2001 USL A-League

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The 2001 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 2001.

History[edit]

The addition of the Portland Timbers this season saw the renewal of a Pacific Northwest rivalry between them, the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps which dated back to the North American Soccer League. Although Vancouver was not new to the league, this was the first season they competed in under the Whitecaps name. Beginning with their founding in 1986 through the 2000 A-League season, Vancouver had operated under the 86ers name. An ownership change in August 2000 brought a revival of the old Whitecaps name for the 2001 season. At the end of the regular season, the Richmond Kickers topped the league with seventy-six points. The post-season was marred by two tragedies. First, the September 11 attacks forced the league to reschedule the first round games which had been set to begin on September 12. Then, Mickey Trotman, a starter for the Rochester Rhinos, was killed in an automobile accident two days before the team's first semifinal match with the Milwaukee Rampage. In the end, the Rhinos overcame the Hershey Wildcats to take its third league title in four seasons.

League standings[edit]

Northern Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Hershey Wildcats 26 16 3 7 45 20 +25 8 75
2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 26 16 4 6 43 27 +16 6 74
3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 26 10 4 12 39 39 0 6 50
4 Montreal Impact 26 10 2 14 29 37 -8 3 45
5 Connecticut Wolves 26 9 6 11 30 37 -7 1 43
6 Long Island Rough Riders 26 8 4 16 31 50 -19 5 33
7 Toronto Lynx 26 7 3 16 20 41 -21 1 32

Central Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Richmond Kickers 26 16 3 7 47 34 +13 9 76
2 Charleston Battery 26 16 1 9 51 34 +17 8 73
3 Charlotte Eagles 26 14 2 10 50 41 +9 8 66
4 Nashville Metros 26 14 2 10 47 48 -1 5 63
5 Atlanta Silverbacks 26 13 1 12 48 39 +9 6 59
6 Indiana Blast 26 8 0 18 38 55 -17 3 35
7 Cincinnati Riverhawks 26 6 0 20 39 80 -41 3 27

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Vancouver Whitecaps 26 16 2 8 44 33 +11 8 74
2 San Diego Flash 26 14 1 11 55 42 +13 11 68
3 Milwaukee Rampage 26 14 2 10 45 40 +5 5 63
4 Portland Timbers 26 13 3 10 41 38 +3 7 62
5 Seattle Sounders 26 13 1 12 40 39 +1 4 57
6 Minnesota Thunder 26 9 2 15 29 34 -5 3 41
7 El Paso Patriots 26 8 4 14 39 42 -3 4 40

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
 Charlotte Eagles 0 2 2  
 Portland Timbers 2 3 5  
   Hershey Wildcats 2 1 3  
   Portland Timbers 0 0 0  
   Hershey Wildcats 4 0 4  
   Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 1  
 San Diego F.C. 2 2 4  
 Atlanta Silverbacks 0 2 2  
   Vancouver Whitecaps 0 4 4
   San Diego F.C. 2 1 3  
 
   Hershey Wildcats 0
   Rochester Raging Rhinos 2
 Charleston Battery 1 1 2  
 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 3 5  
   Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 3 4
   Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 0 2  
 
   Rochester Raging Rhinos 3 1 4
   Milwaukee Rampage 2 0 2  
 Milwaukee Rampage (aet) (p) 3 0 3 (4)  
 Nashville Metros 2 1 3 (2)  
   Richmond Kickers 2 1 3
   Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 2 2 4  
 

First round[edit]

Pittsburgh vs Charleston[edit]

September 20, 2001
7:35 PM (EDT)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA) 2-1 Charleston Battery (SC)
Gary DePalma Goal 45'
Phil Karn Goal 76'
(Report) Booked 36' John Ball
Goal 38' Paul Conway
Yellow cardRed card 44' John Ball
Bethel Park Stadium, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 1,152



San Diego vs Atlanta[edit]

September 19, 2001
10:00 PM (EDT)
San Diego Flash (CA) 1-0 Atlanta Silverbacks (GA)
Brian O'Connor Booked 43'
Thiago Martins Goal 63' Goal 72'
(Report) Booked 5' Shaun McSkimming
Booked 36' Ian Checcio
Booked 54' Randy Merkel
Booked 74' Sean Michael Callahan
San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, California
Attendance: 370
Referee: Richard Heron (USA)


September 23, 2001
5:30 PM (EDT)
Atlanta Silverbacks (GA) 2-2 San Diego Flash (CA)
Danny Care Booked 32'
Sean Finn Goal 45'
Sean Finn Booked 60'
Ryan Walker Goal 90'
(Report) Goal 42' Chugger Adair
Goal 66' Thiago Martins
Booked 73' Thiago Martins


Portland vs Charlotte[edit]

September 20, 2001
10:35 PM (EDT)
Portland Timbers (OR) 2-0 Charlotte Eagles (NC)
Darin Lewis Goal 10'
Mark Baena Goal 19'
Neil Ryan Booked 26'
Darren Sawatzky Booked 43'
Michael O'Neill Booked 63'
(Report) Booked 32' Jose Correa
Booked 73' Nate Watkins
PGE Park, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 4,771


September 22, 2001
7:30 PM (EDT)
Charlotte Eagles (NC) 2-3 Portland Timbers (OR)
Jacob Coggins Goal 16'
Joey Johnson Goal 19'
(Report) Goal 23' Michael O'Neill
Goal 82' Scott Benedetti
Goal 85' Greg Howes

Milwaukee vs Nashville[edit]

September 19, 2001
7:00 PM (CDT)
Nashville Metros (TN) 2-3 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Chris Morman Booked 20'
Brandon Wright Booked 72'
Chris Morman Yellow cardRed card 73'
Jakob Fenger Goal 82'
Jaymi Bailey Goal 90'
(Report) Booked 13' Judah Cooks
Goal 30' Goal 61' Steve Butcher
Booked 77' David Hayes
Red card 77' Jason Russell
Goal 83' Igor Soso
Booked 90' Dennis Fadeski
Ezell Park, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 810
Referee: Ali Saheli (USA)


September 22, 2001
3:00 PM (CDT)
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 0-1 OT Nashville Metros (TN)
Matt Bobo Booked 28'
Philippe Godoy Booked 72'
Destin Makumbu Booked 93'
Josh Provan Booked 98'
Judah Cooks Booked 99'
(Report) Booked 27' Jeff Dominguez
Booked 84' Jakob Fenger
Booked 93' Andreas Maier
Goal 90' Jeff Houser
Booked 98' Jeff Houser
  Penalties  
Steve Bernal Penalty missed
Igor Soso Penalty scored
David Hayes Penalty scored
Steve Butcher Penalty scored
Mike Slivinski Penalty scored
4 – 2 Penalty missed Dominic Schell
Penalty scored Jakob Fenger
Penalty scored Andreas Maier
Penalty missed Jeff Houser
Milwaukee County Sports Complex, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 2,152

Quarterfinals[edit]

Milwaukee vs Richmond[edit]

September 28, 2001
7:00 PM (CDT)
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2-2 Richmond Kickers (VA)
Alen Soso Booked 10'
Philippe Godoy Booked 18'
Matt Bobo Booked 43'
Judah Cooks Booked 45'
Dennis Fadeski Booked 66'
Digital Takawira Goal 73'
Alen Soso Yellow cardRed card 82'
(Report) Goal 17' Josh Henderson
Booked 26' Josh Henderson
Booked 44' Mike Burke
Booked 63' Kevin Knight
Goal 74' Kevin Knight
Booked 90' Chris Brown
Milwaukee County Sports Complex, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 1,318
Referee: Michael Kennedy (USA)


September 30, 2001
5:00 PM (CDT)
Richmond Kickers (VA) 1-2 OT Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Peter Luzak Booked 68'
Rob Ukrop Booked 88'
Josh Henderson Goal 90' (pen.)
(Report) Goal 35' Jim Curtin
Golden goal in the 93rd minute 93' Igor Soso
Richmond City Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 4,107
Referee: Robert Mann (USA)

Hershey vs Portland[edit]

September 27, 2001
5:00 PM (CDT)
Portland Timbers (OR) 0-2 Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Gavin Wilkinson Booked 19'
Mark Baena Booked 43'
Michael O'Neill Booked 86'
(Report) Booked 23' Nigel Henry
Booked 49' Mike Feniger
Booked 59' Chris Marinos
Red card 62' Chad Evans
Goal 71' Doug Watson
Goal 85' Fred DeGand
PGE Park, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 4,894


September 29, 2001
Hershey Wildcats (PA) 1-0 Portland Timbers (OR)
Mike Feniger Goal 28'

Attendance: 1,048

Vancouver vs San Diego[edit]

September 26, 2001
San Diego Flash (CA) 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar Goal 67'
Emmanuel Ayim Goal 84'
(Report)
Douglas Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 468


September 29, 2001
7:30 PM (PDT)
Vancouver Whitecaps (BC) 4-1 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Darren Tilley Goal 6'
John Sulentic Goal 17' Goal 90'
Steve Kindel Goal 42'
(Report) Goal 35' Chugger Adair

Rochester vs Pittsburgh[edit]

September 26, 2001
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA) 2-1 Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Welton Melo Goal 62'
John Jones Goal 81'
Goal 25' (pen.) Stoian Mladenov


September 29, 2001
Rochester Rhinos (NY) 3-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA)
Martin Nash Goal 30'
Neathan Gibson Goal 53'
Jimmy Tanner Goal 90'
Richmond City Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 4,107
Referee: Robert Mann (USA)

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

October 4, 2001
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2-3 Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Philippe Godoy Goal 24'
Matt Bobo Goal 61'
Jim Curtin Red card 78'
(Report) Goal 2' Lenin Steenkamp
Goal 15' Nate Daligcon
Booked 61' Fuseini Dauda
Booked 72' Kirk Wilson
Goal 76' Neathan Gibson
Booked 78' Scott Vallow
Booked 83' Tommy Tanner

Attendance: 271


October 6, 2001
6:36 PM (CST)
Rochester Rhinos (NY) 1-0 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Scott Schweitzer Booked 16'
Neathan Gibson Goal 41'
Mike Kirmse Booked 90'
(Report) Booked 38' Igor Soso
Booked 45' Judah Cooks
Booked 45' Philippe Godoy
Booked 81' Brian Doherty

Semifinal 2[edit]

October 3, 2001
7:30 PM (PDT)
Vancouver Whitecaps (BC) 0-4 Hershey Wildcats (PA)
(Report) Goal 21' Goal 39' Kyle Swords
Goal 85' Zé Roberto
Goal 90' Doug Miller


October 6, 2001
Hershey Wildcats (PA) 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
(Report) Goal 66' Darren Tilley
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 786


Final[edit]

October 13, 2001
Rochester Raging Rhinos (NY) 2-0 Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Martin Nash Booked 38'
Carlos Zavala Booked 38'
Stoian Mladenov Goal 63'
Stoian Mladenov Goal 87'
(Report)
Frontier Field Rochester, New York
Attendance: 13,692
Referee: Eric Simmons (USA)

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 Paul Conway Charleston Battery 25 22 3 47
2 Dustin Swinehart Charlotte Eagles 23 18 3 39
3 Jakob Fenger Nashville Metros 24 14 6 34
4 Jeff Houser Nashville Metros 24 14 5 33
5 Digital Takawira Milwaukee Rampage 20 13 4 30
6 Kevin Jeffrey Richmond Kickers 24 11 7 29
Leighton O'Brien Seattle Sounders 24 11 7 29
Mark Baena Portland Timbers 24 13 3 29
9 Ignace Moleka Atlanta Silverbacks 19 12 1 25
Luis Macias El Paso Patriots 23 12 1 25
Chugger Adair San Diego Flash 22 10 5 25
Jason Jordan Vancouver Whitecaps 18 9 7 25
Rodrigo Costa Indiana Blast 21 11 3 25
14 Mark Rowland El Paso Patriots 26 7 10 24
15 Josh Henderson Richmond Kickers 21 10 3 23

Honors[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]