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1997 USISL A-League

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USISL A-League
-1997 Season-
Season1997
ChampionsMilwaukee Rampage
(1st title)
PremiersMontreal Impact
(3rd title)
Top goalscorerDoug Miller
(23 goals)
1998

The 1997 USISL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues during the summer of 1997.

Overview

At the end of the 1996 A-League season, the U.S. second division A-League collapsed. Six of the seven teams in the A-League then joined the USISL which had three leagues in 1996, beginning with the third division USISL Select League.[1] With the collapse of the U.S. second division and the transfer of most of its teams to the USISL, the USISL reorganized its divisions to include the new teams. It moved most of the old second division USISL Select League, plus a few new teams, up to a second division level and merged the old A-League teams into this new U.S. second division which was renamed the USISL A-League.

Regular season

Northeast Division

Pos Team Pld W SW SL L GF GA GD Pts
1 Montreal Impact 28 20 1 1 6 58 19 +39 61
2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 14 0 5 9 56 47 +9 42
3 Long Island Rough Riders 28 13 3 2 10 44 36 +8 42
4 Toronto Lynx 28 12 2 0 14 44 43 +1 38
5 Connecticut Wolves 28 8 4 1 15 31 45 −14 28
6 Worcester Wildfire 28 6 1 2 19 26 61 −35 19

Atlantic Division

Pos Team Pld W SW SL L GF GA GD Pts
1 Hershey Wildcats 28 18 1 1 8 56 33 +23 55
2 Carolina Dynamo 28 16 2 2 8 63 33 +30 50
3 Richmond Kickers 28 15 0 2 11 41 35 +6 45
4 Charleston Battery 28 10 2 3 13 39 50 −11 32
5 Raleigh Flyers 28 8 4 3 13 34 52 −18 28
6 Jacksonville Cyclones 29 4 1 1 23 28 73 −45 13

Central Division

Pos Team Pld W SW SL L GF GA GD Pts
1 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 28 13 3 2 10 45 42 +3 42
2 Nashville Metros 28 10 7 2 9 42 34 +8 37
3 Orlando Sundogs 28 12 0 4 12 39 40 −1 36
4 Milwaukee Rampage 28 11 3 2 12 33 36 −3 36
5 Minnesota Thunder 28 11 2 5 10 22 30 −8 35
6 Atlanta Ruckus 28 9 3 1 15 39 48 −9 30

Pacific Division

Pos Team Pld W SW SL L GF GA GD Pts
1 California Jaguars 28 17 1 0 10 48 34 +14 52
2 Seattle Sounders 28 16 2 3 7 42 19 +23 50
3 Vancouver 86ers 28 15 1 1 11 50 29 +21 46
4 Colorado Foxes 28 15 1 2 10 55 49 +6 46
5 Orange County Zodiac 28 10 1 0 17 35 62 −27 31
6 El Paso Patriots 28 5 3 3 17 30 50 −20 18

Division Semi-finals

Northeast Semifinal 1


Long Island advances to the Division final

Northeast Semifinal 2


Montreal Impact (QC)4–0Toronto Lynx (ON)
Darren Tilley Goal 17' (pen.)25'26'
Bill Sedgewick Goal 45'

Montreal advances to the Division final


Atlantic Semifinal 1

Richmond Kickers (VA)1–2Carolina Dynamo (NC)
Rob Ukrop Goal 63' Goal 23' Robert Rosario
Goal 31' Yari Allnutt
Attendance: 1,362


Carolina Dynamo (NC)1–4Richmond Kickers (VA)
Keiran Breslin Goal 32' Goal 14' Dian Anguelov
Goal 72' Brian Kamler
Goal 75' Mario Lone
Goal 82' Mac Cozier
Attendance: 4,562


Carolina Dynamo (NC)0–0Richmond Kickers (VA)
Penalties
3–1
Attendance: 4,562

Carolina advances to the Division final

Atlantic Semifinal 2

Charleston Battery (CA)1–1Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Juan Castillo Yellow card 38'
Michael Anhaeuser Yellow card 50'
Patrick Olalere Goal 85'
Report Goal 78' Mark Waite
Penalties
1–3
Attendance: 2,024
Referee: Roger Sill


Hershey Wildcats (PA)1–1Charleston Battery (CA)
Lee Tschantret Goal 89' Report Yellow card Juan Castillo
Goal 75' Patrick Olalere
Penalties
0–1
Attendance: 2,104
Referee: Yanich Wejlak


Hershey Wildcats (PA)0–0Charleston Battery (CA)
Report
Penalties
4–2
Attendance: 2,104
Referee: Yanich Wejlak

Hershey advances to the Division final


Central Semifinal 1

Orlando Sundogs (FL)1–2New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (LA)
Dylan Lewis Yellow card ?' Yellow-red card 34'
Greg Brick Goal 54'
Report Goal 12'23' Stern John
Referee: Robert Mann (USA)


New Orleans advances to the Division final

Central Semifinal 2

Nashville Metros (TN)1–2Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Tim Geltz Goal 2' Goal 81' Nick Igel
Goal 85' David Marshall
Attendance: 550


Milwaukee Rampage (WI)3–0Nashville Metros (TN)
Travis Roy Goal 27'
Dan Stebbins Goal 81'83'
Attendance: 1,229

Milwaukee advances to the Division final


Pacific Semifinal 1

Colorado Foxes (CO)0–3Seattle Sounders (WA)
Rivers Guthrie Yellow card Report Yellow card Vicente Figueroa
Goal 20' Erik Storkson
Goal 26' Mike Gailey
Goal 84' (pen.) David Hoggan
Mile High Greyhound Park, Commerce City, Colorado
Attendance: 786
Referee: Rudy Bettmann (USA)


Seattle Sounders (WA)2–0Colorado Foxes (CO)
Henry Gutierrez Yellow card
Vicente Figueroa Yellow card
Vicente Figueroa Goal 70'
Esmundo Rodriguez Goal 89'
Report Yellow card Chad Ashton
Yellow card 87' Yellow-red card 88' Ray Tomlin
Attendance: 6,927
Referee: Mohammad Zarrabi-Kashani (USA)

Seattle advances to the Division final

Pacific Semifinal 2

Vancouver 86ers (BC)4–1California Jaguars (CA)
Domenic Mobilio Goal 2' (pen.)
Goal 54' (pen.)
Steve Kindel Goal 35'
Goal 86' Paul Holocher
Attendance: 2,716


California Jaguars (CA)2–2Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Mark Baena Goal 55'
Rick Iversen Goal 89'
Goal 22' Steve Kindel
Goal 73' Domenic Mobilio
Penalties
1–2
Attendance: 1,859

Vancouver advances to the Division final

Division Finals

Northeast Division final



Atlantic Division final

Charleston Battery (SC)3–3Carolina Dynamo (NC)
Todd Miller Goal 37'
Juan Castillo Goal 52' (pen.)
Alvin Boisson Goal 53'
Goal 43' Danny Care
Goal 54' John Ball
Goal 81' Mike Saunders
Penalties
4–3
Attendance: 1,422


Carolina Dynamo (NC)2–1Charleston Battery (SC)
Maher Atta Goal 29'
Yari Allnutt Goal 89'
Goal 27' (pen.) Andy Schmetzer
Attendance: 1,506


Carolina Dynamo (NC)1–0Charleston Battery (SC)
Ed Radwanski Goal 12'
Attendance: 1,506

Central Division final

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)2–1 (OT)New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (LA)
Nick Igel Goal 81'
Nick Igel Golden goal 92'
Goal 9' Ricardo Blanchard
Attendance: 2,818


New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (LA)3–4Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Stern John Goal 64' (pen.)
Gabe Jones Goal 67'
Mickey Trotman Goal 78'
Goal 51' (pen.)78' (pen.) Jon Szczepanski
Goal 60' Dan Stebbins
Goal 74' David Marshall
Attendance: 898

Pacific Division final



Conference finals

Eastern Conference

Long Island Rough Riders (NY)1–2Carolina Dynamo (NC)
Laurence Piturro Goal 71' Goal 72'89' (pen.) Brian Loftin


The Carolina Dynamo advance.

Western Conference

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)3–1Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Dan Stebbins Goal 65'82'87' Goal 51' Domenic Mobilio


Vancouver 86ers (BC)1–0Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Domenic Mobilio Goal 63' (pen.)
Attendance: 4,323


The Milwaukee Rampage advance, winning two out of three games.

Final

MVP: Carmine Isacco, Milwaukee Rampage

Points leaders

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Doug Miller Rochester Rhinos 23 5 51
2 Mark Baena California Jaguars 20 4 44
3 Stern John New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 16 5 37
4 Steve Patterson Colorado Foxes 16 3 35
5 Jamel Mitchell Nashville Metros 17 0 34
Jimmy Glenn Rochester Rhinos 13 8 34
7 Yari Allnutt Carolina Dynamo 12 9 33
Domenic Mobilio Vancouver 86ers 14 5 33
Darren Tilley Montreal Impact 13 7 33
Gustavo Leal Orange County Zodiac 16 1 33
11 Sebastian Barnes Orlando Sundogs 14 3 31
12 Garret Kusch Vancouver 86ers 10 10 30
13 Mike Gailey Seattle Sounders 10 7 27
Rob Ukrop Richmond Kickers 12 3 27

Honors

References

  1. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1996". Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
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