2017 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League
Season2017
ChampionsSan Francisco Deltas
Spring ChampionsMiami FC
Fall ChampionsMiami FC
Matches played128
Goals scored338 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorerStefano Pinho (17)
Biggest home winMIA 7–0 SFD
(July 8)
Biggest away winNYC 0–3 MIA
(April 1)
Highest scoringNYC 5–2 PRF
(October 28)
Longest winning run4 games
Miami FC
(April 29 – May 20)
(June 3 - June 24)
San Francisco Deltas
(June 10 – July 2)
Longest unbeaten run10 games
Miami FC
(April 22 – June 24)
Longest losing run5 games
Puerto Rico FC
(April 22 – May 20)
Highest attendance9,515
MIA 0–2 NYC
(April 8)
Lowest attendance780
JAX 1–2 PRF
(August 16)
Total attendance550,871
(123 of 128 games reported)
Average attendance4,479
2016
2018
All statistics correct as of November 9, 2017.

The 2017 North American Soccer League season was the 50th season of Division II soccer in the United States and Canada, and the 7th season of the modern North American Soccer League. The defending champions are the New York Cosmos who defeated Indy Eleven in Soccer Bowl 2016.

Eight clubs played in the NASL after provisional sanctioning by the United States Soccer Federation. Expansion side, San Francisco Deltas joined the league. After the 2016 season, Minnesota United left the league to join Major League Soccer, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury left the league to join the United Soccer League. The Carolina RailHawks FC rebranded as North Carolina FC. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Rayo OKC did not return to NASL for the 2017 season.

Teams, stadiums, and personnel[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity Manager Captain Kit Sponsor
FC Edmonton Edmonton Clarke Stadium 5,000 Canada Colin Miller Northern Ireland Albert Watson The Fath Group
Indy Eleven Indianapolis Michael A. Carroll Stadium 10,524 United States Tim Hankinson Republic of Ireland Colin Falvey Honda
Jacksonville Armada Jacksonville Hodges Stadium 12,000 England Mark Lowry United States Aaron Pitchkolan RP Funding
Miami FC Miami Riccardo Silva Stadium 20,000 Italy Alessandro Nesta United States Jonathan Borrajo
New York Cosmos New York City MCU Park 7,000 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese United States Carlos Mendes Fly Emirates
North Carolina FC Raleigh WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000 Northern Ireland Colin Clarke United States Nazmi Albadawi Circle K
Puerto Rico FC Bayamón Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium 22,000 Puerto Rico Marco Vélez Brazil Cristiano Claro
San Francisco Deltas San Francisco Kezar Stadium 10,000 Canada Marc Dos Santos Canada Nana Attakora

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Puerto Rico FC England Adrian Whitbread Fired May 19, 2017 8th Place Puerto Rico Marco Vélez (interim) May 19, 2017[1]
Puerto Rico Marco Vélez (interim) End of Interim Period August 2, 2017 8th Place Puerto Rico Marco Vélez August 2, 2017[2]

Spring season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami FC (S) 16 11 3 2 33 11 +22 36 Playoffs
2 San Francisco Deltas 16 7 5 4 17 20 −3 26
3 New York Cosmos 16 6 6 4 22 21 +1 24
4 Jacksonville Armada 16 6 6 4 17 16 +1 24
5 North Carolina FC 16 6 3 7 21 22 −1 21
6 Indy Eleven 16 4 8 4 21 22 −1 20
7 FC Edmonton 16 4 1 11 11 21 −10 13
8 Puerto Rico FC 16 1 6 9 19 28 −9 9
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(S) Spring season champion.

Results[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
FC Edmonton – FCE • Indy Eleven – IND • Jacksonville Armada – JAX • Miami FC – MIA
New York Cosmos – NYC • North Carolina FC – NCA • Puerto Rico FC – PRF • San Francisco Deltas – SFD

Home  • Away  • Win  • Loss  • Draw

Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
FC Edmonton JAX JAX NCA PRF MIA IND SFD IND PRF NYC MIA SFD SFD JAX NCA NYC
0–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 4–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1
Indy Eleven SFD PRF PRF SFD JAX FCE MIA MIA FCE SFD JAX NCA NCA NYC NYC JAX
1–1 3–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–4 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–0
Jacksonville Armada FCE FCE SFD NYC IND NYC NCA SFD NCA MIA IND MIA FCE PRF PRF IND
1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 0–4 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2
Miami FC NCA NYC NYC NCA FCE PRF IND IND PRF JAX FCE JAX NYC NCA SFD SFD
1–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 0–1 7–0 3–1
New York Cosmos PRF MIA MIA JAX SFD JAX PRF SFD NCA FCE NCA PRF MIA IND IND FCE
0–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–3 0–0 1–0 2–4 2–2 4–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–0
North Carolina FC MIA SFD FCE MIA PRF SFD JAX PRF JAX NYC NYC IND IND MIA FCE PRF
1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1
Puerto Rico FC NYC IND IND FCE NCA MIA NYC NCA MIA FCE SFD NYC SFD JAX JAX NCA
0–0 3–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 3–4 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–3 2–4 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–2
San Francisco Deltas IND NCA JAX IND NYC NCA FCE JAX NYC IND PRF FCE FCE PRF MIA MIA
1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–3 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–7 1–3

[3][4]

Fall season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami FC (F) 16 10 3 3 28 17 +11 33 Playoffs
2 San Francisco Deltas 16 7 7 2 24 15 +9 28
3 North Carolina FC 16 5 9 2 25 15 +10 24
4 New York Cosmos 16 4 9 3 34 30 +4 21
5 Jacksonville Armada 16 4 7 5 21 22 −1 19
6 Puerto Rico FC 16 4 4 8 13 23 −10 16
7 FC Edmonton 16 3 5 8 14 21 −7 14
8 Indy Eleven 16 3 4 9 18 34 −16 13
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(F) Fall season champion.

Results[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
FC Edmonton – FCE • Indy Eleven – IND • Jacksonville Armada – JAX • Miami FC – MIA
New York Cosmos – NYC • North Carolina FC – NCA • Puerto Rico FC – PRF • San Francisco Deltas – SFD

Home  • Away  • Neutral  • Win  • Loss  • Draw

Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
FC Edmonton IND IND NYC PRF SFD NCA NCA IND SFD SFD JAX NYC JAX MIA PRF MIA
1–2 3-1 1–1 1–1 2-1 1–1 0–3 2-0 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2
Indy Eleven FCE FCE MIA NYC JAX SFD NCA FCE JAX NCA PRF NYC SFD MIA PRF NCA
2–1 1–3 1-3 3–3 2-3 0–2 1-0 0–2 0–0 0–5 2–1 2–2 1-2 0–3 1-2 2–2
Jacksonville Armada SFD PRF NCA PRF MIA IND NYC NYC MIA IND MIA FCE NCA FCE NYC SFD
1–1 0-1 2–2 1-2 0-1 3-2 2-0 3–3 0-3 0–0 0-1 1-0 1–1 1–1 4–4 2-0
Miami FC NYC NCA IND NCA JAX PRF PRF NYC JAX JAX SFD SFD IND SFD FCE FCE
1–3 2-3 3-1 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 3–3 3-0 1-0 1–1 0–3 3-0 2–2 2-0 2-1
New York Cosmos MIA SFD FCE IND NCA JAX MIA JAX SFD NCA PRF IND FCE PRF JAX PRF
3–1 1-2 1–1 3–3 2–2 0–2 3–3 3–3 2–2 0-2 1-0 2–2 0–0 4–1 4–4 5–2
North Carolina FC PRF MIA JAX MIA SFD NYC FCE FCE IND PRF NYC IND PRF JAX SFD IND
1–1 3-2 2–2 0-1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3-0 0-1 0–0 2-0 5-0 1-0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Puerto Rico FC NCA JAX SFD JAX FCE MIA MIA NCA NYC IND NCA SFD NYC IND FCE NYC
1–1 1-0 0–0 2-1 1–1 0–2 0-1 0–0 0-1 1–2 0-1 0-3 1-4 2-1 2-0 2-5
San Francisco Deltas JAX NYC PRF NCA FCE IND NYC FCE FCE MIA MIA IND PRF MIA NCA JAX
1–1 2-1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2-0 2–2 2-1 1-0 1–1 3-0 2-1 3-0 2–2 1–1 0-2

[5][6]

Playoffs[edit]

Combined standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami FC (X) 32 21 6 5 61 28 +33 69 Championship qualifiers
2 San Francisco Deltas (C) 32 14 12 6 41 35 +6 54
3 North Carolina FC 32 11 12 9 46 37 +9 45
4 New York Cosmos 32 10 15 7 56 51 +5 45
5 Jacksonville Armada 32 10 13 9 38 38 0 43
6 Indy Eleven 32 7 12 13 39 56 −17 33
7 FC Edmonton 32 7 6 19 25 42 −17 27
8 Puerto Rico FC 32 5 10 17 32 51 −19 25
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(C) Champion; (X) Regular season champion.

The Championship[edit]

Participants[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-Finals
Championship
 
      
 
November 5 – Riccardo Silva Stadium
 
 
#1 Miami FC 0(5)
 
November 12 – Kezar Stadium
 
#4 New York Cosmos (pen.) 0(6)
 
#2 San Francisco Deltas 2
 
November 5 – Kezar Stadium
 
#4 New York Cosmos 0
 
#2 San Francisco Deltas 1
 
 
#3 North Carolina FC 0
 

Semifinals[edit]

Miami FC0–0 (a.e.t.)New York Cosmos
Mares Yellow card 56' Report Calvillo Yellow card 24'
Ledesma Yellow card 65'
Mendes Yellow card 67'
Szetela Yellow card 103'
Penalties
Michel Penalty missed
Poku Penalty scored
Martínez Penalty scored
Chavez Penalty scored
Pinho Penalty scored
Freeman Penalty scored
Trafford Penalty missed
5–6 Penalty scored García
Penalty scored Szetela
Penalty scored Calvillo
Penalty scored Vranjicán
Penalty missed Guerra
Penalty scored Mkosana
Penalty scored Starikov
Attendance: 7,115
Referee: Marcos de Oliveira

San Francisco Deltas1–0North Carolina FC
Gibson Goal 40'
Jordan Yellow card 60'
Bekker Yellow card 90'
Report
Attendance: 3,586
Referee: Alex Chilowicz

Soccer Bowl 2017[edit]

San Francisco Deltas2–0New York Cosmos
Heinemann Goal 19' (pen.) Yellow card 31'
Gibson Yellow card 24'
Peiser Yellow card 90'
Sandoval Goal 90+5'
Report
Report
Mulligan Yellow card 45+3'
Ayoze Yellow card 87'
Attendance: 9,691
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez

Attendance[edit]

Club GP Total High Low Average Change
Indy Eleven 16 134,319 9,072 7,124 8,395 -0%
Miami FC 16 82,746 9,515 1,529 5,172 -4.7%
New York Cosmos 17 83,140 6,734 2,240 4,891 29.6%
North Carolina FC 16 71,539 7,344 3,388 4,471 -11.6%
FC Edmonton 16 54,525 4,096 2,231 3,408 65.4%
Puerto Rico FC 11* 37,411 5,692 2,345 3,401 -10.5%
Jacksonville Armada 16 48,562 7,611 780 3,035 -13.3%
San Francisco Deltas 15† 38,629 4,755 1,441 2,575 N/A
Total 123 550,871 9,515 780 4,479 -5.4%

* Five home games moved to other venues due to Hurricane Maria.
One result missing. That game was rescheduled at an alternate venue. There was no admission charged and no attendance figure given.
Source: NASL & kenn.com

Statistical leaders[edit]

Awards[edit]

Weekly awards[edit]

Week NASL Player of the Week NASL Play of the Week
Player Club Player Club
Week 1 Canada Kyle Bekker San Francisco Deltas France Romuald Peiser San Francisco Deltas
Week 2 United States Justin Braun Indy Eleven United States Ben Speas Indy Eleven
Week 3 United States Tom Heinemann San Francisco Deltas Brazil Pablo Dyego San Francisco Deltas
Week 4 United States Matthew Fondy North Carolina FC Jamaica Lance Laing North Carolina FC
Week 5 United States Brian Sylvestre North Carolina FC United States J. C. Banks Jacksonville Armada
Week 6 Ghana Kwadwo Poku Miami FC Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Week 7 Spain Cristian Portilla San Francisco Deltas United States Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada
Week 8 Jamaica Lance Laing North Carolina FC United States Giuseppe Gentile Puerto Rico FC
Week 9 United States Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada United States Billy Schuler North Carolina FC
Week 10 United States Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada South Africa Tiyi Shipalane North Carolina FC
Week 11 United States Giuseppe Gentile Puerto Rico FC Spain Cristian Portilla San Francisco Deltas
Week 12 Canada Kyle Bekker San Francisco Deltas United States Billy Schuler North Carolina FC
Week 13 France Vincenzo Rennella Miami FC Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Week 14 United States Jon Busch Indy Eleven Canada Nathan Ingham FC Edmonton
Week 15 United States Tom Heinemann San Francisco Deltas United States Billy Schuler North Carolina FC
Week 16 Brazil Stefano Pinho Miami FC Cuba Ariel Martínez Miami FC
Week 17 Montenegro Nemanja Vuković Indy Eleven New Zealand Craig Henderson Indy Eleven
Week 18 United States Eric Calvillo New York Cosmos Israel Kobi Moyal New York Cosmos
Week 19 Senegal Abdoulaye Diakite FC Edmonton Montenegro Nemanja Vuković Indy Eleven
Week 20 Brazil Stefano Pinho Miami FC Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Week 21 Mexico Gerardo Torrado Indy Eleven Panama Tony Taylor Jacksonville Armada
Week 22 Scotland Jack Blake Jacksonville Armada England Tomi Ameobi FC Edmonton
Week 23 Brazil Pablo Dyego San Francisco Deltas United States Jaime Chavez Miami FC
Week 24 United States Jaime Chavez Miami FC United States Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC
Week 25 Republic of Ireland Ciarán Kilduff Jacksonville Armada Libya Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven
Week 26 United States Devon Sandoval San Francisco Deltas El Salvador Dustin Corea FC Edmonton
Week 27 Brazil Renan Gorne North Carolina FC United States Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC
Week 28 Libya Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven Jamaica Don Smart Indy Eleven
Week 29 United States Bryan Burke San Francisco Deltas Brazil Stefano Pinho Miami FC
Week 30 Scotland Jack Blake Jacksonville Armada United States Eugene Starikov New York Cosmos
Week 31 Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos

Monthly awards[edit]

Month NASL Player of the Month NASL Play of the Month
Player Club Player Club
April United States Justin Braun Indy Eleven United States Ben Speas Indy Eleven
May United States Zach Steinberger Jacksonville Armada United States Giuseppe Gentile Puerto Rico FC
June Italy Vincenzo Rennella Miami FC Spain Cristian Portilla San Francisco Deltas
July United States Eric Calvillo New York Cosmos Cuba Ariel Martínez Miami FC
August Scotland Jack Blake Jacksonville Armada Montenegro Nemanja Vuković Indy Eleven
September United States Jaime Chavez Miami FC Libya Éamon Zayed Indy Eleven
October Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos United States Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC

League awards[edit]

NASL Best XI[16]
Position Player Team
Goalkeeper Argentina Mario Daniel Vega Miami FC
Defense Brazil Reiner Ferreira San Francisco Deltas
Defense Canada Mason Trafford Miami FC
Defense Haiti Mechack Jérôme Jacksonville Armada
Defense United States Connor Tobin North Carolina FC
Midfield Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma New York Cosmos
Midfield United States Nazmi Albadawi North Carolina FC
Midfield Republic of Ireland Richie Ryan Miami FC
Midfield United States Dylan Mares Miami FC
Forward France Vincenzo Rennella Miami FC
Forward Brazil Stefano Pinho Miami FC

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Puerto Rico Parts Ways With Coach Adrian Whitbread Technical Director Neil Sillett". nasl.com. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Marco Vélez Named Puerto Rico FC Head Coach for the Fall Season". nasl.com. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "North American Soccer League Releases 2017 Schedule". NASL.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "2017 NASL Results". NASL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "North American Soccer League Releases 2017 Schedule". NASL.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 NASL Results". NASL.com. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "2017 NASL statistics". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Miami FC Forward Stefano Pinho Wins NASL Golden Ball Award". November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Miami FC's Stefano Pinho Wins NASL Golden Boot". North American Soccer League. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Miami FC's Daniel Vega Earns NASL Golden Glove Award". North American Soccer League. November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "San Francisco's Marc Dos Santos Named NASL Coach of the Year". North American Soccer League. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "Stoppage-Time Volley by Jacksonville Armada FC Midfielder Zach Steinberger Takes Home NASL Goal of the Year Honors". North American Soccer League. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Jacksonville Midfielder Jack Blake Named NASL Young Player of the Year". North American Soccer League. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Austin da Luz Named 2017 NASL Humanitarian of the Year". North American Soccer League. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "North Carolina FC Wins 2017 Fair Play Award". North American Soccer League. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "North American Soccer League Announces 2017 NASL Best XI". North American Soccer League. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.