Playoffs: Other U.S. Pro Leagues, 1997-98 Season

The A-League serves as a type of minor league system for Major League Soccer. The division II outdoor league is part of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL) and is recognized by U.S. Soccer. MLS and the USISL have an agreement where MLS teams can assign players to the A-League and call-up A-League players when desired. Also, the U.S. Pro-40 Select team is made-up of players from the MLS's Project 40 program. Project 40 is a joint venture between MLS and U.S. Soccer aimed at developing young American players, giving them the chance to train with MLS clubs and play games at various professional levels. The U.S. Pro-40 team played all their games on the road.

Eastern Conference

Northeast DivisionWLPtsGF GA
*Rochester Raging Rhinos244707215
Montreal Impact217474733
Staten Island Vipers1612464637
Long Island Rough Riders1711454635
Worcester Wildfire1216323750
Toronto Lynx919252742
Connecticut Wolves721113257
Atlantic DivisionW L PtsGF GA
*Richmond Kickers217574822
Hershey Wildcats199535131
Hampton Roads Mariners1612464439
Charleston Battery1216343740
Jacksonville Cyclones1018303653
Atlanta Ruckus721213167
Raleigh Flyers523153166

Western Conference

Central DivisionWL PtsGF GA
*Nashville Metros208567031
Minnesota Thunder199515233
Milwaukee Rampage1711496139
New Orleans Storm1513435350
Cincinnati Riverhawks1117334865
El Paso Patriots1216605154
Albuquerque Geckos5231539100
Pacific DivisionWLPtsGFGA
*San Diego Flash217615823
Seattle Sounders1810526328
Orange County Zodiac1612464943
Vancouver 86ers1513415542
U.S. Pro-40 Select1117314555
San Francisco Bay Seals1018283147
California Jaguars622153295

Note: Three points are awarded for a victory in regulation or overtime. One point is awarded for a shootout win. Shootouts occur if a game is tied after a 15-minute sudden-death overtime.


Semifinals (Best of 3)

Eastern Conference

Rochester vs. Hershey

Sept. 26Raging Rhinos, 3-1at Rochester
Sept. 30Raging Rhinos, 1-0at Hershey
Rochester wins series, 2-0

Western Conference

Minnesota vs. San Diego

Sept. 26Thunder, 2-1at Minnesota
Sept. 30Thunder, 2-1at San Diego
Minnesota wins series, 2-0


  • Oct. 17 at Rochester.
  • Minnesota vs. Rochester

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