1996 A-League

A-League
-1996 Season-
Season1996
ChampionsSeattle Sounders
(2nd title)
PremiersMontreal Impact
(2nd title)
Top goalscorerDoug Miller
(18 goals)
1995

Statistics of A-League in season 1996.

Regular season

  • Win = 3 points
  • Shootout win (SW) = 1 point
  • Loss = 0 points
Place Team GP W SW L GF GA GD Points
1 Montreal Impact 27 17 4 6 40 18 +22 55
2 Colorado Foxes 27 14 2 11 55 33 +22 44
3 Seattle Sounders 27 12 4 11 35 25 +10 40
4 Rochester Rhinos 27 11 3 13 44 42 +2 36
5 Vancouver 86ers 27 10 3 14 38 38 +0 33
6 New York Fever 27 6 3 18 30 40 -10 21
7 Atlanta Ruckus 22 3 0 19 14 60 -46 9

A significant number of postponed matches over the 1996 season by the Atlanta Ruckus, who underwent a change in ownership, ultimately forced the A-League to shorten the other teams' schedules by one match, reducing the total games played from 28 to 27. Atlanta's league position, in last place and already eliminated from the playoff contention, was not affected by the decision announced September 4, 1996. The Ruckus played a total of 22 games.[1]

Each team had their head-to-head schedule with Atlanta shortened by one, maintaining a balanced head-to-head competition against each other. The 1996 regular season ended on September 14 with the top four regular season teams advancing to the playoffs.

Playoffs

Bracket

Semifinals
Best-of-3
1996 A-League Final
Single Match
          
1 Montreal Impact 2 3 1
4 Rochester Rhinos 3 0 2
4 Rochester Rhinos 0 - -
3 Seattle Sounders 2 - -
2 Colorado Foxes 0 2 0
3 Seattle Sounders 1 0 3

Semifinal 1

Rochester Rhinos (NY)0–3Montreal Impact (QB)
Report Onandi Lowe  53:06'
Eddy Berdusco  56:00'
Mauro Biello  89:00'

Semifinal 2

Colorado Foxes (CO)0–1Seattle Sounders (WA)
Report Niall Thompson  69'
Mile High Greyhound Park Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 2,134
Seattle Sounders (WA)0–2Colorado Foxes (CO)
Niall Thompson  49'
Wade Webber  73'
Report  31', 76' Henrik Fig
 32' Chris Sarver
 51' Jerome Watson
Colorado Foxes (CO)0–3Seattle Sounders (WA)
Jason Farrell  27'
Niall Thompson  63', 70'
Mile High Greyhound Park Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 1,927

Final

Points leaders

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Wolde Harris Colorado Foxes 17 8 42
2 Doug Miller Rochester Rhinos 18 2 38
3 Domenic Mobilio Vancouver 86ers 14 4 32
4 Lenin Steenkamp Atlanta Ruckus 9 5 23
5 Carsten Siersbaek Colorado Foxes 7 8 22
6 Eddy Berdusco Montreal Impact 8 3 19
Lloyd Barker Montreal Impact 6 7 19
8 Jason Farrell Seattle Sounders 6 5 17
9 Mauro Biello Montreal Impact 6 3 15
Walter Boyd Colorado Foxes 5 5 15
Anthony McCreath Colorado Foxes 5 5 15
Hector Marinaro Rochester Rhinos 4 7 15
13 Chance Fry Seattle Sounders 6 2 14
Jorge Acosta New York Fever 5 4 14

Honors

  1. Pursel, Brad (September 4, 1996). "A-League September Schedule". A-League.
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