2002 USL A-League

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USL A-League
-2002 Season-
Season 2002
Champions Milwaukee Rampage
(2nd title)
Premiers Seattle Sounders
(2nd title)
Matches played 504
Goals scored 751 (1.49 per match)
Top goalscorer McKinley Tennyson, Fadi Afash
(18 goals)
2001
2003

The 2002 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 2002.

League standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 17 3 8 38 25 +7 1 72
2 Montreal Impact 28 16 3 9 39 29 +10 5 72
3 Toronto Lynx 28 10 5 13 37 35 +2 3 48
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 8 5 15 39 44 -5 4 41

Southeast Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Charleston Battery 28 19 3 6 46 16 +30 7 89
2 Richmond Kickers 28 13 9 6 44 37 +7 7 65
3 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 13 13 2 47 44 +3 8 62
4 Charlotte Eagles 28 10 14 4 46 46 0 6 50
5 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 6 19 3 25 57 -32 2 29

Western Conference[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Milwaukee Rampage 28 16 7 5 48 29 +17 6 75
2 Minnesota Thunder 28 14 9 5 55 35 +20 6 70
3 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 8 20 0 35 68 -33 6 35*
4 Indiana Blast 28 6 18 4 29 67 -38 1 29
  • Cincinnati lost three point for using an ineligible player

Pacific Division[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Seattle Sounders 28 23 1 4 71 27 +44 14 107
2 Portland Timbers 28 13 3 13 47 39 +8 8 63
3 El Paso Patriots 28 10 7 11 38 48 -10 7 54
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 28 11 5 12 41 39 +2 5 54
5 Calgary Storm 28 4 3 21 26 66 -40 3 22

The 2002 USL A-League points system was 4 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss + 1 bonus point when scoring three or more goals in a game.[1]

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Final
                                         
Portland Timbers 0 0 0  
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 1 2  
  Seattle Sounders 0 2 2  
  Vancouver Whitecaps 2 6 8  
  Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 0 2 2  
Western Conference
  Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 1  
Minnesota Thunder 2 1 3  
El Paso Patriots 1 1 2  
  Milwaukee Rampage 0 2 2
  Minnesota Thunder 0 1 1  
 
  Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 2
  Richmond Kickers 1
Richmond Kickers 1 2 3  
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 1 2  
  Charleston Battery 2 1 3
  Richmond Kickers 1 3 4  
 
  Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 0 1 (8)
Eastern Conference
  Richmond Kickers (aet) (p) 1 0 1 (9)  
Montreal Impact (aet) (p) 0 1 1 (6)  
Charlotte Eagles 1 0 1 (5)  
  Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 1 1
  Montreal Impact 0 0 0  
 

Playoff first round[edit]

Charlotte vs Montreal[edit]

Charlotte Eagles (NC) 1–0 Montreal Impact (QC)
Dwyane Demmin Goal 17' (Report) YC 30' Adam Braz
YC 67' Nevio Pizzolitto


Montreal Impact (QC) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Charlotte Eagles (NC)
Eduardo Sebrango Goal 36'
Penalties
Patrick Leduc Penalty scored
Giuliano Oliviero Penalty scored
Darko Kolic Penalty scored
Eduardo Sebrango Penalty scored
Gabriel Gervais Penalty scored
Mark Rowland Penalty scored
6–5 Penalty scored Andy McDermott
Penalty scored Leo Gajardo
Penalty scored Dustin Swinehart
Penalty scored Jamie Wellington
Penalty scored Carlos Calderson
Penalty missed Nathan Watkins

Montreal advances on penalties after series tied 1–1 on aggregate.

Richmond vs Atlanta[edit]

Richmond Kickers (VA) 1–1 Atlanta Silverbacks (GA)
Peter Luzak YC 23'
Josh Henderson YC 86'
Peter Luzak Goal 90'
(Report) Goal 36' James Wall
YC 42' Alan Woods
YC 56' Jason Annicchero
YC 86' Jeff Cassar
Red card 88' James Wall
Attendance: 1,258
Referee: Todd Perry


Atlanta Silverbacks (GA) 1–2 Richmond Kickers (VA)
Philippe Godoy YC 10'
Ryan Leib YC 20'
Jason Annicchero YC 39'
John Barry Nusum YC 55'
Gilbert Jean-Baptiste YC 66'
Byron Mitchell YC 78'
Byron Mitchell Yellow cardRed card 84'
John Barry Nusum Goal 88'
(Report) Goal 8' Josh Henderson
YC 13' Bryan Namoff
YC 39' Kevin Knight
Goal 45' Kevin Jeffrey
YC 80' Khary Stockton
Attendance: 351
Referee: Kermit Quisenberry

Richmond advances 3–2 on aggregate.

Minnesota vs El Paso[edit]

El Paso Patriots (TX) 1–2 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Johnny Frias Goal 7' Goal 25' Johnny Torres
Goal 29' Johnny Menyongar
Attendance: 1,270


Minnesota Thunder (MN) 1–1 El Paso Patriots (TX)
Zafer Kılıçkan Goal 70' Goal 32' (pen.) Jose Abarca
Attendance: 1,567

Minnesota advances 3–2 on aggregate.

Vancouver vs Portland[edit]

Portland Timbers (OR) 0–1 Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Keith Costigan YC 10'
Fadi Afash YC 68'
Brent Sancho YC 69'
(Report) Goal 32' Paul Dailly
YC 43' Chris Franks
YC 45' Ollie Heald
YC 68' Nick Dasovic
Attendance: 4,071


Vancouver Whitecaps (BC) 1–0 Portland Timbers (OR)
Steve Kindel Goal 52' (Report)

Vancouver Whitecaps advance 2–0 on aggregate.

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinal 1[edit]

Montreal Impact (QC) 0–0 Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Eduardo Sebrango YC 53'
Gabriel Gervais YC 81'
(Report) YC 22' Kalin Bankov
YC 30' Bill Sedgwick


Rochester Rhinos (NY) 1–0 Montreal Impact (QC)
Yuri Lavrinenko YC 26'
Bill Sedgwick Goal 62'
(Report) YC 43' Patrice Bernier
Attendance: 10,367

The Rochester Rhinos advanced 1–0 on aggregate.

Eastern Conference Semifinal 2[edit]

Charleston Battery (SC) 2–1 Richmond Kickers (VA)
Justin Evans Goal 63'
Paul Conway Goal 87' (pen.)
(Report) Goal 75' Mike Burke
YC 86' Marco Ferruzzi
Attendance: 2,379
Referee: Daniel Baruk (USA)


Richmond Kickers (VA) 3–1 Charleston Battery (SC)
Josh Henderson Goal 8'
Kevin Jeffrey Goal 22'
Chris Fox YC 24'
David Hayes Goal 36'
(Report) Goal 4' Mac Cozier
YC 15' Mark Watson
YC 45' Mac Cozier
Attendance: 2,043
Referee: Mike Stutt (USA)

The Richmond Kickers advanced 4–3 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinal 1[edit]

Minnesota Thunder (MN) 0–0 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Mike Gores YC 42'
Don Gramenz YC 64'
Steve Shak YC 82'
Mike Gentile YC 87'
(Report)


Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2–1 Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Miguel Saavedra Goal 20'
John Wolyniec Goal 77'
Goal 65' Steve Shak
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,579

The Milwaukee Rampage advanced 2–1 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinal 2[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps (BC) 2–0 Seattle Sounders (WA)
Chris Franks YC 3'
Jason Jordan Goal 44'90'
Jeff Clarke YC 47'
(Report) YC 14' Dick McCormick
Red card 78' Viet Nguyen
YC 79' Leighton O'Brien
Attendance: 5,686
Referee: Steve DePiero (USA)


Seattle Sounders (WA) 2–6 Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Andrew Gregor YC 38'
Leighton O'Brien YC 43'
Kyle Smith Goal 52'
Jason Farrell Goal 60'
Scott Jenkins YC 61'
(Report) YC 19' Ollie Heald
Goal 22' Jeff Clarke
Goal 26'70' (pen.) Ollie Heald
Goal 39' Steve Kindel
Goal 67' Dave Morris
YC 75' Kevan Cameron
Goal 90' Niall Thompson
Attendance: 3,917
Referee: Sandra Hunt (USA)

The Vancouver Whitecaps advanced 8–2 on aggregate.

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Richmond Kickers (VA) 1–1 Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Josh Henderson Goal 49' Goal 28' Lenin Steenkamp


Rochester Rhinos (NY) 0–0 (a.e.t.) Richmond Kickers (VA)
Penalties
Stoian Mladenov Penalty scored
Carlos Zavala Penalty scored
Yuri Lavrinenko Penalty scored
Temoc Suarez Penalty scored
Tommy Tanner Penalty scored
Bill Sedgewick Penalty scored
Craig Demmin Penalty scored
Lenin Steenkamp Penalty scored
Greg Simmonds Penalty missed
8–9 Penalty scored Rob Ukrop
Penalty scored Paul Lekics
Penalty scored Ihor Dotsenko
Penalty scored Ray Goodlett
Penalty scored David Hayes
Penalty scored Mike Burke
Penalty scored Tony Williams
Penalty scored Kevin Knight
Penalty scored Ronnie Pascale
Attendance: 10,148

The Richmond Kickers advanced.

Western Conference[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps (BC) 0–0 Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Ollie Heald YC 45' (Report)


Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2–1 (a.e.t.) Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Destin Makumbu YC 43'
Matt Bobo Goal 56'
Matt Behncke YC 60'
Bobby Brennan YC 90'
Matt Bobo Golden goal 101'
(Report) Goal 59' Niall Thompson
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,223

The Milwaukee Rampage advanced.

Final[edit]

Milwaukee Rampage (WI) 2–1 (a.e.t.) Richmond Kickers (VA)
John Wolyniec Goal 45'
Steve Bernal YC 58'
John Wolyniec YC 62'
David Lara YC 68'
Siniša Angelovski Golden goal 106'
(Report) YC 22' Tony Williams
YC 56' Khary Stockton
Goal 59' (pen.) Marco Ferruzzi
YC 62' Kevin Knight
Yellow cardRed card 93' Khary Stockton
YC 96' Josh Henderson
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 6,189

MPV: John Wolyniec

Points leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 McKinley Tennyson Portland Timbers 24 18 6 42
Brian Ching Seattle Sounders 25 16 8 42
3 Leighton O'Brien Seattle Sounders 27 13 11 37
4 Fadi Afash Portland Timbers 22 18 0 36
Eduardo Sebrango Montreal Impact 28 18 0 36
6 Paul Conway Charleston Battery 25 13 6 32
7 Johnny Menyongar Minnesota Thunder 25 10 11 31
8 Johnny Torres Minnesota Thunder 23 12 5 29
9 Darren Sawatzky Seattle Sounders 28 9 10 28
10 Dustin Swinehart Charlotte Eagles 27 10 6 26
Digital Takawira Milwaukee Rampage 22 9 8 26
12 Niki Budalic Toronto Lynx 28 12 1 25
John Wolyniec Milwaukee Rampage 26 10 5 25
14 Josh Henderson Richmond Kickers 23 11 2 24
Brian Piesner Atlanta Silverbacks 25 7 10 24

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Litterer, David (February 14, 2010). "United Soccer Leagues Statistical History, Part 4 (2000-2003)". American Soccer History Archives. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ A-League Awards: 2002 Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine.

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