1986 Western Soccer Alliance
|Top goalscorer||Brent Goulet
History of the 1986 Western Soccer Alliance season.
After the success of the 1985 Western Alliance Challenge Series, three of the teams from that series, F.C. Seattle, F.C. Portland and the San Jose Earthquakes established the Western Soccer Alliance. The Victoria Riptide, a participant in 1985, did not return but was replaced by the Edmonton Brickmen which had played games against the series team in 1985. These teams were joined by the Hollywood Kickers, Los Angeles Heat and San Diego Nomads expanded the alliance from its Northwest Pacific roots into southern California. The Alliance played a regular season schedule only.
Continuing the previous season's tradition of playing with a guest team - in that year, the Edmonton Brickmen, who had subsequently joined the league proper for 1986 - the Western Soccer Alliance this time sought two guest teams, turning this time to the United Kingdom. The two teams recruited were the English Football League First Division side Manchester City and Scottish Premier Division side Dundee, who each played one away match against each team and played no home fixtures. In the event, F.C. Portland were unable to play their game against Manchester City, instead rescheduling their game for later in the season, and replacing City - who had returned to England for the start of their own season - with a team composed of former Portland Timbers players.
|4||Los Angeles Heat||14||4||5||5||15||14||+1||17|
|5||San Diego Nomads||14||4||4||6||18||20||−2||16|
|6||San Jose Earthquakes||14||3||4||7||23||32||−9||13|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home \ Away||EDM||POR||SEA||HOL||LAH||SDN||SJE||DND||MCI||XTB|
|Los Angeles Heat||1–0||4–1||1–0||0–1||0–2||1–1||0–0||1–1|
|San Diego Nomads||4–0||1–2||3–3||0–0||0–2||1–1||2–1||1–3|
|San Jose Earthquakes||3–4||2–0||1–3||2–6||2–2||4–1||0–4||0–1|
|1||Brent Goulet||F.C. Portland||9||2||20|
|2||Mark Miller||F.C. Portland||7||5||20|
|3||Chance Fry||San Jose Earthquakes||8||2||18|
|4||Dennis Gunnell||F.C. Seattle||7||1||15|
|5||Vilmar Marquez||Edmonton Brickmen||5||5||15|
|6||Rob Ryerson||San Diego Nomads||6||0||12|
|7||Derek Sanderson||San Jose Earthquakes||5||2||12|
|8||Michael Brady||Los Angeles Heat||5||1||11|
|9||Norm Odinga||Edmonton Brickmen||5||1||11|
|10||Steve McCargo||San Jose Earthquakes||5||0||10|
- MVP: Paul Caligiuri
- Leading goal scorer: Brent Goulet
- Leading goalkeeper: Lorenzo Caccialanza
- First Team All League
- Goalkeeper: Lorenzo Caccialanza
- Defenders: Dale Ervine, Paul Krumpe, Martín Vásquez
- Midfielders: Paul Caligiuri, Dennis Gunnel, Hugo Perez
- Forwards: Chance Fry, Brent Goulet, Jeff Hooker, Mark Miller
- Second Team All League
- Goalkeeper: Todd Strobeck
- Defenders: Mark Arquette, Jens Ole-Knudsen, Scott Murray, Tim Schulz
- Midfielders: Drew Ferguson, Doug Swanson
- Forwards: Tim Barto, Ross Ongaro, Rob Ryerson, Dzung Tran