USSF Division 2 Professional League

USSF Division 2 Professional League (D2 Pro League)[1] was a temporary professional soccer league created by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in 2010 to last just one season. The twelve-team league was formed as a compromise between the feuding United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL). The D2 Pro League was the second tier of the American and Canadian soccer pyramids below Major League Soccer.[2]

USSF Division 2 Professional League
Founded2010
Folded2010
CountryUnited States
Other club(s) fromCanada, Puerto Rico
ConfederationCONCACAF
ConferencesUSL Conference
NASL Conference
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toNone
Relegation toNone
Domestic cup(s)Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Canadian Championship
Last championsPuerto Rico Islanders
(2010)
WebsiteUSSF D2 Pro League at ussoccer.com

History

On August 27, 2009, Nike agreed to sell their stake in the United Soccer Leagues to investment company NuRock, instead of Jeff Cooper, who had aligned with a group of USL First Division team owners. Disappointed with the sale and state of the league, the ownership group broke away after the 2009 season with the intent to form a new incarnation of the North American Soccer League. The leagues sued each other, but ultimately withdrew their lawsuits and agreed to mediate with the United States Soccer Federation.

The USSF found that three of the NASL teams (NSC Minnesota Stars, Rochester Rhinos, and FC Tampa Bay) had binding contracts to play in the USL First Division in 2010, leaving the NASL with too few teams to be sanctioned. However, this left the USL First Division with only six teams, also too few for sanctioning. The USSF stripped the USL First Division of its sanctioning, and denied sanctioning to the NASL. After a week of negotiations among the three, the USSF agreed to run a 12-team interim league for 2010. The six extant teams in each league would each occupy their own conference, but teams belonging to both leagues would play each other.[3]

Teams

Team City Stadium Founded Head Coach
USL Conference
Austin Aztex Austin, Texas House Park 2008 Adrian Heath
NSC Minnesota Stars Blaine, Minnesota National Sports Center 2009 Manny Lagos
Portland Timbers Portland, Oregon PGE Park 2001 Gavin Wilkinson
Puerto Rico Islanders Bayamón, Puerto Rico Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium 2003 Colin Clarke
Rochester Rhinos Rochester, New York Marina Auto Stadium 1996 Bob Lilley
FC Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida George M. Steinbrenner Field 2008 Perry Van der Beck (interim)
NASL Conference
Carolina RailHawks Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park 2006 Martin Rennie
Crystal Palace Baltimore Catonsville, Maryland Ridley Athletic Complex 2006 Jim Cherneski
Miami FC Miami FIU Stadium, Lockhart Stadium 2006 Daryl Shore
Montreal Impact Montreal Saputo Stadium 1992 Marc Dos Santos
AC St. Louis Fenton, Missouri Anheuser-Busch Center 2009 Dale Schilly[4]
Vancouver Whitecaps Burnaby, British Columbia Swangard Stadium 1986 Teitur Thordarson

Competition format

Pods

It was announced that the season would be centered around what are called pods. The pods are constructed around geographic regions and do not follow conference lines.[5] Teams within the same pod played each other four times, twice at home and twice away. Teams played one team outside of their pod four times, twice at home and twice away, and played the rest of the teams outside their pod twice, once at home and once away. This resulted in a thirty-game season for each team, and had the additional advantage of reducing travel costs. The season ended a playoff format to crown a league champion.

Pod Teams
1 NSC Minnesota Stars · Portland Timbers · AC St. Louis · Vancouver Whitecaps
2 Crystal Palace Baltimore · Carolina RailHawks · Montreal Impact · Rochester Rhinos
3 Austin Aztex · Miami FC · Puerto Rico Islanders · FC Tampa Bay

Playoff format

At the end of the regular season, the top teams in each conference qualified for the playoffs as the top two seeds. In addition, the remaining six teams with the highest point totals, regardless of conference, also advanced to the playoffs.[6]

Each round of the playoffs was a two-game aggregate goal series (the away goals rule was not applied as a tie-breaker). In the event that the aggregate score is tied after the second game of the series, the teams played two 15-minutes periods of extra time. If the score is still tied after extra time, the series was to be decided by a penalty shootout.[7]

2010 season

USSF Division 2 Professional League
Season2010
ChampionsPuerto Rico Islanders
Matches played180
Goals scored437 (2.43 per match)
Top goalscorerRyan Pore (15 goals)
Biggest home winPOR 30 STL (Apr 22)
STL 30 MTL (Jul 10)
MTL 30 STL (Jul 21)
STL 30 POR (Jul 28)
POR 30 CPB (Aug 29)
CAR 30 CPB (Sep 3)
ROC 30 TAM (Sep 11)
MTL 30 TAM (Sep 19)
TAM 63 CPB (Oct 1)
Biggest away winCPB 05 MTL (Aug 21)
Highest scoringTAM 63 CPB (Oct 1)
Longest winning runRochester Rhinos (6 games, ended Aug 27)
Longest unbeaten runPortland Timbers (10 games, to end the season)
Longest winless runFC Tampa Bay (11 games, ended Oct 1)
Longest losing runCrystal Palace Baltimore (8 games, to end the season)
Highest attendancePortland Timbers (15,418; 4 times)
Lowest attendanceCrystal Palace Baltimore (507, Aug 4)
Average attendance4,449

NASL Conference Standings

NASL Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L D GF GA GD Details
1 Carolina RailHawks 473013984432+12 Details
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 4530105153222+10 Details
3 Montreal Impact 4330121173630+6 Details
4 Miami FC 3330711123749−12 Details
5 AC St. Louis 293071583248−16 Details
6 Crystal Palace Baltimore 243061862455−31 Details
Final regular season standings. Based on the results at the USSF D-2 schedule table
2010 USSF Division 2 playoff structure
Conference leaders automatically qualify for playoffs
The remaining six teams with the highest point totals, regardless of conference, also advance to the playoffs.

USL Conference Standings

USL Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L D GF GA GD Details
1 Rochester Rhinos 543016863824+14 Details
2 Austin Aztex 533015785340+13 Details
3 Portland Timbers 4930137103423+11 Details
4 NSC Minnesota Stars 4030111273236−4 Details
5 Puerto Rico Islanders 3730911103735+2 Details
6 FC Tampa Bay 3230712114146−5 Details
Final regular season standings. Based on the results at the USSF D-2 schedule table
2010 USSF Division 2 playoff structure
Conference leaders automatically qualify for playoffs
The remaining six teams with the highest point totals, regardless of conference, also advance to the playoffs.

Playoff Standings

USSF Division 2 Pro League
Pos Club Pts GP W L D GF GA GD Details
1 Rochester Rhinos 543016863824+14 Details
2 Carolina RailHawks 473013984432+12 Details
3 Austin Aztex 533015785340+13 Details
4 Portland Timbers 4930137103423+11 Details
5 Vancouver Whitecaps 4530105153222+10 Details
6 Montreal Impact 4330121173630+6 Details
7 NSC Minnesota Stars 4030111273236−4 Details
8 Puerto Rico Islanders 3730911103735+2 Details
9 Miami FC 3330711123749−12 Details
10 FC Tampa Bay 3230712114146−5 Details
11 AC St. Louis 293071583248−16 Details
12 Crystal Palace Baltimore 243061862455−31 Details
Final regular season standings. Based on the results at the USSF D-2 schedule table
2010 USSF Division 2 playoff structure
Conference leaders automatically qualify for playoffs
The remaining six teams with the highest point totals, regardless of conference, also advance to the playoffs.

Match results

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Austin Aztex – AUS • Carolina RailHawks – CAR • Crystal Palace Baltimore – CPB • Miami FC – MIA • NSC Minnesota Stars – MIN
Montreal Impact – MTL • Portland Timbers – POR • Puerto Rico Islanders – PUE • Rochester Rhinos – ROC • AC St. Louis – STL
FC Tampa Bay – TAM • Vancouver Whitecaps FC – VAN

Win   Loss   Draw   Home

ClubMatch
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Austin AztexMTLSTLROCMINTAMCPBTAMMIACPBPUEPORVANMIAMIAPUEROCSTLMIATAMPUECARPORVANMINPUETAMSTLSTLCARMTL
2–02–11–22–12–22–13–33–12–02–10–01–23–12–11–10–02–03–14–20–23–21–12–22–01–31–11–24–21–30–2
Carolina RailHawksSTLMINROCMIATAMPUEMTLPORVANCPBMTLSTLPUEMTLROCROCVANMTLROCCPBMIAAUSTAMPUECPBPORMINCPBPUEAUS
2–00–11–11–11–22–12–01–11–11–12–22–02–00–11–00–12–22–00–21–22–12–32–12–33–00–00–14–22–13–1
Crystal Palace BaltimoreTAMPUESTLVANPORAUSROCPORAUSMIAROCCARMINMINPUEROCMTLSTLMTLMIAMTLCARROCMTLPORCARVANCARPORTAM
0–11–30–10–01–01–21–02–10–23–31–21–11–31–00–20–02–10–11–10–10–02–10–20–50–30–30–32–41–33–6
Miami FCROCVANTAMCARMINMINAUSPUEMTLCPBPORAUSAUSTAMPORVANPUETAMAUSCPBPUETAMCARROCSTLMTLROCSTLROCPUE
1–10–01–11–11–11–01–32–41–13–31–01–31–21–10–21–31–10–21–31–01–13–31–21–31–32–12–14–21–01–1
NSC Minnesota StarsVANCARPUETAMROCAUSMTLMIAMIATAMSTLROCMTLPORPORCPBCPBTAMSTLPUEVANSTLPORVANPORAUSSTLCARVANTAM
0–21–01–31–00–31–21–21–10–11–33–20–01–01–00–23–10–11–02–21–11–12–22–20–10–10–23–01–01–03–1
Montreal ImpactAUSPORPUEMINVANPORCARMIAMINTAMROCCARVANROCSTLCARCPBSTLVANCPBCARCPBROCCPBROCPUEMIATAMVANAUS
0–21–11–02–10–01–00–21–10–12–11–12–21–21–20–31–01–23–00–11–10–20–01–25–02–02–11–23–01–02–0
Portland TimbersROCSTLMTLVANCPBSTLMTLCPBCARAUSMIAMINMINTAMVANMIAVANSTLTAMROCMINSTLMINAUSCPBPUECARPUECPBVAN
1–03–01–12–10–11–10–11–21–10–00–10–12–01–00–02–02–10–32–20–12–21–01–01–13–01–00–01–03–12–2
Puerto Rico IslandersMINCPBMTLCARTAMMIAAUSSTLVANTAMROCAUSCPBCARTAMMIAMINROCMIATAMAUSSTLCARPORVANMTLAUSPORCARMIA
3–13–10–11–21–24–21–20–11–11–00–31–12–00–20–01–11–13–11–11–12–01–13–20–10–01–23–10–11–21–1
Rochester RhinosMIAPORAUSMINCARSTLCPBVANVANMINCPBMTLPUEMTLAUSCPBCARTAMPUECARPORCARMTLCPBMIAMTLTAMMIAMIASTL
1–10–12–13–01–12–10–10–22–10–02–11–13–02–10–00–00–11–01–31–01–02–02–12–03–10–23–01–20–12–1
AC St. LouisCARAUSPORVANCPBROCPORTAMMINPUEVANCARVANMTLMINAUSMTLCPBPORMINVANPORPUETAMMIAMINAUSMIAAUSROC
0–21–20–30–11–01–21–10–32–31–00–00–21–13–02–20–20–31–03–02–20–00–11–12–23–10–32–12–42–41–2
FC Tampa BayCPBMINMIAAUSCARAUSSTLMINPUEVANMTLPUEPORMIAMINPUEROCMIAPORAUSPUEMIAVANCARSTLROCAUSMTLMINCPB
1–00–11–12–22–13–33–03–12–10–11–20–10–11–10–10–00–12–02–22–41–13–31–11–22–20–31–10–31–36–3
Vancouver Whitecaps FCMINMIASTLPORCPBMTLROCROCTAMCARAUSPUESTLMTLPORSTLMIAPORMINMTLCARSTLMINTAMAUSPUECPBMINMTLPOR
2–00–01–01–20–00–02–01–21–01–12–11–10–02–10–01–13–11–21–11–02–20–01–01–12–20–03–00–10–12–2

Final regular season results. Based on the results at the NASL results table and USL schedule table

Playoffs

Each round was a two-game aggregate goal series. Home teams for the first game of each series listed at the bottom of the bracket.
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
1 Rochester Rhinos 0 2 2  
8 Puerto Rico Islanders 2 1 3  
  5 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 0 0  
  8 Puerto Rico Islanders (a.e.t.) 0 2 2  
4 Portland Timbers 0 1 1
5 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0 2  
  2 Carolina RailHawks 0 1 1
  8 Puerto Rico Islanders 2 1 3
3 Austin Aztex 0 2 2  
6 Montreal Impact 2 3 5  
  2 Carolina RailHawks 0 2 2
  6 Montreal Impact 1 0 1  
2 Carolina RailHawks 0 4 4
7 NSC Minnesota Stars 0 0 0  

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Finals


Statistical leaders

Individual awards

Best XI

References

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