A-League: 1996 Team Info and Rosters


Address: 2 Village Road, Suite 5, Horsham, PA 19044. Telephone: (215) 657-7440.

Atlanta Ruckus

Address: 539 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. Telephone:
(404) 233-9627.

Goalkeepers -- Mun Young Yi, Dave Barrueta. Defenders -- Greg Sheen, Tag Gambatese, Tom Wurdack, Rich Richmond, Sylvan Bednar ('95 team:
Clemson Univ.), Scott Halkett (USC Spartanburg). Midfielders -- Brian Moore, Chris Hellenkamp, Javier Vivanco (Coll. of Charleston), Don D'Ambra (Milwaukee Wave), Fabian Davis (Jamaica), Randy Sheen. Strikers -- Lenin Steenkamp, Chris Faklaris, Franklin McIntosh (Harrisburg Heat). Coach -- Charlie Morgan.

Outlook: In its first year in the league, the Ruckus came within one game of taking the title. It rode its shootout success (12 wins in 13 tiebreakers) into Game 3 of the Championship Series, where it fell, ironically, on a shootout. Mun Young Yi, the shootout king in goal, and Lenin Steenkamp, its shootout marksman, return, though MLS took three starters -- John Doyle, Tim Martin and Mike Huwiler -- and coach Lothar Osiander. Assistant Charlie Morgan was promoted to the head spot, but his offseason moves to date have been primarily centered around adding college players from the region.

Colorado Foxes

Address: 1125 17th Street, Suite 2540, Denver, CO 80202. Telephone:
(303) 893-6937.

Goalkeeper -- Trey Harrington. Defenders -- Dave Adams ('95 team:
Wichita Wings), Robert Lipp, Chris Martinez, Anthony McCreath, Scott Patterson (Denver Kickers), Bill Sedgewick (Chicago Power). Midfielders -- Henrik Fig, Chad Haugland, Aaron Lujan, Chris Sarver, Carsten Siersbaek, Stoner Tadlock. Strikers -- Walter Boyd, Noah Epstein, Jeff Hooker, Wolde Harris (Clemson Univ.), Jerome Watson (San Diego Top Guns). Coach -- Lorne Donaldson.

Outlook: The APSL champs in 1992 and 1993 and runners-up in 1994 dropped to fifth last season (ahead of only hapless New York). They now have to share the Denver market with the MLS's Rapids, who took over at Mile High Stadium. The Foxes will play at 10,000-seat Mile High Greyhound Park, a combination soccer stadium and dog track. Coach Lorne Donaldson hopes to compensate for MLS losses (Mark Dodd and Robin Fraser to name two) with young talent. He's added fellow Jamaican Wolde Harris, Clemson's all-time leading scorer.

Montreal Impact

Address: 8000 Langelier, Suite 104, St. Leonard, Que. H1P 3K2. Telephone: (514) 328-3668.

Goalkeepers -- Paolo Ceccarelli, Ricky Tangredi ('95 team: Hermes Montreal), Hubert Busby (Telstar, Netherlands). Defenders -- Rudy Doliscat, Jason Devos (Charlton, England), Carl Fletcher (Bristol City, England), Patrick Diotte, Nevio Pizzolitto. Midfielders -- Ian Carter (Foshan, China), Nick DeSantis, Lyndon Hooper, John Limniatis, Kevin Holness, Tom Kouzmanis, William Giumarra (UAB). Strikers -- Grant Needham, Onandi Lowe (Harbour View, Jamaica), Lloyd Barker, Niall Thompson, Eddy Berdusco (Foshan, China). Coach -- Valerio Gazzola.

Outlook: The 1994 APSL champion was upset last year by Atlanta in the semifinals. Just about everyone's back, however, and coach Valerio Gazzola has brought in five Canadians playing abroad. Canadian internationals Ian Carter and Eddie Berdusco return all the way from China, where they were playing in the Second Division of China's new pro league. Also new is Onandi Lowe, one of the Caribbean's top young players. He joins fellow Harbour View, Jamaica, product Lloyd Barker up front for the Impact.

New York Fever

Address: 168 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaronek, NY 10543. Telephone:
(914) 381-5700.

Goalkeepers -- Sal Rosamilia, Peter Zaratin ('95 team: Raleigh Flyers). Defenders -- Joe Mortarulo, Chris Szanto, Ashley Fothergill (C.W. Post), Carlos Llamosa (New York Centaurs), Dimitri Tam, David Vaudreuil (New York Centaurs). Midfielders -- Jim McElderry, Reynold Carrington (Defence Force, Trin. & Tobago), Jorge Acosta, Luther Boulin, Carlton Carter. Strikers -- Santiago Palao (Queens Utd.), Manuel Archer (Jersey Dragons). Coach -- Mark Shearer.

Outlook: The A-League's New York franchise moves up the Hudson River to Westchester after a disastrous year on Randall's Island in New York. The Centaurs merged with the USISL's Fever, which reached the Sizzlin' Nine last summer. The Fever was hit hard by MLS losses. One player who is back, however, is Jorge Acosta, a late cut by the MetroStars. The Fever will play 10 home games at Barrett Stadium in Vallahal, N.Y. The other four games will be at Columbia University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Philadelphia and New Britain, Conn.

Rochester Rhinos

Address: 333 N. Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608. Telephone:
(716) 454-5425.

Goalies -- Bill Andracki ('95 team: Chicago Power), Rett Thompson (Univ. Wisconsin). Defenders -- Tim Ashe (Univ. Buffalo), Chris Kennell (Hawaii Tsunami), Leon Minnot (Jamaica), Rene Rivas (Campomaiorense, Portugal), Marco Rizi (Buffalo Blizzard), Yuri Smotrich (Chernomorets Odessa, Ukraine). Midfielders -- Danny Kelly (Harrisburg Heat), Zoran Karic (Cleveland Crunch), Yogi McKay (Buffalo Blizzard), Tommy Tanner (Cleveland Crunch), Gustavo Villagra (Inter de Tijuana, Mexico). Strikers -- Fuseini Dauda (New Hampshire Ramblers), Carl Hopfinger (Michigan State), Doug Miller (Cleveland Crunch), Darrell Stuart (St. John Fisher College), Gustavo Romanello (Inter de Tijuana, Mexico). Coach -- Pat Ercoli.

Outlook: The expansion Rhinos could be a big surprise at the gate. They'll move from the University of Rochester's Fauver Stadium to the new Frontier Field this summer. The Rhinos, who will debut in the new Triple A baseball facility July 12, have already sold 1,200 season tickets. A nucleus of players from the NPSL champion Cleveland Crunch gives coach Pat Ercoli a solid attack.

Seattle Sounders

Address: 1560 140th Avenue NE, Suite 200, Bellevue, WA 98005. Telephone:
(206) 622-3415.

Goalkeepers -- Marcus Hahnemann, Tom Dutra ('95 team: Cascade Surge). Defenders -- Neil Megson, Billy Crook, James Dunn, Justin Stoddard (FC Storm), Doug Morrill, Wade Webber, Bernie James. Midfielders -- Jason Farrell, Dick McCormick, Nate Daligcon (Seattle Pacific), Sidney Zanin (Hibernian Saints), Jason Dunn, John Cowney (Univ. Washington). Strikers --
Tom Bialek (Harrisburg Heat), Chance Fry, Joey Leonetti (Portland Pride). Coach -- Neil Megson.

Outlook: The defending A-League champions lost coach Alan Hinton in the offseason, but seven starters return, including '95 Goalie of the Year Marcus Hahnemann, perhaps the best American goalie playing at home. The big loss up front is A-League Player of the Year Peter Hattrup, who joined the Tampa Bay Mutiny but is now sidelined with a serious knee injury. Tor Taylor takes over day-to-day management of the Sounders' operation, and veteran defender Neil Megson has added head coaching responsibilities.

Vancouver 86ers

Address: 1126 Douglas Road, Burnaby, B.C. V5C 4Z6. Telephone:
(604) 299-0086.

Goalkeepers -- Paul Shepherd, Paul Dolan. Defenders -- Rick Celebrini, Steve MacDonald, Ian Payne ('95 team: Plymouth, England), Richie Sumner, David Norman, Todd Rattee, Chris Franks, Oliver Heald (Scarborough FC). Midfielders -- Nico Berg, Paul Dailly, Domenic Mobilio, Scott Macey, Doug Muirhead, Giuliano Oliviero, Carl Valentine, Linus Rhode (Univ. Portland). Strikers -- Garret Kusch, Sipho Sibiya, Micky Ross (Plymouth, England), Martin Nash. Coach -- Carl Valentine.

Outlook: Despite going 10-14, the 86ers finished third in the A-League last summer. Carl Valentine does have a solid group of young players. The 86ers' fortunes may be tied to the success (or lack thereof) of the Canadian Olympic team. Ten players have been training with the team, and a successful Canadian Olympic run would keep them out of A-League action a good part of the summer. As insurance, Valentine has added teenager Ian Payne and Micky Ross from English club Plymouth.

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