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A-League 2004 Season

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Silverbacks - Charleston Battery - Montreal Impact - Puerto Rico Islanders

Richmond Kickers - Rochester Raging Rhinos - Syracuse Salty Dogs - Toronto Lynx

Virginia Beach Mariners

Western Conference

Calgary Mustangs - Edmonton FC - Milwaukee Wave United - Minnesota Thunder

Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders - Vancouver Whitecaps

 

2004 Home - 2004 Results - 2004 Stats

 

2004 FINAL STANDINGS

Before the season, Puerto Rico and Edmonton were added. 
Calgary became the Mustangs.

 

During the season, the USL took over management of Edmonton,

finishing the season as Edmonton FC
 

EASTERN CONFERENCE          GP   W   T   L   GF  GA  Pts
Montreal Impact             28  17   5   6   36  15   56
Richmond Kickers            28  17   3   8   44  29   54
Syracuse Salty Dogs         28  15   5   8   40  29   50
Rochester Raging Rhinos     28  15   3  10   36  32   48
Atlanta Silverbacks         28  14   3  11   41  48   45
Virginia Beach Mariners     28  11   2  14   43  41   36
Toronto Lynx                28  10   2  16   38  50   32
Charleston Battery          28   7   6  15   30  39   27
Puerto Rico Islanders       28   5   6  17   22  48   21

WESTERN CONFERENCE          GP   W   T   L   GF  GA  Pts
Portland Timbers            28  18   3   7   58  30   57
Vancouver Whitecaps         28  14   5   9   38  29   47
Minnesota Thunder           28  13   6   9   33  23   45
Seattle Sounders            28  13   4  11   40  34   43
Milwaukee Wave United       28  12   4  12   44  48   40
Edmonton Aviators/FC        28   4   6  18   19  56   18
Calgary Mustangs            28   4   6  18   30  51   18

After the season, Calgary, Edmonton,

Milwaukee and Syracuse folded.

2004 PLAYOFFS

*-after extra time

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Sept. 3  Richmond   0-1  Syracuse

Sept. 5  Syracuse   1-2* Richmond

Aggregate drawn 2-2 after extra time

Syracuse advance on penalties, 5-4

 

Sept. 3  Rochester  0-1  Montreal

Sept. 5  Montreal   1-0  Rochester

Montreal advance on 2-0 aggregate

 

Eastern Conference Final

Sept. 10 Syracuse   0-2  Montreal

Sept. 12 Montreal   1-1  Syracuse

Montreal advance on 3-1 aggregate

 

Western Conference Semifinals

Sept. 1  Portland   2-1  Seattle

Sept. 5  Seattle    2-0* Portland

Seattle advance on 3-2 aggregate

 

Sept. 3  Vancouver  2-0  Minnesota

Sept. 5  Minnesota  0-1  Vancouver

Vancouver advance on 3-0 aggregate

 

Western Conference Final

Sept. 10 Seattle    1-0  Vancouver

Sept. 12 Vancouver  1-1  Seattle

Seattle advance on 2-1 aggregate

 

A-League Championship

Sept. 18 Montreal   2-0  Seattle

2004 Leading Goalscorers

Alan Gordon, Portland              17

Dante Washington, Virginia Beach   17

Byron Alvarez, Portland            16

Ali Gerba, Toronto                 15

Mac Cozier, Atlanta                12

Mauricio Salles, Puerto Rico       11

Johnny Torres, Milwaukee           11

Todd Dusosky, Milwaukee            10

Welton Melo, Seattle               10

McColm Cephas, Richmond            10

 

Goalkeeping Leaders                GAA

Greg Sutton, Montreal              0.54

Joe Warren, Minnesota              0.69

Theo Zagar, Rochester              0.84

Alex Marques, Vancouver            0.86

Ronnie Pascale, Richmond           0.98

Byron Foss, Syracuse               1.00

Josh Saunders, Portland            1.11

Preston Burpo, Seattle             1.15

Luis Campi, Edmonton               1.16

Joe Barton, Atlanta                1.25

 

2004 A-League Award Winners

Most Valuable Player:  Greg Sutton, Montreal Impact
Goalkeeper of the Year:  Greg Sutton, Montreal Impact
Defender of the Year:  Gabe Gervais, Montreal Impact
Rookie of the Year:  Alan Gordon, Portland Timbers
Coach of the Year: Bobby Howe, Portland Timbers

 

2004 A-League First XI

G - Greg Sutton, Montreal Impact
D - Dustin Branan, Minnesota Thunder
D - Gabriel Gervais, Montreal Impact
D - Peter Luzak, Richmond Kickers
M - Mauro Brello, Montreal Impact
M - Sandro Grande, Montreal Impact
M - Alex Pineda Chacon, Atlanta Silverbacks
M - Johnny Torres, Milwaukee Wave United
F - Byron Alvarez, Portland Timbers
F - Alan Gordon, Portland Timbers
F - Dante Washington, Virginia Beach Mariners

 

Home Attendance     G    Total    Avg.

Rochester          14  142,527  10,181

Montreal           14  129,901   9,279

Syracuse           14   89,421   6,387

Portland           14   73,931   5,281

Vancouver          14   67,668   4,833

Puerto Rico        14   54,441   3,889

Charleston         14   52,005   3,742

Minnesota          14   41,454   2,961

Seattle            14   40,232   2,874

Toronto            14   34,217   2,444

Richmond           14   32,664   2,333

Milwaukee          14   23,664   1,690

Atlanta            14   23,266   1,662

Virginia Beach     14   22,743   1,625

Edmonton           13   19,216   1,478

Calgary            14   17,616   1,258

LEAGUE             22 3,864,966  3,879

Overview of the 2004 A-League Season - From the American Soccer History Archives

The A-League consolidated to sixteen teams in two divisions. Pittsburgh and Charlotte were demoted to the PSL, and El Paso and Indiana were demoted to the PDL, and Cincinnati folded. The league took on more of an international flavor as teams were added in Edmonton and Puerto Rico. With five Canadian Teams, the A-League effectively served as Canada's top professional league. The league also proved to be a place where MLS veterans could extend their careers. New to the A-League were Alex Pineda Chacon, who joined the Atlanta Silverbacks, and Johnny Torres with Milwaukee Wave United. Also making their playing debuts were Chris Carrieri, MLS's 2001 top draft pick, Ivan McKinley, who sat out injured last season with Charleston, Dante Washington, with Virginia Beach after 7 seasons in MLS, and Richie Williams with Richmond.

Milwaukee signed Johnny Torres from Minnesota as they looked to continue their Midwest dominance. Seattle was celebrating the 30th anniversary of pro soccer in that city, and hoping to win their third title. To that end, they signed the Brazilian Welton, who had several successful years in MLS. Syracuse had a very successful first year at the gate, but struggled on the field, so they acquired Scott Schweitzer and Temoc Suarez to shore up their defense. Vancouver were very aggressive in acquiring players, signing midfielder Andrew Gregor from Seattle as well as a pair of Canadian internationals, David Xausa and Martin Nash. Portland, now being operated by the Pacific Coast Baseball League until a new owner could be found, looked to maintain their strong on-field performance. Atlanta and Rochester broke grown on their new soccer-specific stadiums, set for opening in 2005. The Islanders represented the A-League's first successful foray into Puerto Rico, and their roster had a Latin flair, boasting five Argentines and two Brazilians.

Despite the many player signings by last year's successful clubs, there were some surprises in the season. Montreal and Richmond finished atop the Eastern Conference, and Portland won the west. Vancouver could only maintain their 2nd place finish. But that counted for a lot in an 8-team division. Montreal easily dispatched Rochester in the first round of playoffs, but Portland was upset by Seattle on goals aggregate, and Syracuse upset Richmond. Vancouver had an easy time eliminating Minnesota courtesy of two shutouts. In the semi-finals, Montreal and Seattle prevailed in close series, and finally Montreal Impact won their first championship since 1994 as they shut out Seattle 2-0 before a record home crowd of 13,648.

Total attendance fell slightly this year, due to the loss of franchises, falling to 864,966, but average attendance rose substantially to 3,879, the league's best average ever. Unfortunately, franchise instability was a continuing problem. Syracuse, Milwaukee, Calgary and Edmonton folded, leaving the league smaller, but with a strong core of remaining teams.

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