1986 Western Soccer Alliance

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History of the 1986 Western Soccer Alliance season.

History[edit]

After the success of the 1985 Western Alliance Challenge Series, three of the teams from that series, F.C. Seattle, F.C. Portland and the San Jose Earthquakes established the Western Soccer Alliance. The Victoria Riptide, a participant in 1985, did not return but was replaced by the Edmonton Brickmen which had played games against the series team in 1985. These teams were joined by the Hollywood Kickers, Los Angeles Heat and San Diego Nomads expanded the alliance from its Northwest Pacific roots into southern California. The Alliance played a regular season schedule only.

Continuing the previous season's tradition of playing with a guest team - in that year, the Edmonton Brickmen, who had subsequently joined the league proper for 1986 - the Western Soccer Alliance this time sought two guest teams, turning this time to the United Kingdom. The two teams recruited were the English Football League First Division side Manchester City and Scottish Premier Division side Dundee, who each played one away match against each team and played no home fixtures. In the event, F.C. Portland were unable to play their game against Manchester City, instead rescheduling their game for later in the season, and replacing City - who had returned to England for the start of their own season - with a team composed of former Portland Timbers players.

League standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Hollywood Kickers 14 8 4 2 21 13 +8 28
2 F.C. Portland 14 6 2 6 20 19 +1 20
3 F.C. Seattle 14 6 2 6 19 22 −3 20
4 Los Angeles Heat 14 4 5 5 15 14 +1 17
5 San Diego Nomads 14 4 4 6 18 20 −2 16
6 San Jose Earthquakes 14 3 4 7 23 32 −9 13
7 Edmonton Brickmen 14 3 3 8 18 28 −10 12

Source: http://a-leaguearchive.tripod.com/1986/results86.htm
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] EDM POR SEA HOL LAH SDN SJE DND MCI XTB
Edmonton Brickmen 3–0 4–2 1–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–3 0–3
F.C. Portland 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–2
F.C. Seattle 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–1
Hollywood Kickers 0–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–3 3–1 0–3
Los Angeles Heat 1–0 4–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1
San Diego Nomads 4–0 1–2 3–3 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–3
San Jose Earthquakes 3–4 2–0 1–3 2–6 2–2 4–1 0–4 0–1
Dundee
Manchester City
Ex-Timbers

Source: A-League Archive
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Brent Goulet F.C. Portland 9 2 20
2 Mark Miller F.C. Portland 7 5 20
3 Chance Fry San Jose Earthquakes 8 2 18
4 Dennis Gunnell F.C. Seattle 7 1 15
5 Vilmar Marquez Edmonton Brickmen 5 5 15
6 Rob Ryerson San Diego Nomads 6 0 12
7 Derek Sanderson San Jose Earthquakes 5 2 12
8 Michael Brady Los Angeles Heat 5 1 11
9 Norm Odinga Edmonton Brickmen 5 1 11
10 Steve McCargo San Jose Earthquakes 5 0 10

Honors[edit]

  • First Team All League
Goalkeeper: Lorenzo Caccialanza
Defenders: Dale Ervine, Paul Krumpe, Martín Vásquez
Midfielders: Paul Caligiuri, Dennis Gunnel, Hugo Perez
Forwards: Chance Fry, Brent Goulet, Jeff Hooker, Mark Miller
  • Second Team All League
Goalkeeper: Todd Strobeck
Defenders: Mark Arquette, Jens Ole-Knudsen, Scott Murray, Tim Schulz
Midfielders: Drew Ferguson, Doug Swanson
Forwards: Tim Barto, Ross Ongaro, Rob Ryerson, Dzung Tran

References[edit]