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2010
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Minnesota Thunder - 1998
A-League (Division 2)
Before the season, Staten Island and US Project 40 Select were added. New Orleans became the Storm. Hampton Roads rejoined the league. San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Albuquerque were promoted. Colorado moved to San Diego. Carolina is on hiatus for the 1998 season.

The A-League, pro soccer's Division II in the U.S. which includes three teams in Canada, is just below Major League Soccer on the pyramid. Expanded from 24 teams to 28 teams in 1998, the A-League is the home to dozens of rising stars who could go on to star in MLS, play abroad and eventually wear their nation's colors in international competition. As part of the USISL's relationship with MLS, the 28th team in the A-League will be comprised entirely of Project-40 players from the MLS ranks that will travel from town to town to play each A-League team during the season.
G W SW SL L GF GA Pts
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific Division
San Diego Flash 28 21 1 1 7 58 23 61
Seattle Sounders 28 18 1 0 10 63 28 52
Orange County Zodiacs 28 16 1 3 12 49 43 46
Vancouver 86ers 28 15 2 1 13 55 42 41
U.S. Pro-40 Select 28 11 1 2 17 45 55 31
San Francisco Bay Seals 28 10 1 5 18 31 47 28
California Jaguars 28 6 0 1 22 32 95 15*
 
Central Division
Nashville Metros 28 20 2 1 8 70 31 56
Minnesota Thunder 28 19 3 1 9 52 33 51
Milwaukee Rampage 28 17 1 3 11 61 39 49
New Orleans Storm 28 15 1 1 13 53 50 43
Cincinnati Riverhawks 28 11 0 0 17 48 65 33
El Paso Patriots 28 12 3 1 16 51 54 30
Albuquerque Geckos 28 5 0 1 23 39 100 15
 
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers 28 21 3 2 7 48 22 57
Hershey Wildcats 28 19 2 1 9 51 31 53
Hampton Roads Mariners 28 16 1 3 12 44 39 46
Charleston Battery 28 12 1 1 16 37 40 34
Jacksonville Cyclones 28 10 0 2 18 36 53 30
Atlanta Ruckus 28 7 0 1 21 31 67 21
Raleigh Flyers 28 5 0 2 23 31 66 15
 
Northeast Division
Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 24 1 1 4 72 15 70
Montreal Impact 28 21 8 2 7 47 33 47
Staten Island Vipers 28 16 1 1 12 46 37 46
Long Island Rough Riders 28 17 3 1 11 46 35 45
Worcester Wildfire 28 12 2 2 16 37 50 32
Toronto Lynx 28 9 1 2 19 27 42 25
Connecticut Wolves 28 7 5 3 21 32 57 11

Conf. Quarterfinals: Rochester defeated Charleston 3-0,
Hershey defeated Hampton Roads 1-1(SO),
Montreal defeated Staten Island 3-1,
Richmond defeated Long Island 0-0(SO),
San Diego defeated Vancouver 4-1,
New Orleans defeated Nashville 2-2(SO),
Minnesota defeated Milwaukee 5-1,
Seattle defeated Vancouver 2-1.
Conf. Semifinals Hershey defeated Richmond 0-0(SO), 4-2,
Rochester defeated Montreal 2-2(SO), 4-1,
Minnesota defeated Seattle 2-1, 2-1,
San Diego defeated New Orleans 2-1, 3-3(SO).
Conf. Finals Rochester defeated Hershey 3-1, 1-0,
Minnesota defeated San Diego 2-1, 2-1.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Rochester defeated Minnesota, 3-1.
After the season, Orlando folded.
Data Sources:

US Soccer History Archives maintained by Dave Litterer, the most complete online source of information on the NASL, MISL and the USISL.