1999 PDL season

The 1999 USL Premier Development League season was the 5th PDL season. The season began in April 1999 and ended in August 1999.

USL Premier Development League
Season1999
ChampionsChicago Sockers
1998
2000

Chicago Sockers finished the season as national champions, beating Spokane Shadow 3-1 in the PDL Championship game. Jackson Chargers had finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 14 out of their 16 games, suffering just two losses, and finishing with a +55 goal difference.

Changes from 1998 season

Name changes

New teams

18 teams were added for the season, including 7 expansion teams and four who had returned from hiatus.

Team Area Location Previous affiliation
Brooklyn Knights Brooklyn (NYC) area Brooklyn, NY expansion
Capital District Shockers New York Capital District area Albany, NY from D-3 Pro League
Central Jersey Riptide Central Jersey area Trenton, NJ from D-3 Pro League
Chicago Sockers Chicago area Chicago, IL from D-3 Pro League
Clarksville Gunners Clarksville area Clarksville, TN expansion
Lexington Bluegrass Bandits Lexington area Lexington, KY returned from hiatus
Miami Breakers Miami area Miami, FL from D-3 Pro League
Nevada Zephyrs Las Vegas area Las Vegas, NV expansion
New York Freedom New York City area New York, NY expansion
Orlando Nighthawks Central Florida area Orlando, FL from D-3 Pro League
Rockford Raptors Rockford area Rockford, IL from D-3 Pro League
San Fernando Valley Heroes Los Angeles area Los Angeles, CA from D-3 Pro League
Team St. Louis St. Louis area St. Louis, MO expansion
Tucson Amigos Tucson area Tucson, AZ returned from hiatus
Vermont Voltage Vermont area St. Albans, VT from D-3 Pro League
Westchester Flames Suburban Mainland New York area New Rochelle, NY expansion
Wichita Blue Wichita area Wichita, KS returned from hiatus
Willamette Valley Firebirds Portland area Portland, OR returned from hiatus

Teams leaving

5 teams folded after the 1998 Season:

Alabama Saints and South Florida Future went on hiatus for this season.

Okanagan Valley Challenge and Victoria Umbro Select returned to the PCSL, ending their associate membership. Abbotsford Athletes In Action and Seattle Hibernian retained their membership.

Standings

Legend
Division champion
Team qualified for playoff berth
Team gets bye into semifinals as host.

Central Conference

Great Lakes Division

Pos Team Pld W PKW PKL L GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Mid-Michigan Bucks 16 13 1 0 2 62 14 +48 11 65
2 Chicago Sockers 16 11 1 1 3 41 14 +27 7 54
3 Wisconsin Rebels 16 10 1 0 5 45 37 +8 9 51
4 Indiana Invaders 16 7 0 0 9 34 44 10 7 35
5 Kalamazoo Kingdom 16 5 1 1 9 28 45 17 5 28
6 Rockford Raptors 16 2 0 2 12 23 61 38 3 13
7 West Michigan Explosion 16 2 0 0 14 17 49 32 2 10[lower-alpha 1]
Source:
Notes:
  1. RSSSF recorded 5 total points.

Heartland Division

Pos Team Pld W PKW PKL L GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Twin Cities Tornado 16 14 0 0 2 55 18 +37 9 65
2 Sioux City Breeze 16 13 0 0 3 52 25 +27 9 61
3 Colorado Comets 15 8 0 1 6 48 33 +15 9 42
4 Des Moines Menace 16 7 0 1 8 33 36 3 5 34
5 Kansas City Brass 16 4 2 0 10 23 38 15 4 24
6 Team St. Louis 6 5 0 0 1 28 8 +20 4 24[lower-alpha 1]
7 Wichita Blue 11 3 0 2 6 13 43 30 2 16[lower-alpha 2]
8 Colorado Springs Stampede 15 1 2 0 12 21 52 31 2 10
Source:
Notes:
  1. Provisional team: does not play a full schedule.
  2. Wichita Blue folded during the season.

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

Pos Team Pld W PKW PKL L GF GA GD BP Pts
1 New York Freedom 16 10 1 1 4 40 27 +13 8 51[lower-alpha 1]
2 Central Jersey Riptide 16 8 0 1 7 40 28 +12 9 42[lower-alpha 2]
3 Brooklyn Knights 16 5 2 0 9 29 42 13 5 29
4 Westchester Flames 16 6 1 0 9 19 32 13 3 29
5 Vermont Voltage 16 4 0 1 11 26 42 16 4 21
6 Capital District Shockers 16 2 0 0 14 18 65 47 1 9
Source:
Notes:
  1. RSSSF recorded 52 total points.
  2. RSSSF recorded 36 total points.

Southeast Division

Pos Team Pld W PKW PKL L GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Jackson Chargers 16 14 0 0 2 67 12 +55 11 67
2 Cocoa Expos 16 10 2 0 4 58 24 +34 10 54
3 Central Florida Kraze 16 10 0 1 5 47 23 +24 8 49
4 Miami Breakers 16 8 1 0 7 29 32 3 6 40
5 Bradenton Academics 16 8 0 1 7 28 32 4 5 38
6 Clarksville Gunners 16 5 1 1 9 28 37 9 3 26
7 Miami Tango 16 4 1 0 11 25 61 36 5 23
8 Lexington Bluegrass Bandits 6 3 0 0 3 17 14 +3 4 16
9 Orlando Nighthawks 16 1 0 1 14 13 63 50 0 5
Source:

Western Conference

Northwest Division

Pos Team Pld W PKW PKL L GF GA GD BP Pts
1 Willamette Valley Firebirds 16 14 0 0 2 54 20 +34 10 66
2 Spokane Shadow 16 10 0 0 6 36 21 +15 8 48
3 Abbotsford 86ers Select 16 8 0 1 7 36 32 +4 7 40
4 Seattle Sounders Select 16 6 2 0 8 19 32 13 1 29
5 Yakima Reds 16 5 1 1 9 31 43 12 6 29
6 Cascade Surge 16 2 0 1 13 19 47 28 3 12
Source:

Southwest Division

Pos Team Pld W PKW PKL L GF GA GD BP Pts
1 San Fernando Valley Heroes 16 9 4 0 3 53 21 +32 8 52
2 Central Coast Roadrunners 16 7 1 1 7 32 24 +8 7 38
3 Nevada Zephyrs 16 7 0 0 9 26 31 5 4 32
4 San Gabriel Valley Highlanders 16 6 0 0 10 33 51 18 6 30[lower-alpha 1]
5 Silicon Valley Ambassadors 16 5 0 2 9 23 44 21 2 24
6 Tucson Amigos 16 3 0 2 11 23 41 18 1 15
Source:
Notes:
  1. RSSSF recorded 27 total points.

Playoffs

Spokane hosted the Finals and received a bye to the National Semi-Finals.

Central Semifinals Central Finals
      
GL1 Mid-Michigan Bucks 1
HL2 Sioux City Breeze 2
HL2 Sioux City Breeze 1
GL2 Chicago Sockers 3
HL1 Twin Cities Tornado 0
GL2 Chicago Sockers 2
Eastern Semifinals Eastern Finals
      
SE1 Jackson Chargers 9
NE2 Brooklyn Knights 1
HL2 Jackson Chargers 0
GL2 New York Freedom 1
NE1 New York Freedom 3
SE2 Cocoa Expos 1
Western Semifinals Western Finals
      
NW1 Willamette Valley Firebirds 1
SW2 Central Coast Roadrunners 0
NW1 Willamette Valley Firebirds 5
NW2 Abbotsford 86ers Select 1
SW1 San Fernando Valley Heroes 1
NW2 Abbotsford 86ers Select 2
  PDL Semifinals            
  NW1 Willamette Valley Firebirds 1  
  H Spokane Shadow 2   PDL Finals
      H Spokane Shadow 1
  PDL Semifinals   GL2 Chicago Sockers 3
  NE1 New York Freedom 0
  GL2 Chicago Sockers 1   PDL Third Place
    NW1 Willamette Valley Firebirds 2
    NE1 New York Freedom 5

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