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USL First Division

2006 Season

Atlanta Silverbacks - Charleston Battery - Miami FC - Minnesota Thunder

Montreal Impact - Portland Timbers - Puerto Rico Islanders - Rochester Raging Rhinos

Seattle Sounders - Toronto Lynx - Vancouver Whitecaps - Virginia Beach Mariners

 

2006 Home - 2006 Results - 2006 Stats

 

2006 FINAL STANDINGS

Before the season, Miami was added

                            GP   W   T   L   GF  GA  Pts
Montreal Impact             28  14   9   5   31  15   51

Rochester Raging Rhinos     28  13  11   4   34  21   50

Charleston Battery          28  13   7   8   35  25   46

Vancouver Whitecaps         28  12  10   6   40  28   46

Miami FC                    28  11   6  11   47  44   39

Puerto Rico Islanders       28  10   8  10   38  36   28

Seattle Sounders            28  11   4  13   42  48   37

Atlanta Silverbacks         28  10   5  13   36  42   35

Virginia Beach Mariners     28   8   8  12   26  37   32

Toronto Lynx                28   8   8  12   30  36   32

Portland Timbers            28   7   6  15   25  39   27

Minnesota Thunder           28   7   6  15   34  45   27

After the season, Toronto moved to the PDL

2006 PLAYOFFS

*-after extra time

First Round

Montreal and Rochester receive a bye

Sept. 15 Vancouver   4-1  Miami

Sept. 17 Miami       2-0  Vancouver

Vancouver advance on 6-2 aggregate

 

Sept. 15 Charleston  2-2  Puerto Rico

Sept. 17 Puerto Rico 0-1  Charleston

Charleston advance on 3-2 aggregate

 

Semifinals

Sept. 22 Vancouver   0-0  Montreal

Sept. 24 Montreal    0-2* Vancouver

Vancouver advance 2-0 aggregate after extra time

 

Sept. 22 Rochester   1-0  Charleston

Sept. 24 Charleston  0-0  Rochester

Rochester advance on 1-0 aggregate

 

USL First Division Championship

Sept. 30 Rochester   0-3  Vancouver

2005 Leading Goalscorers

Romario, Miami                     18

Cam Weaver, Seattle                18

Alen Marcina, Puerto Rico          13

Joey Gjertsen, Vancouver           12

Gavin Glinton, Charleston          11

Kevin Jeffrey, Toronto              9

Greg Simmonds, Virginia Beach       9

 

Goalkeeping Leaders                GAA

Greg Sutton, Montreal              0.50

Andrew Weber, Montreal             0.57

Scott Vallow, Rochester            0.75

Dusty Hudock, Charleston           0.80

Tony Caig, Vancouver               1.09

Chris Doyle, Miami                 1.22

Felipe Quintero, Atlanta           1.25

Dan Kennedy, Puerto Rico           1.30

Matthew Nelson, Virginia Beach     1.32

Theo Zagar, Toronto                1.32

 

2006 USL First Division Award Winners

Most Valuable Player:  Joey Gjertsen, Vancouver Whitecaps
Goalkeeper of the Year:  Greg Sutton, Montreal Impact
Defender of the Year:  Gabriel Gervais, Montreal Impact
Rookie of the Year:  Cam Weaver, Seattle Sounders
Coach of the Year: Mike Anhaeuser, Charleston Battery

 

2006 USL First Division First XI

GK - Greg Sutton, Montreal Impact

D - Gabriel Gervais, Montreal Impact

D - Geordie Lyall, Vancouver Whitecaps

D - Mauricio Segovia, Puerto Rico Islanders

M - Andrew Gregor, Seattle Sounders

M - Ben Hollingsworth, Charleston Battery

M - Luke Kreamalmeyer, Portland Timbers

M - Zinho, Miami FC

F - Joey Gjertsen, Vancouver Whitecaps

F - Romario, Miami FC

F - Cam Weaver, Seattle Sounders


 

Home Attendance     G    Total    Avg.

Montreal           14  161,762  11,554

Rochester          14  140,892  10,064

Portland           14   78,048   5,575

Puerto Rico        14   75,328   5,381

Vancouver          14   71,191   5,085

Seattle            14   53,562   3,826

Charleston         14   50,791   3,628

Minnesota          14   36,553   2,611

Atlanta            14   32,177   2,298

Virginia Beach     14   30,413   2,172

Miami              14   29,037   2,074

Toronto            14   24,245   1,732

LEAGUE            168   783,999  4,667

Overview of the 2006 A-League Season -

From the American Soccer History Archives

The USL Division 1 scored a coup this season when the 1994 Brazilian World Cup star Romario was signed to a 1 season contract with the extansion F. C. Miami. Romario immediately showed that he still had his scoring flair, as he battled through the season with Seattle's hot young rookie Cam Weaver for the scoring title; they ended the season tied at 10 goals a piece, with Romario contributing 10 assists as well. His feats helped Miami finish in a very respectable 5th place. Vancouver's Joey Gjertsen came in third in scoring and won the Most Valuable Player award. Montreal and Rochester battled until the end of the season for the regular season championship, with Montreal winning by a nose at the end of the season, thanks to its solid defensive abilities.

Miami's dream season came to an abrupt end at the hands of Vancouver in the first round of playoffs. Puerto Rico was also eliminated in the first round, by Charleston who then went on to lose to Rochester 1-0, 0-0. Montreal and Vancouver battled to a scoreless draw after two games, with the Whitecaps prevailing 2-0 in overtime to enter the championship match. It was all the way for the Whitecaps in the final match as they shut out Rochester to win their first championship in the league, and in fact their first championship since 1992 when they played in the Canadian Soccer League. The game started as a closely matched fight, with the deadlock broken in the 45th minute when Gjertsen sent a cross into the box which was deflected by Rhino defender Nate Craft into the net for an own goal. Nine minutes into the 2nd half, Gjertsen took a charge into the box and sent the ball into the center of the box to avoid a charge, and the ball found Tony Donatelli fired it over the shoulder of Scott Vallow for the goal. The final goal came in the 8th minute courtsey of Sita-Taly Matondo who picked up a through ball up the middle, from David Testo, just seconds after coming off the bench. He went on a breakaway that drew Vallow out of the box and slipped it home for the win.

Attendance for the season was 783,868, a slight increase mainly due to the new expansion club; average per game rose slightly to 4,666 from 4,527. Overall, this showed clearly that the league had bottomed out and was beginning its resurgance. Only a couple teams drew weakly, and of them, Toronto was relegated to the PDL, due to the impending launch of the MLS club, and Virginia Beach folded.

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