1999 PDL season

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The 1999 USL Premier Development League season was the 5th PDL season. The season began in April 1999 and ended in August 1999.

Chicago Sockers finished the season as national champions, beating Spokane Shadow 3-1 in the PDL Championship game. Jackson Chargers had finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 14 out of their 16 games, suffering just two losses, and finishing with a +55 goal difference.

Changes from 1998 Season[edit]

Name changes[edit]

New teams[edit]

18 teams were added for the season, including 7 expansion teams and four who had returned from hiatus.

Team Area Location Previous affiliation
Flag of New York.svg Brooklyn Knights Brooklyn (NYC) area Brooklyn, NY expansion
Flag of New York.svg Capital District Shockers New York Capital District area Albany, NY from D-3 Pro League
Flag of New Jersey.svg Central Jersey Riptide Central Jersey area Trenton, NJ from D-3 Pro League
Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago Sockers Chicago area Chicago, IL from D-3 Pro League
Flag of Tennessee.svg Clarksville Gunners Clarksville area Clarksville, TN expansion
Flag of Kentucky.svg Lexington Bluegrass Bandits Lexington area Lexington, KY returned from hiatus
Flag of Florida.svg Miami Breakers Miami area Miami, FL from D-3 Pro League
Flag of Nevada.svg Nevada Zephyrs Las Vegas area Las Vegas, NV expansion
Flag of New York.svg New York Freedom New York City area New York, NY expansion
Flag of Florida.svg Orlando Nighthawks Central Florida area Orlando, FL from D-3 Pro League
Flag of Illinois.svg Rockford Raptors Rockford area Rockford, IL from D-3 Pro League
Flag of California.svg San Fernando Valley Heroes Los Angeles area Los Angeles, CA from D-3 Pro League
Flag of Missouri.svg Team St. Louis St. Louis area St. Louis, MO expansion
Flag of Arizona.svg Tucson Amigos Tucson area Tucson, AZ returned from hiatus
Flag of Vermont.svg Vermont Voltage Vermont area St. Albans, VT from D-3 Pro League
Flag of New York.svg Westchester Flames Suburban Mainland New York area New Rochelle, NY expansion
Flag of Kansas.svg Wichita Blue Wichita area Wichita, KS returned from hiatus
Flag of Oregon.svg Willamette Valley Firebirds Portland area Portland, OR returned from hiatus

Teams Leaving[edit]

5 teams folded after the 1998 Season:

Alabama Saints and South Florida Future went on hiatus for this season.

Okanagan Valley Challenge and Victoria Umbro Select returned to the PCSL, ending their associate membership. Abbotsford Athletes In Action and Seattle Hibernian retained their membership.

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 Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 Mid-Michigan Bucks 16 14 2 1 0 62 11 +51 11 65
2 Chicago Sockers 16 12 4 1 1 41 14 +27 7 53
4 Wisconsin Rebels 16 11 5 1 0 45 37 +8 9 51
4 Indiana Invaders 16 7 9 0 0 34 44 -10 7 35
5 Kalamazoo Kingdom 16 6 10 1 1 28 45 -17 5 28
6 Rockford Raptors 16 2 14 0 2 23 61 -38 3 13
7 West Michigan Explosion 16 2 14 0 0 17 49 -32 2 5

Heartland Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 Twin Cities Tornado 16 14 2 0 0 55 18 +37 9 65
2 Sioux City Breeze 16 13 3 0 0 52 25 +27 9 61
3 Colorado Comets 15 8 7 0 1 48 33 +15 9 42
4 Des Moines Menace 16 7 9 0 1 33 36 -3 5 34
5 Kansas City Brass 16 6 10 2 0 23 38 -15 4 24
6 Team St. Louis* 6 5 1 0 0 28 8 +20 4 24
7 Wichita Blue** 11 3 8 0 2 13 43 -30 2 16
8 Colorado Springs Stampede 16 3 12 2 0 21 52 -31 2 10

** Wichita Blue folded during the season.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 New York Freedom 16 11 5 1 1 45 24 +21 8 49
2 Central Jersey Riptide 16 8 8 0 1 40 28 +12 9 36
3 Brooklyn Knights 16 7 9 2 0 29 42 -13 5 29
4 Westchester Flames 16 7 9 1 0 19 32 -13 3 29
5 Vermont Voltage 16 4 12 0 1 26 42 -16 4 21
6 Capital District Shockers 16 2 14 0 0 18 65 -47 1 9

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 Jackson Chargers 16 14 2 0 0 67 12 +55 11 67
2 Cocoa Expos 16 12 4 2 0 58 24 +34 10 54
3 Central Florida Kraze 16 10 6 0 1 47 23 +24 8 49
4 Miami Breakers 16 9 7 1 0 29 32 -3 6 40
5 Bradenton Academics 16 8 8 0 1 28 32 -4 5 38
5 Clarksville Gunners 16 6 10 1 1 28 37 -9 3 26
7 Miami Tango 16 5 11 1 0 25 61 -36 5 23
8 Lexington Bluegrass Bandits 6 3 3 0 0 17 14 +3 4 16
9 Orlando Nighthawks 16 1 15 0 1 13 63 -40 0 5

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 Willamette Valley Firebirds 16 14 2 0 0 54 20 +34 10 56
2 Spokane Shadow 16 10 6 0 0 36 21 +15 8 48
3 Abbotsford 86ers Select 16 8 8 0 1 36 32 +4 7 40
4 Seattle Sounders Select 16 8 8 2 0 19 32 -13 1 29
5 Yakima Reds 16 6 10 1 1 31 43 -12 6 29
6 Cascade Surge 16 2 14 0 1 19 47 -28 3 12

Southwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L SW SL GF GA GD Bonus Points
1 San Fernando Valley Heroes 16 13 3 4 0 53 21 +32 8 52
2 Central Coast Roadrunners 16 8 8 1 1 32 24 +12 7 38
3 Nevada Zephyrs 16 7 9 0 0 26 31 -5 4 32
4 San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 16 6 10 0 0 33 51 -18 6 27
5 Silicon Valley Ambassadors 16 5 11 0 2 23 44 -21 2 24
6 Tucson Amigos 16 3 13 0 2 23 41 -18 1 15

Playoffs[edit]

Spokane hosted the Finals and received a bye to the National Semi-Finals.

Central Semifinals Central Finals
           
GL1 Flag of Michigan.svg Mid-Michigan Bucks 1
HL2 Flag of Iowa.svg Sioux City Breeze 2
HL2 Flag of Iowa.svg Sioux City Breeze 1
GL2 Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago Sockers 3
HL1 Flag of Minnesota.svg Twin Cities Tornado 0
GL2 Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago Sockers 2
Eastern Semifinals Eastern Finals
           
SE1 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 9
NE2 Flag of New York.svg Brooklyn Knights 1
HL2 Flag of Mississippi.svg Jackson Chargers 0
GL2 Flag of New York.svg New York Freedom 1
NE1 Flag of New York.svg New York Freedom 3
SE2 Flag of Florida.svg Cocoa Expos 1
Western Semifinals Western Finals
           
NW1 Flag of Oregon.svg Willamette Valley Firebirds 1
SW2 Flag of California.svg Central Coast Roadrunners 0
NW1 Flag of Oregon.svg Willamette Valley Firebirds 5
NW2 Flag of British Columbia.svg Abbotsford 86ers Select 1
SW1 Flag of California.svg San Fernando Valley Heroes 1
NW2 Flag of British Columbia.svg Abbotsford 86ers Select 2
  PDL Semifinals                    
  NW1  Flag of Oregon.svg Willamette Valley Firebirds 1  
  H  Flag of Washington.svg Spokane Shadow 2   PDL Finals
      H  Flag of Washington.svg Spokane Shadow 1
  PDL Semifinals   GL2  Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago Sockers 3
  NE1  Flag of New York.svg New York Freedom 0
  GL2  Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago Sockers 1   PDL Third Place
    NW1  Flag of Oregon.svg Willamette Valley Firebirds 2
    NE1  Flag of New York.svg New York Freedom 5

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