2014 North American Soccer League season

North American Soccer League
Season 2014
Champions San Antonio Scorpions
Woosnam Cup Minnesota United FC
Matches played 135
Goals scored 374 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorer Christian Ramirez (20)
Biggest home win SAN 7 vs TB 0
(10/11)
Biggest away win NYC 3 @ TB 0
(5/17)
NYC 3 @ FTL 0
(5/31)
Highest scoring CAR 5 vs NYC 4
(9/20)
Longest winning run MIN (4 games)
(4/12 - 5/3)
(9/13-10/4)
Longest unbeaten run SAN (9 games)
(5/10 - 7/26)
Longest winless run IND (9 games)
(4/12 - 6/7)
Longest losing run ATL (6 games)
(9/6 - 10/4)
Highest attendance 34,047
MIN @ OTT
(8/2)
Lowest attendance 2,158
CAR @ OTT
(4/26)
Total attendance 742,695
(Spring & Fall)
Average attendance 5,501
2013
2015

The 2014 North American Soccer League season will be the 47th season of Division II soccer in the United States and the fourth season of the revived North American Soccer League. It will be contested by ten teams including two from Canada. Joining the NASL in the Spring of 2014 will be two new franchises, Indy Eleven and Ottawa Fury FC; originally Virginia Cavalry FC were to begin play this season but now plan to join in the 2016 season.[1] A split season format will be used again for the 2014 season.[2]

Teams, stadiums, and personnel

Stadiums and locations

Personnel and sponsorship

Team Head coach Captain Kit producer Shirt sponsor
Atlanta Silverbacks Jason Smith Mike Randolph Nike People HRO
Carolina Railhawks Colin Clarke Kupono Low Adidas BCBS of NC
FC Edmonton Colin Miller Albert Watson Adidas Fath Group
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Günter Kronsteiner Iván Guerrero Acerbis
Indy Eleven Juergen Sommer Kristian Nicht Diadora Honda
Minnesota United FC Manny Lagos Aaron Pitchkolan Admiral Atomic Data, Mall of America
New York Cosmos Giovanni Savarese Carlos Mendes Nike Emirates
Ottawa Fury FC Marc Dos Santos Richie Ryan Admiral Heart and Crown[3]
San Antonio Scorpions Alen Marcina Adrian Cann Nike Toyota
Tampa Bay Rowdies Ricky Hill Frankie Sanfilippo Admiral Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Player transfers

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Atlanta Silverbacks Brian Haynes Contract not renewed 9 December 2013[4] Pre-Season Wynalda, EricEric Wynalda 7 January 2014[5]
Atlanta Silverbacks Wynalda, EricEric Wynalda Voluntary move to team technical director 17 July 2014[6] 8th Jason Smith 18 July 2014[7]
Atlanta Silverbacks Jason Smith Fired 05 October 2014[8] 10th Alejandro Pombo – Interim Head Coach' 05 October 2014[9]
San Antonio Scorpions Marcina, AlenAlen Marcina End of interim period 22 November 2013 Pre-Season Marcina, AlenAlen Marcina 22 November 2013[10]
Indy Eleven Expansion team Sommer, JuergenJuergen Sommer 11 June 2013[11]
Ottawa Fury FC Expansion team Dos Santos, MarcMarc Dos Santos 23 May 2013[12]

Spring Championship

The Spring season will last for 9 games beginning on April 12 and ending on June 8. The schedule will feature a single round robin format with each team playing every other team in the league a single time.[13] Half the teams will host 5 home games and play 4 road games whereas the other half of the teams will play 4 home games and 5 road games. The winner of the Spring season will earn one of four berths in the playoffs, now known as The Championship.[14]

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 Minnesota United (C) 9 6 2 1 16 9 +7 20 2014 NASL Spring Season Winner
2 New York Cosmos 9 6 1 2 14 3 +11 19  
3 San Antonio Scorpions 9 5 2 2 13 9 +4 17
4 Carolina RailHawks 9 4 2 3 11 15 −4 14
5 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 9 4 1 4 18 18 0 13
6 Ottawa Fury FC 9 3 1 5 14 13 +1 10
7 Tampa Bay Rowdies 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 9 3 1 5 12 20 −8 10
9 FC Edmonton 9 2 2 5 11 11 0 8
10 Indy Eleven 9 0 4 5 14 20 −6 4

Source: [1]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of June 8, 2014

Results

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MIN NYC OTT SAN TB
Atlanta Silverbacks 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–2
Carolina RailHawks 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–0
FC Edmonton 1–2 6–1 1–3 0–1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4–0 3–2 0–3 2–0
Indy Eleven 1–1 1–2 2–4 1–2 1–1
Minnesota United 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–2
New York Cosmos 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
Ottawa Fury FC 4–0 1–0 1–2 2–3 1–1
San Antonio Scorpions 3–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 0–1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1–3 1–1 3–2 3–3 0–3
Updated to games played on June 8, 2014.
Source: [2]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fall Championship

The Fall season will begin following a break for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 19 and ending on November 2nd, with each team playing the others twice, once home and once away. The winner of the Fall season will earn automatic berth in The Championship.[15]

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 San Antonio Scorpions (C) 18 11 2 5 30 15 +15 35 2014 NASL Fall Season Winner
2 Minnesota United 18 10 5 3 31 19 +12 35  
3 FC Edmonton 18 8 5 5 23 18 +5 29
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 18 7 6 5 20 21 −1 27
5 Carolina RailHawks 18 7 3 8 27 28 −1 24
6 New York Cosmos 18 5 8 5 23 24 −1 23
7 Indy Eleven 18 6 5 7 21 26 −5 23
8 Tampa Bay Rowdies 18 5 5 8 25 34 −9 20
9 Ottawa Fury FC 18 4 5 9 20 25 −5 17
10 Atlanta Silverbacks 18 3 4 11 20 30 −10 13

Source: [3]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of November 2, 2014

Results

Home \ Away[1] ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MIN NYC OTT SAN TAM
Atlanta Silverbacks 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–1
Carolina RailHawks 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 5–4 3–0 3–1 3–4
FC Edmonton 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
Indy Eleven 2–4 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–2
Minnesota United 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–1 5–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1
New York Cosmos 3–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–2
Ottawa Fury FC 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 0–2
San Antonio Scorpions 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 7–0
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3–2 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–2 2–3 3–1 0–2 0–2
Updated to games played on November 2, 2014.
Source: [4]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Attendance

Season Spring Season Weekly Averages
ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MN NY OTT SA TB League avg.
Week 1 - - - 3,105 11,048 - 7,906 - 7,381 7,003 7,289
Week 2 5,000 4,007 4,399 - 10,421 - - 3,457 - - 5,457
Week 3 - - - 3,515 - 5,287 4,130 2,158 - 4,670 3,952
Week 4 3,922 4,066 3,276 - - 4,913 - - 5,595 - 4,354
Week 5 - - - 3,109 10,285 - 3,091 2,164 5,834 - 4,897
Week 6 - 5,527 - - 10,285 5,325 - - 7,087 4,855 6,616
Week 7 - - 2,961 - - 6,784 3581 2,432 - 4,331 4,018
Week 8 5,000 7,856 - 5,572 10,285 - - 3,207 - - 6,384
Week 9 5,000 - 3,641 - - - 6,495 - 6,484 4,132 5,150
Spring Total 18,922 21,456 14,277 15,310 52,324 22,309 21,622 13,418 32,381 24,991 237,010
Spring Avg 4,730 5,364 3,569 3,825 10,465 5,157 4,323 2,684 6,476 4,998 5,267
Bold denotes league's highest attendance for the week[16]
Season Fall Season Weekly Averages
ATL CAR EDM FTL IND MN NY OTT SA TB League avg.
Week 1 - 3,080 3,609 3,092 - - 3,806 - - 3,896 3,497
Week 2 3,011 - - - 10,555 7,287 - 14,593 6,958 - 8,481
Week 3 4,810 - 3,152 3,257 - - - - 7,884 4,868 4,711
Week 4 - 4,294 2,849 2,648 10,285 34,047 4,649 - - - 10,896
Week 5 3,842 - - - 10,285 5,112 4,524 4,814 - - 5,652
Week 6 - 3,140 - - - 5,420 - 4,277 7,847 4,273 4,209
Week 7 - 4,666 - 2,409 - - - - - 4,212 5,454
Week 8 - - 3,111 - 10,285 - 3,928 4,206 5,734 - 4,755
Week 9 5,000 3,106 2,796 3,006 10,659 7,024 - 5,269 - - 5,303
Week 10 - - - - - 6,202 3,626 - 5,594 4,340 5,761
Week 11 3,071 3,193 - - - - 4,502 - - - 4,896
Week 12 3,062 5,593 4,392 3,112 - - - 5,094 8,313 4,313 5,568
Week 13 - - 3,830 3,052 10,285 5,744 - 3,105 - 3,865 4,734
Week 14 - - - - - - 6,225 - 5,963 - 5,009
Week 15 2,905 - 2,903 - 10,285 - 4,411 - 5,683 2,565 5,090
Week 16 3,061 4,179 - 5,756 10,982 5,817 - 3,935 - - 5,989
Week 17 5,000 - - 5,756 - 6,454 8,565 4,172 - - 5,989
Week 18 - 6,460 3,035 5,505 - - - - 8,205 6,367 5,914
Fall Total 33,762 37,621 29,677 37,593 94,188 83,107 44,236 44,651 62,181 38,669 505,685
Fall Avg 3,751 4,180 3,297 4,177 10,465 9,234 4,915 4,961 6,909 4,300 5,619
Bold denotes league's highest attendance for the week[17]

2014 NASL Playoffs

Soccer Bowl 2014 will be contested by the winners of the spring and fall seasons hosting the next best two teams in the full year regular season table. The half-season champions will earn the #1 & #2 seeds, with the higher seed going to the team with the better full-season record. The two next-best teams will earn the #3 & #4 seeds. (in the event that the same team wins both half-season championships, they will be the #1 seed, with seeds 2-4 going to the three next-best full-season teams.) The semi-finals will take place on November 8 and 9, with the #1 seed hosting the #4 seed and #2 hosting #3. The winners will meet in the Championship game (Soccer Bowl 2014) hosted by the team with the higher seed, on November 15.[18]

Combined Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 Minnesota United 27 16 7 4 47 28 +19 55 Woosnam Cup Winner
2014 NASL Spring Season Winner
2 San Antonio Scorpions (C) 27 16 4 7 43 24 +19 52 2014 NASL Fall Season Winner
3 New York Cosmos 27 11 9 7 37 27 +10 42 Championship Qualifier
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 27 11 7 9 38 39 −1 40
5 Carolina RailHawks 27 11 5 11 38 43 −5 38  
6 FC Edmonton 27 10 7 10 34 29 +5 37
7 Tampa Bay Rowdies 27 7 9 11 36 50 −14 30
8 Ottawa Fury FC 27 7 6 14 34 38 −4 27
9 Indy Eleven 27 6 9 12 35 46 −11 27
10 Atlanta Silverbacks 27 6 5 16 32 50 −18 23

Source: [5]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of November 2, 2014

The Championship

Semi-Finals

November 8, 2014 (2014-11-08)
7:00 pm EST
Minnesota United 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Fort Lauderdale Strikers
 34'
 50'
Report
Report
 71'
 83'
 90+1'
 105'
 118'
  Penalties  





4 – 5 Hassan
Anderson
Picault
Núñez
Brito
Pecka
National Sports Center, Blaine, Minnesota
Attendance: 6,113
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
November 8, 2014 (2014-11-08)
8:30 pm EST
San Antonio Scorpions 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) New York Cosmos
 55'
 83'
 110'
Report
Report
 17'
Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 6,548
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Soccer Bowl 2014

November 15, 2014 (2014-11-15)
8:30 pm EST
San Antonio Scorpions 2 – 1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
 70'
 74'
 84'
 88'
Report
Report
[19]
 79'
Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 7,847
Referee: Ted Unkel

Statistical leaders

Individual awards

Monthly Awards

Month NASL Player of the Month
Player Nation Club Link
April Zack Schilawski USA Carolina RailHawks 3G
May/June Christian Ramirez USA Minnesota United FC 3G 3A
July Rafael Castillo COL San Antonio Scorpions 3G
August Christian Ramirez USA Minnesota United FC 6G 1A
September Miguel Ibarra USA Minnesota United FC 4G 1A
October/November Christian Ramirez USA Minnesota United FC 4G

League Awards

NASL Best XI [26]
Position Players Team
Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer New York Cosmos
Defense Tiago Calvano Minnesota United FC
Defense Justin Davis Minnesota United FC
Defense Darnell King Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Defense Carlos Mendes New York Cosmos
Midfield Miguel Ibarra Minnesota United FC
Midfield Rafael Castillo San Antonio Scorpions
Midfield Lance Laing FC Edmonton
Midfield Walter Restrepo San Antonio Scorpions
Forward Fafà Picault Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Forward Christian Ramirez Minnesota United FC

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  17. ^ http://www.nasl.com/schedule
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External links

  • Official website
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