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Encyclopedia > USL First Division
USL First Division
Current season or competition United Soccer Leagues 2007
Sport Soccer
Founded 1997
No. of teams 12
Country Flag of United States United States
Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Most recent champions Vancouver Whitecaps

The United Soccer Leagues First Division (often referred to as simply, USL-1) is a professional men's soccer league in North America. It is the second division of soccer in the United States and Canada league pyramid behind Major League Soccer. It is managed by the United Soccer Leagues (USL). It was known as the A-League until 2004, having formed from teams from the original A-League. Image File history File links Current_sport. ... The 2007 Season will be the 21st edition of the United Soccer Leagues season. ... This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... See also: 1996 in sports, other events of 1997, 1998 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 on February 16 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Arie Luyendyk... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Puerto_Rico. ... The Whitecaps (officially Whitecaps F.C.) are a Canadian professional football team. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... This category lists articles relating to Canada-United States relations. ... The American Soccer Pyramid is a term used in soccer to describe the structure of the league system in the United States. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... The United Soccer Leagues (USL) is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). ... The original A-League (formerly the American Professional Soccer League) was a professional mens soccer league in North America. ...


Unlike most other nations, there is currently no system of promotion and relegation in American soccer. In many sports leagues around the world (with North American and Australian professional leagues being the most notable exceptions), relegation (or demotion) means the mandated transfer of the least successful team(s) of a higher division into a lower division at the end of the season. ...

Contents

History

In 1996, the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues established the new Select League consisting of its strongest teams from its professional FIFA Division 3 sanctioned Pro League and its amateur Premier League in hopes of gaining FIFA Division 2 sanctioning. The next season, the Select League and the independent Division 2 A-League merged to form a new A-League under the USISL umbrella. In 1999 the umbrella USISL changed its name to the United Soccer Leagues and in 2005 the league took its current name as the USL First Division. The International Federation of Football Association (French: ), commonly known by its acronym, FIFA, is the international governing body of association football. ... The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... The USL Premier Development League (PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. ... The original A-League (formerly the American Professional Soccer League) was a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


As announced on February 22, 2007, the USL-1 will now be doing live Videocasts through a partnership with Turner Broadcasting. The matches, which cannot be found on traditional broadcast or cable television distribution, will be available on the new broadband channel USL Live at www.USLLive.com, launching early April 2007.


League Tables for Division 1 & Division 2, and PDL for the 2007 season can be viewed at the League Table page. Standings from the 2006 season are also available. The 2007 Season will be the 21st edition of the United Soccer Leagues season. ...


Expansion and contraction

In 1998, the A-League consisted of 28 teams. By 2006, only 12 remained in the USL First Division. For the most part, the teams that left dropped down to lower classifications, such as the USL Second Division and Premier Development League, to rid themselves of the high costs of travel and player payrolls. The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... The USL Premier Development League (PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. ...


There is some speculation that several First Division clubs are waiting for the top-tier Major League Soccer to expand, in hopes that they will move up. The First Division does not have the promotion/relegation system common in most countries' football pyramids, although teams theoretically could move up if they meet MLS' criteria for expansion franchises. The costs of moving to a higher division are usually not recouped with higher attendance at the First Division level. The Rochester Rhinos have often been regarded as being closest to gaining promotion because of their purpose-built stadium, but the team has not indicated any interest in going much further. Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... The Rochester Raging Rhinos are a USL First Division professional soccer team in Rochester, New York. ...


On January 26, 2006, the USL announced that it was expanding USL First Division in 2007 to include a new team in Cary, North Carolina. The Cary franchise, since named the Carolina RailHawks, hosted an exhibition schedule in 2006 in advance of its first full league schedule in 2007. On May 16, 2006, it was also announced that the USL would place a team in Northern California under the ownership of Dmitry Piterman, chairman of Spanish team Deportivo Alavés. Other possible cities mentioned for future campaigns include Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Syracuse, New York. Syracuse had had a highly-attended team from 2002–2004, but it folded due to stadium issues, having ground-shared with the local baseball team. Ft. Lauderdale also has a history of teams from the NASL, ASL, and USL First Division. There is also discussion that Argentinian team River Plate is interested in putting a second USL team in Puerto Rico. is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Carolina RailHawks Football Club is a professional soccer team located in Cary, North Carolina set to play in the USL First Division in the 2007 season. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Dmitry Pietrman also known as Dimitry Piterman (born 1964) is a Ukrainian-American businessman. ... Deportivo Alavés, usually abbreviated to Alavés, is a Spanish Segunda División football club based in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country. ... Nickname: Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Broward Established 27 March 1911 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Jim Naugle Area  - City  36. ... Nickname: The Salt City Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll Area  - City 66. ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ... The American Soccer League, operating between 1921 and 1933, was the first significant viable professional soccer league in the United States. ... Club Atlético River Plate, known also as River Plate or simply River, is an Argentine sports club best known for its football team, established in 1901. ...


On March 30, 2007 the Virginia Beach Mariners team folded just prior to the start of the 2007 season due to an ownership dispute which left the team without financing. USL may place a team in the area in 2008, if local ownership can be found. The Virginia Beach Mariners were an American soccer club, who formerly play in the USL First Division of the United Soccer Leagues, the second division in the US Soccer hierarchy behind Major League Soccer. ...


2007 teams

Club Founded Colors Stadium Territory Logo
Atlanta Silverbacks 1993 Red, Black, White Atlanta Silverbacks Park Atlanta Metropolitan Area, GA
California Victory 2006 Blue, White Kezar Stadium Bay Area
Carolina RailHawks 2006 Blue, Orange SAS Soccer Park Research Triangle, NC
Charleston Battery 1993 Yellow, Black Blackbaud Stadium South Carolina Low Country
Miami FC 2005 Blue, Orange Tropical Park Stadium South Florida
Minnesota Thunder 1990 Blue, Gold James Griffin Stadium
National Sports Center (alt.)
Minneapolis-St.Paul
Montreal Impact 1993 Blue, White, Black Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard Québec (whole)
Portland Timbers 2001 Green, White, Yellow PGE Park Portland, OR
Puerto Rico Islanders 2003 Orange, Navy Blue, White Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel Puerto Rico (whole)
Rochester Raging Rhinos 1996 Green, Black, Gold PAETEC Park Western New York
Seattle Sounders 1994 Light blue, White, Green Qwest Field
Starfire Sports Complex (alt.)
Greater Seattle, WA
Vancouver Whitecaps 1986 White, Blue Swangard Stadium Greater Vancouver, BC

The Atlanta Silverbacks are an American professional soccer club who currently play in the USL First Division, a division of the United Soccer Leagues, and the second division in the US Soccer hierarchy. ... Atlanta Silverbacks Park, also known as RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium, is a soccer complex located in Atlanta, Georgia, and is home to the USL First Divisions Atlanta Silverbacks. ... The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan area, always referred to as Metro Atlanta or the Metro area in Georgia, is the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States and consists of 28 counties in Georgia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Atlanta Largest city Atlanta Area  Ranked 24th  - Total 59,411 sq mi (154,077 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 2. ... Image File history File links Atlanta_Silverbacks. ... The California Victory is a USL First Division professional soccer team based in San Francisco, California. ... Kezar Stadium is a stadium located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. ... Bay Area is a common term to refer to a metropolitan area situated around a bay. ... Image File history File linksMetadata California_victory_logo. ... Carolina RailHawks Football Club is a professional soccer team located in Cary, North Carolina set to play in the USL First Division in the 2007 season. ... SAS Soccer Park is one of the premier soccer complexes in the United States. ... The Research Triangle, commonly referred to as the Triangle, is a region in the piedmont of North Carolina in the United States, anchored by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and the major research universities of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Image File history File links Railhawks_logo. ... The Charleston Battery is a U.S. professional mens soccer team based in Charleston, South Carolina. ... Blackbaud Stadium is a Soccer-specific stadium that opened in 1999. ... The South Carolina Low Country is a term used to describe the states coastal counties, generally south of Charleston. ... Charleston Battery logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... Miami FC are an American professional soccer club in First Division of the United Soccer Leagues, the second overall division of American soccer. ... Tropical Park Stadium is a 7,000-seat stadium located in Miami, Florida. ... Location of metropolitan area in the state of Florida Major cities Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 15,896 km² (6,137 mi²) 2,621 km² (1,011 mi²) 16. ... Image File history File links Miami_Football_Club. ... The Minnesota Thunder is a professional mens soccer team based out of St Paul, Minnesota. ... The James Griffin Stadium was originally named Central Stadium. ... The National Sports Center is a 600-acres multi-sport complex located in Blaine, Minnesota that includes a soccer stadium with a track, over 50 youth soccer fields, a golf course, a velodrome, a meeting and convention facility, and an eight-sheet ice rink, the Schwan Super Rink, which is... A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a soccer team in the North American USL First Division. ... The Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard (CSCR) (sometimes, and erroneously, called Centre sportif Claude-Robillard) is a multi-purpose sport facility, located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. ... During the 1960s, a terrorist group known as the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) launched a decade of bombings, robberies and attacks on government offices. ... Montreal Impact logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... The Portland Timbers are Portland, Oregons entry in the USL First Division, the second tier of professional soccer in the United States. ... PGE Park (formerly Civic Stadium, a name still used by locals; originally Multnomah Stadium) is a stadium located in Portland, Oregon. ... Mayor Tom Potter County Multnomah County Population (2003) 538,544 Time zone Pacific (UTC−8) Portland is the largest city in Oregon, and county seat of Multnomah County. ... Image File history File links 00PortlandTimbers05. ... Puerto Rico Islanders are a Puerto Rican soccer team, founded in 2003. ... The Juan Ramon Loubreil Stadium is a 15,000 seat stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico that is primarily used for soccer. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The Rochester Raging Rhinos are a USL First Division professional soccer team in Rochester, New York. ... PAETEC Park is a soccer-specific stadium currently being constructed in Rochester, New York for the Rochester Raging Rhinos soccer team of the USL First Division. ... Western New York refers to the westernmost counties of New York State, roughly the area included in the Holland Purchase. ... Image File history File links Rhinoslogo. ... The Seattle Sounders are a U.S. professional soccer team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Qwest Field is a football stadium in Seattle, Washington. ... Starfire Sports Complex is a sporting facility in Tukwila, Washington outside of Seattle. ... The Seattle metropolitan area in Washington, USA includes the city of Seattle, King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce County within the Puget Sound area. ... This article deals with the U.S. state. ... club logo of the Seattle Sounders Soccer team File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Whitecaps (officially Whitecaps F.C.) are a Canadian professional football team. ... Swangard Stadium is a 6,868 seat stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia. ... Motto: Building a sustainable region Area: 2,878. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... Image File history File links Whitecapsfclogo. ...

Playoff format

Eight teams qualify for the playoffs, 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, etc. The first two rounds consist of two-game, total goals series. The highest remaining seed is matched against the lowest remaining seed in the semifinal round. The Championship is a single match played at the home stadium of the higher seed. In previous years, six teams qualified for the playoffs - the top two seeds receiving byes to the second round.


League Derbies

*Stars indicate derby titles won*



Cascadia Cup The Cascadia Cup is a United Soccer Leagues fan-based derby for First Division clubs based in the Pacific Northwest. ...


Vancouver Whitecaps ** Image File history File links Whitecapsfclogo. ... The Whitecaps (officially Whitecaps F.C.) are a Canadian professional football team. ...


Seattle Sounders * club logo of the Seattle Sounders Soccer team File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Seattle Sounders are a U.S. professional soccer team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


Portland Timbers Image File history File links 00PortlandTimbers05. ... The Portland Timbers are Portland, Oregons entry in the USL First Division, the second tier of professional soccer in the United States. ...



Southern Derby The Southern Derby is a fan-based cup competition between United Soccer Leagues First Division teams based in the Southern United States (most notably North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia). ...


Atlanta Silverbacks **** Image File history File links Atlanta_Silverbacks. ... The Atlanta Silverbacks are an American professional soccer club who currently play in the USL First Division, a division of the United Soccer Leagues, and the second division in the US Soccer hierarchy. ...


Charleston Battery ** Charleston Battery logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... The Charleston Battery is a U.S. professional mens soccer team based in Charleston, South Carolina. ...


Carolina Railhawks Image File history File links Railhawks_logo. ... Carolina RailHawks Football Club is a professional soccer team located in Cary, North Carolina set to play in the USL First Division in the 2007 season. ...



Voyageurs Cup The Voyageurs Cup is the only trophy for top-level professional soccer in Canada. ...


Vancouver Whitecaps Image File history File links Whitecapsfclogo. ... The Whitecaps (officially Whitecaps F.C.) are a Canadian professional football team. ...


Montreal Impact ***** Montreal Impact logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a soccer team in the North American USL First Division. ...


Complete team list

The Atlanta Silverbacks are an American professional soccer club who currently play in the USL First Division, a division of the United Soccer Leagues, and the second division in the US Soccer hierarchy. ... The Boston Bulldogs were a soccer club in the A-League in 1999 and 2000. ... The Calgary Mustangs were a Calgary, Alberta, based A-League professional soccer team, that played in 2004. ... The California Jaguars were an American soccer team that played in Salinas, California. ... The California Victory is a USL First Division professional soccer team based in San Francisco, California. ... Carolina Dynamo was founded in 1993 as Greensboro Dynamo and was renamed in 1996, following a move to the United Soccer Leagues. ... Carolina RailHawks Football Club is a professional soccer team located in Cary, North Carolina set to play in the USL First Division in the 2007 season. ... The Charleston Battery is a U.S. professional mens soccer team based in Charleston, South Carolina. ... The Charlotte Eagles are a professional soccer club based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Cincinnati Riverhawks were a United Soccer Leagues team from 1998 to 2003. ... The Colorado Foxes were a professional soccer team, based in Commerce City, Colorado, that played in the APSL (later the A-League) between 1990 and 1997. ... The Connecticut Wolves were a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1993 to Z. Based in New Britain, Connecticut, the club started in the D-3 Pro League before moving to the A-League in 1997. ... The Edmonton Aviators were a soccer club based in Edmonton, Canada. ... El Paso Patriots are an American soccer team, founded in 1989 and are the longest continuously running soccer clubs in the United States. ... The Hershey Wildcats were a professional soccer team, based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, that played in the A-League between 1997 and 2001. ... The Indiana Blast was a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1997 to 2004. ... The Jacksonville Cyclones are a defunct A-League soccer team, based in Jacksonville, Florida, that formed in 1997 and folded in 1999. ... The Lehigh Valley Steam was a soccer club that competed in the A-League in 1999. ... The Long Island Rough Riders are an American professional soccer team, that play in the USL Second Division, the third level in the American soccer pyramid. ... The Maryland Mania was a soccer club based in Maryland that competed in the A-League for one year, in 1999. ... Miami FC are an American professional soccer club in First Division of the United Soccer Leagues, the second overall division of American soccer. ... The Milwaukee Rampage is a defunct American soccer franchise, which played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the A-League. ... The Milwaukee Wave United is an American professional soccer team, which last played in the A-League, the American second division. ... The Minnesota Thunder is a professional mens soccer team based out of St Paul, Minnesota. ... Generation adidas is a joint venture between Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation aimed to raise the level of young soccer talent in the United States. ... The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a soccer team in the North American USL First Division. ... Nashville Metros are an American soccer team, founded in 1989. ... The New Orleans Storm was a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1993 to 1999. ... The Orange County Blue Star is a USL Premier Development League soccer club based in Orange County, California. ... Orlando Sun Dogs played in the- A-League (Central Division)in 1997 then folded. ... The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are a USL Second Division soccer team. ... The Portland Timbers are Portland, Oregons entry in the USL First Division, the second tier of professional soccer in the United States. ... Puerto Rico Islanders are a Puerto Rican soccer team, founded in 2003. ... The Raleigh Express was a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1993 to 2000. ... Richmond Kickers are an American soccer team, founded in 1993. ... The Rochester Raging Rhinos are a USL First Division professional soccer team in Rochester, New York. ... The Sacramento Geckos were a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1997 to 1999. ... The San Diego Flash were a professional soccer team, based in San Diego, California, that played in the A-League between 1998 and 2001. ... The San Francisco Bay Seals is a soccer club based in San Francisco, California, USA. The team was originally started in 1993 as the San Francisco All-Blacks of the USISL. They became the Bay Seals in 1996 and moved up to the A-League in 1998. ... The Seattle Sounders are a U.S. professional soccer team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Staten Island Vipers were a soccer club that competed in the A-League in 1998 and 1999. ... The Syracuse Salty Dogs were a professional mens soccer team in Syracuse, New York. ... Toronto Lynx are a Canadian soccer team, founded in 1997. ... The Whitecaps (officially Whitecaps F.C.) are a Canadian professional football team. ... The Virginia Beach Mariners were an American soccer club, who formerly play in the USL First Division of the United Soccer Leagues, the second division in the US Soccer hierarchy behind Major League Soccer. ...

1996 USISL Select League

The California Jaguars were an American soccer team that played in Salinas, California. ... The Cape Cod Crusaders are a Premier Development League soccer club based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. ... Carolina Dynamo was founded in 1993 as Greensboro Dynamo and was renamed in 1996, following a move to the United Soccer Leagues. ... The Chicago Stingers were an American soccer team that played in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Connecticut Wolves were a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1993 to Z. Based in New Britain, Connecticut, the club started in the D-3 Pro League before moving to the A-League in 1997. ... The Delaware Wizards were soccer club based in Wilmington and New Castle, Delaware. ... El Paso Patriots are an American soccer team, founded in 1989 and are the longest continuously running soccer clubs in the United States. ... The Virginia Beach Mariners are an American soccer club, who currently play in the USL First Division of the United Soccer Leagues, the second division in the US Soccer hierarchy behind Major League Soccer. ... The Long Island Rough Riders are an American professional soccer team, that play in the USL Second Division, the third level in the American soccer pyramid. ... The Milwaukee Rampage is a defunct American soccer franchise, which played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the A-League. ... The Minnesota Thunder is a professional mens soccer team based out of St Paul, Minnesota. ... The New Mexico Chiles were a soccer club that competed in the USISL from 1986 to 1996. ... The New Orleans Storm was a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1993 to 1999. ... The New Jersey Stallions were a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1996 to 2004. ... The Ohio Xoggz were an American soccer team that played in Columbus, Ohio. ... The Raleigh Express was a soccer club that competed in the United Soccer Leagues from 1993 to 2000. ... The Reno Rattlers were an American soccer team that played in Reno, Nevada. ... Richmond Kickers are an American soccer team, founded in 1993. ... The Sacramento Scorpions were an American soccer team that played in Sacramento, California. ... The South Carolina Shamrocks were an American soccer team that played in Spartanburg, South Carolina. ... The Jacksonville Cyclones are a defunct A-League soccer team, based in Jacksonville, Florida, that formed in 1995 and folded in 1999. ...

Notable players

Past Regular Season Champions (Commissioner’s Cup Winners)

Season Winner Record (W-L-T) Points Playoff Results (W-L-T) Runners-Up
2006 USL D-1 Montreal Impact 14-5-9 51 Lost in semifinal series 0-1-1 Rochester Raging Rhinos
2005 USL D-1 Montreal Impact 18-3-7 61 Lost in semifinal series 0-1-1 Rochester Raging Rhinos
2004 A-League Portland Timbers 18-7-3 57 Lost in conference semifinal series overtime 1-1 Montreal Impact
2003 A-League Milwaukee Wave United 18-10-0 54 Lost in division final series overtime 1-1 Montreal Impact
2002 A-League Seattle Sounders 23-4-1 107 Lost in conference semifinal series 0-2 Charleston Battery
2001 A-League Richmond Kickers 16-7-3 76 Lost in quarterfinal series 0-2 Hershey Wildcats
2000 A-League Minnesota Thunder 20-4-4 99 Lost in final 4-2 Milwaukee Rampage
1999 A-League Rochester Raging Rhinos 22-6 92 Lost in final 5-3 San Diego Flash
1998 A-League Rochester Raging Rhinos 24-4 70 Won Championship 6-0 San Diego Flash
1997 A-League Montreal Impact 21-7 61 Lost in conference final series 3-2-0 Hershey Wildcats
1996 APSL Montreal Impact 21-6 55 Lost in semifinal 0-1 Colorado Foxes
1995 APSL Montreal Impact 17-7 51 Lost in semifinal series 1-2 Seattle Sounders
1994 APSL Seattle Sounders 14-6 121 Lost in semifinal series 1-2 Los Angeles Salsa
1993 APSL Vancouver 86ers 15-9 126 Lost in semifinals in shootout 0-1-0 Colorado Foxes
1992 APSL Colorado Foxes 11-5 89 Won Championship 2-0-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
1991 APSL Maryland Bays 19-2 158 Lost in semifinal series 1-2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1990 APSL Different point systems used in each conference
1985 - 1989  : Two independent leagues

Past Playoff Champions / Top Goal Scorer

Season Winner Score Runner-up Top Goalscorer Team Goals
2006 USL D-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Rochester Raging Rhinos Romário De Souza-Faria and William "Cam" Weaver Miami FC and Seattle Sounders 18
2005 USL D-1 Seattle Sounders 1-1 (PK) Richmond Kickers Jason Jordan Vancouver Whitecaps 17
2004 A-League Montreal Impact 2-0 Seattle Sounders Alan Gordon and Dante Washington Portland Timbers and Virginia Beach Mariners 17
2003 A-League Charleston Battery 3-0 Minnesota Thunder Thiago Martins Pittsburgh Riverhounds 22
2002 A-League Milwaukee Rampage 2-1 (2OT) Richmond Kickers Fadi Afash, Eduardo Sebrango, and McKinley Tennyson Portland Timbers, Montreal Impact, and Portland Timbers 18
2001 A-League Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-0 Hershey Wildcats Paul Conway Charleston Battery 22
2000 A-League Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-1 Minnesota Thunder Paul Conway, Greg Howes, and Johnny Menyongar Charleston Battery, Seattle Sounders, and Minnesota Thunder 17
1999 A-League Minnesota Thunder 2-1 Rochester Raging Rhinos Mark Baena and Niall Thompson Seattle Sounders and Vancouver 86ers 20
1998 A-League Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-1 Minnesota Thunder Mark Baena Seattle Sounders 24
1997 A-League Milwaukee Rampage 1-1 (SO) Carolina Dynamo Doug Miller Rochester Raging Rhinos 23
  • Rochester Raging Rhinos (5 app, 3-2);
  • Minnesota Thunder (4 app, 1-3);
  • Milwaukee Rampage (2 app, 2-0);
  • Seattle Sounders (2 app, 1-1);
  • Richmond Kickers (2 app, 0-2);
  • Charleston Battery (1 app, 1-0);
  • Montreal Impact (1 app, 1-0);
  • Vancouver Whitecaps (1 app, 1-0);
  • Carolina Dynamo (1 app, 0-1);
  • Hershey Wildcats (1 app, 0-1)

1996 USISL Select League

League average attendance

  • Regular season / playoffs
  • 2006: 4,667 /
  • 2005: 4,527 / 12,498
  • 2004: 3,879 / 9,402
  • 2003: 3,335 / 9,672
  • 2002: 3,034 / 8,902
  • 2001: 2,954 / 9,193
  • 2000: 2,684 / 7,562
  • 1999: 2,374 / 5,309
  • 1998: 2,531 / 6,091
  • 1997: 2,690 / 5,092

All-Time USL Leaders

All-Time Goal Leaders
Rank Player Goals
1 Flag of United States Mark Baena 86
2 Flag of United States Paul Conway 79
3 Flag of United States Doug Miller 77
4 Flag of Canada Mauro Biello 76
5 Flag of Canada Jason Jordan 70
6 Flag of Cuba Eduardo Sebrango 70
7 Flag of United States Chance Fry 68
8 Flag of Canada Domenic Mobilio‎ 65
9 Flag of United States Jamel Mitchell 64
10 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Kevin Jeffrey 61
All-time appearances in the USL
Rank Player Appearances
1 Flag of Canada Mauro Biello 320
2 Flag of Canada Nick DeSantis 245
3 Flag of Jamaica Lloyd Barker 242
4 Flag of Canada Nevio Pizzolito 228
5 Flag of United States Scott Jenkins 220
6 Flag of United States Lenin Steenkamp 219
7 Flag of United States Bill Sedgewick 218
8 Flag of Canada David Diplacido‎ 217
9 Flag of United States Steve Klein 211

See also

  • Sports attendances

External links

Current Stadiums in the USL First Division
Silverbacks Park | Kezar Stadium | SAS Stadium | Blackbaud Stadium | Tropical Park Stadium | James Griffin Stadium | Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard | PGE Park | Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium | PAETEC Park | Qwest Field | Swangard Stadium

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