1998 USISL D-3 Pro League

The 1998 USISL D-3 Pro League was the 12th season of third-division soccer in the United States, and was the second season of now-defunct USISL D-3 Pro League. The champions were the Chicago Stingers who beat the New Hampshire Phantoms in the final.

USISL D-3 Pro League
Season1998
ChampionsChicago Stingers
RelegatedCentral Jersey Riptide
Miami Breakers
NYCD Alleycats
Orlando Nighthawks
Vermont Voltage
1997
1999

Changes from 1996

Before the season, Western Massachusetts, Northern Virginia, and Pensacola were added. Baltimore became Eastern Shore. Dallas became Texas. Vermont became the Voltage. Miami was promoted from PDSL.

Name Changes

New Clubs

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Miami Breakers South Florida Miami, FL promoted from PDSL
Northern Virginia Royals Northern Virginia Manassas, VA expansion
Pensacola Barracudas Pensacola area Pensacola, FL expansion
Western Mass Pioneers Springfield area Ludlow, MA expansion

Folding or Moving

No teams left the league nor folded.

Teams

Head coaching changes

Season Overview

Standings

Northeast Division

Pos. Club GP W L SW SL GF GA GD Pts. Qualification / relegation
1 Rhode Island Stingrays 18117003933+633 USISL Divisional Semifinals
2 New Hampshire Phantoms 18126203624+1232
3 Western Mass Pioneers 18108014534+1130
4 Cape Cod Crusaders 18711002328521
5 Vermont Voltage 18315111543286[A] Relegation to the 1999 PDSL

Mid-Atlantic Division

Pos. Club GP W L SW SL GF GA GD Pts. Qualification / relegation
1 South Jersey Barons 18126024020+2036 USISL Divisional Semifinals
2 Reading Rage 18108004129+1230
3 New Jersey Stallions 18108013724+1330
4 Central Jersey Riptide 18117313319+1427USISL Divisional Semifinals
Relegation to the 1999 PDSL
5 NYCD Alleycats 185130019361715 Relegation to the 1999 PDSL

Atlantic Division

Pos. Club GP W L SW SL GF GA GD Pts. Qualification / relegation
1 Delaware Wizards 18144124316+2740 USISL Divisional Finals
2 Myrtle Beach Seadawgs 18135104226+1637
3 Charlotte Eagles 18117114731+1630 USISL Divisional Semifinals
4 Roanoke Wrath 18108023619+2730
5 South Carolina Shamrocks 1899113432+225
6 Wilmington Hammerheads 18810003334124
7 Northern Virginia Royals 186121028461816
8 Eastern Shore Sharks 18018001690740

Southeast Division

Miami Breakers              18  17   1   0   0   67  21  51
Orlando Nighthawks          18  12   6   0   0   62  33  36
Southwest Florida Manatees  18   8  10   0   1   34  57  24
Pensacola Barracudas        18   5  13   1   1   21  57  13
Tallahassee Tempest         18   2  16   0   0   12  41   6

North Central Division

Indiana Blast               18  15   3   0   0   57  24  45
Chicago Stingers            18  13   5   0   1   37  16  39
Rockford Raptors            18  10  18   1   2   31  25  28
Cleveland Caps              18  10   8   1   0   33  41  28

South Central Division

Austin Lone Stars           18  13   5   0   1   46  20  39
Texas Toros                 18  13   5   1   0   44  24  37
San Antonio Pumas           17   7  10   0   0   26  44  21
Tulsa Roughnecks            18   7  11   1   0   33  44  16[A]
Houston Hurricanes          17   6  11   2   2   25  36  14
Shreveport/Bossier Lions    18   4  14   0   0   24  50   6[A]

West Division

Arizona Sahuaros            18  14   4   0   0   67  28  42
Chico Rooks                 18  11   7   1   2   39  28  31
Stanislaus County Cruisers  18  13   5   1   0   51  25  37
Los Angeles Fireballs       18   6  12   1   1   21  37  16
San Fernando Valley Golden Eagles 18   5  13   0   1   29  51  15
Reno Rattlers               18   4  14   1   0   23  52  10

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Playoffs

Divisional Semifinals

Higher seed/home team on the left.

Division Finals

Division Finals:       Austin defeated Texas 1-0
                      Charlotte defeated Myrtle Beach, 8-3
                      Delaware defeated Roanoke, 2-1
                      New Hampshire defeated Rhode Island, 3-2
                      Chicago defeated Indiana, 3-0
                      Central Jersey defeated Reading, 3-0
                      Arizona defeated Stanislaus County 2-1

Quarterfinals

Quarterfinals:         New Hampshire defeated Central Jersey, 3-0
                      Chicago defeated Delaware 1-0
                      Orlando defeated Charlotte, 3-2
                      Austin defeated Arizona 1-0

Semifinals

Semi-finals:           Chicago defeated Orlando, 2-0
                      New Hampshire defeated Austin, 3-2 (OT)

Championship

CHAMPIONSHIP:          Chicago defeated New Hampshire, 3-2(OT)

Top goalscorers

Statistics

See also

References

Footnotes
A ^ : Deducted one point due to fielding ineligible players.[2]
General References
  1. United Soccer Leagues (RSSSF)
  2. "The Year in American Soccer, 1998: USISL D3-Pro League (Division 3)". The American Soccer History Archives. April 11, 2010. Archived from the original on November 5, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
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