2013 North American Soccer League season

The 2013 North American Soccer League season was the 46th season of Division II soccer in the United States and the third season of the revived North American Soccer League. It was contested by eight teams including one from Canada. Expansion club New York Cosmos was added to the NASL during the season.[1] A split season format was used for the first time.[2] Puerto Rico Islanders, originally planned to take part in this season, as they did in first two editions, took the year off, due to planned restructuring.[3] The defending Soccer Bowl champions were the Tampa Bay Rowdies, while the San Antonio Scorpions were the defending North American Supporters' Trophy winners.

North American Soccer League
Season2013
ChampionsNew York Cosmos
North American Supporters' TrophyCarolina RailHawks
Matches played98
Goals scored275 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorerBrian Shriver (15)
Biggest home winTBR 4, FTL 0
(July 4)
NYC 4, CAR 0
(October 12)
FTL 6, ATL 2
(October 19)
Biggest away winSAS 4, FTL 1
(June 29)
TBR 7, SAS 4
(August 3)
Highest scoringTBR 7, SAS 4
(August 3)
Longest winning runSAS (6/1 - 7/4)
NYC (9/14 - 10/24)
(5 games)
Longest unbeaten runNYC
(8/24 - 11/2)
(11 games)
Longest losing runSAS (5 games)
(8/3 - 8/31)
Highest attendance11,929
FTL @ NYC
(August 3)
Lowest attendance921
SAS @ EDM
(April 28)
Total attendance457,674
Average attendance4,670
2012
2014

Personnel and sponsorship

Note1: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and managers may hold one or more non-FIFA nationalities.

Team Head Coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta Silverbacks Brian Haynes Martyn Lancaster Reto Sports
Carolina RailHawks Colin Clarke Austin da Luz Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
FC Edmonton Colin Miller Albert Watson The Fath Group
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Günter Kronsteiner Ivan Guerrero Joma
Minnesota United Manny Lagos TBA Admiral
New York Cosmos Giovanni Savarese Carlos Mendes Emirates
San Antonio Scorpions Alen Marcina (Interim) Kevin Harmse Nike
Tampa Bay Rowdies Ricky Hill Frank Sanfilippo Admiral / Mainsail Suites

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
New York Cosmos Expansion franchise Giovanni Savarese 19 November 2012 [4]
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Daryl Shore Fired 30 June 2013 7th (Spring Season) Ricardo Lopes 30 June 2013 [5]
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Ricardo Lopes End of interim period 17 July 2013 7th (Spring Season) Günter Kronsteiner 17 July 2013 [6]
San Antonio Scorpions Tim Hankinson Fired 27 August 2013 8th (Fall Season) Alen Marcina 27 August 2013 [7]

Transfers

Teams

Spring season

The New York Cosmos and the Puerto Rico Islanders did not participate in the spring season.[8] [9] (April 6 to July 4)

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Atlanta Silverbacks (S) 12 6 3 3 20 15 +5 21 Soccer Bowl 2013
2 Carolina RailHawks 12 5 5 2 20 16 +4 20
3 San Antonio Scorpions 12 6 2 4 19 15 +4 20
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 12 5 3 4 21 16 +5 18
5 FC Edmonton 12 3 5 4 13 12 +1 14
6 Minnesota United FC 12 4 2 6 18 23 5 14
7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 12 2 2 8 10 24 14 8
Source: NASL Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(S) Spring season champion.

Results

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR FCEFTLMNUSASTBR
Atlanta Silverbacks 20 11 20 23 10 12
Carolina RailHawks 11 21 31 32 52 21
FC Edmonton 30 11 01 31 10 00
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 01 11 11 21 14 12
Minnesota United 03 22 20 21 00 23
San Antonio Scorpions 22 20 21 31 20 02
Tampa Bay Rowdies 34 00 11 40 23 12

Updated to games played on 4 July 2013.
Source: Schedule
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fall season

The New York Cosmos began participating in the fall season.[8] (August 3 to November 2)

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Cosmos (F) 14 9 4 1 22 12 +10 31 Soccer Bowl 2013
2 Carolina RailHawks 14 7 2 5 21 16 +5 23
3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 14 5 5 4 30 27 +3 20
4 Minnesota United FC 14 6 2 6 21 19 +2 20
5 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 14 5 3 6 18 20 2 18
6 FC Edmonton 14 3 7 4 13 14 1 16
7 Atlanta Silverbacks 14 4 4 6 14 22 8 16
8 San Antonio Scorpions 14 3 1 10 15 24 9 10
Source: NASL Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(F) Fall season champion.

Results

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR FCEFTLMNUNYCSASTBR
Atlanta Silverbacks 11 10 01 31 01 21 11
Carolina RailHawks 40 10 20 10 30 21 22
FC Edmonton 11 21 11 12 11 10 21
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 62 10 11 13 02 00 21
Minnesota United 01 01 11 31 01 10 11
New York Cosmos 11 40 11 10 10 21 43
San Antonio Scorpions 10 21 10 12 23 12 47
Tampa Bay Rowdies 31 32 11 21 46 00 10

Updated to games played on 2 November 2013.
Source: Schedule
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Soccer Bowl 2013

Soccer Bowl 2013 was contested by the winners of the spring and fall seasons. The game was hosted by the winner of the spring season.[10][11][12]


Atlanta Silverbacks0–1New York Cosmos
Carr  42'
Navarro  82'
Report Szetela  11'
Freeman  45+1'
Senna  50'
Attendance: 7,211
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic

Statistical leaders

Top goalkeepers

(Minimum of 10 Games Played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SVS GA GAA SO
1 Kyle Reynish New York Cosmos 13 1170 39 12 0.923 5
2 Lance Parker FC Edmonton 20 1736 79 19 0.990 3
3 Akira Fitzgerald Carolina RailHawks 25 2250 91 32 1.280 6
4 Jeremy Vuolo San Antonio Scorpions 14 1238 54 18 1.314 3
5 Richard Sánchez Fort Lauderdale Strikers 14 1260 45 20 1.429 3
6 Matt Van Oekel Minnesota United 18 1620 52 28 1.556 1
7 Joe Nasco Atlanta Silverbacks 20 1642 75 30 1.648 4
8 Diego Restrepo Tampa Bay Rowdies 23 2069 138 38 1.652 4
9 Patrick Hannigan San Antonio Scorpions 13 1102 38 21 1.721 1

Individual awards

Monthly awards

Month NASL Player of the Month
Player Nation Club Link
April Luke Mulholland  ENG Tampa Bay Rowdies 3G 2A
May Simone Bracalello  ITA Minnesota United 3G
June Hans Denissen  NED San Antonio Scorpions 6G
August Chris Nurse  GUY FC Edmonton 3G 1A
September Georgi Hristov  BUL Tampa Bay Rowdies 4G 1A
October Luke Mulholland  ENG Tampa Bay Rowdies 4G

League awards

NASL Best XI [14]
Position Players Team
Goalkeeper Joe NascoAtlanta Silverbacks
Defense Aaron PitchkolanMinnesota United FC
Defense Martyn LancasterAtlanta Silverbacks
Defense Albert WatsonFC Edmonton
Midfield Luke MulhollandTampa Bay Rowdies
Midfield Miguel IbarraMinnesota United FC
Midfield Richard MenjivarAtlanta Silverbacks
Midfield Marcos SennaNew York Cosmos
Forward Georgi HristovTampa Bay Rowdies
Forward Brian ShriverCarolina RailHawks
Forward Hans DenissenSan Antonio Scorpions

Attendance

For 2013 the teams had the following average attendance:[15]

TeamAttendance
New York Cosmos6,859
San Antonio Scorpions6,937
Carolina Railhawks4,708
Atlanta Silverbacks4,364
Fort Lauderdale Strikers4,224
Tampa Bay Rowdies4,051
Minnesota United3,679
FC Edmonton2,760

References

  1. "New York Cosmos Returns to NASL". New York Cosmos. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  2. "NASL Announces Split-Season Format". atlantasilverbacks.com. Atlanta Silverbacks.
  3. "Islanders Committed to the Future".
  4. "Gio Savarese Named New York Cosmos Head Coach". New York Cosmos. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  5. "Strikers Relieve Head Coach Daryl Shore of Duties". Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  6. "Günter Kronsteiner Named New Strikers Head Coach". North American Soccer League. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  7. "Scorpions Name Alen Marcina Interim Head Coach". North American Soccer League. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  8. "Cosmos to Play in Fall Championship Season". nasl.com. North American Soccer League.
  9. "Islanders To Reorganize Operations". nasl.com. North American Soccer League.
  10. North American Soccer League (September 5, 2012). "NASL Announces Split-Season Format for 2013". nasl.com. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  11. North American Soccer League (July 24, 2013). "NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 To Be Played On November 9". nasl.com. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  12. North American Soccer League (November 9, 2012). "New York Cosmos Win NASL Soccer Bowl 2013". nasl.com. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  13. "NASL Individual Leaders". Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  14. http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5863
  15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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