1999 USL A-League

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USL A-League
-1999 Season-
Season1999
ChampionsMinnesota Thunder
(1st title)
PremiersRochester Rhinos
(2nd title)
Top goalscorerNiall Thompson, Mark Baena
(20 goals)
2000

The 1999 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 1999.

Regular season[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Rochester Rhinos 28 22 6 2 1 47 20 +27 7 92
2 Staten Island Vipers 28 19 9 2 1 53 31 +22 9 82
3 Long Island Rough Riders 28 18 10 3 0 57 44 +13 8 74
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 16 12 1 1 63 43 +20 9 72
5 Lehigh Valley Steam 28 15 13 2 1 42 44 -2 6 63
6 Boston Bulldogs 28 12 16 0 6 49 36 +13 8 61
7 Toronto Lynx 28 12 16 0 5 49 36 +13 8 51
8 Connecticut Wolves 28 7 21 0 1 32 68 -36 5 34

Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Hershey Wildcats 28 17 11 2 1 54 33 +21 10 75
2 Richmond Kickers 28 17 11 3 1 51 44 +7 6 69
3 Charleston Battery 28 15 13 3 2 43 39 +4 6 62
4 Jacksonville Cyclones 28 13 15 1 1 51 61 -10 9 59
5 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 15 13 1 1 51 61 -10 9 59
6 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 15 13 5 2 45 41 +4 5 57
7 Raleigh Express 28 11 17 2 2 32 50 -18 5 47
8 Maryland Mania 28 3 25 1 1 16 85 -69 2 13

Western Conference[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Minnesota Thunder 28 22 6 4 4 57 17 +40 6 88
2 MLS Project 40 28 17 11 2 0 44 46 -2 4 66
3 New Orleans Storm 28 14 14 0 0 56 61 -5 11 66
4 Indiana Blast 28 13 15 2 2 43 51 -8 5 55
5 Milwaukee Rampage 28 13 15 2 1 44 49 -5 5 54
6 Tennessee Rhythm 28 11 17 2 3 44 52 -8 6 49
7 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 7 21 2 3 45 71 -26 7 34

Pacific Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 San Diego Flash 28 20 8 2 3 65 30 +35 11 90
2 Vancouver 86ers 28 19 9 2 2 77 31 +46 10 84
3 Seattle Sounders 28 19 9 3 1 56 36 +20 10 81
4 Orange County Zodiac 28 17 11 4 3 59 49 +10 10 73
5 El Paso Patriots 28 12 16 0 2 49 59 -10 6 55
6 San Francisco Bay Seals 28 9 19 2 4 37 54 -17 4 40
7 Sacramento Geckos 28 0 28 0 1 16 91 -75 0 1

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]


Staten Island Vipers (NY)3–2 (OT)Richmond Kickers (VA)
Ernest Inneh Goal 27'57'
Martin Dugas Golden goal 97'
Goal 30'80' Gary Glasgow
Attendance: 1,452



Hershey Wildcats (PA)3–2Charleston Battery (SC)
Gino DiFlorio Goal 54'
Greg Simmonds Goal 70'
Chris Penny Red card 73'
John Smith Goal 90'
Goal 58'88' Dean Sewell
Red card 73' Mike Burke
Red card 73' Paul Conway
Attendance: 2,299

Western Conference[edit]

San Diego Flash (CA)3–1El Paso Patriots (TX)
Kevin Legg Goal 26'70'
Goal 90' (pen.)
Goal 9' Victor Castro


Vancouver 86ers (BC)1–3MLS Project 40
Chris Dailly Goal 85' Goal 39' Alen Kozić
Goal 69'84' Kirk Wilson
Red card 70' Jason Moore
Attendance: 5,050


Minnesota Thunder (MN)4–0New Orleans Storm (LA)
Craig Gaunt Goal 33' (o.g.)
Stoian Mladenov Goal 65'
Gerard Lagos Goal 78'84'
Attendance: 1,560


Seattle Sounders (WA)6–3Orange County Zodiac (CA)
Sean Henderson Goal 17'44' (pen.)
Mark Baena Goal 26'
Jose Vasquez Goal 38' (o.g.)
Kieran Barton Yellow card 59'
Ian Russell Goal 64'87'
Report Goal 5' Jason Boyce
Yellow card 9' P.J. Polowski
Yellow card 42' Mark Foster
Red card 52' Shawn Saunders
Goal 62' Jose Vasquez
Yellow card 68' Jason Boyce
Yellow card 71' Martín Vásquez
Goal 73' Gustavo Leal
Red card 83' Peter Lak
Renton Memorial Stadium, Renton, Washington
Attendance: 2,984
Referee: David Bragg (USA)

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinal 1[edit]

Hershey Wildcats (PA)2–0Staten Island Vipers (NY)
Jamel Mitchell Goal 65'
Matthew Ford Goal 84'


Staten Island Vipers (NY)0–2Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Goal 37' Jamel Mitchell
Red card 67' Kyle Swords
Goal 84' Jamel Mitchell
Attendance: 1,085

The Hershey Wildcats advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Eastern Conference Semifinal 2[edit]

Rochester Rhinos (NY)6–2Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA)
Doug Miller Goal 1:30'10:50'
Darren Tilley Goal 8:30'71:04'
Yari Allnutt Goal 18:00'
Mauro Biello Goal 50:00'
Report Goal 38:10' Justin Evans
Goal 87:00' Goran Vasic



The Rochester Rhinos advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Western Conference Semifinal 1[edit]


The Minnesota Thunder advanced to the Western Conference final.

Western Conference Semifinal 2[edit]

San Diego Flash (CA)6–0Seattle Sounders (WA)
Chugger Adair Goal 3'
Antonio Robles Yellow card 23'
Carlos Farias Goal 34'53'60'84' (pen.)
Mauricio Alegre Goal 87'
Report Red card 23' Ollie Heald
Merrill Douglas Stadium San Diego, California
Attendance: 2,116
Referee: Kari Seitz


Seattle Sounders (WA)0–1San Diego Flash (CA)
Jason Annicchero Red card 82' Report Goal 11' Jerome Watson
Renton Memorial Stadium Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 4,426
Referee: Kevin Stott

The San Diego Flash advanced to the Western Conference final.

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]


Rochester Rhinos (NY)1–0Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Doug Miller Goal 80'


Rochester Rhinos (NY)3–1Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Mauro Biello Goal 20'
Doug Miller Goal 81' (pen.)
Yari Allnutt Goal 85'
Goal 78' Tim Leonard

The Rochester Rhinos advanced to the final.

Western Conference[edit]

Minnesota Thunder (MN)4–1San Diego Flash (CA)
Paweł Nowak Goal 10'
Stoian Mladenov Goal 58' (pen.)
Amos Magee Goal 63'88'
Goal 29' Jamie Munro


The Minnesota Thunder advanced to the final.

Final[edit]

MVP: Amos Magee, Minnesota Thunder

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Niall Thompson Vancouver 86ers 20 7 47
2 Mark Baena Seattle Sounders 20 6 46
Eduardo Sebrango Vancouver 86ers 18 10 46
4 Darko Kolic Long Island Rough Riders 17 9 43
5 Steve Patterson Orange County Zodiac 19 4 42
6 Jamel Mitchell Hershey Wildcats 15 9 39
Ernest Inneh Staten Island Vipers 18 3 39
8 Greg Simmonds Hershey Wildcats 16 6 38
9 Onandi Lowe Richmond Kickers 15 7 37
John Wolyniec Long Island Rough Riders 15 7 37
John Sulentic Vancouver 86ers 9 19 37
12 Carlos Farias San Diego Flash 15 6 36
Ian Russell Seattle Sounders 14 8 36
14 Gary Glasgow Richmond Kickers 14 7 35
15 Patrick Beech New Orleans Storm 16 2 34
16 Paul Conway Charleston Battery 14 5 33
17 Dan Stebbins Milwaukee Rampage 10 12 32
18 Mac Cozier Jacksonville Cyclones 13 4 30
Gustavo Leal Orange County Zodiac 13 4 30
Mugurel Dumitru San Diego Flash 9 12 30

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1999 League Awards Archived March 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]