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A-League (Division 2)
Substantial changes took place between 1996 and 1997. The A-League was absorbed by the USISL Select League, which now operates as the USA's FIFA-Sanctioned Division 2 league. The new league retains the name "A-League", but maintains separate governance within the USISL. The USISL Pro League was renamed the D-3 Pro League, and the Premier League is now the Premier Development Soccer League (PDSL). Some franchises shifted between leagues as teams attempted to meet new Division 2 and Division 3 qualification requirements.

The USISL Select League changed its name to the A-League. It then absorbed Montreal, Rochester, Toronto, Hershey, Atlanta, Colorado, Seattle and Vancouver from the old A-League which then folded. Orlando and Orange County were added.
G W SW SL L GF GA Pts
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Northeast Division
Montreal Impact 28 20 1 1 6 58 19 61
Rochester Raging Rhinos 28 14 0 5 9 56 47 42
Long Island Rough Riders 28 13 3 2 10 44 36 42
Toronto Lynx 28 12 2 0 14 44 43 38
Connecticut Wolves 28 8 4 1 15 31 45 28
Worcester Wildfire 28 6 1 2 19 26 61 19
 
Atlantic Division
Hershey Wildcats 28 18 1 1 8 56 33 55
Carolina Dynamo 28 16 2 2 8 63 33 50
Richmond Kickers 28 15 0 2 11 41 35 45
Charleston Battery 28 10 2 3 13 39 50 32
Raleigh Flyers 28 8 4 3 13 34 52 28
Jacksonville Cyclones 28 4 1 1 23 28 73 13
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 28 13 3 2 10 45 42 42
Nashville Metros 28 10 7 2 9 42 34 37
Orlando Sundogs 28 12 0 4 12 39 40 36
Milwaukee Rampage 28 11 3 2 12 33 36 36
Minnesota Thunder 28 11 2 5 10 22 30 35
Atlanta Ruckus 28 9 3 1 15 39 48 30
 
Pacific Division
California Jaguars 28 17 1 0 10 48 34 52
Seattle Sounders 28 16 2 3 7 42 19 50
Vancouver 86ers 28 15 1 1 11 50 29 46
Colorado Foxes 28 15 1 2 10 55 49 46
Orange County Zodiac 28 10 1 0 17 35 62 31
El Paso Patriots 28 5 3 3 17 30 50 18

Divisional Semi-Finals
Northeast: Long Island defeated Rochester 0-0 (SO), 1-1 (SO),
Montreal defeated Toronto 2-1, 4-0.
Atlantic: Carolina defeated Richmond 2-1, 4-1, M-G, SO,
Charleston defeated Hershey 1-1, 1-1, M-G, SO.
Central: New Orleans defeated Orlando, 2-1, 6-2,
Milwaukee defeated Nashville, 2-1, 3-0.
Pacific: Seattle defeated Colorado, 3-0, 2-0,
Vancouver defeated California, 4-1, 2-2 (SO).
Divisional Finals
Northeast: Long Island defeated Montreal 2-1, 0-2, M-G, SO,
Atlantic: Carolina defeated Charleston 3-3 (SOL), 2-1, M-G,
Central: Milwaukee defeated New Orleans, 2-1 (GG), 4-3,
Pacific: Vancouver defeated Seattle, 3-0, 0-0 (SOL), M-G, SO.
Conference Finals
Eastern: Carolina defeated Long Island 2-1, 2-1,
Western: Milwaukee defeated Vancouver 3-1, 0-1, M-G, SO.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Milwaukee defeated Carolina 1-1(SO).
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.