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A-League

1998 Season

Atlanta Ruckus - Charleston Battery - Connecticut Wolves - Hampton Roads Mariners

Hershey Wildcats - Jacksonville Cyclones - Long Island Rough Riders - Montreal Impact

Raleigh Flyers - Richmond Kickers - Rochester Ragin' Rhinos - Staten Island Vipers

Toronto Lynx - Worcester Wildfire

 

California Jaguars - Cincinnati Riverhawks - El Paso Patriots - Milwaukee Rampage

Minnesota Thunder - Nashville Metros - New Orleans Storm - Orange County Zodiac

Sacramento Geckos - San Diego Flash - San Francisco Bay Seals - Seattle Sounders

Vancouver 86ers

 

1998 Home - 1998 Results - 1998 Stats

 

1998 FINAL STANDINGS
Before the season, Staten Island and US Project 40 Select were added.
New Orleans became the Storm.  Hampton Roads rejoined the league. 
San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Albuquerque were promoted.

Colorado moved to San Diego.

Carolina went on hiatus for the 1998 season


EASTERN CONFERENCE
Northeast Division         GP   W   L   SO   GF  GA  Pts
Rochester Rhinos           28  23   3  1-1   72  15   70
Impact de Montreal         28  13   5  8-2   47  33   47
Staten Island Vipers       28  15  11  1-1   46  37   46
Long Island Rough Riders   28  14  10  3-1   46  35   45
Worcester Wildfire         28  10  14  2-2   37  50   32
Toronto Lynx               28   8  17  1-2   27  42   25
Connecticut Wolves         28   2  18  5-3   32  57   11

Atlantic Division          GP   W   L   SO   GF  GA  Pts
Richmond Kickers           28  18   5  3-2   48  22   57
Hershey Wildcats           28  17   8  2-1   51  31   53
Hampton Roads Mariners     28  15   9  1-3   44  39   46

Charleston Battery         28  11  15  1-1   37  40   34
Jacksonville Cyclones      28  10  16  0-2   36  53   30
Atlanta Ruckus/A.L.L.      28   7  20  0-1   31  67   21
Raleigh Flyers             28   5  21  0-2   31  66   15


WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division           GP   W   L   SO   GF  GA  Pts

Nashville Metros           28  18   7  2-1   70  31   56
Minnesota Thunder          28  16   8  3-1   52  33   51
Milwaukee Rampage          28  16   8  1-3   61  39   49
New Orleans Storm          28  14  12  1-1   53  50   43
Cincinnati Riverhawks      28  11  17  0-0   48  65   33
El Paso Patriots           28   9  15  3-1   51  54   30
Albuquerque Geckos         28   5  22  0-1   39 100   15

Pacific Division           GP   W   L   SO   GF  GA  Pts
San Diego Flash            28  20   6  1-1   58  23   61
Seattle Sounders           28  17  10  1-0   63  28   52
Orange County Zodiac       28  15   9  1-3   49  43   46
Vancouver 86ers            28  13  12  2-1   55  42   41
US Project 40              28  10  15  1-2   45  55   31
SF Bay Seals               28   9  13  1-5   31  47   28

California Jaguars         28   6  21  0-1   32  95   18

Win-3pts, Shoot Out Win-1pt


During the season, Atlanta was revoked by the league,

and their standings awarded to a new franchise, A-League Atlanta. 

After the season, Montreal withdrew to play full time

indoors in the NPSL, and Nashville folded. 
California was relegated to the D-3 Pro League.

1998 PLAYOFFS

MG-Mini game series tiebreaker  *-after extra time

Conference Quarterfinals (Single Game)

Eastern

9/12/98  Rochester   3-0  Charleston

9/12/98  Hershey     1-1  Hampton Roads

Hershey advance on shootout win

9/12/98  Montreal    3-1  Staten Island

9/13/98  Richmond    0-0  Long Island

Richmond advance on shootout win

 

Western

9/12/98  San Diego   4-1  Vancouver

9/12/98  Nashville   2-2  New Orleans

New Orleans advance on shootout win

9/12/98  Minnesota   5-1  Milwaukee

9/13/98  Seattle     2-1  Orange County

 

Conference Semifinals (Two Legs)

Eastern

9/17/98  Hershey     0-0  Richmond

Hershey wins shootout

9/20/98  Richmond    2-4  Hershey

Hershey advance on 2-0 series win

 

9/20/98  Montreal    2-2  Rochester

Rochester wins shootout

9/23/98  Rochester   4-1  Montreal

Rochester advance on 2-0 series win

 

Western

9/18/98  Minnesota   2-1  Seattle

9/20/98  Seattle     1-2  Minnesota

Minnesota advance on 2-0 series win

 

9/19/98  San Diego   2-1  New Orleans

9/21/98  New Orleans 3-3  San Diego

San Diego wins shootout

San Diego advance on 2-0 series win

 

Conference Finals (Two Legs)

9/26/98  Hershey     1-3  Rochester

10/3/98  Rochester   1-0  Hershey

Rochester advance on 2-0 series win

 

9/26/98  Minnesota   2-1  San Diego

9/30/98  San Diego   1-2  Minnesota

Minnesota advance on 2-0 series win

 

A-League Championship

10/17/98 Rochester   3-1  Minnesota

Leading Goalscorers

Doug Miller, Rochester             18

Mark Baena, Seattle                24

Darren Tilley, Rochester           21

Mike Burke, Charleston             16

Amos Magee, Minnesota              15

Kirk Wilson, El Paso               15

Gary Glasgow, New Orleans          15

Antonio Robles, San Diego          15

Patrick Beech, Seattle             12

Gino DiFlorio, Cincinnati          12

Yari Allnutt, Rochester            14

 

Goalkeeping Leaders                GAA

Pat Onstad, Rochester              0.50
Mike McGinty, Richmond             0.74
Joe Cannon, San Diego              0.80
Alex Deegan, Richmond              0.83
Dusty Hudock, Seattle              1.00
Peter Pappas, Staten Island        1.00
Khalil Azmi, Hershey               1.02
John Swallen, Minnesota            1.09
Paolo Ceccarelli, Montreal         1.10
Paul Shepard, Montreal             1.11


1998 A-League Award Winners

Most Valuable Player:  Mark Baena, Seattle Sounders
Top Goal Scorer:  Mark Baena, Seattle Sounders
Top Goalkeeper:  Pat Onstead, Rochester Raging Rhinos
Coach of the Year: Pat Ercoli, Rochester Raging Rhinos
Defender of the Year: Scott Schweitzer, Rochester Raging Rhinos
Rookie of the Year:  Mike Burke, Charleston Battery
 

1998 A-League First XI

G - Pat Onstead, Rochester
D - Scott Schweitze, Rochester
D - Gabe Eastman, Nashville
D - Craig Demmin, Rochester
M - Yari Allnutt, Rochester
M - John Ball, Staten island
M - Mauro Biello, Montreal
M - Lee Tachantret, Hershey
F - Amos Magee, Minnesota
F - Darren Tilley, Rochester
F - Mark Baena, Seattle

 

Home Attendance     G    Total    Avg.

Rochester          16  183,980  11,499

Vancouver          15   62,776   4,185

Montreal           15   60,117   4,008

Hershey            14   53,118   3,794

El Paso            15   55,375   3,692

Minnesota          15   53,146   3,543

Milwaukee          15   47,638   3,176

Long Island        14   43,999   3,143

San Diego          15   46,239   3,083

Seattle            15   43,535   2,902

Richmond           14   35,380   2,527

Connecticut        15   36,786   2,452

Hampton Roads      14   30,484   2,177

New Orleans        15   31,096   2,073

Charleston         14   26,541   1,896

Toronto            14   25,204   1,800

Cincinnati         15   24,367   1,624

Staten Island      11   16,545   1,504

California         15   21,414   1,428

Nashville          15   18,651   1,243

Sacramento         15   18,556   1,237

Jacksonville       14   16,334   1,167

Atlanta            14   12,920     923

Raleigh            14    9,183     656

Orange County      15    7,985     532

San Francisco Bay  15    6,399     427

Worcester          14    4,477     320

LEAGUE             92  992,245  2,531

 

Overview of the 1998 A-League Season - From the American Soccer History Archives

The A-League added several new teams, including Staten island and the new Project 40 team. San Francisco, Cincinnati and D3Pro champion Albuquerque were promoted. Project 40 was a major new initiative which would help to strengthen the ties between the USISL and MLS, while providing more opportunities for the development of new talent for MLS and the National Team (See details above). The team had a respectable showing in its first season, finishing 5th in the Pacific Division. Another major success story was the San Diego Flash, who had moved from Colorado. The new team was an immediate hit, averaging over 3,000 fans per game, and winning the Pacific division. On the downside, the Atlanta Ruckus failed partway through the season following several weeks of missed paychecks. The league took over the franchise for the duration of the season, and then awarding it to new investors. Another disappointment was the first team to be promoted after winning the D3Pro championship. The Albuquerque Geckos collapsed, finishing 5-22, and folded after the season. Total league attendance was 992,245 (2,531 per game), a slight decline from the previous year. After the season, management problems with the Montreal Impact resulted in the team leaving the A-League to concentrate full-time on indoor soccer in the NPSL.

The season was lengthened to accommodate the larger field of teams, starting in early April and extending through September. The major success story was the continuing domination of the Rochester Rhinos who led the league in goals scored (72), and strongest defense (15 goals allowed) while setting a new attendance record (11,498 per game). This was definitely the year of the roo9kie, with four players among the leading scorers: Kirk Wilson of El Paso, Cincinnati's Jason Kairns, Project 40's Josh Wolff, and Mike Burke of Charleston. One of the most productive teams was the San Francisco Bay Seals, who sent three players up to MLS, C. J. Brown, Marquis White and Tim Weaver. Cincinnati made a respectable performance despite having been promoted from the Premier League over the winter. Otherwise, there were few surprises this season, outside of the rapid decline of the California Jaguars and the ruse of the Nashville Metros who won their first divisional title.

Sixteen teams entered the playoffs with no byes and single elimination for the first round. These playoffs were distinguished by the large number of shootouts (6 of 22 games). The first round only saw one upset as Nashville was ousted by New Orleans. The conference semifinals were won by Hershey, Rochester, Minnesota and San Diego. In the conference finals, Rochester defeated upstart Hershey 3-1 and 1-0, while Minnesota ended San Diego's amazing debut run 2-1 and 2-1. Rochester completed its banner year with a decisive 3-0 shutout over Minnesota to take the A-League title. A novel twist for the season was the annual all-star game. This time it pitted an established team, the Hershey Wildcats against an A-League select squad at Hershey's home stadium. In a major surprise, the Wildcats not only defeated the best of the rest, but shut them out 3-0.

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