1995 USISL Professional League

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The 1995 USISL Professional League was the higher of the two outdoor men's leagues run by the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues during the summer of 1995.

Overview[edit]

From its beginnings in 1986 as a semi-professional indoor league in the American Southwest, the USISL had grown over the last decade. In 1986, the league added a summer, outdoor competition which had grown in popularity as the indoor league slowly shrank. By 1994, the outdoor season included sixty-nine teams with various levels of professionalism. In 1996, the USISL decided to split the summer schedule into two different leagues, the Professional and the Premier Leagues. The Professional League was fully professional while the Premier League continued to allow amateur and semi-professional teams to compete.

Regular season[edit]

  • Regulation win = 6 points
  • Shootout win (SW) = 4 points
  • Shootout loss (SL) = 2 points
  • Regulation loss = 0 points
  • Bonus points (BP): An additional one point per goal up to a maximum of three points per game.

Northeast Division[edit]

Coastal Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Long Island Rough Riders 20 18 1 1 0 69 20 +49 45 157
2 Delaware Wizards 20 16 4 0 0 47 22 +25 41 137
3 Jersey Dragons 20 11 7 1 1 48 32 +16 39 111
4 Cape Cod Crusaders 20 11 7 0 2 49 33 +16 35 105
5 Rhode Island Stingrays 20 4 13 1 2 30 56 -26 28 60
6 Baltimore Bays 20 3 16 1 0 29 64 -35 28 50

Capital Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 New York Fever 20 13 5 2 0 43 22 +21 38 124
2 North Jersey Imperials 20 13 6 0 1 63 35 +28 47 123
3 Pennsylvania Freedom 20 11 7 1 1 55 44 +11 44 116
4 Albany Alleycats 20 9 10 0 1 48 51 -3 41 97
5 New Hampshire Ramblers 20 9 9 1 1 42 32 +10 35 95
6 Connecticut Wolves 20 8 11 0 1 35 53 -18 29 79
7 Boston Storm 20 3 17 0 0 25 62 -37 24 42

Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Charleston Battery 20 16 2 1 1 58 16 +42 44 146
2 Charlotte Eagles 20 13 6 1 0 59 35 +24 45 129
3 Raleigh Flyers 20 13 5 1 1 49 32 +17 42 126
4 Myrtle Beach Boyz 20 13 6 0 1 51 36 +15 39 119
5 Hampton Roads Mariners 20 12 6 1 1 51 31 +20 41 119
6 Greensboro Dynamo 20 11 9 0 0 55 33 +22 43 111

Midwest Division[edit]

East Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Minnesota Thunder 20 19 1 0 0 72 15 +57 49 163
2 Chicago Stingers 20 11 9 0 0 49 46 -3 39 105
3 St. Louis Knights 20 9 9 2 0 43 42 +1 34 96
4 Cincinnati Cheetahs 20 5 13 0 2 36 50 -14 33 67
5 Detroit Wheels 20 2 17 0 1 25 66 -41 24 29

West Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Milwaukee Rampage 20 17 3 0 0 63 24 +59 45 147
2 Columbus Xoggz 20 16 3 1 0 62 19 +43 46 146
3 Louisville Thoroughbreds 20 10 8 1 1 50 44 +6 41 107
4 Lexington Bluegrass Bandits 20 7 11 2 0 42 52 -9 39 89
5 Rockford Raptors 20 8 11 0 1 36 36 0 28 78

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Tampa Bay Cyclones 20 16 3 1 0 70 25 +50 47 147
2 Mobile Revelers 20 13 5 0 2 39 21 +18 34 116
3 Chattanooga Railroaders 20 9 10 1 0 50 51 -1 40 98
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 20 7 12 1 0 36 56 -20 32 78
5 Florida Stars 20 8 11 0 1 36 56 -20 26 76

South Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 El Paso Patriots 20 15 5 0 0 67 38 +29 51 141
2 DFW Toros 20 13 5 0 2 62 40 +22 44 126
3 New Mexico Chiles 20 13 7 0 0 54 31 +23 42 120
4 San Antonio Pumas 20 12 7 1 0 69 46 +23 44 120
5 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 20 11 6 1 2 41 33 +8 39 113
6 Texas Lightning 20 7 13 0 0 37 65 -28 33 75
7 Tulsa Roughnecks 20 5 13 1 1 32 45 -13 31 67

Western Division[edit]

North Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Monterey Bay Jaguars 20 14 4 2 0 60 24 +36 46 138
2 Chico Rooks 20 14 5 0 1 58 34 +24 45 131
3 Reno Rattlers 20 12 6 1 1 44 23 +21 37 115
4 CCV Hydra 20 9 10 0 1 42 36 +6 34 90
5 San Francisco Bay Diablos 20 6 11 0 3 43 49 -6 34 72

South Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Los Angeles Salsa U-23's 20 15 5 0 0 63 34 +29 47 137
2 San Diego Top Guns 20 11 7 2 0 47 32 +15 41 115
3 Valley Golden Eagles 20 11 7 0 2 41 31 +10 34 104
4 Las Vegas Quicksilver 20 3 17 0 0 22 55 -33 22 40

Northwest Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Hawaii Tsumani 20 17 2 1 0 69 15 +54 48 154
2 Salem Surge 20 14 6 0 0 61 37 +24 47 131
3 Everett Bigfoot 20 11 8 1 0 38 36 +2 32 102
4 Portland Firebirds 20 9 8 0 3 36 30 +6 31 91
5 Yakima Reds 20 4 16 0 0 29 60 -31 27 51

Playoffs[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

First round[edit]

August 9, 1995
8:00 PM EST
Pennsylvania Freedom (PA) 0-1 Jersey Dragons (NJ)
United German-Hungarian Club, Oakford, Pennsylvania


Second round[edit]

  • According to the available records, the Delaware Wizards defeated the Cape Cod Crusaders 5-4 (SO).


August 12, 1995
5:00 PM EST
New York Fever (NY) 1-0 Jersey Dragons (NJ)
Valhalla, New York

Final[edit]

August 18, 1995
5:30 PM EST
New York Fever (NY) 1-0 Delaware Wizards (MA)
Mike Saunders Goal
Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York


The New York Fever advanced.


Atlantic Division[edit]

August 12, 1995
Charleston Battery (SC) 0-3 Myrtle Beach Boyz (SC)
Goal 7' Chris Diaz
Goal 45' Troy Edwards
Goal 57' John Garvey
Stoney Field, Charleston, South Carolina
Attendance: 3,127


August 12, 1995
Charlotte Eagles (NC) 0-2 Raleigh Flyers (NC)
Charlotte, North Carolina

Final[edit]


  • The teams played a mini-game to decide who advanced after finishing the series tied at one game apiece.

August 19, 1995
10:00 PM EST
Raleigh Flyers (NC) 1-2 Myrtle Beach Boyz (SC)

The Myrtle Beach Boyz advanced.


Midwest Division[edit]

First round[edit]


August 8, 1995
7:00 PM CST
Columbus Xoggz (OH) 1-1 Louisville Thoroughbreds (KY)
Marty Schafer Goal 11' Goal 80' Marty Schoering
Yellow cardRed card 88' Louisville #13
Xogg houZe, Dublin, Ohio
  • The game was suspended late in the match due to darkness. On August 10th, the league announced the Xoggz and Thoroughbreds would finish their game on August 11th. The team which won would then immediately play the Milwaukee Rampage in the first game of the second round series. The Thoroughbreds, facing the requirement to make short-notice travel plans in order to play the last few minutes of the suspended game, then play their "home game" in Columbus in the event they won, chose to forfeit instead.

Second round[edit]

  • The Midwest Division second round matchups featured two-game series. All other divisions had single elimination matchups.

August 12, 1995
Chicago Stingers (IL) 0-2 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Steve Morris Penalty missed PK Goal 39' Goal 40' Tony Sanneh
Forest View Park; Arlington Heights, Illinois


The Minnesota Thunder advanced to the Midwest Division final.

August 11, 1995
6:30 PM EST
Columbus Xoggz (OH) 1-1 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Damian Roden Goal 33' Goal 31' Dan Stebbins
  Penalties  
Matt Coyer Penalty missed
Marty Schafer Penalty missed
Stephen Pugh Penalty missed
Lord Penalty missed
0-2 Penalty missed Kris Kelderman
Penalty scored Steve Provan
Penalty missed Rodrigo Gonzalez
Penalty scored Dan Stebbins
Xogg houZe, Dublin, Ohio


The Milwaukee Rampage advanced.

Final[edit]

August 18, 1995
5:30 PM CST
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2-0 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Uihlein Soccer Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin



The Minnesota Thunder advanced.


Southeast Division[edit]



Final[edit]

The Tampa Bay Cyclones advanced.


South Central Division[edit]


August 12, 1995
New Mexico Chiles (NM) 7-2 DFW Toros (TX)
New Mexico

Final[edit]

August 17, 1995
7:30 PM MST
New Mexico Chiles (NM) 3-0 El Paso Patriots (TX)
New Mexico


August 20, 1995
2:00 PM CST
El Paso Patriots (TX) 1-2 New Mexico Chiles (NM)
Texas

The New Mexico Chiles advanced to the Sizzlin' Nine Tournament.


Western Division[edit]

First round[edit]

August 9, 1995
Chico Rooks (CA) 1-2 Reno Rattlers (NV)

Second round[edit]


Final[edit]


The Monterey Bay Jaguars advanced.


Northwest Division[edit]

Final[edit]

The Hawaii Tsunami advanced.

Sizzlin' Nine Championship[edit]

The Sizzlin' Nine Championship was a three-group round robin tournament featuring nine teams. The Long Island Rough Riders received a bye into the Sizzlin' Nine Championship. The other eight teams were the seven divisional champions and the divisional finals runner-up with the highest total points during the regular season. Each of the three groups played at a single location. The top four teams then advanced to the playoff semifinals.

Group 1[edit]

Place Team W L GF GA GD
1 Long Island Rough Riders 2 0 6 2 +4
2 Monterey Bay Jaguars 1 1 9 3 +6
3 New Mexico Chiles 0 2 2 12 -10



Group 2[edit]

Place Team W L GF GA GD
1 Minnesota Thunder 2 0 4 1 +3
2 New York Fever 1 1 2 2 0
3 Hawaii Tsunami 0 2 0 3 -3

August 29, 1995
5:45 PM EST
New York Fever (NY) 0-0 Hawaii Tsunami (HI)
  Penalties  
1-0
Barrett Stadium, Valhalla, New York
  • When the game ended in a tie, the referee chose to go directly to penalty kicks because the field had no lights and it was difficult to see.


August 30, 1995
5:45 PM EST
Minnesota Thunder (MN) 2-0 Hawaii Tsunami (HI)
Barrett Stadium, Valhalla, New York


Group 3[edit]

Place Team W L GF GA GD
1 Tampa Bay Cyclones 1 1 7 6 -1
2 Myrtle Beach Boyz 1 1 7 7 0
3 Milwaukee Rampage 1 1 5 6 -1

August 28, 1995
7:00 PM EST
Myrtle Beach Boyz (SC) 3-5 Tampa Bay Cyclones (FL)
Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


August 29, 1995
7:00 PM EST
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 3-2 Tampa Bay Cyclones (FL)
Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


August 30, 1995
7:00 PM EST
Myrtle Beach Boyz (SC) 4-2 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Semi-finals[edit]


Final[edit]

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 Flavio Ferri San Antonio Pumas 19 29 8 66
2 Rito Delgado El Paso Patriots 18 26 11 61
3 Paul Young Charleston Battery 19 23 9 55
4 Giovanni Savarese Long Island Rough Riders 20 23 8 54
5 Darren Eales Hampton Roads Mariners 19 24 4 52
6 Ivailo Ilarionov Chattanooga Railroaders 15 18 14 50
7 Billy Thompson Hawaii Tsunami 14 21 7 49
8 Duane Robinson New Jersey Imperials 17 21 5 47
9 Manny Lagos Minnesota Thunder 17 19 7 45
10 John van Buskirk Louisville Thoroughbreds 19 21 3 44

Honors[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]