1998 PDSL season

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The 1998 Premier Development Soccer League season was the 4th PDSL season. The season began in April 1998 and ended in August 1998.

San Gabriel Valley Highlanders won the championship, defeating the Jackson Chargers 3-2. Jackson won the regular season title, winning all 16 games and posting a whopping +84 goal difference. Four teams from the Pacific Coast Soccer League joined as associate members this season, with two (Abbotsford and Seattle) going on to become full members in 1999.

Changes from 1997 Season[edit]

Name changes[edit]

New teams[edit]

13 teams were added for the season, 9 expansion teams and four associates from the Pacific Coast Soccer League.

Team Area Location Previous affiliation
Flag of British Columbia.svg Abbotsford Athletes In Action Abbotsford area Abbotsford, BC Pacific Coast Soccer League
Flag of Florida.svg Bradenton Academics Southwest Florida area Bradenton, FL expansion
Flag of Florida.svg Central Florida Lionhearts Central Florida area Seminole, FL expansion
Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado Comets Denver area Commerce City, CO expansion
Flag of Wisconsin.svg Fox River Rebels Fox Cities area Menasha, WI expansion
Flag of Indiana.svg Indiana Invaders Michiana area South Bend, IN expansion
Flag of Missouri.svg Kansas City Brass Kansas City area Liberty, MO expansion
Flag of Florida.svg Miami Tango Greater Miami area Miami, FL expansion
Flag of Arizona.svg Northern Arizona Prospectors Prescott-Chino Valley area Prescott Valley, AZ expansion
Flag of British Columbia.svg Okanagan Valley Challenge Okanagan Valley area Kelowna, BC Pacific Coast Soccer League
Flag of Washington.svg Seattle Hibernian Seattle area Seattle, WA Pacific Coast Soccer League
Flag of California.svg Silicon Valley Ambassadors South San Francisco Bay area Santa Clara, CA expansion
Flag of British Columbia.svg Victoria Umbro Select Vancouver Island area Victoria, BC Pacific Coast Soccer League

Teams Leaving[edit]

The Cincinnati Riverhawks were promoted to the A-League and the Miami Breakers were promoted to the D3 Pro League following the 1997 season.

7 teams folded after the 1997 season:

The Lexington Bluegrass Bandits and Tucson Amigos went on hiatus for this year.

Standings[edit]

Blue denotes team has won their division.
Green denotes team has won playoff spot.
Orange denotes team gets bye into semifinals as host.
** denotes team is a provisional team and does not play a full schedule.

Central Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Colorado Comets 16 13 3 0 1 40 16 +26 39
2 Des Moines Menace* 16 11 5 2 1 51 27 +24 35
3 Twin Cities Tornado 16 9 7 0 1 32 33 -1 27
4 Kansas City Brass 16 7 9 0 1 42 29 +13 21
5 Sioux City Breeze* 16 7 9 2 1 28 31 -3 17
6 Colorado Springs Stampede 16 5 11 1 0 20 46 -26 13

* Des Moines and Sioux City were both penalized 6 points. Colorado Springs was penalized 3 points.

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Detroit Dynamite 16 14 2 2 0 45 24 +21 38
2 Mid-Michigan Bucks 16 11 5 0 1 38 19 +19 33
3 Kalamazoo Kingdom 16 7 9 0 1 30 34 -4 21
4 Indiana Invaders 16 7 9 1 0 26 33 -7 19
5 Fox River Rebels 16 6 10 0 0 30 37 -7 18
6 Lansing Locomotive* 16 3 13 0 0 36 42 -6 6
7 Grand Rapids Explosion 16 0 16 0 0 6 56 -50 0

* Lansing was penalized 3 points.

Northwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Spokane Shadow 16 13 3 0 0 62 15 +47 39
2 Yakima Reds 16 9 7 0 0 40 28 +12 27
3 Seattle BigFoot* 16 11 5 3 0 28 32 -4 27
4 Cascade Surge 16 9 7 2 2 28 28 0 23
5 Seattle Hibernian 8 2 6 0 1 5 16 -11 6
6 Okanagan Valley Challenge 8 2 6 0 1 6 23 -17 6
7 Victoria Umbro Select 8 1 7 0 2 11 19 -8 3
8 Abbotsford Athletes In Action 8 1 7 1 0 9 28 -19 1

Abbotsford, Okanagan Valley, Seattle Hibernian, and Victoria are all associate members.
* Seattle BigFoot was penalized 6 points. Abbotsford was penalized 3 points.

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Jackson Chargers 16 16 0 0 0 104 17 +87 48
2 Cocoa Expos 16 9 7 0 0 41 36 +5 27
3 Bradenton Academics* 16 9 7 1 0 50 42 +8 25
4 Miami Tango 16 7 9 1 0 41 39 +2 22
5 Alabama Saints 16 7 9 0 3 40 48 -8 21
6 Central Florida Lionhearts* 16 6 10 1 0 40 55 -15 16
7 South Florida Future* 16 5 11 1 1 28 79 -51 13

* Bradenton, Central Florida, and South Florida were all penalized 3 points.

Southwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Points
1 Silicon Valley Ambassadors* 16 15 1 1 0 44 20 +24 43
2 San Gabriel Valley Highlanders* 16 11 5 1 0 45 27 +18 31
3 Southern California Chivas 16 7 9 0 1 30 26 +4 21
4 Central Coast Roadrunners 16 5 11 0 0 31 39 -8 15
5 Northern Arizona Prospectors* 16 2 14 1 1 23 66 -43 4

* Northern Arizona, San Gabriel Valley, and Silicon Valley were all penalized 3 points.

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

Kalamazoo hosted the Finals and received a bye to the National Semi-Finals.
The top four teams from the Central, Great Lakes, Southeast, and Southwest divisions, however, if Kalamazoo places in the top four in the Central Division, the fifth place team will take their spot. The top two teams in the Northwest Division will play the top two associate teams from the PCSL. The team with the most points to lose in the Divisional rounds will play in the Regional round as a wild card against the Divisional champion with the most points. The remaining four teams will play each other based on geography.

Divisional Brackets[edit]

Southeast Semifinals Southeast Finals
           
SE1 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 1
SE4 Flag of Florida.svg Miami Tango 0
SE1 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 0
SE2 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 1
SE2 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 4
SE3 Flag of Florida.svg Bradenton Academics 3
Southwest Semifinals Southwest Finals
           
SW1 Flag of California.svg Silicon Valley Ambassadors 1
SW4 Flag of California.svg Central Coast Roadrunners (AET) 2
SW4 Flag of California.svg Central Coast Roadrunners 2
SW2 Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 4
SW2 Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 2
SW3 Flag of California.svg Southern California Chivas 0
Northwest Semifinals Northwest Finals
           
NW1 Flag of Washington.svg Spokane Shadow 1
NWA2 Flag of British Columbia.svg Okanagan Valley Challenge 2
NWA2 Flag of British Columbia.svg Okanagan Valley Challenge 1
NW2 Flag of Washington.svg Yakima Reds 4
NW2 Flag of Washington.svg Yakima Reds 1
NWA1 Flag of Washington.svg Seattle Hibernian 0
Central Semifinals Central Finals
           
C1 Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado Comets 0
C4 Flag of Missouri.svg Kansas City Brass 1
C4 Flag of Missouri.svg Kansas City Brass 2 (0)
C2 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace (AET/PSO) 2 (1)
C2 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace (AET) 2
C3 Flag of Minnesota.svg Twin Cities Tornado 1
Great Lakes Semifinals Great Lakes Finals
           
GL1 Flag of Michigan.svg Detroit Dynamite 3
GL4 Flag of Wisconsin.svg Fox River Rebels 2
GL1 Flag of Michigan.svg Detroit Dynamite 0
GL2 Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 2
GL2 Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 1
GL3 Flag of Indiana.svg Indiana Invaders 0

Regional Finals[edit]

Region A
     
GL2 Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 2
WC Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 3
Region B
     
SW2 Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 4
NW2 Flag of Washington.svg Yakima Reds 2
Region C
     
C2 Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 3
SE2 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 1

PDSL Finals Brackets[edit]

  PDL Semifinals                    
  WC  Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 2  
  H  Flag of Michigan.svg Kalamazoo Kingdom 0   PDL Finals
      WC  Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 2
  PDL Semifinals   SW2  Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 3
  SW2  Flag of California.svg San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 3
  C2  Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 1   PDL Third Place
    H  Flag of Michigan.svg Kalamazoo Kingdom 1
    C2  Flag of Iowa.svg Des Moines Menace 4

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