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.[2] The defending Soccer Bowl champions were the NSC Minnesota Stars, while the Carolina Railhawks were the defending North American Supporters' Trophy winners.

North American Soccer League
Season2012
ChampionsTampa Bay Rowdies
North American Supporters' TrophySan Antonio Scorpions
Champions League (CFU)Puerto Rico Islanders
(2012 CFU Club Championship 3rd place)
Matches played112
Goals scored294 (2.63 per match)
Top goalscorerPablo Campos
(20 goals)
Biggest home winSAS 8–0 CAR
(July 28)
Biggest away winSAS 0–4 PRI
(April 15)
Highest scoringCAR 4–4 ATL
(April 14)
FTL 5–3 ATL
(July 28)
SAS 8–0 CAR
(July 28)
Longest winning run4 matches:
San Antonio
(April 28 – May 19)
Carolina
(June 2 – June 23)
Tampa Bay
(June 16 – July 4)
Longest unbeaten run9 matches:
Minnesota
(April 7 – June 2)
San Antonio
(April 21 – June 16)
Longest winless run9 matches:
Carolina
(April 7 – May 19)
Atlanta
(April 7 – May 26)
Minnesota
(July 18 – September 8)
Longest losing run5 matches:
Atlanta
(June 9 – July 3)
Highest attendance13,151
PRI @ SAS
(April 15)
Lowest attendance520
EDM @ PRI
(April 18)
Average attendance3,810[1]
2011
2013

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

Teams

Regular season

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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
4 Carolina RailHawks 28 10 10 8 44 46 2 40
5 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 28 9 9 10 40 46 6 36
6 Minnesota United 28 8 11 9 34 33 +1 35
7 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 7 9 12 35 46 11 30
8 FC Edmonton 28 5 10 13 26 36 10 25
Source: NASL Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (X) Commissioner's Cup (regular season champion).

Results

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

Win   Loss   Draw   Home

ClubMatch
12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728
Atlanta SilverbacksSASCARTAMMINMINEDMPRITAMFTLEDMSASCARPRISASCARMINPRIEDMFTLFTLTAMMINCAREDMTAMFTLSASPRI
0–04–41–13–30–20–20–32–31–12–10–31–21–20–31–22–02–11–23–54–20–00–00–12–01–11–03–11–1
Carolina RailHawksMINATLTAMPRISASFTLEDMMINPRIPRIMINATLEDMFTLATLFTLMINSASTAMFTLEDMATLPRISASEDMSASTAMTAM
0–04–41–11–30–13–30–31–21–12–15–12–12–01–22–13–31–00–83–30–13–21–03–10–12–22–11–10–0
FC EdmontonFTLTAMPRIMINCARATLSASSASATLFTLFTLCARPRISASPRITAMATLTAMMINSASPRICARMINATLMINCARTAMFTL
0–10–10–03–43–02–00–22–21–21–00–10–20–00–11–10–12–10–11–11–11–02–31–10–21–12–20–32–2
Fort Lauderdale StrikersEDMMINSASPRITAMCARPRIMINATLTAMEDMEDMMINCARTAMCARSASMINSASATLATLCARPRISASTAMPRIATLEDM
1–00–02–23–21–33–30–21–31–13–10–11–01–22–11–33–32–22–10–15–32–41–00–02–10–31–10–12–2
Minnesota Stars FCCARFTLEDMATLATLCARFTLTAMSASCARTAMFTLTAMPRIATLTAMFTLCARPRIEDMSASATLEDMSASEDMPRIPRISAS
0–00–04–33–32–02–13–10–00–01–51–22–10–24–00–22–11–20–10–11–10–10–01–11–11–14–00–21–1
Puerto Rico IslandersTAMSASEDMCARFTLFTLATLCARCARTAMSASATLEDMMINEDMSASATLTAMMINSASEDMFTLTAMCARFTLMINMINATL
1–04–00–03–12–32–03–01–11–22–00–22–10–00–41–11–01–20–21–02–10–10–00–01–31–10–42–01–1
San Antonio Scorpions FCATLPRIFTLCARTAMTAMEDMEDMMINATLPRITAMATLEDMPRIFTLFTLCARPRIEDMMINTAMFTLMINCARCARATLMIN
0–00–42–21–02–02–12–02–20–03–02–02–33–01–00–12–21–08–01–21–11–04–01–21–11–01–21–31–1
Tampa Bay RowdiesPRIEDMCARATLFTLSASSASATLMINFTLPRIMINSASMINFTLMINEDMPRIEDMCARATLSASPRIFTLATLEDMCARCAR
0–11–01–11–13–10–21–23–20–01–30–22–13–22–03–11–21–02–01–03–30–00–40–03–01–13–01–10–0

Final regular season results.[3]

Playoffs

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  

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Tampa Bay Rowdies win 5–4 on aggregate.


Minnesota Stars win 2–1 on aggregate.

Soccer Bowl 2012

Minnesota Stars2–0Tampa Bay Rowdies
Amani Walker  67'
Kentaro Takada  84'
Martin Nunez  90+'
Report Mike Ambersley  48'
Attendance: 4,642
Referee: Kevin Terry, Jr.
Tied 3–3 on aggregate. Tampa Bay Rowdies win Soccer Bowl 2012, 3–2 on penalties.

Statistical leaders

Top goalkeepers

(Minimum of 1260 Minutes Played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club MINS SVS GA GAA
1 Daryl Sattler San Antonio Scorpions 2151 66 19 0.795
2 Jeff Attinella Tampa Bay Rowdies 2520 118 30 1.071
3 Richard Martin Puerto Rico Islanders 2340 106 28 1.077
4 Matt Van Oekel Minnesota Stars FC 2250 77 30 1.200
5 Lance Parker FC Edmonton 1440 42 21 1.313
6 Matt Glaeser Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2430 108 44 1.630
7 Ray Burse Carolina RailHawks 2160 82 41 1.708
8 Dániel Illyés Atlanta Silverbacks 1980 86 39 1.773

Source: North American Soccer League

Awards

Monthly awards

Month NASL Player of the Month
Player Nation Club Link
April Reinaldo Navia  CHL Atlanta Silverbacks 5G
May Shaun Saiko  CAN FC Edmonton 5G 2A
June Tsuyoshi Yoshitake  JPN Tampa Bay Rowdies 4G 1A
July Pablo Campos  BRA San Antonio Scorpions 7G
August Richard Martin  ENG Puerto Rico Islanders 13 Saves
September Matt Horth  USA Atlanta Silverbacks 4G
October Jeff Attinella  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies

Weekly awards

Week Defensive Player of the Week Offensive Player of the Week
Player Nat Club Player Nat Club
Week 1 Ray Burse  USA Carolina RailHawks Andy Herron  CRC Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 2 Richard Martin  ENG Puerto Rico Islanders Jonathan Faña  DOM Puerto Rico Islanders
Week 3 Richard Martin  ENG Puerto Rico Islanders Andy Herron  CRC Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 4 Jeff Attinella  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies Reinaldo Navia  CHL Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 5 Cristiano Dias  BRA Minnesota Stars Shaun Saiko  CAN FC Edmonton
Week 6 Paul Hamilton  CAN FC Edmonton Pablo Campos  BRA San Antonio Scorpions
Week 7 Jonathan Greenfield  RSA San Antonio Scorpions Dan Antoniuk  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 8 Frank Sanfilippo  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies Shaun Saiko  CAN FC Edmonton
Week 9 Matt Van Oekel  USA Minnesota Stars Ciaran O'Brien  USA Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 10 Lance Parker  USA FC Edmonton Pablo Campos  BRA San Antonio Scorpions
Week 11 Jack Stewart  USA Fort Lauderdale Strikers Tsuyoshi Yoshitake  JPN Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 12 Ray Burse  USA Carolina RailHawks Tsuyoshi Yoshitake  JPN Tampa Bay Rowdies
Week 13 Jeff Attinella  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies Mark Anderson  ENG Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 14 Daniel Illyes  HUN Atlanta Silverbacks Mike Palacio  USA Carolina RailHawks
Week 15 Jeff Attinella  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies Pablo Campos  BRA San Antonio Scorpions
Week 16 Frank Sanfilippo  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies Mark Anderson  ENG Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 17 Jeff Attinella  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies Pablo Campos  BRA San Antonio Scorpions
Week 18 Richard Martinez  PUR Puerto Rico Islanders Pedro Mendes  BRA Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 19 Bryan Arguez  USA FC Edmonton Andy Herron  CRC Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 20 Conor Shanosky  USA Fort Lauderdale Strikers Pablo Campos  BRA San Antonio Scorpions
Week 21 Akira Fitzgerald  USA Carolina Railhawks Abe Thompson  USA Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Week 22 Frank Sanfilippo  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies Matt Horth  USA Atlanta Silverbacks
Week 23 Takuya Yamada  JPN Tampa Bay Rowdies Shaun Saiko  CAN FC Edmonton
Week 24 Anthony Vázquez  PUR Puerto Rico Islanders[5] Tiyi Shipalane  RSA Carolina Railhawks[6]
Week 25 Jeff Attinella  USA Tampa Bay Rowdies[7] Danny Barrera  USA Atlanta Silverbacks[8]

League awards

NASL Best XI [15]
Position Players Team
Goalkeeper Jeff AttinellaTampa Bay Rowdies
Defense Kyle AltmanMinnesota United FC
Defense Ryan CochraneSan Antonio Scorpions
Defense Paul HamiltonFC Edmonton
Defense Takuya YamadaTampa Bay Rowdies
Midfield Luke MulhollandTampa Bay Rowdies
Midfield Walter RamírezSan Antonio Scorpions
Midfield Walter RestrepoFort Lauderdale Strikers
Midfield Nick ZimmermanCarolina RailHawks
Forward Mark AndersonFort Lauderdale Strikers
Forward Pablo CamposSan Antonio Scorpions

References

  1. http://nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3336 (25 September 2012).
  2. Quarstad, Brian. "NASL Receives Full Sanctioning at USSF AGM | IMS Soccer News". Insidemnsoccer.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  3. "Standings | North American Soccer League". Nasl.com. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  4. "NASL Individual Leaders". Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  5. http://nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3272
  6. http://nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3270
  7. http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3328
  8. http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3326
  9. "Pablo Campos Named NASL Golden Ball Winner". North American Soccer League. October 17, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  10. "Pablo Campos Earns 2012 NASL Golden Boot Award". North American Soccer League. September 25, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  11. "Daryl Sattler Earns 2012 Golden Glove Award". North American Soccer League. September 25, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  12. "Ricky Hill Named NASL Coach of the Year". North American Soccer League. October 4, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  13. "Kevin Venegas Wins NASL Play of the Year". North American Soccer League. December 24, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  14. "Ottawa Fury FC Wins 2015 Fair Play Award". North American Soccer League. September 27, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  15. "NASL Announces 2012 Best XI". North American Soccer League. October 9, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
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