2011 USL Pro season
The 2011 USL Pro season was the 25th season of third-division soccer in the United States, and was the inaugural season of the United Soccer Leagues' (USL) new professional competition. The league is effectively a combination of the USL's former First and Second Divisions.
|Champions||Orlando City SC|
|Commissioner's Cup||Orlando City SC|
|Goals scored||273 (2.53 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jhonny Arteaga (13)|
|Biggest home win||HAR 4, CHE 0|
HAR 5, NEW 1
ORL 4, HAR 0
|Biggest away win||ANT 7, PRU 0|
|Highest scoring||ANT 7, PRU 0|
CHB 4, CHE 3
|Longest winning run||6 games:|
RIC (April 2 – 7 May)
ANT (April 23 – 8 May)
|Longest unbeaten run||11 games:|
ORL (April 9 – June 4)
|Longest winless run||13 games:|
DDL (June 8 – July 27)
|Longest losing run||7 games:|
ANT (June 24 – July 16)
ORL vs HAR
(September 3) (Championship)
LAB vs PRU (April 20)
Following the conclusion of the regular season in August, a postseason tournament, known as the USL Pro Playoffs, took place between the top eight clubs during the season. The quarterfinals was played between August 19–20, the semifinals between August 26–28, and the championship took place on September 3.
USL Pro was initially set to feature 15 clubs that would be aligned into three conferences of five clubs: the "American", "National" and "International" conferences. The league announced that each club would play an unbalanced schedule with a total of 24 matches. Initially, the International Division clubs were intended to play each other four times, twice home and twice away, with four games apiece at home and away against competition from the American and National Divisions. The American and National Division clubs were intended to play each other twice: home and away, regardless of division.
|Original Divisional Alignment|
|American Division||Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Orlando City SC, Richmond Kickers, Wilmington Hammerheads|
|National Division||Dayton Dutch Lions, F.C. New York, Harrisburg City Islanders, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Rochester Rhinos|
|International Division||Antigua Barracuda, Los Angeles Blues, Puerto Rico United, River Plate Puerto Rico, Sevilla FC Puerto Rico|
Stadiums and Locations
Personnel and Kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Team||Head Coach||Captain||Jersey manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Dayton Dutch Lions||Under Armour||Scoutforall.com|
|F.C. New York||Umbro||Treiber|
|Harrisburg City Islanders||Nike||Capital Blue Cross/Snickers|
|Los Angeles Blues||Nike||Marriott|
|Orlando City SC||Umbro||Orlando Health|
|Pittsburgh Riverhounds||Umbro||#1 Cochran|
|Richmond Kickers||Adidas||HCA Virginia|
|Rochester Rhinos||Umbro||Non-Smoking Coalition|
|Wilmington Hammerheads||Umbro||New Hanover Regional Medical Center|
|1||Orlando City SC (C)||24||15||6||3||36||16||+20||51||2011 USL Pro Commissioner's Cup, 2011 USL Pro Playoffs|
|2||Wilmington Hammerheads (A)||24||14||3||7||42||30||+12||45||2011 USL Pro Playoffs|
|3||Richmond Kickers (A)||24||12||5||7||35||21||+14||41|
|4||Charleston Battery (A)||24||10||5||9||24||25||−1||35|
Rules for classification: Points, then tiebreak: 1) Head-to-head record based on total points in League games, 2) Total wins in League games, 3) Goal difference in League games, 4) Goals scored in League games, etc..
(A) Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (C) Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record).
- The top four clubs in each division are guaranteed spots in the 2011 USL Pro Playoffs.
|1||Rochester Rhinos (A)||24||12||4||8||31||23||+8||40||2011 USL PRO Playoffs|
|2||Harrisburg City Islanders (A)||24||10||7||7||37||30||+7||37|
|3||Los Angeles Blues (A)||24||8||9||7||34||29||+5||33|
|4||Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A)||24||7||6||11||23||32||−9||27|
|5||F.C. New York||24||6||7||11||27||37||−10||25|
|6||Dayton Dutch Lions||24||2||6||16||21||54||−33||12|
Rules for classification: Points, then tiebreak: 1) Head-to-head record based on total points in League games, 2) Total wins in League games, 3) Goal difference in League games, 4) Goals scored in League games, etc.
(A) Advances to USL Pro Playoffs.
- The top four clubs in each division are guaranteed spots in the 2011 USL PRO Playoffs.
|Abbreviation and Color Key:|
Antigua Barracuda FC – ANT • Charleston Battery – CHB • Charlotte Eagles – CHE • Dayton Dutch Lions – DDL
FC New York – NEW • Los Angeles Blues – LAB • Harrisburg City Islanders – HAR • Orlando City SC – ORL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – PIT • Richmond Kickers – RIC • Rochester Rhinos – ROC • Wilmington Hammerheads – WIL
Puerto Rico United – PRU† • River Plate Puerto Rico – RPP† • Sevilla FC Puerto Rico – SPR†
• • • •
|Antigua Barracuda FC||LAB||SPR†||SPR†||PRU†||RPP†||LAB||RPP†||RPP†||ROC||CHE||ROC||ROC||ORL||ORL||ORL†||NEW†||PIT†||WIL||WIL†||RIC||LAB†||LAB†||LAB†||LAB†|
|Dayton Dutch Lions||CHB||ROC||RIC||ORL||LAB||CHE||PIT||HAR||NEW||CHB||CHE||ROC||RIC†||ORL||HAR||LAB†||LAB†||PIT||CHB||HAR||NEW†||RIC||NEW||WIL|
|FC New York||ORL||CHE||ORL||HAR||CHB||WIL||PIT||RIC||ROC||CHE||DAY||RIC||HAR†||RIC†||ANT†||CHE||ROC||PIT||PIT||WIL||DAY†||HAR||ROC†||DAY|
|Harrisburg City Islanders||PIT||NEW||ROC||RIC||ORL||CHB||PIT†||CHB||DAY||ROC||RIC||LAB||LAB||CHE||DAY||CHE||WIL||NEW†||LAB||DAY||WIL||NEW||CHE||ORL|
|Los Angeles Blues||SPR†||ANT||PRU†||RPP†||ANT||CHE||CHE||DAY||PIT||HAR†||HAR†||CHB†||WIL†||DAY†||DAY†||RIC†||HAR†||ANT†||ANT†||ANT†||WIL†||ANT†||RIC†||RIC†|
|Orlando City SC||RIC||NEW||CHE||PRU†||NEW||DAY||PIT||ROC||HAR||RIC||CHE||WIL||ANT||WIL||ANT†||ANT||PIT||ROC||DAY||CHB||ROC||CHB||CHB †||HAR|
|Pittsburgh Riverhounds||RIC||HAR||WIL||CHB||CHB||ORL||NEW||LAB||WIL||HAR†||DAY||WIL||ROC||CHE||CHB||ORL||ANT †||NEW||NEW||DAY||ROC||RIC||CHE||ROC|
|Richmond Kickers||ORL||PIT||ROC||CHB||DAY||WIL||HAR||CHB||ORL||NEW||NEW||HAR||NEW||ROC||DAY †||CHE||CHE†||ANT†||LAB||PIT†||DAY||WIL||LAB†||LAB†|
†Puerto Rican teams were removed from USL Pro League on 10 May. All results against them that took place to that date were kept and future games were rescheduled amongst the remaining teams.
The top four teams in each division at the end of the regular season qualified for a single-elimination playoff for the USL Pro Championship. The championship match was played at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 3, and saw Orlando City SC defeat the Harrisburg City Islanders in a penalty shootout. Orlando City SC earned the right to host the championship match by virtue of their better regular-season record.
|Divisional Semifinals||Divisional Finals||USL PRO Championship|
|A1||Orlando City SC (a.e.t.)||3|
|A1||Orlando City SC||3|
|A2||Wilmington Hammerheads||0 (4)|
|A3||Richmond Kickers (pen.)||0 (5)|
|A1||Orlando City SC (pen.)||2 (3)|
|N2||Harrisburg City Islanders||2 (2)|
|N2||Harrisburg City Islanders||2|
|N2||Harrisburg City Islanders||3|
|N3||Los Angeles Blues||2|
|August 19, 2011 QF||Harrisburg City Islanders||3–2||Los Angeles Blues||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|7:30 pm EDT||Bloes
|Stadium: Skyline Sports Complex|
Referee: Michael Donovan
|August 19, 2011 QF||Rochester Rhinos||4–0||Pittsburgh Riverhounds||Rochester, New York|
|7:30 pm EDT||Rosenlund
|Report||Stadium: Sahlen's Stadium|
Referee: Robert Sigiba
|August 19, 2011 QF||Wilmington Hammerheads||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Richmond Kickers||Wilmington, North Carolina|
|7:30 pm EDT||Nicholson
|Stadium: Legion Field|
Referee: Moo Hackett
|August 20, 2011 QF||Orlando City SC||3–1 (a.e.t.)||Charleston Battery||Orlando, Florida|
|7:30 pm EDT||Griffin
|Stadium: Citrus Bowl|
Referee: Rob Mauws
|August 26, 2011 SF||Rochester Rhinos||1–2||Harrisburg City Islanders||Rochester, New York|
|7:30 pm EDT||Donatelli
|Stadium: Sahlen's Stadium|
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
|August 27, 2011 SF||Orlando City SC||3–0||Richmond Kickers||Orlando, Florida|
|7:30 pm EDT||Boden
|Stadium: Citrus Bowl|
Referee: Andres Pfefferkorn
|September 3, 2011 F||Orlando City SC||2–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Harrisburg City Islanders||Orlando, Florida|
|7:00 pm EDT||Gallardo
|Stadium: Citrus Bowl|
Referee: Matt Foerster
Championship Game MVP: Sean Kelley (ORL)
(Minimum of 1080 Minutes Played)
|1||Orlando City SC||22||1980||68||15||0.681||12-3-6||11|
|6||Los Angeles Blues||20||1800||77||53||1.200||6-6-8||5|
|9||Harrisburg City Islanders||20||1800||59||26||1.300||8-6-6||5|
F: Jhonny Arteaga (NEW), Matthew Delicâte (CHB), Maxwell Griffin (ORL)
M: Yordany Álvarez (ORL), Jorge Herrera (CHE), Luke Mulholland (WIL)
D: Nelson Akwari (LAB), Gareth Evans (WIL), Rob Valentino (ORL), William Yomby (RIC)
G: Miguel Gallardo (ORL)
F: José Angulo (HAR), George Davis IV (DAY), Jason Yeisley (PIT)
M: Lewis Neal (ORL), Lawson Robinson (ANT), Jamie Watson (ORL)
D: George Dublin (ANT), Colin Falvey (CHB), Kyle Hoffer (NEW), Troy Roberts (ROC)
G: Neal Kitson (ROC)
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