2011 PDL season

The 2011 USL Premier Development League season was the 17th season of the PDL. The regular season began on April 29, 2011, when the Los Angeles Blues 23 played Fresno Fuego, and ended on July 24. The playoffs began on Tuesday, July 26 and concluded with the PDL Championship Game on August 6. As in previous years, the PDL Championship Game was broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel in the United States, with commentary by Steve Bell and Keith Tabatznik.

USL Premier Development League
Official 2011 PDL Championship logo
Season2011
ChampionsKitsap Pumas
Matches played512
Goals scored1,643 (3.21 per match)
Top goalscorerJake Keegan, Westchester Flames, 16
Biggest home win7-1, Real Colorado Foxes over Springfield Demize
Biggest away win11-1 Jersey Express S.C. over Brooklyn Knights
Highest scoring12 goals, Jersey Express S.C. 11-1 Brooklyn Knights
2010
2012

The Kitsap Pumas ended the season as national champions, beating Laredo Heat 1-0 in the 2011 PDL Championship game. The playoffs were held at the home of the Pumas in Bremerton, Washington.

Fresno Fuego had the best regular-season record, posting an unbeaten 13-0-3 record. Fresno midfielder Milton Blanco was named League MVP, after leading the league in points (38) and assists (14) and helping his team to the Southwest Division title. Two Michigan Bucks players - Stewart Givens and Mitch Hildebrandt - were given end-of-season awards as Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year respectively, while their coach Gary Parsons was named Coach of the Year. Jake Keegan of the Westchester Flames was named Rookie of the Year after tallying 16 goals in 16 games to take the league goal-scoring crown. Keegan accounted for 64 percent of Westchester’s goals in 2011 and also finished third in the league in points with 34.[1]

Changes from 2010

Name changes

New franchise

  • Ten franchises were announced as joining the league this year:
Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Akron Summit Assault[5] Akron area Akron, OH expansion
Fredericksburg Hotspur[6] Fredericksburg area Fredericksburg, VA expansion
Hamilton Rage[7] Hamilton area Hamilton, ON expansion
FC Jax Destroyers Jacksonville area Jacksonville, FL expansion
Los Angeles Blues 23[8] West Los Angeles area Pacific Palisades, CA expansion
North Sound SeaWolves[9] Snohomish County area Everett, WA expansion
Real Maryland Monarchs[10] Montgomery County area Rockville, MD from USL Second Division
Rio Grande Valley Grandes[11] Rio Grande Valley area Edinburg, TX expansion
River City Rovers[12] Louisville area Louisville, KY expansion
WSA Winnipeg[13] Winnipeg area Winnipeg, MB expansion

Folding/moving

Standings

Key to colours in group tables
Team won the Division Title
Team qualified for playoff berth

Note: The first tie-breaker in PDL standings is head-to-head results between teams tied on points, which is why some teams with inferior goal differences finish ahead in the standings.

Central Conference

Great Lakes Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Michigan Bucks 16 12 2 2 38 9 +29 38
2 Chicago Fire Premier 16 11 3 2 28 10 +18 35
3 Forest City London 16 9 5 2 32 23 +9 29
4 Indiana Invaders 16 6 7 3 25 26 1 21
5 Akron Summit Assault 16 5 8 3 23 28 5 18
6 Hamilton Rage 16 5 8 3 20 27 7 18
7 Toronto Lynx 16 5 9 2 15 25 10 17
8 Cincinnati Kings 16 2 7 7 23 33 10 13
9 River City Rovers 16 2 8 6 16 37 21 12
Source:

Heartland Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Thunder Bay Chill 16 12 2 2 31 9 +22 38
2 Des Moines Menace 16 12 4 0 41 20 +21 36
3 Real Colorado Foxes 16 11 2 3 49 23 +26 36
4 Kansas City Brass 16 4 8 4 28 36 8 16
5 St. Louis Lions 16 4 7 5 25 24 +1 13[lower-alpha 1]
6 WSA Winnipeg 16 3 12 1 15 44 29 10
7 Springfield Demize 16 1 12 3 12 45 33 6
Source:
Notes:
  1. St. Louis Lions deducted four points for league rules infringement.

Eastern Conference

Mid Atlantic Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Long Island Rough Riders 16 12 1 3 42 13 +29 39
2 Reading United 16 12 2 2 41 14 +27 38
3 Jersey Express 16 11 2 3 45 12 +33 36
4 Westchester Flames 16 6 6 4 25 33 8 22
5 Central Jersey Spartans 16 4 8 4 24 31 7 16
6 Bermuda Hogges 16 4 9 3 17 31 14 15
7 Ocean City Nor'easters 16 2 6 8 20 25 5 14
8 New Jersey Rangers 16 5 10 1 15 32 17 12[lower-alpha 1]
9 Brooklyn Knights 16 1 13 2 15 53 38 5
Source:
Notes:
  1. New Jersey Rangers deducted four points for league rules infringement.

Northeast Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 MPS Portland Phoenix 16 8 3 5 24 11 +13 29
2 New Hampshire Phantoms 16 7 6 3 25 20 +5 24
3 Western Mass Pioneers 16 6 5 5 18 20 2 23
4 Ottawa Fury 16 4 7 5 22 31 9 17
5 Vermont Voltage 16 3 7 6 12 21 9 15
Source:

South Atlantic Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Carolina Dynamo 16 11 4 1 37 14 +23 34
2 Northern Virginia Royals 16 10 5 1 20 13 +7 31
3 Real Maryland Monarchs 16 8 6 2 29 20 +9 26
4 West Virginia Chaos 16 7 5 4 32 23 +9 25
5 Virginia Beach Piranhas 16 3 10 3 13 32 19 12
6 Fredericksburg Hotspur 16 2 11 3 10 39 29 9
Source:

Southern Conference

Mid South Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Laredo Heat 16 11 3 2 35 13 +22 35
2 Chivas El Paso Patriots 16 10 3 3 24 22 +2 33
3 Baton Rouge Capitals 16 8 7 1 26 20 +6 25
4 New Orleans Jesters 16 7 7 2 23 27 4 23
5 West Texas United Sockers 16 5 11 0 20 35 15 15
6 Rio Grande Valley Grandes 16 3 11 2 19 29 10 11
Source:

Southeast Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Mississippi Brilla 16 12 2 2 39 14 +25 38
2 Central Florida Kraze 16 11 3 2 34 23 +11 35
3 Bradenton Academics 16 8 6 2 34 27 +7 26
4 Jax Destroyers 16 3 9 4 22 37 15 13
5 Nashville Metros 16 3 10 3 15 31 16 12
6 Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy 16 2 11 3 17 30 13 9
Source:

Western Conference

Northwest Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Kitsap Pumas 16 12 1 3 42 9 +33 35[lower-alpha 1]
2 Victoria Highlanders 16 9 4 3 29 16 +13 30
3 Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 16 8 5 3 24 21 +3 27
4 Portland Timbers U23's 16 6 6 4 34 21 +13 22
5 Abbotsford Mariners 16 6 7 3 22 25 3 21
6 North Sound SeaWolves 16 4 8 4 20 34 14 16
7 Washington Crossfire 16 3 8 5 22 39 17 14
8 Tacoma Tide 16 1 10 5 21 49 28 8
Source:
Notes:
  1. Kitsap Pumas deducted four points for league rules infringement.

Southwest Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Fresno Fuego 16 13 0 3 43 15 +28 42
2 Ventura County Fusion 16 10 0 6 38 10 +28 36
3 Orange County Blue Star 16 9 5 2 45 31 +14 29
4 Southern California Seahorses 16 8 5 3 22 24 2 27
5 BYU Cougars 16 4 8 4 15 21 6 16
6 Los Angeles Blues 23 16 4 10 2 17 37 20 14
7 Ogden Outlaws 16 2 10 4 18 36 18 10
8 Los Angeles Misioneros 16 1 13 2 16 40 24 5
Source:

League post-season tournament

Division matches for qualification

Northeast Division
Eastern Conference
   
NE1 MPS Portland Phoenix 0
NE2 New Hampshire Phantoms 1
Mid Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
   
MA2 Reading United 0
MA3 Jersey Express 1
South Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
   
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 1
SA2 Northern Virginia Royals 0
Great Lakes Division
Central Conference
   
GL2 Chicago Fire Premier 3
GL3 Forest City London 0

Bracket

Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Semi-Finals Finals
            
SE1 Mississippi Brilla 3
MS2 Chivas El Paso Patriots 0
SE1 Mississippi Brilla 2 (6)
Southern Conference
MS1 Laredo Heat 2 (7)
MS1 Laredo Heat 1
SE2 Central Florida Kraze 0
MS1 Laredo Heat 4
MA1 Long Island Rough Riders 1
MA1 Long Island Rough Riders 3
NE2 New Hampshire Phantoms 1
MA1 Long Island Rough Riders 3
Eastern Conference
MA3 Jersey Express 2
MA3 Jersey Express 2
SA1 Carolina Dynamo 1
MS1 Laredo Heat 0
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 1
SW1 Fresno Fuego 3
NW2 Victoria Highlanders 1
SW1 Fresno Fuego 0
Western Conference
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 1
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 1
SW2 Ventura County Fusion 0
NW1 Kitsap Pumas 3
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 1
GL1 Michigan Bucks 3
HL2 Des Moines Menace 2
GL1 Michigan Bucks 1
Central Conference
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 2
HL1 Thunder Bay Chill 1
GL2 Chicago Fire Premier 0

Conference Quarterfinals

Chicago Fire Premier3–0 Forest City London
Vaz  37'  68'
Mallace  51'
Report 1
Report 2
Attendance: 50
Referee: Miguel Panduro Jr. (USA)

Carolina Dynamo1–0 Northern Virginia Royals
Lovejoy  24' Report
Attendance: 2,519
Referee: Danny Thornberry (USA)

Reading United0–1 Jersey Express
Report Youhill  50'
Attendance: 300
Referee: John Douglas (USA)

MPS Portland Phoenix0–1 New Hampshire Phantoms
Report Tsonis  32'
Attendance: 300
Referee: Guido Gonzalez (USA)

Conference Semifinals

Carolina Dynamo1–2 Jersey Express
Tweed-Kent  38' Report Niouky  27'
Coulibaly  33'
Attendance: 145
Referee: Yevgeniy Mednikov (USA)

Chicago Fire Premier0–1 Thunder Bay Chill
Report Gonzalez  37'
Referee: Giuseppi Agusta (USA)

Central Florida Kraze0–1 Laredo Heat
Report Ibarra  55'
Harper Davis Stadium
Jackson, MS
Referee: Thaj Huynh (USA)

New Hampshire Phantoms1–3 Long Island Rough Riders
Adam  43' Report Sarle  18'  27'  53'
Attendance: 387
Referee: Hernan Aguilar (USA)

Des Moines Menace2–3
(AET)
Michigan Bucks
Sosa  45'  103' Report 1
Report 2
Catalano  90'
Alashe  105'
Caldwell  111'
Attendance: 944
Referee: Marc Lawrence (USA)

Chivas El Paso Patriots0–3 Mississippi Brilla
Report 1
Report 2
Aduny  11'
Luak  30'
Palmer  74'
Harper Davis Stadium
Jackson, MS
Attendance: 1,412
Referee: Jack Damrill (USA)

Ventura County Fusion0–1 Kitsap Pumas
Report 1
Report 2
Burke  11'
Referee: Ezequiel Molina (USA)

Victoria Highlanders1–3 Fresno Fuego
Dixon  19' Report 1
Report 2
Reinhart  10'  83'  90'
Attendance: 2,369
Referee: Chris Hutchison (USA)

Conference Finals

Jersey Express2–3 Long Island Rough Riders
Ovenseri  50'  56' Report Detelj  7'
Sarle  33'
Barea  84'
Attendance: 826
Referee: Ayodeji Obisesan (USA)

Thunder Bay Chill2–1 Michigan Bucks
Oliveira  8'
Neto  86'
Report Givens  11'
Attendance: 796
Referee: Artem Sher (USA)

Laredo Heat2–2
(AET)
Mississippi Brilla
Garcia  11'
Begines  116'
Report 1
Report 2
Palmer  90+'
Luak  97'
Penalties
7–6
Harper Davis Stadium
Jackson, MS
Attendance: 1,027
Referee: Jared Peeler (USA)

Kitsap Pumas1–0 Fresno Fuego
Hyde  89' Report 1
Report 2
Report 3
Attendance: 2,573
Referee: Said Ravenfar (USA)

PDL Semifinals

Laredo Heat4–1 Long Island Rough Riders
Bayona  38'
Ibarra  64'
Lopez  85'
Escovar  90'
Report 1
Report 2
Gabriele  69'
Bremerton Memorial Stadium
Bremerton, WA
Attendance: 1,122
Referee: Ezequiel Molina (USA)

Kitsap Pumas3–1 Thunder Bay Chill
Burke  60'
Friesen  72'  90'
Report 1
Report 2
Oliveira  34'
Bremerton Memorial Stadium
Bremerton, WA
Referee: (USA)

PDL Final

Laredo Heat0–1 Kitsap Pumas
Report Christner  11'
Bremerton Memorial Stadium
Bremerton, WA
Referee: (USA)

Award Winners and Finalists

MVP: Milton Blanco (FRE) (winner), Mitch Hildebrandt (MIC), Chandler Hoffman (OCB)
Rookie of the Year: Albert Edward (RCR), Brian Holt (REA), Jake Keegan (WES) (winner)
Defender of the Year: Dillon Barna (VCF), Stewart Givens (MIC) (winner), Wilson Neto (TBC)
Goalkeeper of the Year: Mitch Hildebrandt (MIC)
Coach of the Year: Tony Colistro (TBC), Pete Fewing (KIT), Gary Parsons (MIC) (winner)[19]

All-League and All-Conference Teams

Eastern Conference

F: Hakan Ilhan (CAR), Jake Keegan (WES)*, Dominick Sarle (LIR)
M: Keishen Bean (BER), Jason Massie (POR), Stephen Okai (REA)
D: Matthew Baker (REA), Brian Fekete (POR), Shaun Foster (JER), Kyle Manscuk (OTT)
G: Brian Holt (REA)

Central Conference

F: Adam Mena (IND), Branden Stelmak (CIN), Brandon Swartzendruber (TBC)
M: Tom Catalano (MIC), Albert Edward (RCR), John Sosa (DMM)*
D: Kevin Cope (CHI), Stewart Givens (MIC)*, Jonathan Raj (CHI), Wilson Neto (TBC)*
G: Mitch Hildebrandt (MIC)*

Southern Conference

F: Moses Aduny (MIS), Esteban Bayona (LAR), Achille Campion (BRC)
M: Michael Azira (MIS), Enrique Cervantes (EPP), Jonathan Mendoza (CFK)*
D: Carlos Ordaz (LAR), Guilherme Reis (BRD), Daniel Sackman (CFK), Hugo Samano Contreras (EPP)
G: Keneil Baker (CFK)

Western Conference

F: Milton Blanco (FRE)*, Chandler Hoffman (OCB)*, Brent Richards (POR)
M: Danny Barrera (VCF)*, Nikolas Besagno (KIT), Jose Cuevas (FRE)
D: Dillon Barna (VCF)*, Fernando De Alba (LAB), Ryan Kawulok (POR), Daniel Scott (KIT)*
G. Bryan Meredith (KIT)

* denotes All-League player

See also

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