2001 USL A-League

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USL A-League
-2001 Season-
Season2001
ChampionsRochester Rhinos
(3rd title)
PremiersRichmond Kickers
(1st title)
Top goalscorerPaul Conway
(22 goals)
2000
2002

The 2001 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer Leagues during the summer of 2001.

History[edit]

The addition of the Portland Timbers this season saw the renewal of a Pacific Northwest rivalry between them, the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps which dated back to the North American Soccer League. Although Vancouver was not new to the league, this was the first season they competed in under the Whitecaps name. Beginning with their founding in 1986 through the 2000 A-League season, Vancouver had operated under the 86ers name. An ownership change in August 2000 brought a revival of the old Whitecaps name for the 2001 season. At the end of the regular season, the Richmond Kickers topped the league with seventy-six points. The post-season was marred by two tragedies. First, the September 11 attacks forced the league to reschedule the first-round games which had been set to begin on September 12. Then, Mickey Trotman, a starter for the Rochester Rhinos, was killed in an automobile accident two days before the team's first semifinal match with the Milwaukee Rampage. In the end, the Rhinos overcame the Hershey Wildcats to take its third league title in four seasons.

League standings[edit]

Northern Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Hershey Wildcats 26 16 3 7 45 20 +25 8 75
2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 26 16 4 6 43 27 +16 6 74
3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 26 10 4 12 39 39 0 6 50
4 Montreal Impact 26 10 2 14 29 37 -8 3 45
5 Connecticut Wolves 26 9 6 11 30 37 -7 1 43
6 Long Island Rough Riders 26 8 4 16 31 50 -19 5 33
7 Toronto Lynx 26 7 3 16 20 41 -21 1 32

Central Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Richmond Kickers 26 16 3 7 47 34 +13 9 76
2 Charleston Battery 26 16 1 9 51 34 +17 8 73
3 Charlotte Eagles 26 14 2 10 50 41 +9 8 66
4 Nashville Metros 26 14 2 10 47 48 -1 5 63
5 Atlanta Silverbacks 26 13 1 12 48 39 +9 6 59
6 Indiana Blast 26 8 0 18 38 55 -17 3 35
7 Cincinnati Riverhawks 26 6 0 20 39 80 -41 3 27

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Vancouver Whitecaps 26 16 2 8 44 33 +11 8 74
2 San Diego Flash 26 14 1 11 55 42 +13 11 68
3 Milwaukee Rampage 26 14 2 10 45 40 +5 5 63
4 Portland Timbers 26 13 3 10 41 38 +3 7 62
5 Seattle Sounders 26 13 1 12 40 39 +1 4 57
6 Minnesota Thunder 26 9 2 15 29 34 -5 3 41
7 El Paso Patriots 26 8 4 14 39 42 -3 4 40

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
Charlotte Eagles 0 2 2  
Portland Timbers 2 3 5  
  Hershey Wildcats 2 1 3  
  Portland Timbers 0 0 0  
  Hershey Wildcats 4 0 4  
  Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 1  
San Diego F.C. 2 2 4  
Atlanta Silverbacks 0 2 2  
  Vancouver Whitecaps 0 4 4
  San Diego F.C. 2 1 3  
 
  Hershey Wildcats 0
  Rochester Raging Rhinos 2
Charleston Battery 1 1 2  
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 3 5  
  Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 3 4
  Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 0 2  
 
  Rochester Raging Rhinos 3 1 4
  Milwaukee Rampage 2 0 2  
Milwaukee Rampage (aet) (p) 3 0 3 (4)  
Nashville Metros 2 1 3 (2)  
  Richmond Kickers 2 1 3
  Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 2 2 4  
 

First round[edit]

Pittsburgh vs Charleston[edit]

Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA)2–1Charleston Battery (SC)
Gary DePalma Goal 45'
Phil Karn Goal 76'
Report Yellow card 36' John Ball
Goal 38' Paul Conway
Yellow card 44' Red card {{{3}}}' John Ball
Bethel Park Stadium, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 1,152


Charleston Battery (SC)1–3Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA)
Mac Cozier Goal 22'
Jukka Rantala Yellow card 45'
Mac Cozier Yellow card 50'
Dan Calichman Yellow card 77'
Report Goal 3' Gary DePalma
Goal 45' Paul Dougherty
Goal 54' John Jones
Yellow card 64' Henry Gutierrez

San Diego vs Atlanta[edit]

San Diego Flash (CA)2–0Atlanta Silverbacks (GA)
Brian O'Connor Yellow card 43'
Thiago Martins Goal 63'72'
Report Yellow card 5' Shaun McSkimming
Yellow card 36' Ian Checcio
Yellow card 54' Randy Merkel
Yellow card 74' Sean Michael Callahan
Attendance: 370
Referee: Richard Heron (USA)


Atlanta Silverbacks (GA)2–2San Diego Flash (CA)
Danny Care Yellow card 32'
Sean Finn Goal 45'
Sean Finn Yellow card 60'
Ryan Walker Goal 90'
Report Goal 42' Chugger Adair
Goal 66' Thiago Martins
Yellow card 73' Thiago Martins

Portland vs Charlotte[edit]

Portland Timbers (OR)2–0Charlotte Eagles (NC)
Darin Lewis Goal 10'
Mark Baena Goal 19'
Neil Ryan Yellow card 26'
Darren Sawatzky Yellow card 43'
Michael O'Neill Yellow card 63'
Report Yellow card 32' Jose Correa
Yellow card 73' Nate Watkins
Attendance: 4,771


Charlotte Eagles (NC)2–3Portland Timbers (OR)
Jacob Coggins Goal 16'
Joey Johnson Goal 19'
Report Goal 23' Michael O'Neill
Goal 82' Scott Benedetti
Goal 85' Greg Howes

Milwaukee vs Nashville[edit]

Nashville Metros (TN)2–3Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Chris Morman Yellow card 20'
Brandon Wright Yellow card 72'
Chris Morman Yellow card 73' Red card {{{3}}}'
Jakob Fenger Goal 82'
Jaymi Bailey Goal 90'
Report Yellow card 13' Judah Cooks
Goal 30'61' Steve Butcher
Yellow card 77' David Hayes
Red card 77' Jason Russell
Goal 83' Igor Soso
Yellow card 90' Dennis Fadeski
Attendance: 810
Referee: Ali Saheli (USA)


Milwaukee Rampage (WI)0–1 (OT)Nashville Metros (TN)
Matt Bobo Yellow card 28'
Philippe Godoy Yellow card 72'
Destin Makumbu Yellow card 93'
Josh Provan Yellow card 98'
Judah Cooks Yellow card 99'
Report Yellow card 27' Jeff Dominguez
Yellow card 84' Jakob Fenger
Yellow card 93' Andreas Maier
Goal 90' Jeff Houser
Yellow card 98' Jeff Houser
Penalties
Steve Bernal Penalty missed
Igor Soso Penalty scored
David Hayes Penalty scored
Steve Butcher Penalty scored
Mike Slivinski Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty missed Dominic Schell
Penalty scored Jakob Fenger
Penalty scored Andreas Maier
Penalty missed Jeff Houser
Milwaukee County Sports Complex, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 2,152

Quarterfinals[edit]

Milwaukee vs Richmond[edit]

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)2–2Richmond Kickers (VA)
Alen Soso Yellow card 10'
Philippe Godoy Yellow card 18'
Matt Bobo Yellow card 43'
Judah Cooks Yellow card 45'
Dennis Fadeski Yellow card 66'
Digital Takawira Goal 73'
Alen Soso Yellow card 82' Red card {{{3}}}'
Report Goal 17' Josh Henderson
Yellow card 26' Josh Henderson
Yellow card 44' Mike Burke
Yellow card 63' Kevin Knight
Goal 74' Kevin Knight
Yellow card 90' Chris Brown
Milwaukee County Sports Complex, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 1,318
Referee: Michael Kennedy (USA)


Richmond Kickers (VA)1–2 (OT)Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Peter Luzak Yellow card 68'
Rob Ukrop Yellow card 88'
Josh Henderson Goal 90' (pen.)
Report Goal 35' Jim Curtin
Golden goal 93' Igor Soso
Attendance: 4,107
Referee: Robert Mann (USA)

Hershey vs Portland[edit]

Portland Timbers (OR)0–2Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Gavin Wilkinson Yellow card 19'
Mark Baena Yellow card 43'
Michael O'Neill Yellow card 86'
Report Yellow card 23' Nigel Henry
Yellow card 49' Mike Feniger
Yellow card 59' Chris Marinos
Red card 62' Chad Evans
Goal 71' Doug Watson
Goal 85' Fred DeGand
Attendance: 4,894


Hershey Wildcats (PA)1–0Portland Timbers (OR)
Mike Feniger Goal 28'
Attendance: 1,048

Vancouver vs San Diego[edit]

San Diego Flash (CA)2–0Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar Goal 67'
Emmanuel Ayim Goal 84'
Report
Douglas Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 468


Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)4–1Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Darren Tilley Goal 6'
John Sulentic Goal 17'90'
Steve Kindel Goal 42'
Report Goal 35' Chugger Adair

Rochester vs Pittsburgh[edit]

Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA)2–1Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Welton Melo Goal 62'
John Jones Goal 81'
Goal 25' (pen.) Stoian Mladenov


Rochester Rhinos (NY)3–0Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA)
Martin Nash Goal 30'
Neathan Gibson Goal 53'
Jimmy Tanner Goal 90'
Attendance: 4,107
Referee: Robert Mann (USA)

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)2–3Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Philippe Godoy Goal 24'
Matt Bobo Goal 61'
Jim Curtin Red card 78'
Report Goal 2' Lenin Steenkamp
Goal 15' Nate Daligcon
Yellow card 61' Fuseini Dauda
Yellow card 72' Kirk Wilson
Goal 76' Neathan Gibson
Yellow card 78' Scott Vallow
Yellow card 83' Tommy Tanner
Attendance: 271


Rochester Rhinos (NY)1–0Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Scott Schweitzer Yellow card 16'
Neathan Gibson Goal 41'
Mike Kirmse Yellow card 90'
Report Yellow card 38' Igor Soso
Yellow card 45' Judah Cooks
Yellow card 45' Philippe Godoy
Yellow card 81' Brian Doherty

Semifinal 2[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)0–4Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Report Goal 21'39' Kyle Swords
Goal 85' Zé Roberto
Goal 90' Doug Miller


Hershey Wildcats (PA)0–1Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Report Goal 66' Darren Tilley

Final[edit]

Rochester Raging Rhinos (NY)2–0Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Martin Nash Yellow card 38'
Carlos Zavala Yellow card 38'
Stoian Mladenov Goal 63'87'
Report
Attendance: 13,692
Referee: Eric Simmons (USA)

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 Paul Conway Charleston Battery 25 22 3 47
2 Dustin Swinehart Charlotte Eagles 23 18 3 39
3 Jakob Fenger Nashville Metros 24 14 6 34
4 Jeff Houser Nashville Metros 24 14 5 33
5 Digital Takawira Milwaukee Rampage 20 13 4 30
6 Kevin Jeffrey Richmond Kickers 24 11 7 29
Leighton O'Brien Seattle Sounders 24 11 7 29
Mark Baena Portland Timbers 24 13 3 29
9 Ignace Moleka Atlanta Silverbacks 19 12 1 25
Luis Macias El Paso Patriots 23 12 1 25
Chugger Adair San Diego Flash 22 10 5 25
Jason Jordan Vancouver Whitecaps 18 9 7 25
Rodrigo Costa Indiana Blast 21 11 3 25
14 Mark Rowland El Paso Patriots 26 7 10 24
15 Josh Henderson Richmond Kickers 21 10 3 23

Honors[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]