1990 American Professional Soccer League

Overview of the 1990 American Professional Soccer League season. Although the Western Soccer League and the American Soccer League merged to form the American Professional Soccer League in 1990, the two leagues remained essentially independent leagues, linked by name alone. During this season, they ran separate regular season schedules with two different points systems. They each had their own playoff formats, had separate league MVPs and had their own All-League teams. The first game between the two leagues came in September when the Maryland Bays of the American Soccer League defeated the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the Western Soccer League for the American Professional Soccer League championship.

American Professional Soccer League -1990 Season-
Season1990
ChampionsMaryland Bays
(1st title)
PremiersFort Lauderdale Strikers*
(1st title)
Top goalscorerChance Fry
(17 goals)
1991

History

On September 9, 1989, the champions of the west coast-based Western Soccer Alliance and the east coast-based American Soccer League played each other for the national championship.[1] This was the first meeting between teams from the two leagues but was part of a larger effort to merge the two leagues.[2] This effort resulted in the creation of the American Professional Soccer League on February 22, 1990.[3] The merger remained one of name only as the two leagues played separate schedules and named separate MVPs and All-League teams. However, it allowed the teams to market themselves as members of a national league.[4] During the playoffs, except for the West semifinals and the APSL finals, teams played a home and away series. However, they needed to win two games, so in the case of a tie after two games, the teams played a thirty-minute mini-game. If the game remained tied, the two teams would enter a shoot out. A shoot out pitted a field player against the opposing team's goalkeeper. The field player had five seconds to take a shot on goal beginning 35 yards from the goal.

League standings

East (American Soccer League) Conference

Points:

  • Win: 3
  • Shoot out win: 2
  • Shoot out loss: 1

Northern Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 Maryland Bays 20 14 1 0 5 42 29 44
2 Albany Capitals 20 13 1 1 5 35 22 42
3 Penn-Jersey Spirit 20 12 1 1 6 34 23 39
4 Boston Bolts 20 8 1 2 9 27 27 28
5 Washington Stars 20 7 0 0 13 24 28 22
6 New Jersey Eagles 20 5 1 0 14 21 38 17

Southern Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 20 14 1 1 4 38 22 45
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 20 9 1 0 10 32 39 29
3 Orlando Lions 20 8 0 0 12 25 30 24
4 Miami Freedom 20 7 1 1 11 27 29 24
5 Washington Diplomats 20 4 1 2 13 22 40 16

West (Western Soccer League) Conference

Points:

  • Win: 6
  • Shoot out win: 4
  • Shoot out loss: 2
  • 1 bonus point per goal scored in regulation, maximum of 3 per game

North Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 20 9 4 1 6 39 30 104
2 Salt Lake Sting 20 11 1 1 7 39 34 104
3 Colorado Foxes 20 10 4 3 3 22 12 100
4 Portland Timbers 20 8 2 3 7 42 36 99
5 Seattle Storm 20 9 1 3 7 42 35 93

South Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA Points
1 California Emperors 20 8 2 3 7 35 32 89
2 Real Santa Barbara 20 9 1 3 7 33 35 87
3 Los Angeles Heat 20 8 3 1 8 39 39 85
4 San Diego Nomads 20 5 3 3 9 22 28 67
5 New Mexico Chilies 20 5 2 1 12 25 45 61
6 Arizona Condors 20 5 0 1 14 29 51 59

East Conference playoffs

East bracket

Semifinals
Best-of-3
1990 East Finals
Best-of-3
          
S1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3 2 -
N2 Albany Capitals 2 0 -
S1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 0 -
N1 Maryland Bays 3 2 -
N1 Maryland Bays 2 4 -
S2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 1 -

Semifinal 1

Albany Capitals (NY)2–3Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)
Chris Szanto  6:10' (Chinapoo, Masters)
Paul Mariner  45:00' (Masters, Smyth)
Report Ricardo Alonso  117:15' (Carrera, Donev)
Jimmy McGeough, Jr.  73:05' (James, Carrera)
Pedro Magallanes  77:45' (James, Alonso)
Attendance: 750
Referee: (USA)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)2–0Albany Capitals (NY)
Ricardo Alonso  37:41' (Magallanes, McGeough)
Alvin James  85:00'
Arnie Mausser  89'
Report Bobby Cumming  22'
Steve Stokoe  42'
Royal Palm Polo Club, Boca Raton, Florida
Attendance: 2,483
Referee: (USA)

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers advance to the East Finals.

Semifinal 2

Tampa Bay Rowdies (FL)1–2 (a.e.t.)Maryland Bays (MD)
Perry Van der Beck  21:21'
Mark Wright  80:54' (Hooper, Byrne)
Report Kurt Dasbach  34:01' (Ryerson, Nattans)
Jean Harbor  96:27'  (Abe)
Attendance: 2,411
Referee: (USA)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (FL)1–4Maryland Bays (MD)
Jeff Jones  7:35' (Hill) Report Jean Harbor  4:30' (Abe)
Philip Gyau  18:45' (Harbor, Sloan)
Jean Harbor  45:38' (Abe, Barger)
John Abe  72:36' (Nattans)
Cedar Lane Park, Maryland
Attendance: 2,953
Referee: (USA)

The Maryland Bays advance to the East Finals.


Conference Finals

Maryland Bays (MD)3–2Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)
John Abe  13:57' (Barger, Namazi)
Jean Harbor  71:29' (Gee)
Joe Barger  87:28' (Ryerson)
Darryl Gee
Report 1
Report 2
Pedro Magallanes  49:57' (Donev)
Marcelo Carrera  52:00'
Troy Edwards
Cedar Lane Park
Attendance: 3,116
Referee: (USA)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FL)0–2Maryland Bays (MD)
Victor Moreland  49:14'
Ricardo Alonso  65:50'
Report Philip Gyau  1:32' (Ryerson)
Rob Ryerson  13:38'
Scott Cook  16:08',  30:10'
Omid Namazi  22:45'
Jean Harbor  43:15'
Royal Palm Polo Club, Boca Raton, Florida
Attendance: 2,527
Referee: (USA)

The Maryland Bays advance to the APSL Championship.

West Conference playoffs

West bracket

First Round
Best-of-3
Division Finals
Single Match
1990 West Finals
Best-of-3
S1 California Emperors 0 - -
S2 Real Santa Barbara 1 1 0 S3 Los Angeles Heat 2 - -
S3 Los Angeles Heat 0 2 1 S3 Los Angeles Heat 2 1(2) 0
N1 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 0 1(4) 1
N1 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 2 - -
N2 Salt Lake Sting 0 1 - N3 Colorado Foxes 1 - -
N3 Colorado Foxes 2 4 -

First Round Series 1

Los Angeles Heat (CA)0–1Real Santa Barbara (CA)
Brian Wendel  71:01'


Report 1
Report 2
Jim Hutchinson  68:44'



Attendance: 1,910
Referee: Thomas Bobapilla, (USA)


Real Santa Barbara (CA)1–2Los Angeles Heat (CA)
Femi Olukanni  29:39'


Report 1
Report 2
Danny Pena  63:03' (Ervine),
Mike Getchell  64:23' (Sacks),


Real Santa Barbara (CA)0–1Los Angeles Heat (CA)
Report 1
Report 2
Mike Getchell  19:51'

The Los Angeles Heat advance to the Division Finals.

First Round Series 2

Colorado Foxes (CO)2–0Salt Lake Sting (UT)
John Klein  76'
Mike Mikes  83'
Report
Jefferson County Stadium, Colorado
Attendance: 4,019
Referee: (USA)


Salt Lake Sting (UT)1–4Colorado Foxes (CO)
Barney Boyce  55' (pen.)  44' Mike Mikes
 67' Robin Fraser
 72', 89' Efren Rodarte
Derks Field, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 3,210
Referee: (USA)

The Colorado Foxes advance to the Division Finals.


Division Finals

California Emperors (CA)0–2Los Angeles Heat (CA)

Report 1
Report 2
 41:02' Brad Smith
 89:00' Jim Gabarra
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, ,
Attendance: 3,823
Referee: (USA)

The Los Angeles Heat advance to the Conference Finals.

San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (CA)2–1Colorado Foxes (CO)
Troy Dayak  13:02' (Kinnear),
 39:38' (Wynalda)
Report 1
Report 2
Larry McPhail  7:56' (Ashton)

The San Francisco Bay Blackhawks advance to the Conference Finals.


Conference Finals

Los Angeles Heat (CA)2–0San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (CA)
Jim Gabarra  20:43'
Brad Smith  55:24' (Bruch)
Report 1
Report 2
Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, California
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: (USA)
San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (CA)1–0Los Angeles Heat (CA)
Dominic Kinnear  22:43' (Gallo) Report 1
Report 2
Mike Getchell  20'
Attendance: 3,800
Referee: Kun Ho Yoo (USA)

The San Francisco Bay Blackhawks advance to the APSL Championship.

APSL Final

The Maryland Bays win the APSL Championship.

Combined points leaders

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Chance Fry Seattle Storm 17 5 39
2 George Pastor Salt Lake Sting 14 9 37
3 Mike Masters Albany Capitals 14 4 32
4 Philip Gyau Maryland Bays 12 6 30
5 Derek Sanderson Salt Lake Sting 11 6 28
6 Jerry O'Hara California Emperors 10 3 23
7 Shawn Medved Portland Timbers 10 2 22
8 Jean Harbor Maryland Bays 8 6 22
9 Jim Hutchinson Real Santa Barbara 9 4 22
10 Scott Benedetti Seattle Storm 9 3 21
11 Cesar Plasencia Real Santa Barbara 9 3 21
11 Steve Pittman Fort Lauderdale Strikers 7 7 21
11 David Byrne Tampa Bay Rowdies 5 10 20
11 Steve Corpening San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 8 4 20
11 Rob Paterson Portland Timbers 8 4 20
11 Mike Sweeney Boston Bolts 8 3 19
11 Elvis Comrie Albany Capitals 8 2 18
11 Lazlo Barna Miami Freedom 7 4 18
11 Duanne Robinson Penn-Jersey Spirit 5 8 18

Honors

East (American Soccer League) Conference

First Team All League

Second Team All League


West (Western Soccer League) Conference

First Team All League

Second Team All League

References

  1. Fort Lauderdale Rallies to Defeat San Diego
  2. Two outdoor leagues plan title game for fall St. Petersburg Times - Thursday, April 13, 1989
  3. "February merger produces the American Professional Soccer League" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  4. Merger forms one outdoor league The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 1990
  5. https://www.newspapers.com/image/132766463/?terms=Colorado%2BFoxes
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