1998 USISL A-League

The 1998 USISL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues during the summer of 1998.

USISL A-League
-1998 Season-
Season1998
ChampionsRochester Rhinos
(1st title)
PremiersRochester Rhinos
(1st title)
Top goalscorerMark Baena
(24 goals)
1997

Regular season

Northeast Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 Rochester Rhinos 28 23 1 1 3 72 15 +57 70
2 Montreal Impact 28 13 8 2 5 47 33 +14 47
3 Staten Island Vipers 28 15 1 1 11 46 37 +9 46
4 Long Island Rough Riders 28 14 3 1 10 46 35 +11 45
5 Worcester Wildfire 28 10 2 2 14 37 50 -13 32
6 Toronto Lynx 28 8 1 2 17 27 42 -15 25
7 Connecticut Wolves 28 2 5 3 18 32 57 -25 11

Atlantic Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 Richmond Kickers 28 18 3 2 5 48 22 +26 57
2 Hershey Wildcats 28 17 2 1 8 51 31 +20 53
3 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 15 1 3 9 44 39 +5 46
4 Charleston Battery 28 11 1 1 15 37 40 -3 34
5 Jacksonville Cyclones 28 10 0 2 16 36 53 -17 30
6 Atlanta Ruckus 28 7 0 1 20 31 67 -36 21
7 Raleigh Flyers 28 5 0 2 21 31 66 -35 15

Central Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 Nashville Metros 28 18 2 1 7 70 31 +39 56
2 Minnesota Thunder 28 16 3 1 8 52 33 +19 51
3 Milwaukee Rampage 28 16 1 3 8 61 39 +22 49
4 New Orleans Storm 28 14 1 1 12 53 50 +3 43
5 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 11 0 0 17 48 65 -17 33
6 El Paso Patriots 28 9 3 1 15 51 54 -3 30
7 Albuquerque Geckos 28 5 0 1 22 39 100 -61 15

Pacific Division

Place Team GP W SW SL L GF GA GD Points
1 San Diego Flash 28 20 1 1 6 58 23 +35 61
2 Seattle Sounders 28 17 1 0 10 63 28 +35 52
3 Orange County Zodiac 28 15 1 3 9 49 43 +6 46
4 Vancouver 86ers 28 13 2 1 12 55 42 +13 41
5 MLS Project 40 28 10 1 2 15 45 55 -10 31
6 San Francisco Bay Seals 28 9 1 5 13 31 47 -16 28
7 California Jaguars 28 6 0 1 21 32 95 -53 18

Conference Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference

Rochester Rhinos (NY)3–0Charleston Battery (SC)
Yari Allnutt  22:00' (Tanner, Tilley)
Jimmy Glenn  35:10' (McKay)
Mike Kirmse  81:20'
Report  44' Robert Rosario
 66' Todd Miller


Hershey Wildcats (PA)1–1Hampton Roads Mariners (VA)
Kyle Swords  49'  18' Greg Richards
Penalties
4–3



Richmond Kickers (VA)0–0Long Island Rough Riders (NY)
Penalties
4–3
Attendance: 1,798

Western Conference

San Diego Flash (CA)3–1Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Nate Hetherington  22', 74'
Jamie Munro  41'
Carlos Farias  51'
Jerome Watson  90'
Report  19' Jason Jordan
Devore Stadium, Chula Vista, California
Attendance: 4,178


Nashville Metros (TN)2–2New Orleans Storm (LA)
Vince Martinez  35'
Martin Reynders  41'
 78' (pen.)
 23' Ricardo Blanchard
 53' (pen.) Gabe Gentile
Penalties
2–4
Attendance: 650


Seattle Sounders (WA)2–1Orange County Zodiac (CA)
Peter Hattrup  63'
Brandon Prideaux  73'
Dick McCormick  76' (pen.)
Report  22' Eddie Soto
 60' Steve Patterson
 67' Ken Hesse
Attendance: 4,371
Referee: Mohammed Sagakhaneh

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference semifinal 1

Hershey Wildcats (PA)0–0Richmond Kickers (VA)
Penalties
3–2


Richmond Kickers (VA)2–4Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Rob Johnson  82'
Tony Williams  84'
 15' Lee Tschantret
 45' Don D'Ambra
 81' Jamel Mitchell
 90' Jakob Fenger
Attendance: 9,147

The Hershey Wildcats advance to the Eastern Conference final.

Eastern Conference semifinal 2


Rochester Rhinos (NY)4–1Montreal Impact (QC)
Tim Hardy  36'
Lenin Steenkamp  44:02', 47:20'
Scott Schweitzer  60:45'
Yari Allnutt  67:50'
Mike Kirmse  84'
Report  22:25' Elvis Thomas
 24' John Limniatis
 56' Nevio Pizzolitto
 59' Nick De Santis

Western Conference semifinal 1


The Minnesota Thunder advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

Western Conference semifinal 2

San Diego Flash (CA)2–1New Orleans Storm (LA)
Antonio Robles  18'
Carlos Farias  73'
 60' Glenn Benjamin
Attendance: 4,043


New Orleans Storm (LA)3–3San Diego Flash (CA)
Gabe Gentile  46'
Chris Veselka  61', 89'
Colin Rocke  63'
Andrew Restrepo  69'
 7' Jerome Watson
 53' Mauricio Alegre
 75' Carlos Farias
Penalties
2–3
Attendance: 3,183

The San Diego Flash advance to the Western Conference championship.

Conference finals

Eastern Conference

Rochester Rhinos (NY)3–1Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Jimmy Glenn  2:30'
Darren Tilley  60:20', 88:25'
Jimmy Glenn  27'
Yari Allnutt  41'
Report  18' Mike Williams
 83:01' Lee Tschantret


Hershey Wildcats (PA)0–1Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Report  74:16' Darren Tilley

The Rochester Rhinos advanced to the finals.

Western Conference

Minnesota Thunder (MN)2–1San Diego Flash (CA)
John Coughlin  22'
Gabe Garcia  87'
Report  55' Daniel Sinouhi


The Minnesota Thunder advanced to the final.

Final

Rochester Rhinos (NY)3–1Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Darren Tilley  19:02', 22:55', 59:07'
Scott Schweitzer  51'
Tim Hardy  77'
Report  1' Morgan Zeba
 33:09' (o.g.) Tim Hardy

MVP: Darren Tilley

Points leaders

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Mark Baena Seattle Sounders 24 5 53
2 Darren Tilley Rochester Rhinos 21 6 48
3 Amos Magee Minnesota Thunder 15 10 40
4 Kirk Wilson El Paso Patriots 15 7 37
5 Mauro Biello Montreal Impact 11 13 35
6 Mike Burke Charleston Battery 16 2 34
Gary Glasgow New Orleans Storm 15 4 34
Antonio Robles San Diego Flash 15 4 34
9 Yari Allnutt Rochester Rhinos 14 5 33
10 Jon Szczepanski Milwaukee Rampage 8 14 30
Jason Cairns Cincinnati Riverhawks 8 14 30
12 Luis Labastida Albuquerque Geckos 9 11 29
John Smith Nashville Metros 9 11 29
14 Patrick Beech Seattle Sounders 12 4 28
Steve Patterson Orange County Zodiac 11 6 28
Martin Reynders Nashville Metros 11 6 28
17 Giuliano Oliviero Montreal Impact 8 11 27
18 Gino DiFlorio Cincinnati Riverhawks 12 2 26
Jimmy Glenn Rochester Rhinos 10 6 26

Honors

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