1996 USISL Select League

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1996 USISL Select League
Sport soccer
Founded 1996
No. of teams 21
Country  United States
Ceased 1996
Last champion(s) California Jaguars

The USISL Select League was a professional men's soccer league which featured teams from the United States, which existed for just one year in 1996. During its single season in 1996 it shared Division II status in the American soccer pyramid with the A-League, before the two leagues merged in 1997.

History[edit]

The league had its origins in the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL), which was the de facto second tier of American soccer during the early 1990s, and until 1995 confined itself to organising regional leagues.

The USISL Pro League, which had been at the second tier of the pyramid in 1995, split into two leagues in 1996; the best teams joined the new USISL Select League, while the remainder (plus expansion teams) remained in the USISL Pro League, which retained its Division III status. Both the A-League and the new USISL Select League had Division II status in 1996.

In an attempt to counteract the fact that a number of top A-League players had left to join MLS in 1995 and 1996[1] six of the seven remaining A-League teams – Montreal Impact, Colorado Foxes, Seattle Sounders, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Vancouver 86ers and Atlanta Ruckus, plus two planned A-League expansion teams (Toronto Lynx and Hershey Wildcats) merged with the USISL Select League to form a consolidated Division II league before the 1997 season. The resulting merged league retained the A-League name,[2] and the USISL Select League name was abandoned.

USISL Select League teams[edit]

Champions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • Regulation win = 3 points
  • Shootout win (SW) = 1 point
  • Loss (regulation or shootout) = 0 points

Eastern Conference[edit]

North Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW GF GA GD Points
1 Long Island Rough Riders 18 11 7 0 39 31 +8 33
2 Richmond Kickers 18 10 8 0 34 24 +10 28
3 Connecticut Wolves 18 7 7 4 37 37 +6 25
4 Delaware Wizards 18 5 12 1 20 29 −9 16
5 Cape Cod Crusaders 18 4 13 1 13 24 −11 9
6 New York/New Jersey Stallions 18 2 16 0 19 52 −33 6

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW GF GA GD Points
1 Carolina Dynamo 18 14 3 1 37 15 +22 43
2 South Carolina Shamrocks 18 12 6 1 42 31 +11 34
3 Hampton Roads Mariners 18 9 5 4 32 15 +17 31
4 Tampa Bay Cyclones 18 9 8 1 40 32 +8 28
5 Raleigh Flyers 18 7 11 0 25 26 −1 21

Western Conference[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW GF GA GD Points
1 Milwaukee Rampage 18 8 3 5 36 19 +17 33
2 Minnesota Thunder 18 10 8 0 31 16 +15 30
3 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 18 7 9 2 31 36 −5 23
4 Ohio Xoggz 18 5 12 1 26 34 −8 16
5 Chicago Stingers 18 4 13 1 29 41 −12 13

Pacific Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW GF GA GD Points
1 California Jaguars 18 11 6 1 30 21 +9 34
2 Sacramento Scorpions 18 9 7 2 23 22 +1 29
3 El Paso Patriots 18 9 8 1 30 23 +7 28
4 New Mexico Chiles 18 9 9 0 24 24 0 27
5 Reno Rattlers 18 1 12 5 13 33 −20 8

Playoffs[edit]

First round[edit]

August 14, 1996
7:30 PM EST
Connecticut Wolves (CT) 2–3 Delaware Wizards (DE)
Ian Hennessy Goal 60'
Mike Saunders Goal 69' PK
(Report) Goal 41' George Petou
Goal 47' Andy Logar
Goal 73' George Petou


August 14, 1996
South Carolina Shamrocks (SC) 2–2 Hampton Roads Mariners (VA)
Pearse Tormey Goal 15' PK
David Minihan Goal 89'
Goal 38' Paul Cann
Goal 79' Dustin Swinehart
  Penalties  
Penalty missed
Penalty missed
Penalty missed
0–1 Penalty missed
Nate Houser Penalty scored
Penalty missed
Greenville, South Carolina
Attendance: 1,000



August 14, 1996
7:30 PM PST
Sacramento Scorpions (CA) 2–1 OT El Paso Patriots (TX)
Tony Sutton Goal
John Jones Goal 100'
Goal Dave Stewart

Second round[edit]

Minnesota Thunder vs Milwaukee Rampage[edit]


August 1996
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2–0 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Travis Roy Goal 36'
Jason Willan Goal 86'
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,659


August 1996
Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 0–1 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Goal 20' Aaron Leventhal
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,659

Hampton Roads Mariners vs Carolina Dynamos[edit]

August 17, 1996
Carolina Dynamo (NC) 0–1 OT Hampton Roads Mariners (VA)
David Moxon Red card 35'
Yari Allnutt Red card 65'
Goal 93' Dustin Swinehart
High Point, North Carolina
Attendance: 2,187



August 21, 1996
10:00 PM EST
Hampton Roads Mariners (VA) 1–0 Carolina Dynamo (NC)
Nate Houser Goal 25'
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Attendance: 2,409

California Jaguars vs Sacramento Scorpions[edit]


August 18, 1996
4:00 PM PST
California Jaguars (CA) 2–1 Sacramento Scorpions (CA)
Luis Gomez Goal
Chris Afarian Goal
Goal 40' Brandon Cavitt
Red card 47' Scott Hileman

Long Island Rough Riders vs Delaware Wizards[edit]

  • The game was suspended in the 39th minute due to lightning. Play resumed on August 24, 1996 at 2:00 PM.

Select Six Tournament[edit]

The Select Six Tournament consisted of six teams. The Richmond Kickers participated as hosts. The Charleston Battery entered as the champion of the 1996 USISL Professional League. The other four teams came from the winners of the second round playoff games.

Group A[edit]

Place Team W L GF GA GD
1 California Jaguars 2 0 4 1 +3
2 Richmond Kickers 1 1 6 2 +4
3 Charleston Battery 0 2 2 9 −7



Group B[edit]

Place Team W L GF GA GD
1 Long Island Rough Riders 2 0 4 2 +2
2 Minnesota Thunder 1 1 3 3 0
3 Hampton Roads Mariners 0 2 4 6 −2



Semifinals[edit]

California Jaguars vs Minnesota Thunder[edit]

Richmond Kickers vs Long Island Rough Riders[edit]

Final[edit]

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Dan Stebbins Milwaukee Rampage 21 8 50
2 Jamie Wellington New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 18 6 42
3 Luis Murillo Tampa Bay Cyclones 16 5 37
4 Mike Gailey Carolina Dynamo 14 8 36
5 Ron Murphy Cape Cod Crusaders 13 6 32
6 Yari Allnut Carolina Dynamo 14 3 31
Mike Saunders Connecticut Wolves 15 1 31
8 Chugger Adair Carolina Dynamo 13 4 30
9 Chad Carrithers Sacramento Scorpions 13 3 29

Honors[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]