre-season Club on hiatus[13]
Rayo OKC   Alen Marcina Mutual termination August 1, 2016 5th   Gerard Nus August 1, 2016[14]
Jacksonville Armada   Tony Meola Fired August 7, 2016 11th   Mark Lowry (int.) August 7, 2016[15]

Spring seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Indy Eleven (S) 10 4 6 0 15 8 +7 18 Playoffs
2 New York Cosmos 10 6 0 4 15 8 +7 18
3 FC Edmonton 10 5 2 3 9 7 +2 17
4 Minnesota United 10 5 1 4 16 12 +4 16
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 4 4 2 11 9 +2 16
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 10 4 3 3 12 12 0 15
7 Carolina RailHawks 10 4 2 4 11 13 −2 14
8 Rayo OKC 10 3 3 4 11 12 −1 12
9 Ottawa Fury 10 2 3 5 9 14 −5 9
10 Jacksonville Armada 10 1 4 5 5 11 −6 7
11 Miami FC 10 1 4 5 7 15 −8 7
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 CAR FCE FTL IND JAX MIA MNU NYC OTT OKC TBR
Carolina RailHawks 1–3 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0
Edmonton 1–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1
Indy Eleven 4–1 1–1 4–2 2–1 1–1
Jacksonville Armada 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1
Miami 1–0 0–0 0–3 2–3 1–1
Minnesota United 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–2
New York Cosmos 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–1
Ottawa Fury 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–1
Rayo 2–3 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–0
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on May 21, 2016. Source: [1]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fall seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Cosmos (F) 22 14 5 3 44 21 +23 47 Playoffs
2 Indy Eleven 22 11 4 7 36 25 +11 37
3 FC Edmonton 22 10 6 6 16 14 +2 36
4 Rayo OKC 22 9 8 5 28 21 +7 35
5 Miami FC 22 9 6 7 31 27 +4 33
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 22 7 5 10 19 28 −9 26
7 Carolina RailHawks 22 7 5 10 25 35 −10 26
8 Minnesota United 22 6 7 9 25 25 0 25
9 Puerto Rico 22 5 9 8 19 31 −12 24
10 Tampa Bay Rowdies 22 5 8 9 29 32 −3 23
11 Jacksonville Armada 22 5 8 9 25 35 −10 23
12 Ottawa Fury 22 5 7 10 23 26 −3 22
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 CAR FCE FTL IND JAX MIA MNU NYC OTT PRF OKC TBR
Carolina RailHawks 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 3–3 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–1 4–1
Edmonton 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–4
Indy Eleven 3–0 1–0 3–0 5–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
Jacksonville Armada 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 2–4 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–2
Miami 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–2
Minnesota United 5–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 0–4 0–1 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–0
New York Cosmos 6–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 3–2
Ottawa Fury 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–0
Puerto Rico 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–3 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0
Rayo 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 1–0
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on January 2016. Source: [2]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

Combined standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Cosmos (C, X) 32 20 5 7 59 29 +30 65 Championship qualifiers
2 Indy Eleven 32 15 10 7 51 33 +18 55
3 FC Edmonton 32 15 8 9 25 21 +4 53
4 Rayo OKC 32 12 11 9 39 33 +6 47
5 Minnesota United 32 11 8 13 41 37 +4 41
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 32 11 8 13 31 40 −9 41
7 Miami FC 32 10 10 12 38 42 −4 40
8 Carolina RailHawks 32 11 7 14 36 48 −12 40
9 Tampa Bay Rowdies 32 9 12 11 40 41 −1 39
10 Ottawa Fury 32 7 10 15 32 40 −8 31
11 Jacksonville Armada 32 6 12 14 30 46 −16 30
12 Puerto Rico FC 22 5 9 8 19 31 −12 24
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

Indy Eleven1–0FC Edmonton
Ubiparipović   63' Report
Report
Diakité   83'
Eckersley   90+2'
Attendance: 9,702
Referee: Sorin Stoica

New York Cosmos2–1Rayo OKC
Arango   73'   77'
Orozco   90'
Duk   90+2'
Report
Report
Danso   37'
Velásquez   42'
Kimura   64'
Attendance: 5,023
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero

Soccer Bowl 2016Edit

New York Cosmos0–0 (a.e.t.)Indy Eleven
Arrieta   116' Report
Report
Ring   72'
Falvey   83'
Penalties
Arrieta  
Moffat  
Ayoze  
Richter  
4–2   Paterson
  Zayed
  Busch
  Vuković
Attendance: 2,150
Referee: Allen Chapman

AttendanceEdit

Club GP Total High Low Average Change
Minnesota United 16 137,161 9,460 6,101 8,573 -2.2%
Indy Eleven 16 134,339 9,356 6,132 8,396 -14.4%
Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 94,048 7,690 4,429 5,878 4.1%
Ottawa Fury 16 87,717 7,847 4,317 5,482 6.2%
Miami 16 86,833 10,156 1,229 5,427 N/A
Carolina RailHawks 16 80,923 8,086 3,093 5,058 11.4%
Puerto Rico 11 41,811 6,474 1,233 3,801 N/A
New York Cosmos 16 60,403 6,243 2,419 3,775 -25.4%
Jacksonville Armada 16 55,988 5,313 1,254 3,499 -55.9%
Rayo OKC 16 51,865 6,416 924 3,242 N/A
FC Edmonton 16 32,959 3,130 1,243 2,060 -28.7%
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 16 21,290 2,376 418 1,331 -70.2%
Total 187 885,337 10,156 418 4,734 -19.9%

Source: NASL

Highest attendancesEdit

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Venue
1 Miami 1 – 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 10,156 April 9 (April 9) 2 FIU Stadium
2 Miami 1 – 1 Minnesota United 10,012 September 24 (September 24) 24 FIU Stadium
3 Miami 1 – 1 Minnesota United 9,739 August 27 (August 27) 20 FIU Stadium
4 Minnesota United 2 – 0 Indy Eleven 9,460 July 16 (July 16) 14 National Sports Center
5 Minnesota United 0 – 1 Jacksonville Armada 9,402 October 1 (October 1) 25 National Sports Center

Statistical leadersEdit

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month NASL Player of the Month
Player Club Stats Ref
April   Austin da Luz Carolina RailHawks 3G [18]
May   Papé Diakité FC Edmonton 2G [19]
June   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven 3G [20]
July   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United 7G, 1A [21]
August   Matt Van Oekel FC Edmonton 22SV, 0GA [22]
September   Darío Cvitanich Miami 3G [23]

Weekly awardsEdit

Week NASL Player of the Week NASL Play of the Week
Player Club Player Club
Week 1   Juan Arango New York Cosmos   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United
Week 2   Austin da Luz Carolina RailHawks   Ben Speas Minnesota United
Week 3   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven
Week 4   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United
Week 5   Yohandry Orozco New York Cosmos   Jair Reinoso Indy Eleven
Week 6   Nana Attakora Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Jake Keegan FC Edmonton
Week 7   Papé Diakité FC Edmonton   Kevin Venegas Minnesota United
Week 8   Ramón Núñez Fort Lauderdale Strikers   Ruben Bover New York Cosmos
Week 9   Joe Cole Tampa Bay Rowdies   Matt Bahner Jacksonville Armada
Week 10   Georgi Hristov Tampa Bay Rowdies   Tyler Gibson Rayo OKC
Week 11   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven
Week 12   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United   Héctor Ramos Puerto Rico
Week 13   Nazmi Albadawi Carolina RailHawks   Dylan Mares Indy Eleven
Week 14   Michel Rayo OKC   Joe Cole Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 15   Jaime Chavez Miami   J. C. Banks Minnesota United
Week 16   Lucky Mkosana New York Cosmos   Ariel Martínez Miami
Week 17   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven   Keith Savage Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 18   Alhassane Keita Jacksonville Armada   Héctor Ramos Puerto Rico
Week 19   Matt Van Oekel FC Edmonton   Amauri Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 20   Andrés Flores New York Cosmos   Brad Ring Indy Eleven
Week 21   Daryl Fordyce FC Edmonton   Bruno Cardoso Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 22   Darío Cvitanich Miami   Romuald Peiser Ottawa Fury
Week 23   Matt Van Oekel FC Edmonton   Joseph Marrero Puerto Rico
Week 24   Georgi Hristov Tampa Bay Rowdies   Trevor Spangenberg Puerto Rico
Week 25   Ruben Bover New York Cosmos   Sidney Rivera Puerto Rico
Week 26   Ben Fisk FC Edmonton   J. C. Banks Minnesota United
Week 27   Michel Rayo OKC   Jaime Chavez Miami
Week 28   Juan Arango New York Cosmos   Duke Lacroix Indy Eleven

League awardsEdit

NASL Best XI[32]
Position Player Team
Goalkeeper   Matt Van Oekel FC Edmonton
Defense   Ayoze New York Cosmos
Defense   Justin Davis Minnesota United
Defense   Albert Watson FC Edmonton
Defense   Carlos Mendes New York Cosmos
Midfield   Nazmi Albadawi Carolina RailHawks
Midfield   Juan Arango New York Cosmos
Midfield   Joe Cole Tampa Bay Rowdies
Midfield   Michel Rayo OKC
Forward   Christian Ramirez Minnesota United
Forward   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven

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