1999 USL A-League

The 1999 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 1999.

USL A-League
-1999 Season-
Season1999
ChampionsMinnesota Thunder
(1st title)
PremiersRochester Rhinos
(2nd title)
Top goalscorerNiall Thompson, Mark Baena
(20 goals)
2000

Regular season

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Rochester Rhinos 28 22 6 2 1 47 20 +27 7 92
2 Staten Island Vipers 28 19 9 2 1 53 31 +22 9 82
3 Long Island Rough Riders 28 18 10 3 0 57 44 +13 8 74
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 16 12 1 1 63 43 +20 9 72
5 Lehigh Valley Steam 28 15 13 2 1 42 44 -2 6 63
6 Boston Bulldogs 28 12 16 0 6 49 36 +13 8 61
7 Toronto Lynx 28 12 16 0 5 49 36 +13 8 51
8 Connecticut Wolves 28 7 21 0 1 32 68 -36 5 34

Atlantic Division

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Hershey Wildcats 28 17 11 2 1 54 33 +21 10 75
2 Richmond Kickers 28 17 11 3 1 51 44 +7 6 69
3 Charleston Battery 28 15 13 3 2 43 39 +4 6 62
4 Jacksonville Cyclones 28 13 15 1 1 51 61 -10 9 59
5 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 15 13 1 1 51 61 -10 9 59
6 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 15 13 5 2 45 41 +4 5 57
7 Raleigh Express 28 11 17 2 2 32 50 -18 5 47
8 Maryland Mania 28 3 25 1 1 16 85 -69 2 13

Western Conference

Central Division

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 Minnesota Thunder 28 22 6 4 4 57 17 +40 6 88
2 MLS Project 40 28 17 11 2 0 44 46 -2 4 66
3 New Orleans Storm 28 14 14 0 0 56 61 -5 11 66
4 Indiana Blast 28 13 15 2 2 43 51 -8 5 55
5 Milwaukee Rampage 28 13 15 2 1 44 49 -5 5 54
6 Tennessee Rhythm 28 11 17 2 3 44 52 -8 6 49
7 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 7 21 2 3 45 71 -26 7 34

Pacific Division

Place Team GP W L SW SL GF GA GD BP Points
1 San Diego Flash 28 20 8 2 3 65 30 +35 11 90
2 Vancouver 86ers 28 19 9 2 2 77 31 +46 10 84
3 Seattle Sounders 28 19 9 3 1 56 36 +20 10 81
4 Orange County Zodiac 28 17 11 4 3 59 49 +10 10 73
5 El Paso Patriots 28 12 16 0 2 49 59 -10 6 55
6 San Francisco Bay Seals 28 9 19 2 4 37 54 -17 4 40
7 Sacramento Geckos 28 0 28 0 1 16 91 -75 0 1

Conference Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference


Staten Island Vipers (NY)3–2 (OT)Richmond Kickers (VA)
Ernest Inneh  27', 57'
Martin Dugas  97'
 30', 80' Gary Glasgow
Attendance: 1,452



Hershey Wildcats (PA)3–2Charleston Battery (SC)
Gino DiFlorio  54'
Greg Simmonds  70'
Chris Penny  73'
John Smith  90'
 58', 88' Dean Sewell
 73' Mike Burke
 73' Paul Conway
Attendance: 2,299

Western Conference

San Diego Flash (CA)3–1El Paso Patriots (TX)
Kevin Legg  26', 70'
 90' (pen.)
 9' Victor Castro


Vancouver 86ers (BC)1–3MLS Project 40
Chris Dailly  85'  39' Alen Kozić
 69', 84' Kirk Wilson
 70' Jason Moore
Attendance: 5,050


Minnesota Thunder (MN)4–0New Orleans Storm (LA)
Craig Gaunt  33' (o.g.)
Stoian Mladenov  65'
Gerard Lagos  78', 84'
Attendance: 1,560


Seattle Sounders (WA)6–3Orange County Zodiac (CA)
Sean Henderson  17', 44' (pen.)
Mark Baena  26'
Jose Vasquez  38' (o.g.)
Kieran Barton  59'
Ian Russell  64', 87'
Report  5' Jason Boyce
 9' P.J. Polowski
 42' Mark Foster
 52' Shawn Saunders
 62' Jose Vasquez
 68' Jason Boyce
 71' Martín Vásquez
 73' Gustavo Leal
 83' Peter Lak
Renton Memorial Stadium, Renton, Washington
Attendance: 2,984
Referee: David Bragg (USA)

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference Semifinal 1

Hershey Wildcats (PA)2–0Staten Island Vipers (NY)
Jamel Mitchell  65'
Matthew Ford  84'


Staten Island Vipers (NY)0–2Hershey Wildcats (PA)
 37' Jamel Mitchell
 67' Kyle Swords
 84' Jamel Mitchell
Attendance: 1,085

The Hershey Wildcats advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Eastern Conference Semifinal 2

Rochester Rhinos (NY)6–2Pittsburgh Riverhounds (PA)
Doug Miller  1:30', 10:50'
Darren Tilley  8:30', 71:04'
Yari Allnutt  18:00'
Mauro Biello  50:00'
Report  38:10' Justin Evans
 87:00' Goran Vasic



The Rochester Rhinos advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Western Conference Semifinal 1


The Minnesota Thunder advanced to the Western Conference final.

Western Conference Semifinal 2

San Diego Flash (CA)6–0Seattle Sounders (WA)
Chugger Adair  3'
Antonio Robles  23'
Carlos Farias  34', 53', 60', 84' (pen.)
Mauricio Alegre  87'
Report  23' Ollie Heald
Merrill Douglas Stadium San Diego, California
Attendance: 2,116
Referee: Kari Seitz


Seattle Sounders (WA)0–1San Diego Flash (CA)
Jason Annicchero  82' Report  11' Jerome Watson
Renton Memorial Stadium Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 4,426
Referee: Kevin Stott

The San Diego Flash advanced to the Western Conference final.

Conference finals

Eastern Conference


Rochester Rhinos (NY)1–0Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Doug Miller  80'


Rochester Rhinos (NY)3–1Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Mauro Biello  20'
Doug Miller  81' (pen.)
Yari Allnutt  85'
 78' Tim Leonard

The Rochester Rhinos advanced to the final.

Western Conference

Minnesota Thunder (MN)4–1San Diego Flash (CA)
Paweł Nowak  10'
Stoian Mladenov  58' (pen.)
Amos Magee  63', 88'
 29' Jamie Munro


The Minnesota Thunder advanced to the final.

Final

MVP: Amos Magee, Minnesota Thunder

Points leaders

Rank Scorer Club Goals Assists Points
1 Niall Thompson Vancouver 86ers 20 7 47
2 Mark Baena Seattle Sounders 20 6 46
Eduardo Sebrango Vancouver 86ers 18 10 46
4 Darko Kolic Long Island Rough Riders 17 9 43
5 Steve Patterson Orange County Zodiac 19 4 42
6 Jamel Mitchell Hershey Wildcats 15 9 39
Ernest Inneh Staten Island Vipers 18 3 39
8 Greg Simmonds Hershey Wildcats 16 6 38
9 Onandi Lowe Richmond Kickers 15 7 37
John Wolyniec Long Island Rough Riders 15 7 37
John Sulentic Vancouver 86ers 9 19 37
12 Carlos Farias San Diego Flash 15 6 36
Ian Russell Seattle Sounders 14 8 36
14 Gary Glasgow Richmond Kickers 14 7 35
15 Patrick Beech New Orleans Storm 16 2 34
16 Paul Conway Charleston Battery 14 5 33
17 Dan Stebbins Milwaukee Rampage 10 12 32
18 Mac Cozier Jacksonville Cyclones 13 4 30
Gustavo Leal Orange County Zodiac 13 4 30
Mugurel Dumitru San Diego Flash 9 12 30

Honors

References

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