1998 USISL D-3 Pro League

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USISL D-3 Pro League
Season 1998
Champions Chicago Stingers
Relegated Central Jersey Riptide
Miami Breakers
NYCD Alleycats
Orlando Nighthawks
Vermont Voltage
1997
1999

The 1998 USISL D-3 Pro League was the 12th season of third-division soccer in the United States, and was the second season of now-defunct USISL D-3 Pro League. The champions were the Chicago Stingers who beat the New Hampshire Phantoms in the final.

Changes from 1996[edit]

Before the season, Western Massachusetts, Northern Virginia, and Pensacola were added. Baltimore became Eastern Shore. Dallas became Texas. Vermont became the Voltage. Miami was promoted from PDSL.

Name Changes[edit]

New Clubs[edit]

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Florida Miami Breakers South Florida Miami, FL promoted from PDSL
Virginia Northern Virginia Royals Northern Virginia Manassas, VA expansion
Florida Pensacola Barracudas Pensacola area Pensacola, FL expansion
Massachusetts Western Mass Pioneers Springfield area Ludlow, MA expansion

Folding or Moving[edit]

No teams left the league nor folded.

Teams[edit]

Head coaching changes[edit]

Season Overview[edit]

Standings[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Pos. Club GP W L SW SL GF GA GD Pts. Qualification / relegation
1 Rhode Island Stingrays 18 11 7 0 0 39 33 +6 33 USISL Divisional Semifinals
2 New Hampshire Phantoms 18 12 6 2 0 36 24 +12 32
3 Western Mass Pioneers 18 10 8 0 1 45 34 +11 30
4 Cape Cod Crusaders 18 7 11 0 0 23 28 −5 21
5 Vermont Voltage 18 3 15 1 1 15 43 −28 6[A] Relegation to the 1999 PDSL

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos. Club GP W L SW SL GF GA GD Pts. Qualification / relegation
1 South Jersey Barons 18 12 6 0 2 40 20 +20 36 USISL Divisional Semifinals
2 Reading Rage 18 10 8 0 0 41 29 +12 30
3 New Jersey Stallions 18 10 8 0 1 37 24 +13 30
4 Central Jersey Riptide 18 11 7 3 1 33 19 +14 27 USISL Divisional Semifinals
Relegation to the 1999 PDSL
5 NYCD Alleycats 18 5 13 0 0 19 36 −17 15 Relegation to the 1999 PDSL

Atlantic Division[edit]

Pos. Club GP W L SW SL GF GA GD Pts. Qualification / relegation
1 Delaware Wizards 18 14 4 1 2 43 16 +27 40 USISL Divisional Finals
2 Myrtle Beach Seadawgs 18 13 5 1 0 42 26 +16 37
3 Charlotte Eagles 18 11 7 1 1 47 31 +16 30 USISL Divisional Semifinals
4 Roanoke Wrath 18 10 8 0 2 36 19 +27 30
5 South Carolina Shamrocks 18 9 9 1 1 34 32 +2 25
6 Wilmington Hammerheads 18 8 10 0 0 33 34 −1 24
7 Northern Virginia Royals 18 6 12 1 0 28 46 −18 16
8 Eastern Shore Sharks 18 0 18 0 0 16 90 −74 0

Southeast Division[edit]

Miami Breakers              18  17   1   0   0   67  21  51
Orlando Nighthawks          18  12   6   0   0   62  33  36
Southwest Florida Manatees  18   8  10   0   1   34  57  24
Pensacola Barracudas        18   5  13   1   1   21  57  13
Tallahassee Tempest         18   2  16   0   0   12  41   6

North Central Division[edit]

Indiana Blast               18  15   3   0   0   57  24  45
Chicago Stingers            18  13   5   0   1   37  16  39
Rockford Raptors            18  10  18   1   2   31  25  28
Cleveland Caps              18  10   8   1   0   33  41  28

South Central Division[edit]

Austin Lone Stars           18  13   5   0   1   46  20  39
Texas Toros                 18  13   5   1   0   44  24  37
San Antonio Pumas           17   7  10   0   0   26  44  21
Tulsa Roughnecks            18   7  11   1   0   33  44  16[A]
Houston Hurricanes          18   6  11   2   2   25  36  14
Shreveport/Bossier Lions    18   4  14   0   0   24  50   6[A]

West Division[edit]

Arizona Sahuaros            18  14   4   0   0   67  28  42
Chico Rooks                 18  11   7   1   2   39  28  31
Stanislaus County Cruisers  18  13   5   1   0   51  25  37
Los Angeles Fireballs       18   6  12   1   1   21  37  16
San Fernando Valley Golden Eagles 18   5  13   0   1   29  51  15
Reno Rattlers               18   4  14   1   0   23  52  10

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Playoffs[edit]

Divisional Semifinals[edit]

Higher seed/home team on the left.

Division Finals[edit]

Division Finals:       Austin defeated Texas 1-0
                      Charlotte defeated Myrtle Beach, 8-3
                      Delaware defeated Roanoke, 2-1
                      New Hampshire defeated Rhode Island, 3-2
                      Chicago defeated Indiana, 3-0
                      Central Jersey defeated Reading, 3-0
                      Arizona defeated Stanislaus County 2-1

Quarterfinals[edit]

Quarterfinals:         New Hampshire defeated Central Jersey, 3-0
                      Chicago defeated Delaware 1-0
                      Orlando defeated Charlotte, 3-2
                      Austin defeated Arizona 1-0

Semifinals[edit]

Semi-finals:           Chicago defeated Orlando, 2-0
                      New Hampshire defeated Austin, 3-2 (OT)

Championship[edit]

CHAMPIONSHIP:          Chicago defeated New Hampshire, 3-2(OT)

Top goalscorers[edit]

Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
A ^ : Deducted one point due to fielding ineligible players.[2]
General References
  1. ^ United Soccer Leagues (RSSSF)
  2. ^ "The Year in American Soccer, 1998: USISL D3-Pro League (Division 3)". The American Soccer History Archives. April 11, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2011.