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2017 North American Soccer League season

The 2017 North American Soccer League season was the 50th season of Division II soccer in the United States and Canada, and the 7th season of the modern North American Soccer League. The defending champions are the New York Cosmos who defeated Indy Eleven in Soccer Bowl 2016.

North American Soccer League
Season2017
ChampionsSan Francisco Deltas
Spring ChampionsMiami FC
Fall ChampionsMiami FC
Matches played128
Goals scored338 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorerStefano Pinho (17)
Biggest home winMIA 7–0 SFD
(July 8)
Biggest away winNYC 0–3 MIA
(April 1)
Highest scoringNYC 5–2 PRF
(October 28)
Longest winning run4 games
Miami FC
(April 29 – May 20)
(June 3 - June 24)
San Francisco Deltas
(June 10 – July 2)
Longest unbeaten run10 games
Miami FC
(April 22 – June 24)
Longest losing run5 games
Puerto Rico FC
(April 22 – May 20)
Highest attendance9,515
MIA 0–2 NYC
(April 8)
Lowest attendance780
JAX 1–2 PRF
(August 16)
Total attendance550,871
(123 of 128 games reported)
Average attendance4,479
2016
2018
All statistics correct as of November 9, 2017.

Eight clubs played in the NASL after provisional sanctioning by the United States Soccer Federation. Expansion side, San Francisco Deltas joined the league. After the 2016 season, Minnesota United left the league to join Major League Soccer, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury left the league to join the United Soccer League. The Carolina RailHawks FC rebranded as North Carolina FC. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Rayo OKC did not return to NASL for the 2017 season.

Teams, stadiums, and personnelEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

TeamsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity Manager Captain Kit Sponsor
FC Edmonton Edmonton Clarke Stadium 5,000   Colin Miller   Albert Watson The Fath Group
Indy Eleven Indianapolis Michael A. Carroll Stadium 10,524   Tim Hankinson   Colin Falvey Honda
Jacksonville Armada Jacksonville Hodges Stadium 12,000   Mark Lowry   Aaron Pitchkolan RP Funding
Miami FC Miami Riccardo Silva Stadium 20,000   Alessandro Nesta   Jonathan Borrajo
New York Cosmos New York City MCU Park 7,000   Giovanni Savarese   Carlos Mendes Fly Emirates
North Carolina FC Raleigh WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000   Colin Clarke   Nazmi Albadawi Circle K
Puerto Rico FC Bayamón Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium 22,000   Marco Vélez   Cristiano Claro
San Francisco Deltas San Francisco Kezar Stadium 10,000   Marc Dos Santos   Nana Attakora

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Puerto Rico FC   Adrian Whitbread Fired May 19, 2017 8th Place   Marco Vélez (interim) May 19, 2017[1]
  Marco Vélez (interim) End of Interim Period August 2, 2017 8th Place   Marco Vélez August 2, 2017[2]

Spring seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami FC (S) 16 11 3 2 33 11 +22 36 Playoffs
2 San Francisco Deltas 16 7 5 4 17 20 −3 26
3 New York Cosmos 16 6 6 4 22 21 +1 24
4 Jacksonville Armada 16 6 6 4 17 16 +1 24
5 North Carolina FC 16 6 3 7 21 22 −1 21
6 Indy Eleven 16 4 8 4 21 22 −1 20
7 FC Edmonton 16 4 1 11 11 21 −10 13
8 Puerto Rico FC 16 1 6 9 19 28 −9 9
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

Abbreviation and Color Key:
FC Edmonton – FCE • Indy Eleven – IND • Jacksonville Armada – JAX • Miami FC – MIA
New York Cosmos – NYC • North Carolina FC – NCA • Puerto Rico FC – PRF • San Francisco Deltas – SFD

Home  • Away  • Win  • Loss  • Draw

Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
FC Edmonton JAX JAX NCA PRF MIA IND SFD IND PRF NYC MIA SFD SFD JAX NCA NYC
0–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 4–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1
Indy Eleven SFD PRF PRF SFD JAX FCE MIA MIA FCE SFD JAX NCA NCA NYC NYC JAX
1–1 3–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–4 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–0
Jacksonville Armada FCE FCE SFD NYC IND NYC NCA SFD NCA MIA IND MIA FCE PRF PRF IND
1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 0–4 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2
Miami FC NCA NYC NYC NCA FCE PRF IND IND PRF JAX FCE JAX NYC NCA SFD SFD
1–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 0–1 7–0 3–1
New York Cosmos PRF MIA MIA JAX SFD JAX PRF SFD NCA FCE NCA PRF MIA IND IND FCE
0–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–3 0–0 1–0 2–4 2–2 4–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–0
North Carolina FC MIA SFD FCE MIA PRF SFD JAX PRF JAX NYC NYC IND IND MIA FCE PRF
1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1
Puerto Rico FC NYC IND IND FCE NCA MIA NYC NCA MIA FCE SFD NYC SFD JAX JAX NCA
0–0 3–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 3–4 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–3 2–4 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–2
San Francisco Deltas IND NCA JAX IND NYC NCA FCE JAX NYC IND PRF FCE FCE PRF MIA MIA
1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–3 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–7 1–3

[3][4]

Fall seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami FC (F) 16 10 3 3 28 17 +11 33 Playoffs
2 San Francisco Deltas 16 7 7 2 24 15 +9 28
3 North Carolina FC 16 5 9 2 25 15 +10 24
4 New York Cosmos 16 4 9 3 34 30 +4 21
5 Jacksonville Armada 16 4 7 5 21 22 −1 19
6 Puerto Rico FC 16 4 4 8 13 23 −10 16
7 FC Edmonton 16 3 5 8 14 21 −7 14
8 Indy Eleven 16 3 4 9 18 34 −16 13
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

Abbreviation and Color Key:
FC Edmonton – FCE • Indy Eleven – IND • Jacksonville Armada – JAX • Miami FC – MIA
New York Cosmos – NYC • North Carolina FC – NCA • Puerto Rico FC – PRF • San Francisco Deltas – SFD

Home  • Away  • Neutral  • Win  • Loss  • Draw

Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
FC Edmonton IND IND NYC PRF SFD NCA NCA IND SFD SFD JAX NYC JAX MIA PRF MIA
1–2 3-1 1–1 1–1 2-1 1–1 0–3 2-0 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2
Indy Eleven FCE FCE MIA NYC JAX SFD NCA FCE JAX NCA PRF NYC SFD MIA PRF NCA
2–1 1–3 1-3 3–3 2-3 0–2 1-0 0–2 0–0 0–5 2–1 2–2 1-2 0–3 1-2 2–2
Jacksonville Armada SFD PRF NCA PRF MIA IND NYC NYC MIA IND MIA FCE NCA FCE NYC SFD
1–1 0-1 2–2 1-2 0-1 3-2 2-0 3–3 0-3 0–0 0-1 1-0 1–1 1–1 4–4 2-0
Miami FC NYC NCA IND NCA JAX PRF PRF NYC JAX JAX SFD SFD IND SFD FCE FCE
1–3 2-3 3-1 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 3–3 3-0 1-0 1–1 0–3 3-0 2–2 2-0 2-1
New York Cosmos MIA SFD FCE IND NCA JAX MIA JAX SFD NCA PRF IND FCE PRF JAX PRF
3–1 1-2 1–1 3–3 2–2 0–2 3–3 3–3 2–2 0-2 1-0 2–2 0–0 4–1 4–4 5–2
North Carolina FC PRF MIA JAX MIA SFD NYC FCE FCE IND PRF NYC IND PRF JAX SFD IND
1–1 3-2 2–2 0-1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3-0 0-1 0–0 2-0 5-0 1-0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Puerto Rico FC NCA JAX SFD JAX FCE MIA MIA NCA NYC IND NCA SFD NYC IND FCE NYC
1–1 1-0 0–0 2-1 1–1 0–2 0-1 0–0 0-1 1–2 0-1 0-3 1-4 2-1 2-0 2-5
San Francisco Deltas JAX NYC PRF NCA FCE IND NYC FCE FCE MIA MIA IND PRF MIA NCA JAX
1–1 2-1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2-0 2–2 2-1 1-0 1–1 3-0 2-1 3-0 2–2 1–1 0-2

[5][6]

PlayoffsEdit

Combined standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami FC (X) 32 21 6 5 61 28 +33 69 Championship qualifiers
2 San Francisco Deltas (C) 32 14 12 6 41 35 +6 54
3 North Carolina FC 32 11 12 9 46 37 +9 45
4 New York Cosmos 32 10 15 7 56 51 +5 45
5 Jacksonville Armada 32 10 13 9 38 38 0 43
6 Indy Eleven 32 7 12 13 39 56 −17 33
7 FC Edmonton 32 7 6 19 25 42 −17 27
8 Puerto Rico FC 32 5 10 17 32 51 −19 25
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

BracketEdit

 
Semi-Finals
Championship
 
      
 
November 5 – Riccardo Silva Stadium
 
 
#1 Miami FC 0(5)
 
November 12 – Kezar Stadium
 
#4 New York Cosmos (pen.) 0(6)
 
#2 San Francisco Deltas 2
 
November 5 – Kezar Stadium
 
#4 New York Cosmos 0
 
#2 San Francisco Deltas 1
 
 
#3 North Carolina FC 0
 

SemifinalsEdit

Miami FC0–0 (a.e.t.)New York Cosmos
Mares   56' Report Calvillo   24'
Ledesma   65'
Mendes   67'
Szetela   103'
Penalties
Michel  
Poku  
Martínez  
Chavez  
Pinho  
Freeman  
Trafford  
5–6   García
  Szetela
  Calvillo
  Vranjicán
  Guerra
  Mkosana
  Starikov
Attendance: 7,115
Referee: Marcos de Oliveira

San Francisco Deltas1–0North Carolina FC
Gibson   40'
Jordan   60'
Bekker   90'
Report
Attendance: 3,586
Referee: Alex Chilowicz

Soccer Bowl 2017Edit

San Francisco Deltas2–0New York Cosmos
Heinemann   19' (pen.)   31'
Gibson   24'
Peiser   90'
Sandoval   90+5'
Report
Report
Mulligan   45+3'
Ayoze   87'
Attendance: 9,691
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez

AttendanceEdit

Club GP Total High Low Average Change
Indy Eleven 16 134,319 9,072 7,124 8,395 -0%
Miami FC 16 82,746 9,515 1,529 5,172 -4.7%
New York Cosmos 17 83,140 6,734 2,240 4,891 29.6%
North Carolina FC 16 71,539 7,344 3,388 4,471 -11.6%
FC Edmonton 16 54,525 4,096 2,231 3,408 65.4%
Puerto Rico FC 11* 37,411 5,692 2,345 3,401 -10.5%
Jacksonville Armada 16 48,562 7,611 780 3,035 -13.3%
San Francisco Deltas 15† 38,629 4,755 1,441 2,575 N/A
Total 123 550,871 9,515 780 4,479 -5.4%

* Five home games moved to other venues due to Hurricane Maria.
One result missing. That game was rescheduled at an alternate venue. There was no admission charged and no attendance figure given.
Source: NASL & kenn.com

Statistical leadersEdit

AwardsEdit

Weekly awardsEdit

Week NASL Player of the Week NASL Play of the Week
Player Club Player Club
Week 1   Kyle Bekker San Francisco Deltas   Romuald Peiser San Francisco Deltas
Week 2   Justin Braun Indy Eleven   Ben Speas Indy Eleven
Week 3   Tom Heinemann San Francisco Deltas   Pablo Dyego San Francisco Deltas
Week 4   Matthew Fondy North Carolina FC   Lance Laing North Carolina FC
Week 5   Brian Sylvestre North Carolina FC   J. C. Banks Jacksonville Armada
Week 6   Kwadwo Poku Miami FC   Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Week 7   Cristian Portilla San Francisco Deltas   Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada
Week 8   Lance Laing North Carolina FC   Giuseppe Gentile Puerto Rico FC
Week 9   Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada   Billy Schuler North Carolina FC
Week 10   Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada   Tiyi Shipalane North Carolina FC
Week 11   Giuseppe Gentile Puerto Rico FC   Cristian Portilla San Francisco Deltas
Week 12   Kyle Bekker San Francisco Deltas   Billy Schuler North Carolina FC
Week 13   Vincenzo Rennella Miami FC   Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Week 14   Jon Busch Indy Eleven   Nathan Ingham FC Edmonton
Week 15   Tom Heinemann San Francisco Deltas   Billy Schuler North Carolina FC
Week 16   Stefano Pinho Miami FC   Ariel Martínez Miami FC
Week 17   Nemanja Vuković Indy Eleven   Craig Henderson Indy Eleven
Week 18   Eric Calvillo New York Cosmos   Kobi Moyal New York Cosmos
Week 19   Abdoulaye Diakite FC Edmonton   Nemanja Vuković Indy Eleven
Week 20   Stefano Pinho Miami FC   Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Week 21   Gerardo Torrado Indy Eleven   Tony Taylor Jacksonville Armada
Week 22   Jack Blake Jacksonville Armada   Tomi Ameobi FC Edmonton
Week 23   Pablo Dyego San Francisco Deltas   Jaime Chavez Miami FC
Week 24   Jaime Chavez Miami FC   Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC
Week 25   Ciarán Kilduff Jacksonville Armada   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven
Week 26   Devon Sandoval San Francisco Deltas   Dustin Corea FC Edmonton
Week 27   Renan Gorne North Carolina FC   Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC
Week 28   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven   Don Smart Indy Eleven
Week 29   Bryan Burke San Francisco Deltas   Stefano Pinho Miami FC
Week 30   Jack Blake Jacksonville Armada   Eugene Starikov New York Cosmos
Week 31   Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos   Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos

Monthly awardsEdit

Month NASL Player of the Month NASL Play of the Month
Player Club Player Club
April   Justin Braun Indy Eleven   Ben Speas Indy Eleven
May   Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada   Giuseppe Gentile Puerto Rico FC
June   Vincenzo Rennella Miami FC   Cristian Portilla San Francisco Deltas
July   Eric Calvillo New York Cosmos   Ariel Martínez Miami FC
August   Jack Blake Jacksonville Armada   Nemanja Vuković Indy Eleven
September   Jaime Chavez Miami FC   Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven
October   Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos   Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC

League awardsEdit

NASL Best XI[16]
Position Player Team
Goalkeeper   Mario Daniel Vega Miami FC
Defense   Reiner Ferreira San Francisco Deltas
Defense   Mason Trafford Miami FC
Defense   Mechack Jérôme Jacksonville Armada
Defense   Connor Tobin North Carolina FC
Midfield   Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Midfield   Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC
Midfield   Richie Ryan Miami FC
Midfield   Dylan Mares Miami FC
Forward   Vincenzo Rennella Miami FC
Forward   Stefano Pinho Miami FC

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Puerto Rico Parts Ways With Coach Adrian Whitbread Technical Director Neil Sillett". nasl.com. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Marco Vélez Named Puerto Rico FC Head Coach for the Fall Season". nasl.com. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "North American Soccer League Releases 2017 Schedule". NASL.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "2017 NASL Results". NASL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "North American Soccer League Releases 2017 Schedule". NASL.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 NASL Results". NASL.com. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "2017 NASL statistics". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Miami FC Forward Stefano Pinho Wins NASL Golden Ball Award". November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Miami FC's Stefano Pinho Wins NASL Golden Boot". North American Soccer League. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Miami FC's Daniel Vega Earns NASL Golden Glove Award". North American Soccer League. November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "San Francisco's Marc Dos Santos Named NASL Coach of the Year". North American Soccer League. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "Stoppage-Time Volley by Jacksonville Armada FC Midfielder Zach Steinberger Takes Home NASL Goal of the Year Honors". North American Soccer League. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Jacksonville Midfielder Jack Blake Named NASL Young Player of the Year". North American Soccer League. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Austin da Luz Named 2017 NASL Humanitarian of the Year". North American Soccer League. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "North Carolina FC Wins 2017 Fair Play Award". North American Soccer League. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "North American Soccer League Announces 2017 NASL Best XI". North American Soccer League. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.