2000 USL A-League

The 2000 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 2000.

USL A-League
-2000 Season-
Season2000
ChampionsRochester Rhinos
(2nd title)
PremiersMinnesota Thunder
(1st title)
Top goalscorerPaul Conway, Greg Howes, Johnny Menyongar
(17 goals)
1999
2001

League standings

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Long Island Rough Riders 28 16 9 3 54 36 +18 9 76
2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 17 9 2 42 25 +17 5 75
3 Toronto Lynx 28 13 11 4 35 30 +5 3 59
4 Montreal Impact 28 12 13 3 34 41 -7 3 54
5 Boston Bulldogs 28 9 16 3 32 41 -9 3 39
6 Connecticut Wolves 28 1 19 8 22 57 -35 1 13

Atlantic Division

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Charleston Battery 28 18 8 2 59 36 +23 13 87
2 Richmond Kickers 28 20 7 1 42 25 +17 3 84
3 Hershey Wildcats 28 15 10 3 49 30 +19 7 70
4 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 14 12 2 44 38 +6 4 62
5 Raleigh Capital Express 28 12 12 4 48 52 -4 6 58
6 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 11 14 3 51 42 -9 8 55
7 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 10 14 4 41 43 +2 5 49

Western Conference

Central Division

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Minnesota Thunder 28 20 4 4 74 30 +44 15 99
2 Milwaukee Rampage 28 18 9 1 69 47 +22 16 89
3 Indiana Blast 28 9 15 4 40 57 -17 5 45
4 MLS Project 40 28 8 19 1 35 60 -25 3 33
5 Tennessee Rhythm 28 6 22 0 36 103 -67 1 25
6 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 2 23 3 25 80 -55 2 13

Pacific Division

Place Team GP W L D GF GA GD BP Points
1 Seattle Sounders 28 18 7 3 56 38 +18 10 85
2 San Diego Flash 28 16 9 3 54 32 +22 8 75
3 Vancouver 86ers 28 14 11 3 62 41 +21 11 70
4 El Paso Patriots 28 12 14 2 48 50 -18 7 57
5 Bay Area Seals 28 12 13 3 42 53 -11 5 56
6 Orange County Waves 28 12 15 1 44 52 -8 6 55

Conference Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference

Long Island Rough Riders (NY)1–2Toronto Lynx (ON)
Dahir Mohammed  78' Report  5' Brian Ashton
 43' Juan Pablo Arango



Rochester Rhinos (NY)4–2Hershey Wildcats (PA)
Mali Walton  47:38',  59'
Yari Allnutt  51:28'
Dan Stebbins  57',  85'
Martin Nash  62'
Onandi Lowe  71',  78'
Scott Schweitzer  90'
Report  40:52' Greg Simmonds
 32' Mike Williams
 36' Mike Henning
 59' Ze Roberto
 90' Timothy Leonard


Richmond Kickers (VA)2–1 (OT)Hampton Roads Mariners (VA)
Paul Lekics  90'
Rob Ukrop  113'
 41' Jakob Fenger
Attendance: 3,927

Western Conference

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)3–2El Paso Patriots (TX)
Digital Takawira  5'
Igor Soso  85'
Digital Takawira  94'
 41' Mark Rowland
 63' Kirk Wilson


Minnesota Thunder (MI)7–0Indiana Blast (IN)
Brian Winters  2', 61'
Chugger Adair  27'
Morgan Zeba  47', 63'
Johnny Menyongar  53'
Paul Schneider  80'
Report
Attendance: 2,957
Referee: Kelly Ross (USA)


Seattle Sounders (WA)2–1Bay Area Seals (CA)
Craig Waibel  26'
Viet Nguyen  45'
Scott Jenkins  48'
Craig Waibel  57'
Tim Steidten  79'
Report  5' Marquis White
 44' Jeremy Sweet
 55' Kevin Jeffrey
Attendance: 3,239
Referee: Cory Dean (USA)


San Diego Flash (CA)1–1 (a.e.t.)Vancouver 86ers (BC)
Anthony Farace  21'
Carlos Farias  53'
Leighton O'Brien  77'
Raul Calderon  103'
Report  2' Chris Franks
 38' Carmen D'Onofrio
 43' Paul Dailly
Penalties
Carlos Farias
Carlos Calderson
Emmanuel Ayim
Jerome Watson
Brian O'Connor
3–4 Darren Tilley
Domenic Mobilio
Steve Kindel
Chris Franks
Rick Titus
Douglas Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 3,877
Referee: Nathan Lacy (USA)

Conference semifinals

Eastern semifinal 1

Rochester Rhinos (NY)2–0Charleston Battery (SC)
Onandi Lowe  8',  42'
Yari Allnutt  10'
Report  2' Darren Warham
 56'  76' Brent Sancho


The Rochester Rhinos advanced 3–0 on aggregate.

Eastern semifinal 2

Toronto Lynx (ON)1–0Richmond Kickers (VA)
Milan Kojić  32'
Nikola Vignjević  36' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 1,989
Referee: Manuel Orellano (Canada)


Richmond Kickers (VA)0–1Toronto Lynx (ON)
Report  39' Milan Kojić

Toronto Lynx advanced 2–0 on aggregate.

Western semifinal 1

Vancouver 86ers (BC)3–0Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Alfredo Valente  30'
John Sulentic  69', 90'
Report  69' John Sylvester
 72' John Coughlin
Attendance: 5,127
Referee: Rene Parra (Canada)


The Minnesota Thunder advanced 4–3 on aggregate.

Western semifinal 2


Seattle Sounders (WA)1–2Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Greg Howes  10'
Ali John Utush  39'
Craig Waibel  57'
Report  34' Yuri Lavrinenko
 54' Todd Dusosky
 82' Jake Provan
 90' Brian Loftin
 90' Dan Popik

Milwaukee Rampage advanced 4–2 on aggregate.

Conference finals

Eastern Conference

Toronto Lynx (ON)1–1Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Brian Ashton  20'
Francisco Dos Santos  63'
Francisco Dos Santos  66'
Report  41' Onandi Lowe
 75' Dan Stebbins
Attendance: 2,811
Referee: Jerry Proctor (Canada)


Rochester Rhinos (NY)1–0Toronto Lynx (ON)
Tim Hardy  33'
Craig Demmin  80'
Report  11' Brian Ashton

Western Conference

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)3–4Minnesota Thunder (MI)
Todd Dusosky  23'
Yuri Lavrinenko  51'
David Marshall  90'
Jason Willan  90'
Todd Dusosky  90'
Jon Cantwell  90'
 9', 41' Morgan Zeba
 57' Johnny Menyongar
 64' John Coughlin


Minnesota Thunder (MI)5–0Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Johnny Menyongar  15', 89'
Chugger Adair  45', 62'
Johnny Menyongar  67'
Stoian Mladenov  74'
Report  18' Brian Loftin
 51' Nate Houser
Attendance: 3,414
Referee: Terry Vaughan (USA)

Final

Points leaders

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 Digital Takawira Milwaukee Rampage 21 16 10 42
Paul Conway Charleston Battery 26 17 8 42
3 Greg Howes Seattle Sounders 27 17 7 41
Darren Sawatzky Seattle Sounders 28 16 9 41
5 Johnny Menyongar Minnesota Thunder 28 17 3 39
6 Saul Martínez Hampton Road Mariners 26 16 5 37
Gregory Simmonds Hershey Wildcats 25 16 5 37
8 Dwayne DeRosario Richmond Kickers 23 15 5 35
9 Paul Schneider Minnesota Thunder 23 15 4 34
10 Patrick Beech Atlanta Silverbacks 22 14 5 33
Ignace Moleka Atlanta Silverbacks 28 14 5 33
12 Ihor Dotsenko Raleigh Capital Express 28 15 2 32
Darren Tilley Vancouver 86ers 13 12 6 30
14 Seamus Donnelly Hampton Roads Mariners 28 14 1 29
Jason Boyce Orange County Zodiac 24 11 7 29
15 Jamel Mitchell Hershey Wildcats 28 13 2 28
16 Kevin Jeffrey Bay Area Seals 24 12 3 27
Mac Cozier Charleston Battery 24 11 5 27
18 Edson Buddle Long Island Rough Riders 26 11 4 26
David Flavius Pittsburgh Riverhounds 25 11 4 26

Honors

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