1998 USISL A-League

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The 1998 USISL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues during the summer of 1998.

Regular season[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 Rochester Rhinos 28 23 1 1 3 72 15 +57 70
2 Montreal Impact 28 13 8 2 5 47 33 +14 47
3 Staten Island Vipers 28 15 1 1 11 46 37 +9 46
4 Long Island Rough Riders 28 14 3 1 10 46 35 +11 45
5 Worcester Wildfire 28 10 2 2 14 37 50 -13 32
6 Toronto Lynx 28 8 1 2 17 27 42 -15 25
7 Connecticut Wolves 28 2 5 3 18 32 57 -25 11

Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 Richmond Kickers 28 18 3 2 5 48 22 +26 57
2 Hershey Wildcats 28 17 2 1 8 51 31 +20 53
3 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 15 1 3 9 44 39 +5 46
4 Charleston Battery 28 11 1 1 15 37 40 -3 34
5 Jacksonville Cyclones 28 10 0 2 16 36 53 -17 30
6 Atlanta Ruckus 28 7 0 1 20 31 67 -36 21
7 Raleigh Flyers 28 5 0 2 21 31 66 -35 15

Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 Nashville Metros 28 18 2 1 7 70 31 +39 56
2 Minnesota Thunder 28 16 3 1 8 52 33 +19 51
3 Milwaukee Rampage 28 16 1 3 8 61 39 +22 49
4 New Orleans Storm 28 14 1 1 12 53 50 +3 43
5 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 11 0 0 17 48 65 -17 33
6 El Paso Patriots 28 9 3 1 15 51 54 -3 30
7 Albuquerque Geckos 28 5 0 1 22 39 100 -61 15

Pacific Division[edit]

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 San Diego Flash 28 20 1 1 6 58 23 +35 61
2 Seattle Sounders 28 17 1 0 10 63 28 +35 52
3 Orange County Zodiac 28 15 1 3 9 49 43 +6 46
4 Vancouver 86ers 28 13 2 1 12 55 42 +13 41
5 MLS Project 40 28 10 1 2 15 45 55 -10 31
6 San Francisco Bay Seals 28 9 1 5 13 31 47 -16 28
7 California Jaguars 28 6 0 1 21 32 95 -53 18

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

September 12, 1998
Rochester Rhinos (NY) 3-0 Charleston Battery (SC)
Yari Allnutt Goal 23'
Jimmy Glenn Goal 36'
Mike Kirmse Goal 82'

Attendance: 9,673


September 12, 1998
Hershey Wildcats (PA) 1-1 Hampton Roads Mariners (VA)
Kyle Swords Goal 49' Goal 18' Greg Richards
  Penalties  
4 – 3

Attendance: 2,089


September 12, 1998
Montreal Impact (QC) 3-1 Staten Island Vipers (NY)
Giuliano Oliviero Goal 3'
Kevin Lamey Goal 66'
Kevin Wilson Goal 90'
Goal 2' Marvin Oliver

Attendance: 9,673


September 13, 1998
Richmond Kickers (VA) 0-0 Long Island Rough Riders (NY)
  Penalties  
4 – 3

Attendance: 1,798

Western Conference[edit]

September 12, 1998
7:30 PM (PDT)
San Diego Flash (CA) 3-1 Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Nate Hetherington Goal 22' Goal 74'
Jamie Munro Red card 41'
Carlos Farias Goal 51'
Jerome Watson Goal 90'
(Report) Goal 19' Jason Jordan
Devore Stadium, Chula Vista, California
Attendance: 4,178


September 12, 1998
Nashville Metros (TN) 2-2 New Orleans Storm (LA)
Vince Martinez Red card 35'
Martin Reynders Goal 41'
Goal 78' (pen.)
Goal 23' Ricardo Blanchard
Goal 53' (pen.) Gabe Gentile
  Penalties  
2 – 4

Attendance: 650


September 13, 1998
Seattle Sounders (WA) 2-1 Orange County Zodiac (CA)
Peter Hattrup Goal 63'
Brandon Prideaux Booked 73'
Dick McCormick Goal 76' (pen.)
(Report) Goal 22' Eddie Soto
Booked 60' Steve Patterson
Booked 67' Ken Hesse
Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 4,371
Referee: Mohammed Sagakhaneh

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference semifinal 1[edit]

September 17, 1998
Hershey Wildcats (PA) 0-0 Richmond Kickers (VA)
  Penalties  
3 – 2

Attendance: 2,296


September 20, 1998
Richmond Kickers (VA) 2-4 Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Rob Johnson Goal 82'
Tony Williams Goal 84'
Goal 15' Lee Tschantret
Goal 45' Don D'Ambra
Goal 81' Jamel Mitchell
Goal 90' Jakob Fenger

Attendance: 9,147

The Hershey Wildcats advance to the Eastern Conference final.

Eastern Conference semifinal 2[edit]

September 20, 1998
Montreal Impact (QC) 2-2 Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Elvis Thomas Goal 43'
Patrick Diotte Goal 56'
Goal 16' Darren Tilley
Goal 21' Tommy Tanner
  Penalties  
2 – 3


September 23, 1998
Rochester Rhinos (NY) 4-1 Montreal Impact (QC)
Lenin Steenkamp Goal 45' Goal 48'
Scott Schweitzer Goal 61'
Yari Allnutt Goal 68'
Goal 23' Elvis Thomas

Attendance: 7,529

Western Conference semifinal 1[edit]


The Minnesota Thunder advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

Western Conference semifinal 2[edit]

September 19, 1998
San Diego Flash (CA) 2-1 New Orleans Storm (LA)
Antonio Robles Goal 18'
Carlos Farias Goal 73'
Goal 60' Glenn Benjamin

Attendance: 4,043


September 21, 1998
New Orleans Storm (LA) 3-3 San Diego Flash (CA)
Gabe Gentile Goal 46'
Chris Veselka Goal 61' Goal 89'
Colin Rocke Red card 63'
Andrew Restrepo Red card 69'
Goal 7' Jerome Watson
Goal 53' Mauricio Alegre
Goal 75' Carlos Farias
  Penalties  
2 – 3

Attendance: 3,183

The San Diego Flash advance to the Western Conference championship.

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

September 26, 1998
Rochester Rhinos (NY) 3-1 Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Jimmy Glenn Goal 3'
Darren Tilley Goal 61'
Darren Tilley Goal 89'
Goal 84' Lee Tschantret

Attendance: 8,212


October 3, 1998
Hershey Wildcats (PA) 0-1 Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Goal 75' Darren Tilley

Attendance: 1,847

The Rochester Rhinos advanced to the finals.

Western Conference[edit]

September 26, 1998
Minnesota Thunder (MN) 2-1 San Diego Flash (CA)
John Coughlin Goal 22'
Gabe Garcia Goal 87'
(Report) Goal 55' Daniel Sinouhi


The Minnesota Thunder advanced to the final.

Final[edit]

October 17, 1998
7:00 PM EST
Rochester Rhinos (NY) 3-1 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Darren Tilley Goal 20'
Darren Tilley Goal 22'
Darren Tilley Goal 60'
Goal 34' (OG) Tim Hardy

MVP: Darren Tilley

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Mark Baena Seattle Sounders 24 5 53
2 Darren Tilley Rochester Rhinos 21 6 48
3 Amos Magee Minnesota Thunder 15 10 40
4 Kirk Wilson El Paso Patriots 15 7 37
5 Mauro Biello Montreal Impact 11 13 35
6 Mike Burke Charleston Battery 16 2 34
Gary Glasgow New Orleans Storm 15 4 34
Antonio Robles San Diego Flash 15 4 34
9 Yari Allnutt Rochester Rhinos 14 5 33
10 Jon Szczepanski Milwaukee Rampage 8 14 30
Jason Cairns Cincinnati Riverhawks 8 14 30
12 Luis Labastida Albuquerque Geckos 9 11 29
John Smith Nashville Metros 9 11 29
14 Patrick Beech Seattle Sounders 12 4 28
Steve Patterson Orange County Zodiac 11 6 28
Martin Reynders Nashville Metros 11 6 28
17 Giuliano Oliviero Montreal Impact 8 11 27
18 Gino DiFlorio Cincinnati Riverhawks 12 2 26
Jimmy Glenn Rochester Rhinos 10 6 26

Honors[edit]

External links[edit]