1995 USISL Premier League season

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The 1995 USISL Premier League season was the 1st season of the new “fourth level” of American soccer following the re-organization of the old United States Interregional Soccer League at the end of 1994. The season began in April 1995 and ended in August 1995.

Richmond Kickers finished the season as national champions, beating Cocoa Expos 3-1 in the USISL Premier League Championship game. San Francisco All-Blacks United finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 17 out of their 18 games, suffering just one loss, and finishing with a +42 goal difference.

The USISL Premier League format in 1995 was notable for not having tied games; instead, teams competed in a penalty shoot-out to decide a winner, with bonus points awarded as appropriate.

Teams[edit]

27 teams started the league this year. They all played in the USISL the year before, with the exception of six new teams.

Team Name Metro Area Location Notes
Flag of Michigan.svg Ann Arbor Elites Detroit Metro area Ann Arbor, MI expansion team
Flag of Arizona.svg Arizona Cotton Phoenix area Glendale, AZ
Flag of Arkansas.svg Arkansas A’s Little Rock area Sherwood, AR
Flag of Texas.svg Austin Lone Stars Austin, Texas Austin, TX
Flag of Alabama.svg Birmingham Grasshoppers Birmingham area Birmingham, AL
Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos Space Coast area Cocoa, FL
Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado Springs Stampede Colorado Springs area Colorado Springs, CO expansion team
Flag of South Carolina.svg Columbia Heat Columbia area Columbia, SC
Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace Des Moines area Des Moines, IA
Flag of Michigan.svg Grand Rapids Explosion Grand Rapids area Grand Rapids, MI expansion team
Flag of California.svg Inland Empire Panteras Inland Empire area San Bernardino, CA expansion team
Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers Jackson area Jackson, MS expansion team
Flag of California.svg Montclair Standard Falcons Inland Empire area Montclair, CA
Flag of Tennessee.svg Nashville Metros Nashville area Nashville, TN
Flag of California.svg North Bay Breakers North Bay area Santa Rosa, CA
Flag of Oklahoma.svg Oklahoma City Slickers Oklahoma City area Oklahoma City, OK
Flag of Florida.svg Orlando Lions Central Florida area Orlando, FL
Flag of Washington.svg Puget Sound Hammers Puget Sound area Tacoma, WA expansion team
Flag of Virginia.svg Richmond Kickers Richmond area Richmond, VA
Flag of Virginia.svg Roanoke River Dawgs Roanoke area Roanoke, VA
Flag of California.svg San Francisco All-Blacks United San Francisco area San Francisco, CA
Flag of California.svg Shasta Scorchers Sacramento Valley area Redding, CA
Flag of Iowa.svg Sioux City Breeze Sioux City area Sioux City, IA
Flag of Florida.svg South Florida Future Gold Coast area Boca Raton, FL previously the South Florida Flamingos
Flag of Arizona.svg Tucson Amigos Tucson area Tucson, AZ
Flag of Washington, D.C..svg Washington Mustangs National Capital area Washington, DC
Flag of Kansas.svg Wichita Blue Wichita area Wichita, KS

Standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Place Team P W L GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 Cocoa Expos 18 16 2 62 20 +42 44 138
2 Richmond Kickers 18 15 3 47 21 +26 40 128
3 Nashville Metros 18 12 6 47 34 +13 41 113
4 Jackson Chargers 18 13 5 43 26 +17 36 109
5 Birmingham Grasshoppers 18 10 8 45 46 -1 39 97
6 Washington Mustangs 18 7 11 30 42 -12 29 73
7 Roanoke River Dawgs 18 5 14 40 51 -11 31 59
8 Orlando Lions 18 4 14 41 63 -22 25 51
9 Columbia Heat 18 4 14 30 47 -17 23 45
10 South Florida Future * 16 3 13 15 44 -29 14 34

Central Division[edit]

Place Team P W L GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 Sioux City Breeze 18 11 7 55 37 +18 35 101
2 Austin Lone Stars 18 10 8 57 30 +27 38 98
3 Des Moines Menace 18 10 8 53 37 +16 35 97
4 Oklahoma City Slickers 18 7 11 28 51 -23 25 67
5 Wichita Blue 18 6 12 32 63 -31 29 65
6 Grand Rapids Explosion 18 3 15 30 71 -41 27 45
7 Ann Arbor Elites 18 4 14 22 54 -32 20 42
8 Arkansas A's 18 2 16 17 67 -50 17 29

Western Division[edit]

Place Team P W L GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 San Francisco All-Blacks United 18 17 1 46 24 +22 42 142
2 Tucson Amigos 18 12 6 38 26 +12 32 102
3 Colorado Springs Stampede 18 11 7 49 28 +19 36 102
4 North Bay Breakers 18 10 8 40 40 = 36 96
5 Puget Sound Hammers 18 10 8 35 28 +7 32 90
6 Arizona Cotton 18 7 11 35 50 -15 28 70
7 Montclair Falcons 18 6 12 29 42 -13 22 58
8 Inland Empire Panteras 18 5 13 24 56 -32 23 53
9 Shasta Scorchers 18 1 17 21 73 -52 20 26

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Semifinals Eastern Finals
           
E1 Flag of Florida.svgCocoa Expos 3
E4 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 1
E1 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 3
E3 Flag of Alabama.svg Birmingham Grasshoppers 1
E2 Flag of Tennessee.svg Nashville Metros 2
E3 Flag of Alabama.svg Birmingham Grasshoppers 3
Central Semifinals Central Finals
           
C1 Flag of Iowa.svg Sioux City Breeze 7
C4 Flag of Oklahoma.svg Oklahoma City Slickers 0
C1 Flag of Iowa.svg Sioux City Breeze 0
C3 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 1
C2 Flag of Texas.svg Austin Lone Stars 2
C3 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 3
Western Semifinals Western Finals
           
W1 Flag of California.svg San Francisco All-Blacks United 6
W2 Flag of Arizona.svg Tucson Amigos 2
W1 Flag of California.svg San Francisco All-Blacks United 1
W3 Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado Springs Stampede 0
W3 Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado Springs Stampede 2
W4 Flag of California.svg North Bay Breakers 0
PDL Semifinals PDL Finals
           
W1 Flag of California.svg San Francisco All-Blacks United 0
H Flag of Virginia.svg Richmond Kickers 1
H Flag of Virginia.svg Richmond Kickers 3
E1 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 1
E1 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 3
C3 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 1

Sizzlin' Four[edit]

Semifinals[edit]


Runner-up[edit]

Final[edit]

August 11, 1995
Richmond Kickers (VA) 3-1 Cocoa Expos (FL)
Brian Kamler Goal 10' Goal 18'
Robert Ukrop Goal
(Report) Goal Mark Phillips
City Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 5,000
  • MVP: Brian Kamler

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 Gabe Jones Austin Lone Stars 15 20 8 48
2 Holger Schneidt Birmingham Grasshoppers 15 17 9 43
3 Jeff Dresser Grand Rapids Explosion 16 20 2 42
4 Brian Adams Sioux City Breeze 16 18 4 40
Eddie Enders Cocoa Expos 18 15 8 38
6 Toni Siikala Nashville Metros 15 15 4 34
7 Richard Sharpe Cocoa Expos 6 14 2 30
Adrian Gonzalez North Bay Breakers 16 13 0 26
8 Aaron Leventhal Des Moines Menace 15 10 4 24
9 Robert Ukrop Richmond Kickers 15 10 4 24
10 Sean Gibson Birmingham Grasshoppers ? 11 2 24

Honors[edit]

  • MVP: Robert Ukrop
  • Points leader: Gabe Jones
  • Goals leader: Gabe Jones
  • Rookie of the Year: Eduardo Yoldi
  • Assist Leader: Holger Schneidt
  • Goalkeeper of the Year: Alfredo Estrada
  • Coach of the Year: Blair Reed and Doug Mello
  • Organization of the Year: Richmond Kickers

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