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A-League

1999 Season

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlanta Silverbacks - Boston Bulldogs - Charleston Battery - Connecticut Wolves

Hampton Roads Mariners - Hershey Wildcats - Jacksonville Cyclones - Lehigh Valley Steam

Long Island Rough Riders - Maryland Mania - Pittsburgh Riverhounds - Raleigh Capital Express

Richmond Kickers - Rochester Raging Rhinos - Staten Island Vipers - Toronto Lynx

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Cincinnati Riverhawks - El Paso Patriots - Indiana Blast -  Milwaukee Rampage

Minnesota Thunder - New Orleans Storm - Orange County Zodiac - Sacramento Geckos

San Diego Flash - San Francisco Bay Seals - Seattle Sounders - Tennessee Rhythm

Vancouver 86ers - US Pro-40

 

1999 Home - 1999 Results - 1999 Stats

 

1999 FINAL STANDINGS
Before the season, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Lehigh Valley,

and Tennessee were added.

Indiana was promoted from the D3-Pro League. 
Albuquerque moved to Sacramento.  Raleigh became the Express.
Worcester moved to Boston.


EASTERN CONFERENCE
Northeast Division          GP   W   L    SO   GF  GA  BP  Pts
Rochester Rhinos            28  22   6   2-1   47  20   7   92
Staten Island Vipers        28  19   9   2-1   53  31   9   82
Long Island Rough Riders    28  18  10   3-0   57  44   8   74
Pittsburgh Riverdogs        28  16  12   1-1   63  43   9   72
Lehigh Valley Steam         28  15  13   2-1   42  44   6   63
Boston Bulldogs             28  12  16   0-6   49  36   8   61
Toronto Lynx                28  12  16   0-5   49  36   8   51
Connecticut Wolves          28   7  21   0-1   32  68   5   34

Atlantic Division           GP   W   L    SO   GF  GA  BP  Pts
Hershey Wildcats            28  17  11   2-1   54  33  10   75
Richmond Kickers            28  17  11   3-1   51  44   6   69
Charleston Battery          28  15  13   3-2   43  39   6   62
Jacksonville Cyclones       28  13  15   1-1   51  61   9   59
Atlanta Silverbacks         28  15  13   1-1   51  61   9   59
Hampton Roads Mariners      28  15  13   5-2   45  41   5   57
Raleigh Express             28  11  17   2-2   32  50   5   47
Maryland Mania              28   3  25   1-1   16  85   2   13


WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division            GP   W   L    SO   GF  GA  BP  Pts
Minnesota Thunder           28  22   6   4-4   57  17   6   88
US Project 40 Select        28  17  11   2-0   44  46   4   66
New Orleans Storm           28  14  14   0-0   56  61  11   66
Indiana Blast               28  13  15   2-2   43  51   5   55
Milwaukee Rampage           28  13  15   2-1   44  49   5   54
Tennessee Rhythm            28  11  17   2-3   44  52   6   49
Cincinnati Riverhawks       28   7  21   2-3   45  71   7   34

Pacific Division            GP   W   L    SO   GF  GA  BP  Pts
San Diego Flash             28  20   8   2-3   65  30  11   90
Vancouver 86ers             28  19   9   2-2   77  31  10   84
Seattle Sounders            28  19   9   3-1   56  36  10   81
Orange County Zodiac        28  17  11   4-3   59  49  10   73
El Paso Patriots            28  12  16   0-2   49  59   6   55
San Francisco Bay Seals     28   9  19   2-4   37  54   4   40
Sacramento Geckos           28   0  28   0-1   16  91   0    1

Win-4pts, Shoot Out Win-2pts  Shoot Out Loss-1pt

1 bonus point for scoring three goals in a game


After the season, Maryland and Staten Island folded and Jacksonville
withdrew for 1 year.  The Seals became the Bay Area Seals.

1999 PLAYOFFS

*-after extra time

Conference Quarterfinals (Single Game)

Eastern

9/10/99  Rochester      2-1  Lehigh Valley

9/11/99  Staten Island  3-2* Richmond

9/11/99  Hershey        3-2  Charleston

9/11/99  Long Island    3-4  Pittsburgh

Western

9/10/99  San Diego   3-1  El Paso

9/10/99  Vancouver   1-3  US Pro-40

9/11/99  Minnesota   4-0  New Orleans

9/11/99  Seattle     6-3  Orange County

 

Conference Semifinals (Best of Three)

Eastern

9/16/99  Hershey     2-0  Staten Island

9/18/99  Hershey     2-0  Staten Island

Hershey advance on 2-0 series win

 

9/18/99  Rochester   6-2  Pittsburgh

9/25/99  Pittsburgh  1-0  Rochester

9/28/99  Rochester   2-0  Pittsburgh

Rochester advance on 2-1 series win

 

Western

9/18/99  Minnesota   1-0* US Pro-40

9/20/99  Minnesota   2-0  US Pro-40

Minnesota advance on 2-0 series win

 

9/18/99  San Diego   6-0  Seattle

9/25/99  Seattle     0-1  San Diego

San Diego advance on 2-0 series win

 

Conference Finals (Best of Three)

10/3/99  Hershey     2-1  Rochester

10/9/99  Rochester   1-0  Hershey

10/11/99 Rochester   3-1  Hershey

Rochester advance on 2-1 series win

 

10/2/99  Minnesota   4-1  San Diego

10/7/99  San Diego   1-2  Minnesota

Minnesota advance on 2-0 series win

 

A-League Championship

10/16/99 Minnesota   2-1  Rochester

Leading Goalscorers

Doug Miller, Rochester             18

Niall Thompson, Vancouver          20

Mark Baena, Seattle                20

Steve Patterson, Orange County     19

Ernest Inneh, Staten Island        18

Eduardo Sebrango, Vancouver        18

Greg Simmonds, Hershey             16

Patrick Beech, New Orleans         16

Jamel Mitchell, Hershey            15

Onandi Lowe, Richmond              15

John Wolyniac, Long Island         15

Carlos Farias, San Diego           15

 

Goalkeeping Leaders                GAA

John Swallen, Minnesota            0.56

Pat Onstad, Rochester              0.62

Mark Rueda, San Diego              0.98

Peter Pappas, Staten Island        1.01

Paul Shepherd, Vancouver           1.02

Jason Petronis, Hershey            1.02

Mike McGinty, Richmond             1.08

Dusty Hudock, Charleston           1.09

Tom Tate, San Diego                1.10

Peter Zaratin, Staten Island       1.12


1999 A-League Award Winners

Most Valuable Player:  John Swallen, Minnesota Thunder
Top Goal Scorer:  Niall Thompson, Seattle Sounders
Top Goalkeeper:  John Swallen, Minnesota Thunder
Coach of the Year: Paul Riley, Long Island Rough Riders
Defender of the Year: Scott Schweitzer, Rochester Raging Rhinos
Rookie of the Year:  Greg Simmonds, Hershey Wildcats
Referee of the Year:  Glenn Prechac
 

1999 A-League First XI

G - John Swallen, Minnesota
D - Scott Schweitzer, Rochester
D - Craig Demmin, Rochester
D - Tenywa Bonseu, Pittsburgh
D - Kalin Bankov, Minnesota
M - Carlos Farias, San Diego
M - Mac Cozier, Jacksonville
M - Mauro Biello, Rochester
F - Mark Baena, Seattle
F - Ernest Inneh, Staten Island
F - Niall Thompson, Vancouver

 

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            392  992,245   2,531

 

 

Overview of the 1999 A-League Season - From the American Soccer History Archives

The A-league expanded to 30 teams, adding Pittsburgh, Maryland and Lehigh Valley. The Nashville Metros returned as the Tennessee Rhythym and Indiana Blast were promoted from D3Pro. The Riverhounds were Pittsburgh's first outdoor team since 1975, and the Maryland Mania returned Baltimore to outdoor soccer. Meanwhile, the Lehigh Valley Steam was situated in the historical soccer area of Bethlehem/Allentown, home of the fabled Bethlehem Steel team of the early 29th century. Pittsburgh was an enormous success, while Lehigh Valley, despite healthy crowds foundered with unpaid bills, and the Mania folded after a poor performance on and off the field. The league had to make do without Montreal whose franchise was revoked because of failure to adhere to league requirements. They continued indoors in the NPSL. The Worcester Wildfire moved to Boston, as the Bulldogs and made an impressive debut before slacking off during the season. Attendance in 1999 was up significantly, totaling 1,310,988 (3,013 per game).

An era came to an end as Vancouver's player-coach, Carl Valentine, retired from the field. Carl had traced his professional career back to the final years of the NASL and was one of the game's last active links to that famous league. Project 40 continued to expand, while the US Pro 40 team improved considerably upon its first year performance, finishing 17-11 this season good enough for 2nd place in its new division, the Central. As in previous years, the A-League continued to lose several top players to MLS, but this showed the success of its mission as a farm system for the top league. More players were selected than previously in the annual MLS Supplemental draft. Many new names figured prominently among the top scorers and goalkeepers this season.

In the regular season, we began to see some stability and the development of mini-dynasties as Rochester won the Eastern division by a large margin, while Staten island moved up a notch to take the place held by departed Montreal, once again followed by Long Island. The expansion Pittsburgh Riverdogs finished a respectable 4th. In the Atlantic, Hershey and Richmond switched the top two places, with Hershey regaining the title after winning a close race, with the margin coming from shootout wins. Atlanta, now known as the Silverbacks, under new ownership showed major gains on the field and at the box office, coming in 5th as one of the better drawing teams in the league. In the Central, the Minnesota Thunder marched off to victory by a long shot, while Project 40 Select tied with the New Orleans Storm for 2nd. In the Pacific, the San Diego Flash repeated as division champs, beating the vastly improved Vancouver 86ers. The league set a new record for futility as the Sacramento geckos lost all 28 games while being outscored 91-16.

In the playoffs, the biggest upset was Pittsburgh over Long Island 4-3, otherwise the favored teams generally won, including Project 40 which emerged from their first playoff game victorious. In the quarterfinals, Hershey defeated Staten Island 2-0, 2-0, Rochester defeated Pittsburgh 6-2, Minnesota defeated US Project 40 1-0, 2-0, and San Diego shut out Seattle 6-0. In the semifinals, Rochester defeated Hershey 3-1 and Minnesota defeated San Diego 2-1. The championship game was a rematch of 1998, but this time Minnesota defeated Rochester 2-1 to exact their revenge. This ruined Rochester's chances to become the first A-league team to win the "double", as Rochester would win the US Open Cup by upsetting the MLS Colorado Rapids.

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