American Soccer League (1988–89)

The American Soccer League has been a name used by four different professional soccer sports league in the United States. In 1988, the third American Soccer League was created as an East Coast counterpart to the West Coast-based Western Soccer Alliance. The third iteration of the ASL lasted only two seasons, merging with the WSA in 1990 to form the American Professional Soccer League.

American Soccer League
CountryUnited States
Promotion toNone
Relegation toNone


The league comprised ten teams on the East Coast. During its second season, the league champion Fort Lauderdale Strikers played the San Diego Nomads, champions of the Western Soccer Alliance in the 1989 National Pro Soccer Championship. By 1990, the ASL and WSA had merged to form the American Professional Soccer League.

Complete team list


Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Top scorer
1988 Washington Diplomats (1) Fort Lauderdale Strikers Jorge Acosta
1989 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1) Boston Bolts Ricardo Alonso
Mirko Castillo
1989 ASL/WSL Championship
Year Winner Runners-up Score Venue Location Attendance
1989 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1) San Diego Nomads 3–1 Spartan Stadium San Jose, California 8,632


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