2012 North American Soccer League season
The 2012 North American Soccer League season was the 45th season of Division II soccer in the United States and the second season of the revived North American Soccer League. It was contested by eight teams including one from Canada and one from Puerto Rico. The Montreal Impact were self-promoted to Major League Soccer as an expansion franchise and the expansion San Antonio Scorpions were added to the NASL. The NASL received full sanctioning from the United States Soccer Federation on March 3, 2012 at their annual meeting. The defending Soccer Bowl champions were the NSC Minnesota Stars, while the Carolina Railhawks were the defending North American Supporters' Trophy winners.
|Champions||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|North American Supporters' Trophy||San Antonio Scorpions|
|Champions League (CFU)||Puerto Rico Islanders|
(2012 CFU Club Championship 3rd place)
|Goals scored||294 (2.63 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Pablo Campos |
|Biggest home win||SAS 8–0 CAR|
|Biggest away win||SAS 0–4 PRI|
|Highest scoring||CAR 4–4 ATL|
FTL 5–3 ATL
SAS 8–0 CAR
|Longest winning run||4 matches:|
(April 28 – May 19)
(June 2 – June 23)
(June 16 – July 4)
|Longest unbeaten run||9 matches:|
(April 7 – June 2)
(April 21 – June 16)
|Longest winless run||9 matches:|
(April 7 – May 19)
(April 7 – May 26)
(July 18 – September 8)
|Longest losing run||5 matches:|
(June 9 – July 3)
PRI @ SAS
|Lowest attendance||520 |
EDM @ PRI
Personnel and sponsorship
|Team||Head Coach||Captain||Shirt sponsor|
|Puerto Rico Islanders||Adrian Whitbread||Noah Delgado||Toyota|
|Carolina RailHawks||Colin Clarke||Kupono Low||BCBSA|
|FC Edmonton||Harry Sinkgraven||Chris Kooy||Sears Canada|
|Atlanta Silverbacks||Brian Haynes||Martyn Lancaster||Reto Sports|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Daryl Shore||Toni Ståhl||Joma|
|Minnesota Stars||Manny Lagos||Kyle Altman||Admiral|
|San Antonio Scorpions||Tim Hankinson||Kevin Harmse||Nike|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||Ricky Hill||Frank Sanfilippo||Mainsail Suites / United World Soccer|
|1||San Antonio Scorpions (X)||28||13||8||7||46||27||+19||47||Playoff semifinals|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies (C)||28||12||9||7||37||30||+7||45|
|3||Puerto Rico Islanders||28||11||8||9||32||30||+2||41||Playoff quarterfinals|
|5||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||28||9||9||10||40||46||−6||36|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (X) Commissioner's Cup (regular season champion).
|Abbreviation and Color Key:|
Atlanta Silverbacks – ATL • Carolina RailHawks FC – CAR • FC Edmonton – EDM • Fort Lauderdale Strikers – FTL
Minnesota Stars FC – MIN • Puerto Rico Islanders – PRI • San Antonio Scorpions FC – SAS • Tampa Bay Rowdies – TAM
• • •
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||EDM||MIN||SAS||PRI||TAM||CAR||PRI||MIN||ATL||TAM||EDM||EDM||MIN||CAR||TAM||CAR||SAS||MIN||SAS||ATL||ATL||CAR||PRI||SAS||TAM||PRI||ATL||EDM|
|Minnesota Stars FC||CAR||FTL||EDM||ATL||ATL||CAR||FTL||TAM||SAS||CAR||TAM||FTL||TAM||PRI||ATL||TAM||FTL||CAR||PRI||EDM||SAS||ATL||EDM||SAS||EDM||PRI||PRI||SAS|
|Puerto Rico Islanders||TAM||SAS||EDM||CAR||FTL||FTL||ATL||CAR||CAR||TAM||SAS||ATL||EDM||MIN||EDM||SAS||ATL||TAM||MIN||SAS||EDM||FTL||TAM||CAR||FTL||MIN||MIN||ATL|
|San Antonio Scorpions FC||ATL||PRI||FTL||CAR||TAM||TAM||EDM||EDM||MIN||ATL||PRI||TAM||ATL||EDM||PRI||FTL||FTL||CAR||PRI||EDM||MIN||TAM||FTL||MIN||CAR||CAR||ATL||MIN|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||PRI||EDM||CAR||ATL||FTL||SAS||SAS||ATL||MIN||FTL||PRI||MIN||SAS||MIN||FTL||MIN||EDM||PRI||EDM||CAR||ATL||SAS||PRI||FTL||ATL||EDM||CAR||CAR|
The 6 qualifying teams were seeded 1 through 6, with the top team in the standings receiving the number 1 seed.
The format of the playoffs consisted of quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final. The quarterfinals were single games while the semifinals and final were each a 2-game series with each team playing at home once and the team with the greater number of aggregate goals in both games winning the series.
The number 1 seed and the number 2 seed received byes while the number 3 seed hosted the number 6 seed and the number 4 seed hosted the number 5 seed in the quarterfinal.
For the semifinal, the number 1 seed was paired with the lowest seeded team to qualify from the quarterfinal and the number 2 seed paired with the highest seeded team to qualify from the quarterfinal.
The winners of each semifinal met in the final, known as the Soccer Bowl. In the event of a draw in either quarterfinal game, a 30-minute extra time period was to be played, with the golden goal rule not in effect). If the teams were still locked in a draw following the extra time period, the winner was to be determined by a penalty shootout.
In each semifinal and in the final, if the teams are tied on the number of aggregate goals scored in the series at the conclusion of the second game, the teams were to play a 30-minute extra time period. As in the quarterfinal, the golden goal rule was not in effect. If the teams were still locked in a draw following the extra time period, the winner of the series was to be determined by a penalty shootout.
|Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Soccer Bowl 2012|
|1||San Antonio Scorpions||0||1||1|
|3||Puerto Rico Islanders||1||6||Minnesota Stars||0||2||2|
|6||Minnesota Stars||2||2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||0||3||3 (3)|
|6||Minnesota Stars||2||1||3 (2)|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||2||3||5|
|4||Carolina RailHawks||3||4||Carolina RailHawks||1||3||4|
|5||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||1|
|September 29, 2012||Carolina RailHawks||3–1||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Cary, North Carolina|
|7:00 pm EDT||Amir Lowery
|Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park|
Referee: Daniel Radford
|October 6, 2012||Carolina RailHawks||1–2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Cary, North Carolina|
|7:00 pm EDT||Brian Shriver
|Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park|
Referee: Matthew Foerster
|October 13, 2012||Tampa Bay Rowdies||3–3||Carolina RailHawks||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|7:30 pm EDT||Shane Hill
|Stadium: Al Lang Stadium|
Referee: Robert Sibiga
- Tampa Bay Rowdies win 5–4 on aggregate.
|October 6, 2012||Minnesota Stars||0–0||San Antonio Scorpions||Blaine, Minnesota|
|8:30 pm EDT||Simone Bracalello
||Stadium: National Sports Center|
Referee: Marcos Deoliveira
|October 14, 2012||San Antonio Scorpions||1–2||Minnesota Stars||San Antonio, Texas|
|6:15 pm CDT||Walter Ramirez
|Stadium: Heroes Stadium|
Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald
- Minnesota Stars win 2–1 on aggregate.
Soccer Bowl 2012
|Minnesota Stars||2–0||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
- Tied 3–3 on aggregate. Tampa Bay Rowdies win Soccer Bowl 2012, 3–2 on penalties.
(Minimum of 1260 Minutes Played)
|1||San Antonio Scorpions||2151||66||19||0.795|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||2520||118||30||1.071|
|3||Puerto Rico Islanders||2340||106||28||1.077|
|4||Minnesota Stars FC||2250||77||30||1.200|
|6||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||2430||108||44||1.630|
Source: North American Soccer League
|Month||NASL Player of the Month|
|April||Reinaldo Navia||Atlanta Silverbacks||5G|
|May||Shaun Saiko||FC Edmonton||5G 2A|
|June||Tsuyoshi Yoshitake||Tampa Bay Rowdies||4G 1A|
|July||Pablo Campos||San Antonio Scorpions||7G|
|August||Richard Martin||Puerto Rico Islanders||13 Saves|
|September||Matt Horth||Atlanta Silverbacks||4G|
|October||Jeff Attinella||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
- Golden Ball (MVP): Pablo Campos (San Antonio Scorpions)
- Golden Boot: Pablo Campos (San Antonio Scorpions)
- Golden Glove: Daryl Sattler (San Antonio Scorpions)
- Coach of the Year: Ricky Hill (Tampa Bay Rowdies)
- Play of the Year: Kevin Venegas (Minnesota Stars FC)
- Fair Play Award: Tampa Bay Rowdies
|NASL Best XI|
|Goalkeeper||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Defense||Minnesota United FC|
|Defense||San Antonio Scorpions|
|Defense||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Midfield||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Midfield||San Antonio Scorpions|
|Midfield||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|Forward||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|Forward||San Antonio Scorpions|
- http://nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3336 (25 September 2012).
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- "NASL Individual Leaders". Retrieved September 19, 2012.
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- "Daryl Sattler Earns 2012 Golden Glove Award". North American Soccer League. September 25, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
- "Ricky Hill Named NASL Coach of the Year". North American Soccer League. October 4, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
- "Kevin Venegas Wins NASL Play of the Year". North American Soccer League. December 24, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
- "Ottawa Fury FC Wins 2015 Fair Play Award". North American Soccer League. September 27, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
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