2011 NPSL season

The 2011 National Premier Soccer League season was the 9th season of the NPSL. The regular season began on April 1, 2011, and ended on July 17. The playoffs concluded with the NPSL Championship Game, which was held at the home of Rocket City United in Madison, Alabama on July 30.

National Premier Soccer League
Official 2011 NPSL Championship logo
Season2011
ChampionsJacksonville United
Matches played220
Goals scored710 (3.23 per match)
Biggest home win11-0, Hollywood United Hitmen over Real San Jose
Biggest away win9-0, Madison 56ers over Eau Claire Aris
Highest scoring12 goals, Bay Area Ambassadors 4-8 Lancaster Rattlers
2010
2012

Jacksonville United ended the season as national champions, beating the Hollywood United Hitmen 3-2 in the 2011 NPSL Championship game.[1] Jacksonville were the lowest seeded-team in the playoffs, having finished champions of the Southeast Division with a 6-0-4 record after starting their campaign with four straight losses, and beat number one seed and Northeast Division champions Erie Admirals on their way to the final. Both Jacksonville and Hollywood were first-year NPSL teams, although Hollywood had previously spent two seasons playing in the USL Premier Development League.

The Erie Admirals had the best regular season record, with a points-per-game average of 2.583, just ahead of the Hollywood United Hitmen (2.429) and FC Sonic Lehigh Valley (2.417), who were in such a strong division they did not even qualify for the post-season.

Jacksonville striker Tommy Krizanovic scored a hat trick in the NPSL final, and was named MVP of the championship tournament.[2]

Changes From 2010

Name Changes/Rebrands

New Franchises

  • 13 franchises were announced as joining the league this year:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
AC Crusaders Atlantic County area Egg Harbor Township, NJ expansion
Buxmont Torch FC Montgomery County area Souderton, PA expansion
Georgia Revolution Rockdale County area Conyers, GA expansion
FC Hasental Conejo Valley area Thousand Oaks, CA expansion
Hollywood United Hitmen Los Angeles area Los Angeles, CA USL Premier Development League
Jacksonville United Jacksonville area Jacksonville, FL expansion
Knoxville Force Knoxville area Knoxville, TN expansion
Lancaster Rattlers Antelope Valley area Lancaster, CA USL Premier Development League
Mass United Boston area Boston, MA expansion
Quad City Eagles Quad Cities area Moline, IL expansion
San Diego Flash San Diego area San Diego, CA USL A-League
Santa Ana Winds Orange County area Santa Ana, CA expansion
Seacoast United Phantoms Rockingham County area Hampton, NH expansion

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Standings

Purple indicates division title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Northeast Division - Atlantic Conference

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Brooklyn Italians 10 7 1 2 26 11 +15 22
2 Seacoast United Phantoms 10 5 1 4 16 19 -3 16
3 New York Red Bulls NPSL 10 4 3 3 16 11 +5 15
4 New York Athletic Club 10 4 3 3 15 12 +3 15
5 Morris County Colonials 10 2 3 5 13 21 -8 9
6 Mass United 10 2 1 7 13 25 -12 7

Northeast Division - Keystone Conference

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Erie Admirals 12 10 1 1 30 11 +19 31
2 FC Sonic Lehigh Valley 12 9 2 1 25 7 +18 29
3 Reading Revolution 12 8 1 3 28 13 +15 25
4 AC Crusaders 12 6 3 3 27 15 +12 21
5 FC Buffalo 12 5 1 6 21 15 +6 16
6 Pocono Snow 12 2 2 8 11 27 -16 8
7 Buxmont Torch FC 12 2 0 10 11 36 -25 6
8 New Jersey Blaze 12 1 0 11 12 41 -29 3

Southeast Division

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Jacksonville United 10 6 0 4 16 12 +4 18
2 Georgia Revolution 10 5 3 2 20 15 +5 18
3 Chattanooga FC 10 5 2 3 15 10 +5 17
4 Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves 10 4 2 4 14 13 +1 14
5 Knoxville Force 10 3 1 6 7 16 -9 10
6 Rocket City United 10 3 0 7 12 18 -6 9
7 FC Tulsa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*Note: Jacksonville finished ahead of Georgia as NPSL rules state that the second tiebreaker after total points is number of victories. FC Tulsa chose not to compete in league play in 2011, and only played in the US Open Cup qualification tournament.

Midwest Division

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Milwaukee Bavarians 12 8 2 2 25 9 +16 26
2 Quad City Eagles 12 6 5 1 27 11 +16 23
3 Madison 56ers 12 6 3 3 34 14 +20 21
4 Minnesota TwinStars FC 12 6 1 5 23 15 +8 19
5 Chicago Fire NPSL 12 4 3 5 18 16 +2 15
6 Minnesota Kings 12 2 2 8 9 34 -25 8
7 Eau Claire Aris 12 1 2 9 8 45 -37 5

West Division - Flight Northwest

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Hollywood United Hitmen 14 11 1 2 54 14 +40 34
2 Sacramento Gold 14 7 4 3 30 20 +10 25
3 Sonoma County Sol 14 7 3 4 38 23 +15 24
4 Bay Area Ambassadors 14 2 1 11 19 48 -29 7
5 Real San Jose 14 2 0 12 11 45 -34 6

West Division - Flight Southwest

Place Team Pld. W T L GF GA GD Points
1 San Diego Flash 14 10 1 3 37 16 +21 31
2 Santa Ana Winds FC 14 8 2 4 25 19 +6 26
3 FC Hasental 14 6 3 5 27 27 0 21
4 San Diego Boca 14 6 1 7 29 32 -3 19
5 Lancaster Rattlers 14 3 0 11 26 52 -26 9

Source:

NPSL Playoffs

Format

Bracket

  Division Semifinals Division Finals National Semifinals National Final
                                     
  K1 Erie Admirals 1  
A1 Brooklyn Italians 0  
    1 Erie Admirals 2  
      4 Jacksonville United 4  
     
       
      4 Jacksonville United 3
  2 Hollywood United Hitmen 2
   
 
NW1 Hollywood United Hitmen 3     3 Milwaukee Bavarians 0
SW2 Santa Ana Winds FC 1       2 Hollywood United Hitmen 3  
NW1 Hollywood United Hitmen 1
   
  SW1 San Diego Flash 1     NW2 Sacramento Gold 0  
  NW2 Sacramento Gold 2  

Northeast Division Playoffs

Erie Admirals1 - 0Brooklyn Italians
Colton  72' Report
Dollinger Field
Erie, PA
Attendance: 450

West Division Playoffs

Hollywood United Hitmen3 - 1Santa Ana Winds
Bentil  17'
Whitfield  31'
Blanco  50'
Report Hernandez  10'
G. Piechota  35'
Attendance: 165
Referee: Omar Meza (USA)

San Diego Flash1 - 2Sacramento Gold
Pizarro  43' Report O. Sandoval  35'
Cabadas  76'

Hollywood United Hitmen1 - 0Sacramento Gold
Blanco  45' Report C. Sandoval  28'
Madu  44'
Attendance: 135
Referee: Daniel Radford (USA)

NPSL Championship Tournament

Semi-Finals

Hollywood United Hitmen3 - 0Milwaukee Bavarians
Bentil  48'
Whitfield  67'  88'
Report
Madison City Schools Stadium
Madison, AL

Erie Admirals2 - 4Jacksonville United
Falconer  22'
Kennedy  58'
Report Williams  42'
Krizanovic  61'
Leyimu  72'
Salafrio  73'
Madison City Schools Stadium
Madison, AL

Third Place Playoff

Milwaukee Bavarians0 - 5Erie Admirals
Report Falconer  33'  72'
Meehl  67'
Blythe  82'
Howard  88'
Madison City Schools Stadium
Madison, AL

NPSL All-Star Game

Rocket City United3 - 1NPSL All-Stars
Hyde  27'  61'
Nkurunungi  90'
Report Omondi  63'
Madison City Schools Stadium
Madison, AL
Referee: Joshua Morgan (USA)

NPSL Championship Game

Hollywood United Hitmen2 - 3Jacksonville United
Albarrán  31'  77' Report Krizanovic  17'  40'  87'
Madison City Schools Stadium
Madison, AL

Award Winners and Conference Teams

MVP: Tommy Krizanovic (JAC)

NPSL All-Star Team

F: Jumol Harewood (GEO), Jose Miranda (HOL), Justin Picou (SDB), Afrim Latifi (ERI), Chris Tsonis (SEA)
M: Cody Antonini (SLV), Carlington Lamont (REA), Carlos McCrary (MAD), Kingsley Morgan (ATL), Anthony Santaga (MAD), Billy Sweatra (ACC), Tyler Williams (JAC)
D: Peassio Denev (ECA), Adrian Kawuba (MAS), Marcos Mendez (GEO), Joseph Omondi (RCU), Corey Phillips (BUF), Dan Sauerhoff (MCC), Andy Stewart (CFC)
G: Zach Brunner (LAN), Thomas Hunter (CFC)[4]

2011 National Championship Best 11

F: Tommy Krizanovic (JAC), Brent Whitfield (HOL)
M: Arturo Albarrán (HOL), Gavin Falconer (ERI), Amilcar Herrera (MIL), Shane Howard (ERI), Ramak Safi (JAC)
D: Jacobi Goodfellow (JAC), Garrett Teague (JAC), Marcus Watson (HOL)
G: Stuart McCrory (JAC)[5]

U.S. Open Cup Qualifying

Four NPSL clubs gained berths to the 2011 U.S. Open Cup, one each from the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West divisions.[6]

Northeast Division

Brooklyn Italians1 - 0FC Buffalo
Joseph  25' Report
James Dewey High School
Brooklyn, NY

FC Sonic Lehigh Valley1 - 2Brooklyn Italians
Report
Ulrich Sports Complex
Bethlehem, PA

Southeast Division

First Round


Rocket City United7 - 1FC Tulsa
Hyde  13'  22'  33'  64'
Nkurunungi  59'
Nunez  80'
Omondi  88'
Report Cottage  31'

Second Round

Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves3 - 1Jacksonville United
Nandi  28'
Morgan  86'
Duque  90+'
Report Williams  23'

Chattanooga FC2 - 0Rocket City United
Moore  65'
Ochieng  74'
Report

Final

Midwest Division

Madison 56ers were granted the automatic berth for the Midwest Division by virtue of their 2010 division championship. The Midwest was the only NPSL division granting its 2011 U.S. Open Cup berth based on performance in the 2010 season.[7]

West Division

The Hollywood United Hitmen were given the berth for the West Division as a result of being the team with the best record over the first seven games of the 2011 regular season.[8]

References

  1. "Krizanovic Leads Jacksonville to the NPSL Championship". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  2. "2011 National Championships' Best 11". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  3. Silverbacks Reserves to Play in NPSL
  4. "2011 NPSL All-Star Team". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  5. "2011 National Championships' Best 11". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. http://thecup.us/madison-56ers-awarded-npsl-midwest-us-open-cup-spot/
  8. http://thecup.us/2011-us-open-cup-qualifying-npsl-west-already-underway-as-format-revealed/
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