2002 USL A-League

The 2002 USL A-League was an American Division II league run by the United Soccer League during the summer of 2002.

USL A-League
-2002 Season-
Season2002
ChampionsMilwaukee Rampage
(2nd title)
PremiersSeattle Sounders
(2nd title)
Matches played504
Goals scored751 (1.49 per match)
Top goalscorerMcKinley Tennyson, Fadi Afash
(18 goals)
2001
2003

League standings

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 17 3 8 38 25 +7 1 72
2 Montreal Impact 28 16 3 9 39 29 +10 5 72
3 Toronto Lynx 28 10 5 13 37 35 +2 3 48
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 8 5 15 39 44 -5 4 41

Southeast Division

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Charleston Battery 28 19 3 6 46 16 +30 7 89
2 Richmond Kickers 28 13 9 6 44 37 +7 7 65
3 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 13 13 2 47 44 +3 8 62
4 Charlotte Eagles 28 10 14 4 46 46 0 6 50
5 Hampton Roads Mariners 28 6 19 3 25 57 -32 2 29

Western Conference

Central Division

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Milwaukee Rampage 28 16 7 5 48 29 +17 6 75
2 Minnesota Thunder 28 14 9 5 55 35 +20 6 70
3 Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 8 20 0 35 68 -33 6 35*
4 Indiana Blast 28 6 18 4 29 67 -38 1 29
  • Cincinnati lost three point for using an ineligible player

Pacific Division

Place Team GP W D L GF GA GD BP Points
1 Seattle Sounders 28 23 1 4 71 27 +44 14 107
2 Portland Timbers 28 13 3 13 47 39 +8 8 63
3 El Paso Patriots 28 10 7 11 38 48 -10 7 54
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 28 11 5 12 41 39 +2 5 54
5 Calgary Storm 28 4 3 21 26 66 -40 3 22

The 2002 USL A-League points system was 4 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss + 1 bonus point when scoring three or more goals in a game.[1]

Playoff bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Final
                                         
Portland Timbers 0 0 0  
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 1 2  
  Seattle Sounders 0 2 2  
  Vancouver Whitecaps 2 6 8  
  Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 0 2 2  
Western Conference
  Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 1  
Minnesota Thunder 2 1 3  
El Paso Patriots 1 1 2  
  Milwaukee Rampage 0 2 2
  Minnesota Thunder 0 1 1  
 
  Milwaukee Rampage (aet) 2
  Richmond Kickers 1
Richmond Kickers 1 2 3  
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 1 2  
  Charleston Battery 2 1 3
  Richmond Kickers 1 3 4  
 
  Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 0 1 (8)
Eastern Conference
  Richmond Kickers (aet) (p) 1 0 1 (9)  
Montreal Impact (aet) (p) 0 1 1 (6)  
Charlotte Eagles 1 0 1 (5)  
  Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 1 1
  Montreal Impact 0 0 0  
 

Playoff first round

Charlotte vs Montreal


Montreal advances on penalties after series tied 1–1 on aggregate.

Richmond vs Atlanta

Richmond Kickers (VA)1–1Atlanta Silverbacks (GA)
Peter Luzak  23'
Josh Henderson  86'
Peter Luzak  90'
Report  36' James Wall
 42' Alan Woods
 56' Jason Annicchero
 86' Jeff Cassar
 88' James Wall
Attendance: 1,258
Referee: Todd Perry


Richmond advances 3–2 on aggregate.

Minnesota vs El Paso

El Paso Patriots (TX)1–2Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Johnny Frias  7'  25' Johnny Torres
 29' Johnny Menyongar
Attendance: 1,270


Minnesota Thunder (MN)1–1El Paso Patriots (TX)
Zafer Kılıçkan  70'  32' (pen.) Jose Abarca
Attendance: 1,567

Minnesota advances 3–2 on aggregate.

Vancouver vs Portland

Portland Timbers (OR)0–1Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Keith Costigan  10'
Fadi Afash  68'
Brent Sancho  69'
Report  32' Paul Dailly
 43' Chris Franks
 45' Ollie Heald
 68' Nick Dasovic
Attendance: 4,071


Vancouver Whitecaps advance 2–0 on aggregate.

Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference Semifinal 1


Rochester Rhinos (NY)1–0Montreal Impact (QC)
Yuri Lavrinenko  26'
Bill Sedgwick  62'
Report  43' Patrice Bernier

The Rochester Rhinos advanced 1–0 on aggregate.

Eastern Conference Semifinal 2

Charleston Battery (SC)2–1Richmond Kickers (VA)
Justin Evans  63'
Paul Conway  87' (pen.)
Report  75' Mike Burke
 86' Marco Ferruzzi
Attendance: 2,379
Referee: Daniel Baruk (USA)


Richmond Kickers (VA)3–1Charleston Battery (SC)
Josh Henderson  8'
Kevin Jeffrey  22'
Chris Fox  24'
David Hayes  36'
Report  4' Mac Cozier
 15' Mark Watson
 45' Mac Cozier
Attendance: 2,043
Referee: Mike Stutt (USA)

The Richmond Kickers advanced 4–3 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinal 1

Minnesota Thunder (MN)0–0Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Mike Gores  42'
Don Gramenz  64'
Steve Shak  82'
Mike Gentile  87'
Report


Milwaukee Rampage (WI)2–1Minnesota Thunder (MN)
Miguel Saavedra  20'
John Wolyniec  77'
 65' Steve Shak
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,579

The Milwaukee Rampage advanced 2–1 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinal 2

Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)2–0Seattle Sounders (WA)
Chris Franks  3'
Jason Jordan  44', 90'
Jeff Clarke  47'
Report  14' Dick McCormick
 78' Viet Nguyen
 79' Leighton O'Brien
Attendance: 5,686
Referee: Steve DePiero (USA)


Seattle Sounders (WA)2–6Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Andrew Gregor  38'
Leighton O'Brien  43'
Kyle Smith  52'
Jason Farrell  60'
Scott Jenkins  61'
Report  19' Ollie Heald
 22' Jeff Clarke
 26', 70' (pen.) Ollie Heald
 39' Steve Kindel
 67' Dave Morris
 75' Kevan Cameron
 90' Niall Thompson
Attendance: 3,917
Referee: Sandra Hunt (USA)

The Vancouver Whitecaps advanced 8–2 on aggregate.

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference

Richmond Kickers (VA)1–1Rochester Rhinos (NY)
Josh Henderson  49'  28' Lenin Steenkamp
Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond), Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 3,387


The Richmond Kickers advanced.

Western Conference

Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)0–0Milwaukee Rampage (WI)
Ollie Heald  45' Report


Milwaukee Rampage (WI)2–1 (a.e.t.)Vancouver Whitecaps (BC)
Destin Makumbu  43'
Matt Bobo  56'
Matt Behncke  60'
Bobby Brennan  90'
Matt Bobo  101'
Report  59' Niall Thompson
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 3,223

The Milwaukee Rampage advanced.

Final

Milwaukee Rampage (WI)2–1 (a.e.t.)Richmond Kickers (VA)
John Wolyniec  45'
Steve Bernal  58'
John Wolyniec  62'
David Lara  68'
Siniša Angelovski  106'
Report  22' Tony Williams
 56'  93' Khary Stockton
 59' (pen.) Marco Ferruzzi
 62' Kevin Knight
 96' Josh Henderson
Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex, Franklin, Wisconsin
Attendance: 6,189

MPV: John Wolyniec

Points leaders

Rank Scorer Club GP Goals Assists Points
1 McKinley Tennyson Portland Timbers 24 18 6 42
Brian Ching Seattle Sounders 25 16 8 42
3 Leighton O'Brien Seattle Sounders 27 13 11 37
4 Fadi Afash Portland Timbers 22 18 0 36
Eduardo Sebrango Montreal Impact 28 18 0 36
6 Paul Conway Charleston Battery 25 13 6 32
7 Johnny Menyongar Minnesota Thunder 25 10 11 31
8 Johnny Torres Minnesota Thunder 23 12 5 29
9 Darren Sawatzky Seattle Sounders 28 9 10 28
10 Dustin Swinehart Charlotte Eagles 27 10 6 26
Digital Takawira Milwaukee Rampage 22 9 8 26
12 Niki Budalic Toronto Lynx 28 12 1 25
John Wolyniec Milwaukee Rampage 26 10 5 25
14 Josh Henderson Richmond Kickers 23 11 2 24
Brian Piesner Atlanta Silverbacks 25 7 10 24

Honors

References

  1. Litterer, David (February 14, 2010). "United Soccer Leagues Statistical History, Part 4 (2000-2003)". American Soccer History Archives. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  2. A-League Awards: 2002 Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
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