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1988 FINAL STANDINGS
GP W L PK GF GA BP Pts
12 10 2 1-0 25 10 23
San Diego Nomads 12 9 3 1-2 23 17 22 76
San Jose Earthquakes 12 7 5 1-1 20 19 19 61
Los Angeles Heat 12 7 5 0-1 20 17 19 61
California Kickers 12 3 9 2-0 17 28 17 35
FC Portland 12 1 11 0-0 17 32 16 22
6pts for a win, 1 pt for each goal scored up to 3 per game
Standings include matches played against the Calgary Kickers and Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League
Seattle receives a bye
7/23/88 San Diego 1-1 San Jose
San Jose advance on penalty kicks, 6-5
7/30/88 Seattle 5-0 San Jose
Overview of the 1988 WSA Season -
From the American Soccer History Archives
The WSA reached a certain level of stability in 1988, as no franchise changes occurred. The season was back to 12 games. A new scoring system was implemented. Regulation wins were worth six points, penalty kick wins were worth four, while penalty kick losses were worth two. Bonus points were awarded for each goal scored, up to three per game. The clear intent was to discourage ties and encourage goal scoring. The main effect was to inflate the number of points, but it had no appreciable effect on goal scoring, with the best teams scoring little more than 2 per game. The league did well enough to attract more talented players, especially recent college graduates.
Four teams remained in the race through much of the season, with Seattle finally pulling it out at the end of the season beating San Diego by 7 points for the regular season crown. In the playoffs, San Jose defeated San Diego on penalty kicks in the wild-card game, before falling to the Seattle Storm 3-1, as the storm took the championship.
After the season, the league changed its name to the Western Soccer League, and added four teams to replace San Jose. The Seattle Storm embarked on a postseason tour of Great Britain, taking on Middlsborough, Sunderland, Hull City, Lincoln City and Oldham. They beat Middlesborough 2-1
1988 WSA Leading Goalscorers
Scott Benedetti, Portland 8
Jerome Watson, San Diego 6
Peter Hattrup, Seattle 6
Justin Fashanu, Los Angeles 5
Eddie Henderson, Seattle 5
Billy Thompson, Los Angeles 5
Frank Van Den Brand Hornige, San Jose 5
Mario Gonzalez, San Diego 4
Grant Gibbs, Seattle 4
1988 WSA Goalkeeping Leaders GAA
Jeff Koch, Seattle 0.70
Bob Amman, Los Angeles 0.87
Brian Finnerty, San Diego 1.20
Aram Kardzair, San Jose 1.36
Anton Nistl, Cal./San Diego 1.95
1988 WSA Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Marcelo Balboa, San Diego Nomads
1988 WSA First XI
G - Todd Strobeck, F.
Home Attendance G Total Avg.
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