1997 USISL A-League

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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[edit]

At the end of the 1996 A-League season, the U.S. second division A-League collapsed. Five of the six 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[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
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[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
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 28 4 1 1 23 28 73 -45 13

Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
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[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 California Jaguars 28 17 1 0 10 48 34 +14 52
2 Seattle Sounders 28 16 2 3 7 42 19 +33 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

Playoffs[edit]

Division Semi-finals[edit]

Northeast Semifinal 1[edit]

September 3, 1997
Rochester Raging Rhinos (NY) 0-0 Long Island Rough Riders (NY)
  Penalties  
3 – 4


Northeast Semifinal 2[edit]

September 5, 1997
8:00 PM (EST)
Toronto Lynx (ON) 1-2 Montreal Impact (QC)
Terry St. Louis Goal 13'
Peyvand Mossavat Booked 31'
Martin Dugas Booked 42'
Franco Spadafina Red card 43'
Paul Stalteri Booked 45'
(Report) Goal 8' Onandi Lowe
Booked 13' John Limniatis
Red card 25' Onandi Lowe
Goal 62' Mauro Biello
Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 1,254
Referee: Tony Camacho (Canada)


September 7, 1997
Montreal Impact (QC) 4-0 Toronto Lynx (ON)
Darren Tilley Goal 17' (pen.) Goal 25' Goal 26'
Bill Sedgewick Goal 45'

Montreal advances to the Division final

Atlantic Semifinal 1[edit]

September 5, 1997
Richmond Kickers (VA) 1-2 Carolina Dynamo (NC)
Rob Ukrop Goal 63' Goal 23' Robert Rosario
Goal 31' Yari Allnutt

Attendance: 1,362


September 6, 1997
Carolina Dynamo (NC) 1-4 Richmond 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


September 6, 1997
Carolina Dynamo (NC) 0-0 Richmond Kickers (VA)
  Penalties  
3 – 1

Attendance: 4,562

Atlantic Semifinal 2[edit]

September 5, 1997
7:30 PM (EST)
Charleston Battery (CA) 1-1 Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Juan Castillo Booked 38'
Michael Anhaeuser Booked 50'
Patrick Olalere Goal 85'
(Report) Goal 78' Mark Waite
  Penalties  
1 – 3
Stoney Field, Charleston, South Carolina
Attendance: 2,024
Referee: Roger Sill


September 7, 1997
6:00 PM (EST)
Hershey Wildcats (PA) 1-1 Charleston Battery (CA)
Lee Tschantret Goal 89' (Report) Booked Juan Castillo
Goal 75' Patrick Olalere
  Penalties  
0 – 1
Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 2,104
Referee: Yanich Wejlak


September 7, 1997
8:55 PM (EST)
Hershey Wildcats (PA) 0-0 Charleston Battery (CA)
(Report)
  Penalties  
4 – 2
Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 2,104
Referee: Yanich Wejlak

Central Semifinal 1[edit]

September 4, 1997
7:45 PM (EST)
Orlando Sundogs (FL) 1-2 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (LA)
Dylan Lewis Yellow cardRed card 34'
Greg Brick Goal 54'
(Report) Goal 12' Goal 23' Stern John
Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Referee: Robert Mann (USA)


Central Semifinal 2[edit]

September 4, 1997
Nashville Metros (TN) 1-2 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Tim Geltz Goal 2' Goal 81' Nick Igel
Goal 85' David Marshall

Attendance: 550


September 7, 1997
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 3-0 Nashville Metros (TN)

Attendance: 1,229

Pacific Semifinal 1[edit]

September 4, 1997
Colorado Foxes (CO) 0-3 Seattle Sounders (WA)
Rivers Guthrie Booked (Report) Booked 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)


September 6, 1997
Seattle Sounders (WA) 2-0 Colorado Foxes (CO)
Henry Gutierrez Booked
Vicente Figueroa Booked
Vicente Figueroa Goal 70'
Esmundo Rodriguez Goal 89'
(Report) Booked Chad Ashton
Booked 87' Ray Tomlin
Yellow cardRed card 88' Ray Tomlin
Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 6,927
Referee: Mohammad Zarrabi-Kashani (USA)

Pacific Semifinal 2[edit]

September 5, 1997
Vancouver 86ers (BC) 4-1 California Jaguars (CA)
Domenic Mobilio Goal 2' (pen.)
Goal 54' (pen.)
Steve Kindel Goal 35'
Goal 86' Paul Holocher

Attendance: 2,716


September 7, 1997
California Jaguars (CA) 2-2 Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Mark Baena Goal 55'
Rick Iversen Goal 89'
Goal 22' Steve Kindel
Goal 73' Domenic Mobilio
  Penalties  
1 – 2

Attendance: 1,859

Division Finals[edit]

Northeast Division final[edit]



September 14, 1997
Montreal Impact (QC) 0-0 Long Island Rough Riders (NY)
  Penalties  
1 – 4

Atlantic Division final[edit]

September 12, 1997
Charleston Battery (SC) 3-3 Carolina 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
Stoney Field, Charleston, South Carolina
Attendance: 1,422


September 14, 1997
Carolina Dynamo (NC) 2-1 Charleston Battery (SC)
Maher Atta Goal 29'
Yari Allnutt Goal 89'
Goal 27' (pen.) Andy Schmetzer

Attendance: 1,506


September 14, 1997
Carolina Dynamo (NC) 1-0 Charleston Battery (SC)
Ed Radwanski Goal 12'

Attendance: 1,506

Central Division final[edit]

September 12, 1997
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2-1 (OT) New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (LA)
Nick Igel Goal 81' Goal 92' Goal 9' Ricardo Blanchard

Attendance: 2,818


September 14, 1997
New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (LA) 3-4 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Stern John Goal 64' (pen.)
Gabe Jones Goal 67'
Mickey Trotman Goal 78'
Goal 51' (pen.) Jon Szczepanski
Goal 78' (pen.)
Goal 60' Dan Stebbins
Goal 74' David Marshall

Attendance: 898

Pacific Division final[edit]



Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]


The Carolina Dynamo advance.

Western Conference[edit]

September 19, 1997
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 3-1 Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Dan Stebbins Goal 65' Goal 82' Goal 87' Goal 51' Domenic Mobilio


September 21, 1997
5:00 PM
Vancouver 86ers (BC) 1-0 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Domenic Mobilio Goal 63' (pen.)


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

Final[edit]

MVP: Carmine Isacco, Milwaukee Rampage

Points leaders[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]