2000 USL A-League

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USL A-League
-2000 Season-
Season 2000
Champions Rochester Rhinos
(2nd title)
Premiers Minnesota Thunder
(1st title)
Top goalscorer Paul Conway, Greg Howes, Johnny Menyongar
(17 goals)
1999
2001

The 2000 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 2000.

League standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Long Island Rough Riders 28 16 9 4 54 36 +18 9 76
2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 20 7 1 42 25 +17 3 75
3 Toronto Lynx 28 13 11 4 35 30 +5 3 59
4 Montreal Impact 28 12 13 3 34 41 -7 3 54
5 Boston Bulldogs 28 9 16 3 32 41 -9 3 39
6 Connecticut Wolves 28 1 19 8 22 57 -35 1 13

Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Charleston Battery 28 18 8 2 59 36 +23 13 87
2 Richmond Kickers 28 20 7 1 42 25 +17 3 84
3 Hershey Wildcats 28 15 10 3 49 30 +19 7 70
4 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 14 12 2 44 38 +6 4 62
5 Raleigh Capital Express 28 12 12 4 48 52 -4 6 58
6 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 11 14 3 51 42 -9 8 55
7 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 10 14 4 41 43 +2 5 49

Western Conference[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Minnesota Thunder 28 20 4 4 74 30 +44 15 99
2 Milwaukee Rampage 28 18 9 1 69 47 +22 16 89
3 Indiana Blast 28 9 15 4 40 57 -17 5 45
4 MLS Project 40 28 8 19 1 35 60 -25 3 33
5 Tennessee Rhythm 28 6 22 0 36 103 -67 1 25
6 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 2 23 3 25 80 -55 2 13

Pacific Division[edit]

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Seattle Sounders 28 18 7 3 56 38 +18 10 85
2 San Diego Flash 28 16 9 3 54 32 +22 8 75
3 Vancouver 86ers 28 14 11 3 62 41 +21 11 70
4 El Paso Patriots 28 12 14 2 48 50 -18 7 57
5 Bay Area Seals 28 12 13 3 42 53 -11 5 56
6 Orange County Waves 28 12 15 1 44 52 -8 6 55

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Long Island Rough Riders (NY)1–2Toronto Lynx (ON)
Dahir Mohammed Goal 78' (Report) Goal 5' Brian Ashton
Goal 43' Juan Pablo Arango


Charleston Battery (SC)1–0Raleigh Capital Express (NC)
Paul Conway Goal 24'
Gilbert Jean-Baptiste Yellow card
(Report) Yellow card Ihor Dotsenko


Rochester Rhinos (NY)4–2Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Mali Walton Goal 47:38', Yellow card 59'
Yari Allnutt Goal 51:28'
Dan Stebbins Yellow card 57', Goal 85'
Martin Nash Yellow card 62'
Onandi Lowe Yellow card 71', Goal 78'
Scott Schweitzer Red card 90'
Report Goal 40:52' Greg Simmonds
Yellow card 32' Mike Williams
Yellow card 36' Mike Henning
Yellow card 59' Ze Roberto
Goal 90' Timothy Leonard


Richmond Kickers (VA)2–1 (OT)Hampton Roads Mariners (VA)
Paul Lekics Goal 90'
Rob Ukrop Golden goal 113'
Goal 41' Jakob Fenger
Attendance: 3,927

Western Conference[edit]

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)3–2El Paso Patriots (TX)
Digital Takawira Goal 5'
Igor Soso Goal 85'
Digital Takawira Goal 94'
Goal 41' Mark Rowland
Goal 63' Kirk Wilson


Minnesota Thunder (MI)7–0Indiana Blast (IN)
Brian Winters Goal 2'61'
Chugger Adair Goal 27'
Morgan Zeba Goal 47'63'
Johnny Menyongar Goal 53'
Paul Schneider Goal 80'
Report
Attendance: 2,957
Referee: Kelly Ross (USA)


Seattle Sounders (WA)2–1Bay Area Seals (CA)
Craig Waibel Goal 26'
Viet Nguyen Goal 45'
Scott Jenkins Yellow card 48'
Craig Waibel Yellow card 57'
Tim Steidten Yellow card 79'
Report Goal 5' Marquis White
Yellow card 44' Jeremy Sweet
Yellow card 55' Kevin Jeffrey
Attendance: 3,239
Referee: Cory Dean (USA)


San Diego Flash (CA)1–1 (a.e.t.)Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Anthony Farace Yellow card 21'
Carlos Farias Goal 53'
Leighton O'Brien Yellow card 77'
Raul Calderon Yellow card 103'
Report Yellow card 2' Chris Franks
Yellow card 38' Carmen D'Onofrio
Goal 43' Paul Dailly
Penalties
Carlos Farias Penalty scored
Carlos Calderson Penalty scored
Emmanuel Ayim Penalty scored
Jerome Watson Penalty missed
Brian O'Connor Penalty scored
3–4 Penalty scored Darren Tilley
Penalty scored Domenic Mobilio
Penalty scored Steve Kindel
Penalty scored Chris Franks
Penalty scored Rick Titus
Douglas Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 3,877
Referee: Nathan Lacy (USA)

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern semifinal 1[edit]

Rochester Rhinos (NY)2–0Charleston Battery (SC)
Onandi Lowe Goal 8', Yellow card 42'
Yari Allnutt Goal 10'
Report Yellow card 2' Darren Warham
Yellow card 56', Yellow cardRed card 76' Brent Sancho


Charleston Battery (SC)0–1Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Report Goal 28' Dan Stebbins
Yellow card 82' Scott Vallow

The Rochester Rhinos advanced 3–0 on aggregate.

Eastern semifinal 2[edit]

Toronto Lynx (ON)1–0Richmond Kickers (VA)
Milan Kojić Yellow card 32'
Nikola Vignjević Goal 36' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 1,989
Referee: Manuel Orellano (Canada)


Richmond Kickers (VA)0–1Toronto Lynx (ON)
Report Goal 39' Milan Kojić

Toronto Lynx advanced 2–0 on aggregate.

Western semifinal 1[edit]

Vancouver 86ers (BC)3–0Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Alfredo Valente Goal 30'
John Sulentic Goal 69'90'
Report Red card 69' John Sylvester
Yellow card 72' John Coughlin
Attendance: 5,127
Referee: Rene Parra (Canada)


Minnesota Thunder (MN)4–0 (OT)Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Don Gramenz Yellow card 30'
Mike Gentile Goal 35'
Chugger Adair Goal 45'
Brian Winters Goal 86'
Morgan Zeba Golden goal 94'
Report Yellow card 13' Darren Tilley
Yellow card 90' Joe Scigliano
Yellow card 90' Domenic Mobilio

The Minnesota Thunder advanced 4–3 on aggregate.

Western semifinal 2[edit]

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)2–1Seattle Sounders (WA)
Digital Takawira Goal 1'
Jason Willan Goal 33'
Steve Bernal Yellow card 60'
Report Yellow card 20' Andrew Gregor
Yellow card 75' Ali John Utush
Goal 90' Andrew Gregor
Yellow card 90' Craig Tomlinson


Seattle Sounders (WA)1–2Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Greg Howes Goal 10'
Ali John Utush Yellow card 39'
Craig Waibel Yellow card 57'
Report Goal 34' Yuri Lavrinenko
Yellow card 54' Todd Dusosky
Yellow card 82' Jake Provan
Goal 90' Brian Loftin
Yellow card 90' Dan Popik

Milwaukee Rampage advanced 4–2 on aggregate.

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Toronto Lynx (ON)1–1Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Brian Ashton Yellow card 20'
Francisco Dos Santos Goal 63'
Francisco Dos Santos Yellow card 66'
Report Yellow card 41' Onandi Lowe
Goal 75' Dan Stebbins
Attendance: 2,811
Referee: Jerry Proctor (Canada)


Rochester Rhinos (NY)1–0Toronto Lynx (ON)
Tim Hardy Yellow card 33'
Craig Demmin Goal 80'
Report Yellow card 11' Brian Ashton

Western Conference[edit]

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)3–4Minnesota Thunder (MI)
Todd Dusosky Goal 23'
Yuri Lavrinenko Goal 51'
David Marshall Goal 90'
Jason Willan Red card 90'
Todd Dusosky Red card 90'
Jon Cantwell Red card 90'
Goal 9'41' Morgan Zeba
Goal 57' Johnny Menyongar
Goal 64' John Coughlin


Minnesota Thunder (MI)5–0Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Johnny Menyongar Goal 15'89'
Chugger Adair Goal 45'62'
Johnny Menyongar Yellow card 67'
Stoian Mladenov Goal 74'
Report Yellow card 18' Brian Loftin
Yellow card 51' Nate Houser

Final[edit]

Rochester Rhinos (NY)3–1Minnesota Thunder (MI)
Dan Stebbins Goal 13:55'
Carlos Zavala Yellow card 15'
Yari Allnutt Goal 38:00'
Martin Nash Yellow card 77'
Onandi Lowe Goal 77:10'
Report Yellow card 63' John Coughlin
Yellow card 76' Morgan Zeba
Goal 78:12' Chugger Adair
Yellow card 81' Don Gramenz

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 Digital Takawira Milwaukee Rampage 21 16 10 42
Paul Conway Charleston Battery 26 17 8 42
3 Greg Howes Seattle Sounders 27 17 7 41
Darren Sawatzky Seattle Sounders 28 16 9 41
5 Johnny Menyongar Minnesota Thunder 28 17 3 39
6 Saul Martínez Hampton Road Mariners 26 16 5 37
Gregory Simmonds Hershey Wildcats 25 16 5 37
8 Dwayne DeRosario Richmond Kickers 23 15 5 35
9 Paul Schneider Minnesota Thunder 23 15 4 34
10 Patrick Beech Atlanta Silverbacks 22 14 5 33
Ignace Moleka Atlanta Silverbacks 28 14 5 33
12 Ihor Dotsenko Raleigh Capital Express 28 15 2 32
Darren Tilley Vancouver 86ers 13 12 6 30
14 Seamus Donnelly Hampton Roads Mariners 28 14 1 29
Jason Boyce Orange County Zodiac 24 11 7 29
15 Jamel Mitchell Hershey Wildcats 28 13 2 28
16 Kevin Jeffrey Bay Area Seals 24 12 3 27
Mac Cozier Charleston Battery 24 11 5 27
18 Edson Buddle Long Island Rough Riders 26 11 4 26
David Flavius Pittsburgh Riverhounds 25 11 4 26

Honors[edit]

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