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USL First Division

2007 Season

Atlanta Silverbacks - California Victory - Carolina RailHawks - Charleston Battery

Miami FC - Minnesota Thunder - Montreal Impact - Portland Timbers

Puerto Rico Islanders - Rochester Raging Rhinos - Seattle Sounders - Vancouver Whitecaps

 

2007 Home - 2007 Results - 2007 Stats

 

2007 FINAL STANDINGS

Before the season, California was added

Virginia Beach folded

                            GP   W   T   L   GF  GA  Pts

Seattle Sounders            28  16   6   6   37  23   54

Portland Timbers            28  14   9   5   32  18   51

Montreal Impact             28  14   8   6   32  21   50

Atlanta Silverbacks         28  12   7   9   40  30   43

Rochester Raging Rhinos     28  12   6  10   39  36   42

Puerto Rico Islanders       28  10  10   8   35  34   40

Vancouver Whitecaps         28   9  12   7   27  24   39

Carolina RailHawks          28   8   8  12   24  34   32

Miami FC                    28   9   4  15   31  41   31

Charleston Battery          28   8   6  14   32  39   30

Minnesota Thunder           28   5  11  12   32  35   26

California Victory          28   4   7  17   17  43   19

After the season, California folded

2007 PLAYOFFS

*-after extra time

Quarterfinals (Two-leg aggregate series)

First Round

Sept. 14 Carolina    0-2  Seattle

Sept. 16 Seattle     1-0  Carolina

Seattle advance on 3-0 aggregate

 

Sept. 14 Atlanta     2-1  Rochester

Sept. 16 Rochester   1-1  Atlanta

Atlanta advance on 3-2 aggregate

 

Sept. 14 Montreal    3-2  Puerto Rico

Sept. 16 Puerto Rico 3-0  Montreal

Puerto Rico advance on 5-3 aggregate

 

Sept. 14 Vancouver   1-0  Portland

Sept. 16 Portland    3-0 Vancouver

Portland advance on 3-1 aggregate

 

Semifinals

Sept. 21 Puerto Rico 1-2  Seattle

Sept. 23 Seattle     0-1* Puerto Rico

aggregate drawn 1-1 after extra time

Seattle advance on penalty kicks, 4-2

 

Sept. 21 Atlanta     1-1  Portland

Sept. 23 Portland    0-0* Atlanta

aggregate drawn 1-1 after extra time

Atlanta advance on penalty kicks, 3-1

 

USL First Division Championship

Sept. 29 Seattle     4-0  Atlanta

 

 

 

2007 Leading Goalscorers

Sebastien Le Toux, Seattle         10

Charles Gbeke, Montreal            10

Hamed Diallo, Rochester             9

Byron Alvarez, Charleston           8

Andrew Gregor, Portland             8

Roger Levesque, Sweattle            8

Eduardo Sebrango, Vancouver         7

Stephen Armstrong, Charleston       7

Daniel Antoniuk, Atlanta            7

Connelly Edozien, Carolina          7

 

Goalkeeping Leaders                GAA

Matthew Jordan, Montreal           0.57

Josh Wicks, Portland               0.63

Chris Eylander, Seattle            0.86

Ryan McIntosh, Atlanta             0.87

Chris McClellan, Carolina          1.04

Nicolas Platter, Minnesota         1.17

Josh Saunders, Puerto Rico         1.18

Chase Harrison, Rochester          1.28

Felipe Quintero, Atlanta           1.31

Eric Reed, California              1.36

 

2007 USL First Division Award Winners

Most Valuable Player: Sebastien Le Toux, Seattle
Goalkeeper of the Year: Josh Wicks, Portland
Defender of the Year: David Hayes, Atlanta
Rookie of the Year: Jay Needham, Puerto Rico
Coach of the Year: Gavin Wilkinson, Portland

 

2007 USL First Division First XI

GK - Josh Wicks, Portland

D - Gabriel Gervais, Montreal

D - David Hayes, Atlanta

D - Cameron Knowles, Portland

M - Stephen Armstrong, Charleston

M - Andrew Gregor, Portland

M - Martin Nash, Vancouver

M - Zinho, Miami

F - Daniel Antoniuk, Atlanta

F - Hamed Diallo, Rochester

F - Sebastien Le Toux, Seattle
 

Home Attendance     G    Total    Avg.

Montreal           14  154,497  11,036

Rochester          14  130,700   9,336

Portland           14   95,592   6,828

Vancouver          14   72,264   5,162

Carolina           14   71,735   5,124

Puerto Rico        14   66,143   4,725

Charleston         14   55,550   3,968

Seattle            14   46,545   3,325

Minnesota          14   44,110   3,151

Atlanta            14   36,003   2,572

California         14   15,619   1,116

Miami              14   12,828     916

LEAGUE            168  801,586   4,771

Overview of the 2007 A-League Season -

From the American Soccer History Archives

USL Division 1 added new clubs on the east and west coasts, with the launching of the Carolina Railhawks and California Victory. The Railhawks played in Cary, NC, home of the Carolina Courage of the old WUSA, and California playing at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The league had to scramble to reschedule games after the last-minute demose of Virginia Beach. The 2007 season of Division 1 looked quite a bit different from that of 2006 as many stronger teams found their footing and some stronger teams struggled. The Silverbacks added Bolivian international Luis Liendo in an effort to shore up their struggling defense. Miami FC replaced Brazilian star Romario with Zinho, another veteran of the 1994 World Cup, along with Douglas, Cristiano and Julio Cesar. Minnesota re-signed Liberian striker Ansu Toure and signed U-20 Rodrigo Hidalgo and announced plans for a new soccer stadium. Montreal, coming off an amazing season, made a number of changes including replacing Greg Sutton in goal with Matt Jordan, a MLS veteran.

The league season evolved into a three-way battle between last year's leading Montreal Impact, the Seattle Sounders, who had finished in the middle of the pack and the Portland Timbers who had struggled to avoid last place in 2006. Vancouver continued a long slow slide, finishing in the red, while Atlanta improved enough to finish 4th, while the Charleston Battery stumbled to the lower ranks of the standings. Carolina finished in 8th place, not too bad for an expansion club, but California had few victories to boast about; they finished last and folded after the season. The league season finished with the Seattle Sounders winning the regular season crown, while Portland and Montreal battled it out for 2nd place, Portland finishing 1 point ahead.

The playoffs started off with a major surprise - 2nd year Puerto Rico ousting the Montreal Impact in the quarterfinals, rallying from a first leg 3-2 loss, to shut out the Impact 3-0 in the rejoinder. Atlanta earned advancement after a close series against the Rochester Rhinos, winning 2-1 and drawing 1-1 in the 2nd leg. Seattle had no problem with the expansion Carolina Railhawks, shutting them out 2-0 and 1-0. Portland was shut out in their first leg against Vancouver, but roared back in the 2nd, earning a 3-0 shutout and sending the Whitecaps packing.

In the semifinals, Atlanta and Portland deadlocked through both legs (1-1 and 0-0) before settling the matter in penalty kicks, with the Silverbacks prevailing 3-1. Seattle also had a tough battle with the Islanders, winning the first game 2-1, and fighting to a scoreless draw in the second. The Championship was another story all together; the Sounders trounced Atlanta 4-0 to take their second league title in 3 years. Daniel Antoniuk of Atlanta was the top scorer (7 goals, 9 assists for 24 points), and Sebastian Le Toux of Seattle won the league Most Valuable Player award.

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