2014 USL Pro season

The 2014 USL Pro season was the fourth USL Pro season and the 28th season of third-division soccer in the United States.

USL Pro
Season2014
ChampionsSacramento Republic
Commissioner's CupOrlando City SC
Matches played210
Goals scored585 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerKevin Molino (20)
Biggest home winORL 7, DDL 0
(August 31)
Biggest away winSAC 6, OCB 1
(August 17)
Highest scoringHAR 5, DDL 3 (May 17)
Longest winning run8 ORL
(May 17 – July 12)
Longest unbeaten run21 RIC
(April 19 – August 16)
Longest losing run6 OKC
(April 15 – May 25)
(August 9 – September 4)
OCB
(July 7 – August 8)
Highest attendance20,231 SAC vs. HAR
(April 26)
SAC vs. LAG
(May 17)[1]
SAC vs. AZU
(Jun 7)[2]
Lowest attendance213 DDL vs. CHB
(May 4)
Total attendance610,351
Average attendance3,114
2013
2015

Teams

Antigua Barracuda FC and VSI Tampa Bay FC folded following the 2013 season and were replaced by Sacramento Republic FC and Oklahoma City Energy FC. On January 29, 2014, the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS announced that they would be fielding a USL Pro team, the LA Galaxy II.[3] The Los Angeles Blues were rebranded Orange County Blues FC on February 5, 2014.[4] Arizona United SC replaced Phoenix FC on March 13, 2014.[5]

Orlando City Soccer Club spent their final season in USL Pro playing at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the campus of Walt Disney World Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. This is due to the closure of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, their home for their first three seasons, for remodeling during 2014. The following season Orlando City moved up to Major League Soccer.

Stadiums and Locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arizona United SC Peoria, Arizona Peoria Sports Complex 11,333
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina Blackbaud Stadium 5,100
Charlotte Eagles Charlotte, North Carolina Dickson Field 2,500
Dayton Dutch Lions West Carrollton, Ohio DOC Stadium 3,000
Harrisburg City Islanders Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Skyline Sports Complex 5,000
LA Galaxy II Carson, California StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium 2,000
Oklahoma City Energy FC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Pribil Field 4,000
Orange County Blues FC Irvine, California Anteater Stadium 2,500
Orlando City Lake Buena Vista, Florida ESPN Sports Complex 5,300
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium 3,500
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia City Stadium 22,000
Rochester Rhinos Rochester, New York Sahlen's Stadium 13,768
Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento, California Bonney Field 8,000
Wilmington Hammerheads Wilmington, North Carolina Legion Stadium 6,000

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit supplier Shirt sponsor
Arizona United SC Michael Dellorusso Matt Kassel Lotto Abrazo Health Care
Charleston Battery Michael Anhaeuser Colin Falvey Nike SPARC/Teamphoria!
Charlotte Eagles Mark Steffens Eric Reed Nike Powerade
Dayton Dutch Lions Matt Weston Joel DeLass Nike Dayton Outpatient Center
Harrisburg City Islanders Bill Becher Jason Pelletier Adidas Capital Blue Cross
LA Galaxy II Curt Onalfo Jack McBean Adidas Herbalife
Oklahoma City Energy Jimmy Nielsen Michael Thomas Admiral First Fidelity Bank
Orange County Blues FC Dariush Yazdani Allan Russell Nike Sports 1 Marketing
Orlando City Adrian Heath Rob Valentino Lotto Orlando Health
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Nikola Katic Collins John Nike #1 Cochran
Richmond Kickers Leigh Cowlishaw Henry Kalungi Adidas Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Rochester Rhinos Bob Lilley Troy Roberts Admiral Bimbo Bakeries USA
Sacramento Republic Preki Rodrigo López Lotto UC Davis Children's Hospital
Wilmington Hammerheads Carson Porter Tom Parratt Nike New Hanover Regional Medical Center

MLS-USL Pro Alliance

Each USL PRO team will compete in two additional inter-league games against 2014 MLS Reserve League opponents in a "geographically influenced unbalanced schedule". The inter-league games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings.[6]

The following teams will affiliate:

USL Pro teams compiled a 14 Win, 5 Tie and 9 Loss record against MLS Reserve Teams in 2014.

Player transfers

For full article, see List of USL Pro transfers 2014.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Oklahoma City Energy FC Expansion team Jimmy Nielsen December 20, 2013 [11]
Sacramento Republic FC Expansion team Preki July 15, 2013 [12]
LA Galaxy II Expansion team Curt Onalfo January 29, 2014 [3]
Arizona United SC Expansion team Michael Dellorusso March 28, 2014 [13][14]
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Justin Evans 14th Place Nikola Katic (Interim) May 19, 2014 [15][16]
Dayton Dutch Lions Sid van Druenen 14th Place Matt Weston August 7, 2014 [17]
Wilmington Hammerheads David Irving 12th Place Carson Porter (Interim) August 21, 2014 [18]

League table

Pos Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Orlando City (C) 28 19 5 4 56 24 +32 62 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs
2 Sacramento Republic FC (A) 28 17 4 7 49 28 +21 55 Playoffs
3 LA Galaxy II (A) 28 15 6 7 54 38 +16 51
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 28 13 12 3 53 28 +25 51
5 Charleston Battery (A) 28 11 8 9 36 31 +5 41
6 Rochester Rhinos (A) 28 10 8 10 29 25 +4 38
7 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 28 9 11 8 35 33 +2 38
8 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 28 10 7 11 45 46 1 37
9 Arizona United SC 28 10 5 13 32 47 15 33[lower-alpha 1]
10 Oklahoma City Energy FC 28 9 5 14 32 37 5 32
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 9 5 14 35 49 14 32
12 Charlotte Eagles 28 9 4 15 33 40 7 31
13 Orange County Blues FC 28 9 1 18 31 54 23 28
14 Dayton Dutch Lions 28 6 4 18 28 63 35 22
Updated to match(es) played on September 7, 2014. Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(A) Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (C) Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record).
Notes:
  1. Arizona was deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on June 21 against LA Galaxy II.[19][20]

Results table


Abbreviation and Color Key:
Arizona United SC – AZU • Charleston Battery – CHB • Charlotte Eagles – CHE • Dayton Dutch Lions – DDL • Harrisburg City Islanders – HAR
LA Galaxy II – LAG • Oklahoma City Energy FC – OKC • Orange County Blues FC – OCB • Orlando City – ORL • Pittsburgh Riverhounds – PIT
Richmond Kickers – RIC • Rochester Rhinos – ROC • Sacramento Republic FC – SAC • Wilmington Hammerheads – WIL
MLS Reserve Teams:
Chicago Fire – CHI • Chivas USA – CHV • Colorado Rapids – COR • FC Dallas – DAL • Montreal Impact – MTL • New York Red Bulls – NYR • Real Salt Lake – RSL • Seattle Sounders – SEA

Home   Away   Win   Loss   Draw

ClubMatch
12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728
Arizona United SCOKCSACLAGCHERICHARORLCHVOCBSACDDLROCLAGSACOCBLAGOCBOKCOCBWILCHBSACLAGOKCPITOKCSEAPIT
0–42–11–12–10–41–00–10–40–21–11–21–01–10–12–32–42–11–13–00–00–21–22–32–13–11–01–52–1
Charleston BatteryORLRICORLNYRPITROCHARDDLWILWILPITORLLAGCHEHARCHERICRICAZUMTLROCDDLOCBROCOKCSACPITHAR
1–12–20–11–10–00–14–02–00–10–11–00–23–01–31–40–00–41–12–01–00–02–23–22–12–01–34–02–1
Charlotte EaglesDDLRICCHIWILAZULAGOCBORLRICWILOKCOCBCHBHARROCDDLCHBSACPITDDLWILORLRICROCORLPITMTLHAR
0–12–12–32–01–21–22–01–30–21–21–10–13–11–11–01–30–00–10–22–12–01–41–23–12–00–11–12–4
Dayton Dutch LionsNYRCHEROCHARRICCHBLAGHARSACROCOCBLAGAZUROCORLPITPITCHEHARCHEOKCHARCHBWILRICCORORLWIL
0–31–01–11–01–50–21–13–51–20–13–41–52–10–20–21–01–23–11–31–20–30–12–22–11–11–20–70–4
Harrisburg City IslandersWILDDLOCBSACCHBAZUDDLRICPITRICPITPITMTLCHECHBDDLWILOKCRICLAGDDLNYRORLORLROCROCCHBCHE
0–00–11–42–10–40–15–32–31–10–13–10–00–11–14–13–10–03–31–23–11–03–13–21–32–21–41–24–2
LA Galaxy IIOCBSACOKCSACOCBAZUOCBCHEDDLSACOKCSEADDLROCCHBAZUORLAZUOKCOCBHARPITAZUOKCWILRSLRICSAC
3–11–14–20–33–11–13–02–11–11–25–01–05–11–20–31–10–34–21–04–01–31–33–21–03–31–01–12–1
Oklahoma City Energy FCOCBLAGAZUDALORLORLOCBRICLAGNYRWILCHESACROCSACPITAZULAGHARDDLOCBSACAZULAGAZUCHBSACOCB
2–02–44–00–11–21–30–11–40–51–02–21–12–00–02–02–01–10–13–33–01–01–21–20–10–10–20–11–0
Orange County Blues FCLAGOKCSACLAGHARLAGSACCHEOKCSEAAZUDDLORLCHECHVAZUSACAZUAZULAGOKCPITROCCHBSACWILRICOKC
1–30–22–11–34–10–31–20–21–00–12–04–31–41–02–13–21–21–20–30–40–10–11–02–31–61–21–10–1
Orlando CityCHBPITROCCHBDALOKCOKCPITROCAZUCHECHBMTLOCBDDLLAGWILSACROCCHEHARHARCHERICWILDDLWILRIC
1–11–13–11–03–22–13–11–01–11–03–12–02–14–12–03–02–00–00–14–12–33–10–23–21–37–00–01–0
Pittsburgh RiverhoundsORLRICWILRICCHBORLROCWILCHBHARROCHARHARRICDDLDDLROCOKCCHERSLSACLAGOCBAZUDALCHECHBAZU
1–11–33–42–20–00–10–11–50–11–13–21–30–01–30–12–12–00–22–05–20–53–11–01–33–11–00–41–2
Richmond KickersCHBPITCHEPITDDLROCAZUOKCCHICHEROCHARHARWILPITCHBRSLSACCHBCHBHARWILCHEDDLORLOCBLAGORL
2–23–11–22–25–11–14–04–10–02–00–03–21–02–23–11–10–02–14–01–12–13–12–11–12–31–11–10–1
Rochester RhinosORLDDLCHICHBRICWILORLPITSACRICDDLPITLAGAZUDDLOKCCHEPITDALWILORLCHBOCBCHBCHEHARHARWIL
1–31–12–01–01–10–01–11–00–10–01–02–32–10–12–00–00–10–23–00–11–00–00–11–21–32–24–12–0
Sacramento Republic FCLAGCHVOCBLAGAZUHAROCBLAGROCDDLAZUOKCCORAZUOKCOCBRICCHEORLPITAZUOKCOCBWILCHBWILOKCLAG
1–13–11–23–01–21–22–12–11–02–11–10–24–31–00–22–11–21–00–05–02–12–16–12–03–10–01–01–2
Wilmington HammerheadsHARPITCHEROCCHBCHBPITCHEOKCRICCHIRICORLHARROCAZUCHERICDDLNYRSACOCBLAGORLSACORLDDLROC
0–04–30–20–01–01–05–12–12–22–22–21–10–20–01–00–00–21–31–20–10–22–13–33–10–00–04–00–2

USL Pro published schedule and results.[21][22]

Playoffs

The 2014 USL PRO Playoffs will include the top eight finishers in the table, with the quarterfinals (No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc.) set for the weekend of September 12–14. The semifinals featuring the four remaining teams will be played the following weekend, with the 2014 USL PRO Championship set for the weekend of September 26–28. All playoff rounds feature a single-game knockout format and teams will not be re-seeded following each round.[21]

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals USL PRO Championship
         
1 Orlando City 0
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 1
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 3
4 Richmond Kickers 2
4 Richmond Kickers (a.e.t.) 2
5 Charleston Battery 1
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 0
2 Sacramento Republic 2
2 Sacramento Republic 4
7 Wilmington Hammerheads 1
2 Sacramento Republic 3
3 LA Galaxy II 2
3 LA Galaxy II 2
6 Rochester Rhinos 1

Championship Game MVP: Rodrigo López (SAC)

Statistical leaders

Top Goalkeepers

(Minimum of 1080 Minutes Played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SVS GA GAA W-L-T SHO
1 John McCarthy Rochester Rhinos 18 1620 41 13 0.722 8–4–6 10
2 Joe Willis Richmond Kickers 18 1620 56 14 0.777 10–0–7 7
3 Jake Gleeson Sacramento Republic 17 1471 47 15 0.917 11–2–3 6
4 Miguel Gallardo Orlando City 24 2160 66 23 0.958 17–4–3 8
5 Odisnel Cooper Charleston Battery 24 2094 70 25 1.074 10–7–7 9
6 Samir Badr Oklahoma City Energy 13 1093 33 14 1.152 3–6–3 3
7 Quillan Roberts Wilmington Hammerheads 17 1514 37 20 1.188 5–4–6 5
8 Alec Kann Charlotte Eagles 17 1515 56 22 1.306 6–8–3 3
9 Cody Laurendi LA Galaxy II 19 1665 35 25 1.351 10–6–3 4
10 Michael Lisch Pittsburgh Riverhounds 17 1530 67 25 1.470 7–6–3 4

Source:[23]

League Awards

[24]

All-League Teams

[25]

First Team

F: Matthew Delicâte (RIC), Chandler Hoffman (LAG), Dane Kelly (CHB)
M: George Davis IV (RIC), Rodrigo López (SAC), Kevin Molino (ORL)
D: Luke Boden (ORL), Ashani Fairclough (WIL), Nemanja Vuković (SAC), William Yomby (RIC)
G: John McCarthy (ROC)

Second Team

F: J.C. Banks (ROC), Aaron Schoenfeld (DDL), Long Tan (AZU)
M: André Auras (LAG), Jorge Herrera (CHE), Allan Russell (OCB)
D: Matt Bahner (HAR), Gareth Evans (OKC), Brad Rusin (ORL), Daniel Steres (LAG)
G: Joe Willis (RIC)

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