2002 USL A-League

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2002 USL A-League
Season 2002
Champions Milwaukee Rampage
Matches played 504
Goals scored 751 (1.49 per match)
Top goalscorer McKinley Tennyson, Fadi Afash
Goals: 18

The 2002 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 2002.

League standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 17 3 8 38 25 +7 1 72
2 Montreal Impact 28 16 9 3 39 29 +10 5 72
3 Toronto Lynx 28 10 5 13 37 35 +2 3 48
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 8 15 5 39 44 -5 4 41

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Charleston Battery 28 19 3 6 46 16 +30 7 89
2 Richmond Kickers 28 13 9 6 44 37 +7 7 65
3 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 13 13 2 47 44 +3 8 62
4 Charlotte Eagles 28 10 14 4 46 46 0 6 50
5 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 6 19 3 25 57 -32 2 29

Western Conference[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Milwaukee Rampage 28 16 7 5 48 29 +17 6 75
2 Minnesota Thunder 28 14 9 5 55 35 +20 6 70
3 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 8 20 0 35 68 -33 6 35*
4 Indiana Blast 28 6 18 4 29 67 -38 1 29
  • Cincinnati lost three point for using an ineligible player

Pacific Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Seattle Sounders 28 23 1 4 71 27 +44 14 107
2 Portland Timbers 28 13 3 13 47 39 +8 8 63
3 El Paso Patriots 28 10 11 7 38 48 -10 7 54
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 28 11 12 5 41 39 +2 5 54
5 Calgary Storm 28 4 21 3 26 66 -40 3 22

The 2002 USL A-League points system was 4 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss + 1 bonus point when scoring three or more goals in a game.[1]

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Final
                                         
 Portland Timbers 0 0 0  
 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 1 2  
   Seattle Sounders 0 2 2  
   Vancouver Whitecaps 2 6 8  
   Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 0 2 2  
Western Conference
   Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 1  
 Minnesota Thunder 2 1 3  
 El Paso Patriots 1 1 2  
   Milwaukee Rampage 0 2 2
   Minnesota Thunder 0 1 1  
 
   Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 2
   Richmond Kickers 1
 Richmond Kickers 1 2 3  
 Atlanta Silverbacks 1 1 2  
   Charleston Battery 2 1 3
   Richmond Kickers 1 3 4  
 
   Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 0 1 (8)
Eastern Conference
   Richmond Kickers (aet) (p) 1 0 1 (9)  
 Montreal Impact (aet) (p) 0 1 1 (6)  
 Charlotte Eagles 1 0 1 (5)  
   Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 1 1
   Montreal Impact 0 0 0  
 

Playoff first round[edit]

Charlotte vs Montreal[edit]


Montreal advances on penalties after series tied 1-1 on aggregate.

Richmond vs Atlanta[edit]

September 5, 2002
Richmond Kickers (VA) 1-1 Atlanta Silverbacks (GA)
Peter Luzak Booked 23'
Josh Henderson Booked 86'
Peter Luzak Goal 90'
(Report) Goal 36' James Wall
Booked 42' Alan Woods
Booked 56' Jason Annicchero
Booked 86' Jeff Cassar
Red card 88' James Wall
Sports Backers Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 1,258
Referee: Todd Perry


September 8, 2002
6:00 PM EST
Atlanta Silverbacks (GA) 1-2 Richmond Kickers (VA)
Philippe Godoy Booked 10'
Ryan Leib Booked 20'
Jason Annicchero Booked 39'
John Barry Nusum Booked 55'
Gilbert Jean-Baptiste Booked 66'
Byron Mitchell Booked 78'
Byron Mitchell Yellow cardRed card 84'
John Barry Nusum Goal 88'
(Report) Goal 8' Josh Henderson
Booked 13' Bryan Namoff
Booked 39' Kevin Knight
Goal 45' Kevin Jeffrey
Booked 80' Khary Stockton
DeKalb Memorial Stadium, Clarkston, Georgia
Attendance: 351
Referee: Kermit Quisenberry

Richmond advances 3-2 on aggregate.

Minnesota vs El Paso[edit]

September 5, 2002
El Paso Patriots (TX) 1-2 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Johnny Frias Goal 7' Goal 25' Johnny Torres
Goal 29' Johnny Menyongar

Attendance: 1,270


September 7, 2002
8:00 PM EST
Minnesota Thunder (MN) 1-1 El Paso Patriots (TX)
Zafer Kılıçkan Goal 70' Goal 32' (PK) Jose Abarca

Attendance: 1,567

Minnesota advances 3-2 on aggregate.

Vancouver vs Portland[edit]

September 5, 2002
7:05 PM PST
Portland Timbers (OR) 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Keith Costigan Booked 10'
Fadi Afash Booked 68'
Brent Sancho Booked 69'
(Report) Goal 32' Paul Dailly
Booked 43' Chris Franks
Booked 45' Ollie Heald
Booked 68' Nick Dasovic
PGE Park, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 4,071


Vancouver Whitecaps advance 2-0 on aggregate.

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinal 1[edit]


September 14, 2002
8:00 PM (EST)
Rochester Rhinos (NY) 1-0 Montreal Impact (QC)
Yuri Lavrinenko Booked 26'
Bill Sedgwick Goal 62'
(Report) Booked 43' Patrice Bernier

The Rochester Rhinos advanced 1-0 on aggregate.

Eastern Conference Semifinal 2[edit]

September 13, 2002
Charleston Battery (SC) 2-1 Richmond Kickers (VA)
Justin Evans Goal 63'
Paul Conway Goal 87' (pen.)
(Report) Goal 75' Mike Burke
Booked 86' Marco Ferruzzi
Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
Attendance: 2,379
Referee: Daniel Baruk (USA)


September 15, 2002
6:00 PM (EST)
Richmond Kickers (VA) 3-1 Charleston Battery (SC)
Josh Henderson Goal 8'
Kevin Jeffrey Goal 22'
Chris Fox Booked 24'
David Hayes Goal 36'
(Report) Goal 4' Mac Cozier
Booked 15' Mark Watson
Booked 45' Mac Cozier
UR Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 2,043
Referee: Mike Stutt (USA)

The Richmond Kickers advanced 4-3 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinal 1[edit]

September 12, 2002
8:30 (EST)
Minnesota Thunder (MN) 0-0 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Mike Gores Booked 42'
Don Gramenz Booked 64'
Steve Shak Booked 82'
Mike Gentile Booked 87'
(Report)


September 14, 2002
8:00 (EST)
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2-1 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Miguel Saavedra Goal 20'
John Wolyniec Goal 77'
Goal 65' Steve Shak
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,579

The Milwaukee Rampage advanced 2-1 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinal 2[edit]

September 13, 2002
7:30 P.M. (PST)
Vancouver Whitecaps (BC) 2-0 Seattle Sounders (WA)
Chris Franks Booked 3'
Jason Jordan Goal 44'
Jeff Clarke Booked 47'
Jason Jordan Goal 90'
(Report) Booked 14' Dick McCormick
Red card 78' Viet Nguyen
Booked 79' Leighton O'Brien
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, British Columbia
Attendance: 5,686
Referee: Steve DePiero (USA)


September 15, 2002
5:00 P.M. (PST)
Seattle Sounders (WA) 2-6 Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Andrew Gregor Booked 38'
Leighton O'Brien Booked 43'
Kyle Smith Goal 52'
Jason Farrell Goal 60'
Scott Jenkins Booked 61'
(Report) Booked 19' Ollie Heald
Goal 22' Jeff Clarke
Goal 26' Ollie Heald
Goal 67' Dave Morris
Goal 70' Ollie Heald
Booked 75' Kevan Cameron
Goal 90' Niall Thompson
Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 3,917
Referee: Sandra Hunt (USA)

The Vancouver Whitecaps advanced 8-2 on aggregate.

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

September 19, 2002
Richmond Kickers (VA) 1-1 Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Josh Henderson Goal 49' Goal 28' Lenin Steenkamp
UR Stadium, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 3,387


The Richmond Kickers advanced.

Western Conference[edit]

September 19, 2002
7:30 PM PST
Vancouver Whitecaps (BC) 0-0 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Ollie Heald Booked 45' (Report)


September 21, 2002
8:00 PM EST
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2-1 (OT) Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Destin Makumbu Booked 43'
Matt Bobo Goal 56'
Matt Behncke Booked 60'
Bobby Brennan Booked 90'
Matt Bobo Golden goal in the 101st minute 101'
(Report) Goal 59' Niall Thompson
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,223

The Milwaukee Rampage advanced.

Final[edit]

September 28, 2002
8:00 PM EST
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2-1 OT Richmond Kickers (VA)
John Wolyniec Goal 45'
Steve Bernal Booked 58'
John Wolyniec Booked 62'
David Lara Booked 68'
Siniša Angelovski Golden goal in the 106th minute 106'
(Report) Booked 22' Tony Williams
Booked 56' Khary Stockton
Goal 59' (pen.) Marco Ferruzzi
Booked 62' Kevin Knight
Yellow cardRed card 93' Khary Stockton
Booked 96' Josh Henderson
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 6,189

MPV: John Wolyniec

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 McKinley Tennyson Portland Timbers 24 18 6 42
Brian Ching Seattle Sounders 25 16 8 42
3 Leighton O'Brien Seattle Sounders 27 13 11 37
4 Fadi Afash Portland Timbers 22 18 0 36
Eduardo Sebrango Montreal Impact 28 18 0 36
6 Paul Conway Charleston Battery 25 13 6 32
7 Johnny Menyongar Minnesota Thunder 25 10 11 31
8 Johnny Torres Minnesota Thunder 23 12 5 29
9 Darren Sawatzky Seattle Sounders 28 9 10 28
10 Dustin Swinehart Charlotte Eagles 27 10 6 26
Digital Takawira Milwaukee Rampage 22 9 8 26
12 Niki Budalic Toronto Lynx 28 12 1 25
John Wolyniec Milwaukee Rampage 26 10 5 25
14 Josh Henderson Richmond Kickers 23 11 2 24
Brian Piesner Atlanta Silverbacks 25 7 10 24

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Litterer, David (February 14, 2010). "United Soccer Leagues Statistical History, Part 4 (2000-2003)". American Soccer History Archives. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ A-League Awards: 2002

External links[edit]