USL Premier Development League
Season2001
ChampionsWestchester Flames
2000
2002

The 2001 USL Premier Development League season was the 7th PDL season. The season began in April 2001 and ended in August 2001.

Westchester Flames finished the season as national champions, beating Calgary Storm 3-1 in the PDL Championship game. Calgary Storm finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 18 out of their 20 games, suffering no losses, and finishing with a +38 goal difference.

Changes from the 2000 season

Name changes

New teams

11 teams were added for the season, including 8 expansion teams:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Alberta Calgary Storm Calgary area Calgary, AB expansion
Massachusetts Cape Cod Crusaders Cape Cod area Hyannis, MA from USISL D-3 Pro League
Maryland Chesapeake Dragons Baltimore-Washington area Germantown, MD expansion
Illinois Chicago Eagles Select Chicago area Chicago, IL expansion
Illinois Chicago Fire Reserves Chicago area Chicago, IL expansion
New Jersey Jersey Falcons North Jersey area Jersey City, NJ expansion
British Columbia Okanagan Predators Okanagan Valley area Kelowna, BC expansion
California Orange County Blue Star Orange County area Irvine, CA from A-League
California Southern California Seahorses Los Angeles Metro area La Mirada, CA expansion
Texas Texas Spurs Dallas-Fort Worth area Bedford, TX from USISL D-3 Pro League
Texas West Dallas Kings Dallas-Fort Worth area Dallas, TX expansion

Went on hiatus

Folded

11 teams folded before the season:

Standings

Legend
Division champion
Team qualified for playoff berth

Central Conference

Great Lakes Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Chicago Fire Reserves 20 15 4 1 49 18 +31 11 72
2 West Michigan Edge 20 13 7 0 50 42 +8 10 62
3 Mid-Michigan Bucks 20 10 9 1 43 46 −3 7 48
4 Indiana Invaders 19 9 9 1 37 41 −4 9 46[a]
5 Kalamazoo Kingdom 20 9 10 1 43 39 +4 6 43
6 Dayton Gemini 19 5 14 0 24 48 −24 3 23[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Dayton and Indiana had a game postponed and could not be rescheduled by season's end. Game in question was cancelled since it had no bearing on playoffs.

Heartland Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Sioux Falls Spitfire 20 17 2 1 54 19 +35 9 78
2 Des Moines Menace 20 11 7 2 38 23 +15 6 52
3 Chicago Eagles Select 20 8 10 2 33 33 0 4 38
4 Thunder Bay Chill 20 6 13 1 26 48 −22 3 28
5 Twin Cities Phoenix 20 3 17 0 34 61 −27 3 15
Source:[citation needed]

Mid-South Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Texas Spurs 20 16 3 1 68 22 +46 12 77
2 Lafayette Lightning 20 13 5 2 50 49 +1 11 65
3 Louisiana Outlaws 20 7 12 1 40 56 −16 7 36
4 West Dallas Kings 20 6 14 0 33 49 −16 4 28
Source:[citation needed]

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Westchester Flames 20 13 4 3 48 25 +23 10 65
2 Brooklyn Knights 19 12 6 1 48 27 +21 8 57[a]
3 Vermont Voltage 20 10 7 3 51 25 +26 8 51
4 New York Freedom 19 10 7 2 41 33 +8 8 50[a]
5 North Jersey Imperials 20 10 7 3 42 40 +2 7 50
6 Cape Cod Crusaders 20 9 8 3 39 36 +3 5 44
7 Chesapeake Dragons 18 4 12 2 30 45 −15 4 22[a]
8 Jersey Falcons 20 1 19 0 19 89 −70 2 6
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Both Brooklyn and New York had games against Chesapeake postponed and could not be rescheduled by season's end. Games in question were cancelled since they had no bearing on playoffs.

Southeast Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Cocoa Expos 20 14 5 1 55 37 +18 9 66
2 Miami Strike Force 20 13 7 0 46 38 +8 8 60
3 Bradenton Academics 19 9 9 1 40 34 +6 6 43[a]
4 Central Florida Kraze 20 8 11 1 37 36 +1 4 37
5 Tampa Bay Hawks 20 6 12 2 39 41 −2 6 32
6 Palm Beach Pumas 19 6 12 1 30 58 −28 4 29[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Bradenton and Palm Beach had a game postponed and could not be rescheduled by season's end. Game in question was cancelled since it had no bearing on playoffs.

Western Conference

Rocky Mountain Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Denver Cougars 20 15 4 1 63 28 +35 11 72
2 Boulder Nova 19 11 8 0 46 35 +11 10 54[a]
3 Wichita Jets 19 7 12 0 29 52 −23 5 33[a]
4 Colorado Springs Ascent 19 4 14 1 32 63 −31 6 23[a]
5 Kansas City Brass 17 2 15 0 27 53 −26 4 12[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Wichita all had games with Kansas City postponed and could not be rescheduled by season's end. Games in question were cancelled since they had no bearing on playoffs.

Northwest Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Calgary Storm 20 18 2 0 47 9 +38 8 80
2 Seattle Sounders Select 19 14 5 0 42 23 +19 7 63[a]
3 Spokane Shadow 20 12 8 0 42 31 +11 6 54
4 Cascade Surge 20 7 13 0 27 42 −15 3 31
5 Yakima Reds 19 5 13 1 20 44 −24 1 22[a]
6 Okanagan Predators 20 2 17 1 18 47 −29 1 10
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Seattle and Yakima had a game postponed and could not be rescheduled by season's end. Game in question was cancelled since it had no bearing on playoffs.

Southwest Division

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Orange County Blue Star 20 14 6 0 51 34 +17 10 66
2 Southern California Seahorses 20 13 6 1 56 30 +26 9 62
3 Central Coast Roadrunners 20 12 8 0 53 35 +18 8 56
4 San Fernando Valley Heroes 20 7 11 2 38 43 −5 5 35
5 San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 20 1 17 2 12 83 −71 1 7
Source:[citation needed]

Playoffs

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals National Semifinals PDL Championship Game
                                     
 
  H Iowa Des Moines  
    bye  
 
  H Iowa Des Moines 1  
  NW Alberta Calgary 2  
NW Alberta Calgary 2  
SW California Orange County 1  
  NW Alberta Calgary 3
    WC Washington (state) Seattle 0  
RM Colorado Denver 1
WC Washington (state) Seattle 3  
  NW Alberta Calgary 1
  NE1 New York (state) Westchester 3
HL South Dakota Sioux Falls 3  
WC Louisiana Lafayette 1  
  HL South Dakota Sioux Falls 1
    GL Illinois Chicago 0  
MS Texas Texas 0
GL Illinois Chicago 1  
  HL South Dakota Sioux Falls 1
  NE1 New York (state) Westchester 5  
SE1 Florida Cocoa 3  
NE2 New York (state) Brooklyn 2  
  SE1 Florida Cocoa 1
    NE1 New York (state) Westchester 2  
NE1 New York (state) Westchester 2
SE2 Florida Miami 1  

Third place game

Third Place Game
   
H Iowa Des Moines 0
HL South Dakota Sioux Falls 1

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References