2012 Minnesota Stars FC season

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NSC Minnesota Stars
2012 season
OwnerPaul Erickson
Head CoachManny Lagos
StadiumNational Sports Center
NASL3rd
NASL PlayoffsRunners-Up
U.S. Open CupFourth round vs San Jose Earthquakes
Top goalscorerLeague: Amani Walker (7)
All: Amani Walker (9)
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The 2012 Minnesota Stars FC season was the club's third year of existence and their first season under the simple moniker Minnesota Stars after being called NSC Minnesota Stars for their first two seasons of existence. The team played in the North American Soccer League, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid, for the second consecutive year.

Outside of NASL play, the Stars competed in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup, reaching the fourth round before losing to the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.

Background[edit]

The Minnesota Stars FC Started the 2012 Regular season as the defending NASL Champions. The home opener was scheduled at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome vs the defending NASL regular season champions, the Carolina RailHawks.

The Stars were still leagued owned at the start of the season; this could have meant that the 2012 season could have been the last season for the franchise.

On November 8, 2012, NASL announced that Dr. William McGuire would be the new owner of the Stars, saving the Stars from possible contraction.[1]

Roster[edit]

As of match played October 27, 2012
No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (Age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Mitch Hildebrandt United States GK (1988-11-12)12 November 1988 (aged 23) Oakland Golden Grizzlies 2012 3 0
30 Matt Van Oekel United States GK (1986-09-20)20 September 1986 (aged 26) Minnesota Thunder 2010 41 0
Defenders
2 Justin Davis United States DF (1988-05-06)6 May 1988 (aged 24) New Mexico Lobos 2011 60 2
3 Cristiano Brazil DF (1986-05-25)25 May 1986 (aged 26) Miami 2011 44 1
5 Edi Buro Bosnia and Herzegovina DF (1987-09-19)19 September 1987 (aged 25) Bosnia and Herzegovina Travnik 2012
6 Kevin Friedland United States DF (1981-10-03)3 October 1981 (aged 31) Kansas City Wizards 2004 33 1
14 Brian Kallman United States DF (1984-04-23)23 April 1984 (aged 28) Minnesota Thunder 2010 64 1
15 Evan Sassano United States DF (1987-11-22)22 November 1987 (aged 24) 2012
16 Kyle Altman United States DF (1986-01-31)31 January 1986 (aged 26) Minnesota Thunder 2010
20 Connor Tobin United States DF (1987-02-11)11 February 1987 (aged 25) Rochester Rhinos 2012
28 Ernest Tchoupe Cameroon DF (1987-12-23)23 December 1987 (aged 24) Colombia Expreso Rojo 2012
Midfielders
4 Neil Hlavaty United States MF (1986-12-27)27 December 1986 (aged 25) Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 2010 85 13
8 Daniel Wasson United States MF (1984-06-15)15 June 1984 (aged 28) Germany VfL Osnabrück 2010
13 Kentaro Takada Japan MF (1983-04-13)13 April 1983 (aged 29) Rochester Thunder 2010
19 Shawn Chin United States MF (1989-05-11)11 May 1989 (aged 23) Canada Edmonton 2012
22 Kevin Venegas United States MF (1989-07-29)29 July 1989 (aged 23) Fullerton Titans 2010 23 2
23 Miguel Ibarra United States MF (1990-03-15)15 March 1990 (aged 22) UC Irvine Anteaters 2012 31 5
24 Michael Reed United States MF (1987-10-28)28 October 1987 (aged 24) PSC Soccer Academy 2012
32 Lucas Rodríguez Argentina MF (1986-02-08)8 February 1986 (aged 26) Kansas City Brass 2010
77 Andy Lorei United States MF (1989-03-25)25 March 1989 (aged 23) Real Maryland 2011
Forwards
7 Fuad Ibrahim Ethiopia FW (1991-08-15)15 August 1991 (aged 21) 2012
9 Martin Nuñez Uruguay FW (1987-02-02)2 February 1987 (aged 25) Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2012
10 Simone Bracalello Italy FW (1985-10-21)21 October 1985 (aged 27) 2010 83 20
11 Amani Walker Jamaica FW (1989-12-16)16 December 1989 (aged 22) Orange County Blue Star 2011 48 10
17 Geison Moura Brazil MF (1986-07-16)16 July 1986 (aged 26) Rockford Rampage 2010
21 Devin Del Do United States FW (1986-05-21)21 May 1986 (aged 26) 2010
26 Travis Wall United States FW (1990-01-04)4 January 1990 (aged 22) Columbus Crew 2012
Players away on loan
Players who left during the season

Staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Winter[edit]

Summer[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

NASL[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 San Antonio Scorpions (X) 28 13 8 7 46 27 +19 47 Playoffs 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 Playoffs 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 summary[edit]

Results[edit]

NASL Playoffs[edit]

Soccer Bowl[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

As of Match played October 26, 2012

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total NASL NASL Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Mitch Hildebrandt 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF United States Justin Davis 32 1 24 1 5 0 3 0
3 DF Brazil Cristiano 21 1 17+2 1 0 0 2 0
4 MF United States Neil Hlavaty 32 3 23+1 2 5 0 3 1
5 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina Edi Buro 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
6 DF United States Kevin Friedland 8 1 5+2 1 0 0 0+1 0
7 FW United States Fuad Ibrahim 4 0 2+2 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF United States Daniel Wasson 8 0 4+4 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW Uruguay Martin Nuñez 28 6 16+9 5 0+3 1 0 0
10 FW Italy Simone Bracalello 31 8 15+8 5 5 1 3 2
11 FW Jamaica Amani Walker 29 9 16+5 7 5 2 2+1 0
12 MF United States Jamie Watson 8 1 3 1 5 0 0 0
13 MF Japan Kentaro Takada 29 2 22+2 2 2+3 0 0 0
14 DF United States Brian Kallman 32 0 24 0 5 0 3 0
15 DF United States Evan Sassano 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF United States Kyle Altman 25 1 20 1 5 0 0 0
17 FW Brazil Geison Moura 5 0 1+4 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF United States Shawn Chin 5 0 1+4 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF United States Connor Tobin 16 0 9+2 0 5 0 0 0
21 FW United States Devin Del Do 18 2 5+11 2 0+2 0 0 0
22 MF United States Kevin Venegas 23 2 15+5 1 0 0 3 1
23 MF United States Miguel Ibarra 31 5 23 3 5 1 3 1
24 MF United States Michael Reed 7 0 6+1 0 0 0 0 0
25 FW United States Nate Polak 7 1 3+3 1 0+1 0 0 0
26 FW United States Travis Wall 2 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Cameroon Ernest Tchoupe 11 1 9+2 1 0 0 0 0
30 GK United States Matt Van Oekel 33 0 25 0 5 0 3 0
32 MF United States Lucas Rodríguez 20 1 11+5 0 3+1 1 0 0
77 MF United States Andy Lorei 4 0 2+2 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left NSC Minnesota Stars during the season:

Goal scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Number Name NASL NASL Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
1 FW Jamaica 11 Amani Walker 7 2 0 9
2 FW Italy 10 Simone Bracalello 5 1 2 8
3 FW Uruguay 9 Martin Nuñez 5 1 0 6
4 MF United States 23 Miguel Ibarra 3 1 1 5
5 MF United States 4 Neil Hlavaty 2 0 1 3
6 MF Japan 13 Kentaro Takada 2 0 0 2
FW United States 21 Devin Del Do 2 0 0 2
MF United States 22 Kevin Venegas 1 0 1 2
9 DF United States 16 Kyle Altman 1 0 0 1
DF United States 2 Justin Davis 1 0 0 1
DF Cameroon 28 Ernest Tchoupe 1 0 0 1
DF Brazil 3 Cristiano 1 0 0 1
FW United States 25 Nate Polak 1 0 0 1
MF United States 12 Jamie Watson 1 0 0 1
DF United States 6 Kevin Friedland 1 0 0 1
MF Argentina 32 Lucas Rodríguez 0 1 0 1
Own goal 0 1 0 1
TOTALS 34 7 5 46

Disciplinary record[edit]

Number Nation Position Name NASL NASL Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
2 United States DF Justin Davis 7 0 2 0 1 0 3 0
3 Brazil DF Cristiano 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
4 United States MF Neil Hlavaty 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
6 United States DF Kevin Friedland 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7 United States FW Fuad Ibrahim 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 Uruguay FW Martin Nuñez 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 Italy FW Simone Bracalello 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
13 Japan MF Kentaro Takada 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
14 United States DF Brian Kallman 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
15 United States DF Evan Sassano 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 United States DF Kyle Altman 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
20 United States DF Connor Tobin 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 United States FW Devin Del Do 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 United States MF Kevin Venegas 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
23 United States MF Miguel Ibarra 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
28 Cameroon DF Ernest Tchoupe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
32 Argentina MF Lucas Rodríguez 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 41 2 7 0 5 1 53 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stars introduce new ownership group
  2. ^ "Michael Reed – Signed with Minnesota Stars (NASL)". pscsocceracademy.net. PSC Soccer Academy. Retrieved February 25, 2016.