1989 American Soccer League

The 1989 American Soccer League was the second season of the third American Soccer League.

American Soccer League
-1989 Season-
Season1989
ChampionsFort Lauderdale Strikers
(1st title)
PremiersWashington Stars
(1st title)
Top goalscorerRicardo Alonso, Mirko Castillo
(10 goals)
1988

League standings

Northern Division

Place Team GP W TW L TL GF GA Points
1 Washington Stars 20 14 7 6 2 19 14 37
2 Boston Bolts 20 13 5 7 3 27 19 37
3 Albany Capitals 20 11 1 9 4 29 19 36
4 Maryland Bays 20 9 5 11 5 28 32 27
5 New Jersey Eagles 20 6 1 14 4 21 35 21

Southern Division

Place Team GP W TW L TL GF GA Points
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 20 12 3 8 2 32 25 35
2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 20 12 2 8 1 33 25 35
3 Washington Diplomats 20 11 3 9 3 32 26 33
4 Orlando Lions 20 9 0 11 3 25 20 30
5 Miami Sharks 20 3 2 17 2 20 51 9

Playoffs

Bracket

Semifinals
Best-of-3
1989 ASL Championship
Best-of-3
          
1 Washington Diplomats 1 1 -
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3 3 -
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 0 1
3 Boston Bolts 0 2 0
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 1 -
3 Boston Bolts 2 2 -

Semifinal 1

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)3–1Washington Stars (DC)
Ricardo Alonso  44:58' (Moreland)
Ricardo Alonso  62:49' (Donev)
Ricardo Alonso  69:40' (Carrera, Magallanes)
Victor Moreland  81:14'
Report Scott Snyder  30:50' (Vaudrieul)
Dave Vaudrieul  35:30'
Doug Davies  81:14'
Attendance: 4,784
Referee: Jack D'Aquin (USA)


Washington Stars (DC)1–3Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)
Scott Snyder  41:51' (Stone, Maier) Report Marcelo Carrera  20' (Moreland)
Pedro Magallanes  53:29'
Pedro Magallanes  65:00' (Moreland)

Fort Lauderdale advances two games to none.


Semifinal 2

Boston Bolts (MA)2–0Tampa Bay Rowdies (FL)
Steve Potter  54:14'
Stan Koziol  76:09'
Report Perry Van der Beck  29'
Attendance: 1,951
Referee: Felix Fuksman (USA)


Tampa Bay Rowdies (FL)1–2Boston Bolts (MA)
Steve Wegerle  51:45' (pen.) Report Patrick Hughes  41:45'
Steve Potter  85:30' (Hughes)
Attendance: 5,101

Boston advances two games to none.

ASL Championship Final

Higher seed Series Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Boston Bolts1–2Fort Lauderdale Strikers0–12–01–0August 19 • Lockhart Stadium • 5,752
August 26 • Nickerson Field • 5,730

Game 1

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)1–0Boston Bolts (MA)
Marcelo Carrera  4:38' Report  44:40' Greg Kenney


Game 2

Boston Bolts (MA)2–0Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)
Steve Potter  57:10' (Donigan, George)
Paul Duffy  74:03'
Report


Mini-game

Boston Bolts (MA)0–1Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)
Report Marcelo Carrera  7:46' (Eichmann, Alonso)

Points leaders

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Ricardo Alonso Fort Lauderdale Strikers 10 7 27
2 Mirko Castillo Miami Sharks 10 1 21
3 Martin Hill Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 6 20
Leonel Suazo Washington Diplomats 7 6 20
5 Jean Harbor Washington Diplomats 7 5 19
6 Marcello Bauza Washington Diplomats 9 0 18
7 Marcelo Carrera Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4 10 18
Steve Wegerle Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 10 18
9 Rod Castro Orlando Lions 8 1 17
10 Scott Snyder Washington Stars 7 3 17
11 Steve Kinsey Fort Lauderdale Strikers 6 5 17
12 Elvis Comrie Albany Capitals 7 2 16
13 Jorge Acosta New Jersey Eagles 7 1 15
14 Sadri Gjonbalaj New Jersey Eagles 6 3 15
Paul Rutenis Maryland Bays 6 3 15
15 Dan Donigan Boston Bolts 4 7 15
16 Pedro Magallanes Fort Lauderdale Strikers 5 4 14
17 Franklin McIntosh Orlando Lions 4 6 14
18 Chico Borja Albany Capitals 1 12 14
19 Patrick Hughes Boston Bolts 4 5 13
20 Paul Duffy Boston Bolts 4 4 13

1989 ASL All-Star game

The ASL All-Star game was hosted by the Washington Diplomats at RFK Stadium. Players that were unable to play due to injury, as well as any Dips selected to the squad were replaced, since the All-Stars' opponent was the Dips.

All-Star selections

All-Stars[1]  Position  Alternates
Winston DuBose, Tampa Bay G Neil Cowley, Washington • Greg Kenney, Boston
Mike Windischmann, Albany D Dehinde Akiniotan, Boston
Steve Trittschuh, Tampa Bay D -
Ronald Simmons, Albany D -
Ricardo Alonso, Fort Lauderdale D -
Tab Ramos, Miami M Steve Wegerle, Tampa Bay
John Harkes, Albany M Paul Riley, New Jersey
Michael Brady, Washington M Osvaldo Ardiles, Fort Lauderdale
Jean Harbor, Washington F Steve Kinsey, Fort Lauderdale
Phillip Gyau, Maryland F -
Rod Castro, Orlando F -
Lincoln Phillips, Maryland Coach -

Match summary

Washington Diplomats1–2ASL All-Stars
Suazo  69:46' (Melendez, Perez) Report Gyau  24:41' (Riley, Kinsey)
Rod Castro  27:22' (Alonso)
Attendance: 4,375

Post-season honors

All A-League Team

1989 National Professional Soccer Championship

In anticipation of a proposed merger (which took place the following year) the ASL champions faced off against the Western Soccer League champions in the 1989 National Pro Soccer Championship on September 9 in San Jose, California's Spartan Stadium. This would be the first time since 1984 that an undisputed national champion of professional soccer was crowned in the United States.[3]

Match report

San Diego Nomads 1–3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Watson  73:13' (Nguyen)
Ortiz  86:10'
Report Moreland  44:40'
Eichmann  74:24' (Alonso)
Edwards  84:40' (Carrera)
Carrera  89:00' (Moreland)
Attendance: 8,632
Referee: Levon Baladjanian

See also

References

  1. "1989 ASL All-Stars". Sun Sentinel. June 17, 1989. p. 7C. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. "Ardiles named MVP in All-Star victory". Sun Sentinel. June 30, 1989. p. 5C. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  3. Brents, Phillips (September 13, 1989). "Strikers down Nomads 3-1 for pro soccer title". The Star-News. Chula Vista, CA. p. D6. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
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