1990 American Professional Soccer League

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Overview of the 1990 American Professional Soccer League season. Although the Western Soccer League and the American Soccer League merged to form the American Professional Soccer League in 1990, the two leagues remained essentially independent leagues, linked by name alone. During this season, they ran separate regular season schedules with two different points systems. They each had their own playoff formats, had separate league MVPs and had their own All League teams. The first game between the two leagues came in September when the Maryland Bays of the American Soccer League defeated the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the Western Soccer League for the American Professional Soccer League championship.

History[edit]

On September 9, 1989, the champions of the west coast-based Western Soccer Alliance and the east coast-based American Soccer League played each other for the national championship.[1] This was the first meeting between teams from the two leagues but was part of a larger effort to merge the two leagues.[2] This effort resulted in the creation of the American Professional Soccer League on February 22, 1990.[3] The merger remained one of name only as the two leagues played separate schedules and named separate MVPs and All League teams. However, it allowed the teams to market themselves as members of a national league.[4] During the playoffs, teams played a home and away series. However, they needed to win two games, so in the case of a tie after two games, the teams played a thirty minute mini-game. If the game remained tied, the two teams would enter a shoot out. A shoot out pitted a field player against the opposing team's goalkeeper. The field player had five seconds to take a shot on goal beginning 35 yards from the goal.

League standings[edit]

East (American Soccer League) Conference[edit]

Points:

  • Win: 3
  • Shoot out win: 2
  • Shoot out loss: 1

North Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 Maryland Bays 20 14 1 0 5 42 29 44
2 Albany Capitals 20 13 1 1 5 35 22 42
3 Penn-Jersey Spirit 20 12 1 1 6 34 23 39
4 Boston Bolts 20 8 1 2 9 27 27 28
5 Washington Stars 20 7 0 0 13 24 28 22
6 New Jersey Eagles 20 5 1 0 14 21 38 17

South Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 20 14 1 1 4 38 22 45
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 20 9 1 0 10 32 39 29
3 Orlando Lions 20 8 0 0 12 25 30 24
4 Miami Freedom 20 7 1 1 11 27 29 24
5 Washington Diplomats 20 4 1 2 13 22 40 16

West (Western Soccer League) Conference[edit]

Points:

  • Win: 6
  • Shoot out win: 4
  • Shoot out loss: 2
  • 1 bonus point per goal scored in regulation, maximum of 3 per game

North Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 20 9 4 1 6 39 30 104
2 Salt Lake Sting 20 11 1 1 7 39 34 104
3 Colorado Foxes 20 10 4 3 3 22 12 100
4 Portland Timbers 20 8 2 3 7 42 36 99
5 Seattle Storm 20 9 1 3 7 42 35 93

South Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 California Emperors 20 8 2 3 7 35 32 89
2 Real Santa Barbara 20 9 1 3 7 33 35 87
3 Los Angeles Heat 20 8 3 1 8 39 39 85
4 San Diego Nomads 20 5 3 3 9 22 28 67
5 New Mexico Chilies 20 5 2 1 12 25 45 61
6 Arizona Condors 20 5 0 1 14 29 51 59

Eastern Conference[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

August 10, 1990
7:30 PM EST
Albany Capitals (NY) 2-3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)
Chris Szanto Goal 6'
Paul Mariner Goal 45'
Goal 17' Ricardo Alonso
Goal 73' Jimmy McGeough, Jr.
Goal 78' Pedro Magallanes
Bleecker Stadium, Albany, New York
Attendance: 500
Referee: (USA)


August 12, 1990
5:00 PM EST
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL) 2-0 Albany Capitals (NY)
Ricardo Alonso Goal 37'
Alvin James Goal 85'
Royal Palm Polo Club, Boca Raton, Florida
Attendance: 2,483
Referee: (USA)


Semifinal 2[edit]

August 10, 1990
8:00 PM EST
Tampa Bay Rowdies (FL) 1-2 (aet) Maryland Bays (MD)
Mark Wright Goal 81' Goal Jean Harbor
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 2,411
Referee: (USA)


August 12, 1990
7:00 PM EST
Tampa Bay Rowdies (FL) 1-4 Maryland Bays (MD)
Jeff Jones Goal 8' Goal 5' Jean Harbor
Goal 19' Philip Gyau
Goal 46' Jean Harbor
Goal 73' John Abe
Cedar Lane Park, Maryland
Referee: (USA)


Final[edit]

August 18, 1990
8:00 PM EST
Maryland Bays (MD) 3-2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)
John Abe Goal 13'
Jean Harbor Goal 71'
Joe Barger Goal 87'
Goal 50' Pedro Magallanes
Goal 52' Marcelo Carrera
Cedar Lane Park
Attendance: 3,116
Referee: (USA)


August 25, 1990
5:00 PM EST
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL) 0-2 Maryland Bays (MD)
Goal 1' Philip Gyau
Goal 16' Scott Cook
Royal Palm Polo Club, Boca Raton, Florida
Attendance: 2,527
Referee: (USA)

Western Conference[edit]

First Round Series 1[edit]

August 18, 1990
6:00 PM EST
Los Angeles Heat (CA) 0-1 Real Santa Barbara (CA)
(Report) Goal 68' Jim Hutchinson
West High School, Torrance, California
Referee: Thomas Bobapilla, (USA)


August 21, 1990
Real Santa Barbara (CA) 1-2 Los Angeles Heat (CA)
Booked Danny Pena
Booked Mike Getchell

Referee: (USA)


August 21, 1990
Real Santa Barbara (CA) 0-1 Los Angeles Heat (CA)

Referee: (USA)

First Round Series 2[edit]

August 18, 1990
Colorado Foxes (CO) 2-0 Salt Lake Sting (UT)
John Klein Goal 76'
Mike Mikes Goal 83'
Jefferson County Stadium, Colorado
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: (USA)


August 22, 1990
10:00 PM EST
Salt Lake Sting (UT) 1-4 Colorado Foxes (CO)
Barney Boyce Goal 55' (PK) Goal 44' Mike Mikes
Goal 67' Robin Fraser
Goal 72' Efren Rodarte
Goal 89' Efren Rodarte
Derks Field, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 3,210
Referee: (USA)

The Colorado Foxes advance, 6-1 on aggregate.

Semifinals[edit]

August 25, 1990
6:00 PM EST
California Emperors (CA) 0-2 Los Angeles Heat (CA)


August 25, 1990
San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (CA) 2-1 Colorado Foxes (CO)
Troy Dayak Goal 13'
Troy Dayak Goal 35'
Goal 7' Larry McPhail
Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California
Attendance: 2,600
Referee: (USA)


Final[edit]

September 8, 1990
7:30 PM PST
Los Angeles Heat (CA) 2-0 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (CA)
Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, California
Referee: (USA)



September 12, 1990
San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (CA) 1-0 Los Angeles Heat (CA)
Dominic Kinnear Goal 22' (Report) Red card 20' Mike Getchell
Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California
Attendance: 3,800
Referee: Kun Ho Yoo (USA)

Final[edit]

Combined points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Chance Fry Seattle Storm 17 5 39
2 George Pastor Salt Lake Sting 14 9 37
3 Mike Masters Albany Capitals 14 4 32
4 Philip Gyau Maryland Bays 12 6 30
5 Derek Sanderson Salt Lake Sting 11 6 37
6 Jerry O'Hara California Emperors 10 3 23
7 Shawn Medved Portland Timbers 10 2 22
8 Jean Harbor Maryland Bays 8 6 22
9 Jim Hutchinson Real Santa Barbara 9 4 22
10 Scott Benedetti Seattle Storm 9 3 21
11 Cesar Plasencia Real Santa Barbara 9 3 21
11 Steve Pittman Fort Lauderdale Strikers 7 7 21
11 David Byrne Tampa Bay Rowdies 5 10 20
11 Steve Corpening San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 8 4 20
11 Rob Paterson Portland Timbers 8 4 20
11 Mike Sweeney Boston Bolts 8 3 19
11 Elvis Comrie Albany Capitals 8 2 18
11 Lazlo Barna Miami Freedom 7 4 18
11 Duanne Robinson Penn-Jersey Spirit 5 8 18

Honors[edit]

East (American Soccer League) Conference[edit]


First Team All League

Second Team All League

West (Western Soccer League) Conference[edit]


First Team All League

Second Team All League

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fort Lauderdale Rallies to Defeat San Diego
  2. ^ Two outdoor leagues plan title game for fall St. Petersburg Times - Thursday, April 13, 1989
  3. ^ February merger produces the American Professional Soccer League
  4. ^ Merger forms one outdoor league The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 1990

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