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1993 FINAL STANDINGS
Before the season, Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles were added. Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal
joined the league from the defunct CSL
L SO GF GA BP
Vancouver 86ers 24 15 9 2-1 43 35 38 126
Colorado Foxes 24 15 9 3-0 40 34 37 121
Tampa Bay Rowdies 24 12 12 0-1 53 47 44 118
Los Angeles Salsa 24 12 12 3-3 41 37 37 109
Toronto Blizzard 24 10 14 0-2 35 41 32 96
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 24 9 15 1-3 39 52 35 93
Montreal Impact 24 11 13 2-1 28 33 26 90
Win-6pts, Shoot Out Win-2pts, Shoot Out Loss-1pt
1 bonus point per goal scored in regulation, maximum of 3 per game
After the season, Tampa Bay folded
*-after extra time
Sept. 18 Vancouver 2-2* Los Angeles
Los Angeles advances in shootout, 3-1
Sept. 19 Colorado 1-0 Tampa Bay
Oct. 2 Los Angeles 1-3* Colorado
Where are they now?
1993 MVP Paulino went on to play one final
season in his post-APSL career, in 1996 with
Atletico Ceyala of the Mexican First Division.
This added to his extensive playing career,
which started in 1976 with his hometown club
in Brazil, Criciuma. He later moved on to play
for Bangu('83), America SP('84), and Botafogo('88)
in Brazil, as well as POSCO in South Korea, and
Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.
Beginning in 2000, he went on to manage in his
native Brazil, winning the Piaui State Championship
three times in a row, first with Piaui, and twice
with Inter de Lages. Paulinho's last managerial
stop was in 2006, with the club he began his
career with, Criciuma.
Paulinho, Los Angeles 15
Paul Wright, Los Angeles 13
Zico Doe, Ft. Lauderdale 12
Taifour Diane, Colorado 10
Domenic Mobilio, Vancouver 10
Scott Benedetti, Colorado 10
Pierre Morice, Tampa Bay 9
Fernando Aguiar, Toronto 9
Paul Dougherty, Tampa Bay 8
Ted Eck, Colorado 8
Hector Marinaro, Toronto 7
Carlos Carozzin, Vancouver 7
Alvin James, Ft. Lauderdale 7
Steve Trittschuh, Tampa Bay 7
Goalkeeping Leaders GAA
Jim St. Andre, Colorado 1.19
Pat Harrington, Montreal 1.35
Brett Phillips, Tampa Bay 1.39
Ian Feuer, Los Angeles 1.40
Paul Dolan, Vancouver 1.42
Mark Dodd, Colorado 1.60
1993 APSL Award Winners
Most Valuable Player:
Paulinho, Los Angeles
1993 APSL First XI
G - Paul Dolan, Vancouver
Home Attendance G Total Avg.
Overview of the 1993 APSL Season - From the American Soccer History Archives
The APSL became an international league this year. With the demise of the Canadian Soccer League, three of the CSL's clubs, the Vancouver 86ers, Montreal Rockets and Toronto Blizzard joined the circuit. Also new to the league were the Los Angeles Salsa, who filled the unexpected void left by the departure of the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, one of the more successful clubs of years past. The APSL now had the distinction of being the top league in both the United States and Canada, gaining USSF Division 2 sanctioning. Initially this helped in their attempt to gain Division 1 status, but FIFA would not allow a division 1 league to cross national boundaries.
The season was an exciting affair. Colorado and the expansion Los Angeles Salsa jumped out to an early lead, but the Vancouver 86ers launched a major run, climbing to the top of the standings on July 4, a position they would hold for the rest of the season. Salsa teammates Paulinho and Paul Wright battled for the scoring title and MVP awards, but Paulinho, the flamboyant Brazilian was the one to come out on top, with 15 goals and 7 assists. In the playoff semifinals, Colorado edged Tampa Bay 1-0 and Los Angeles toppled Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout. A sellout watched a nationally televised championship match between Colorado and Los Angeles. The two teams battled through 67 scoreless minutes before Salsa's Phillip Gyau landed the goal. They looked to be on their way to victory when, with less than three minutes left, Ted Eck tied the match, taking it into overtime where game MVP Talifour Diane and rookie Robert Lipp scored to give Colorado a 3-1 win and the Commissioner's Cup.
The APSL benefited from their new TV show, "This Week in Professional Soccer" on Sportschannel, and over 300,000 fans attended regular season games. The other highlight of the season was the Four Nations Cup Tournament, held in Denver's Mile High Stadum. The Foxes hosted three premier European teams, F. C. Kaiserslautern, of Germany's Bundesliga, F. C. Copenhagen, from Denmark's First Division, and Norwich City from England's Premier League. Colorado performed magnificently, gaining a 3-2 victory over Norwich, and even more importantly, a 1-1 draw with eventual tournament champion Kaiserslautern. Although they eventually lost in a shootout, it was still an impressive effort. In other friendlies, the LA Salsa defeated Pumas, Chivas and Atlante from Mexico, and the South Korean national team, and drew with El Salvador. Giddiness turned to disappointment at the end of the year when the APSL lost their bid for FIFA sanction as the new Division 1 league required by the World Cup 1994 agreement, to Alan Rothenberg's "Major League Soccer" investment group, but the league had done itself proud, and with an influx of new talent and significant representation on the National team, their fortunes for 1994 as a Division 2 circuit looked good.
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