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2011 US Open Cup qualifying (PDL East): Reading & Western Mass qualify; Carolina Dynamo clinch via tiebreakers

Posted by | May 21, 2011 | One Comment

PDL East logoUS Open Cup qualifying for the Premier Development League is already underway for 2011 as the season began on April 30. It is arguably the most exciting portion of the event for the league as the task of qualifying can be more daunting than the professional opponents awaiting them in the tournament proper.

In the 2011 edition of the tournament, the PDL will be represented by a record nine clubs after seven consecutive years with eight representatives. With nine berths available, the league will send one from each division based on four league contests that will double as qualification matches – a format long established by the parent United Soccer Leagues.

For the first time since 2008, the Eastern Conference has three divisions – the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and the new South Atlantic (which last appeared in 2006). Four teams have a recent history with qualifying for the US Open Cup on multiple occasions. Two of them were last year’s representatives (Long Island Rough Riders, Reading United AC), and two more have qualified at least three times each from the PDL (Carolina Dynamo, Ocean City Nor’easters). A total of 18 teams are fighting for a record three spots from the East this year.

Here is the how the Eastern Conference is currently shaping up:

Northeast Division
Final Results

The Western Mass Pioneers qualified for the U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 win over the MPS Portland Phoenix in a head-to-head match between the two Northeast Division group leaders to determine the berth. Halftime substitute Chris Roswess scored the game’s only goal in the 71st minute when he hammered the ball into the net on a half volley from 18 yards out.  “In the first half Portland controlled the majority of play and dictated the tempo of play,” Pioneers Head Coach Joe Calabrese said.  “But in the second half we made a couple of substitutions and we thought those two changes had a positive impact on the game.”

An automatic entrant numerous times as a USL-2 professional third division club (now USL PRO), it is the first time in two years in the PDL that it has qualified, finishing third in its group at 2-1-1 last year.  “For some of our collegiate players this is a dream come true,” Calabrese said.  “Many of our college players will never aspire to be professional players.  This is once in a lifetime for many of them.  You don’t know when your career is going to end so it’s spectacular to have them get this experience.”

NORTHEAST DIVISIONGPWLTPTSGFGA GFGD
Western Mass Pioneers43011073 6+4
MPS Portland Phoenix4310952 5+3
Vermont Voltage4022214 1-3
Seacoast United Phantoms4031137 3-4

Top team qualifies for the US Open Cup

Clinched Open Cup berthEliminated from contention

Note: Columns on the far right are for tiebreaker purposes

USL Premier Development League tiebreakers

(1) Head-to-head record based on total points in Open Cup qualifiers

(2) Total wins in Open Cup qualifying games

(3) Goal difference (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(4) Goals scored (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(5) Lottery conducted by the USL

All times Eastern

May 7Seacoast United Phantoms0:1MPS Portland Phoenix6:00
May 14Western Mass Pioneers2:1Seacoast United Phantoms4:00
May 14Vermont Voltage0:2MPS Portland Phoenix6:00
May 20Seacoast United Phantoms2:4Western Mass Pioneers7:00
May 21MPS Portland Phoenix2:1Vermont Voltage7:00
May 25Western Mass Pioneers0:0Vermont Voltage7:00
May 27MPS Portland Phoenix0:1Western Mass Pioneers7:00
May 28Vermont Voltage0:0Seacoast United Phantoms7:00


Mid-Atlantic Division
Final Results

Reading United continued to cruise through Open Cup qualifying with a 4-1 win over the Ocean City Nor’easters on May 20, to finish with a perfect 4-0-0 record. Even though it was Ocean City’s season opener, one loss eliminated them from contention, and it also knocked Long Island out of the running despite their 2-0-0 record. Based on the tiebreaking situation, even if Long Island were to win their final qualifier by three goals or more, they would still fall short in the goal difference tiebreaker. They clinched their place as the first team to qualify from the PDL as the Jersey Express fell to the Rough Riders 3-1. Reading has now qualified for the third straight year.

This marks the third year in a row that Reading has finished qualifying without a loss. When they were known as the Rage in 2009, they finished 3-0-1, and in 2010 they finished tied with the Newark Ironbound Express at 4-0-0. Unfortunately for the Express, Reading qualified based on a tiebreaker, having scored one more goal than Ironbound. This was an unfortunate bit of history for the Express as they became not only the third PDL team in the Pro Era (1995-present) to miss out after a 4-0-0 record, but they were the first team to register four straight shutout victories, and fail to qualify.

MID-ATLANTIC DIVISIONGPWLTPTSGFGA GFGD
Reading United AC440012153 12+11
Long Island Rough Riders43011094 9+5
Jersey Express4310973 7+4
Westchester Flames42206911 7-2
New Jersey Rangers4220638 3-4
Ocean City Nor’easters4031138 3-5
Central Jersey Spartans3030026 2-4
Brooklyn Knights30300510 4-5

Top team qualifies for the US Open Cup

Clinched Open Cup berthEliminated from contention

Note: Columns on the far right are for tiebreaker purposes

USL Premier Development League tiebreakers

(1) Head-to-head record based on total points in Open Cup qualifiers

(2) Total wins in Open Cup qualifying games

(3) Goal difference (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(4) Goals scored (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(5) Lottery conducted by the USL

All times Eastern

May 7Reading United AC3:1Brooklyn Knights7:00
May 8Westchester Flames3:0New Jersey Rangers6:00
May 11Long Island Rough Riders2:0Brooklyn Knights7:00
May 14Westchester Flames0:3Jersey Express7:00
May 15New Jersey Rangers0:4Reading United AC6:00
May 18Reading United AC4:1Westchester Flames7:30
May 19Central Jersey Spartans1:2Long Island Rough Riders8:00
May 20Ocean City Nor’easters1:4Reading United AC7:30
May 21Jersey Express1:3Long Island Rough Riders7:30
May 22Brooklyn KnightsatCentral Jersey SpartansPPD
May 22New Jersey Rangers1:0Ocean City Nor’easters6:00
May 25Central Jersey Spartans1:2New Jersey Rangers8:00
May 27Ocean City Nor’easters0:1Jersey Express8:00
May 28Brooklyn Knights4:5Westchester Flames7:30
May 29Long Island Rough Riders2:2Ocean City Nor’easters6:00
May 30Jersey Express2:0Central Jersey Spartans5:00

South Atlantic Division
Final Results

The West Virginia Chaos finished their qualifying slate with a 3-1 win over the Virginia Beach Piranhas May 21, leaving them in a wait-and-see situation as the Carolina Dynamo and Real Maryland Monarchs could pull level or move past them. They got some help the following night as the Dynamo slipped up in a 1-0 road loss to the Northern Virginia Royals, creating the possibility of a three-way tie at 3-1 after the final weekend. With Real Maryland set for its finale Monday, the Monarchs were awaiting good news that would not come as Carolina blanked the visiting Virginia Beach Piranhas 3-0 Saturday evening, clinching the top spot in the division and berth to the US Open Cup via tiebreaker scenarios.

SOUTH ATLANTIC DIVISIONGPWLTPTSGFGA GFGD
Carolina Dynamo4310971 7+6
Real Maryland Monarchs4310982 8+6
West Virginia Chaos43109104 9+5
Northern Virginia Royals4220656 5-1
Virginia Beach Piranhas4130339 3-6
Fredericksburg Hotspur40400112 1-10

Note: Carolina qualifies based on head-to-head tiebreaker vs. Real Maryland & West Virginia

Top team qualifies for the US Open Cup

Clinched Open Cup berthEliminated from contention

Note: Columns on the far right are for tiebreaker purposes

USL Premier Development League tiebreakers

(1) Head-to-head record based on total points in Open Cup qualifiers

(2) Total wins in Open Cup qualifying games

(3) Goal difference (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(4) Goals scored (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(5) Lottery conducted by the USL

All times Eastern

May 7Fredericksburg Hotspur0:2Virginia Beach Piranhas7:00
May 7Northern Virginia Royals1:3West Virginia Chaos7:00
May 14Real Maryland Monarchs3:0Virginia Beach Piranhas5:30
May 14West Virginia Chaos0:2Carolina Dynamo7:00
May 15West Virginia Chaos4:0Fredericksburg Hotspur2:00
May 15Northern Virginia Royals0:2Real Maryland Monarchs4:00
May 21Carolina Dynamo2:0Real Maryland Monarchs7:00
May 21Virginia Beach Piranhas1:3West Virginia Chaos7:30
May 22Carolina Dynamo0:1Northern Virginia Royals7:00
May 28Virginia Beach Piranhas0:3Carolina Dynamo7:00
May 29Fredericksburg Hotspur1:3Northern Virginia Royals7:00
May 30Real Maryland Monarchs3:0Fredericksburg Hotspur5:00

One Comment

  • Mike says:

    So, Result in NoVa 1-0 Carolina. So what happens next week if the Dynamo beat VA Beach AND Real Maryland beat Fred.? I know Carolina has beaten both Maryland and West Virginia, so they’ll probably get the tie breaker.. but what is the procedure for a 3 way tie ?

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