Milwaukee Rampage Sporting Chance Non Profit

The 2001 Season
Coach Boro Sucevic

  1. 20-13-5
    Record
  2. 30 Points 13 Goals 4 Assists
    Leading Scorer - Digital Takawira
  3. 13
    Most Goals - Digital Takawira
  4. 6
    Most Assists - David Hayes
  5. 13-7-1 1.08 GAA
    Top Goalkeeper - Dan Popik
It took two champions to knock the Rampage out of two of the biggest soccer competitions in the country in 2001.  The Rampage suffered a tough two-game series loss to the eventual league champion Rochester Rhinos in the A-League semi-finals in October.  Earlier in the season, Milwaukee battled the powerful San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer to a 0-0 tie in the "Sweet 16" round of the prestigious Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament.  The Earthquakes, who went on to win the 2001 MLS title, eventually defeated the Rampage 7-6 in penalty kicks.  The winning tradition continued as the Rampage won at least 20 games for the second straight season - it marked the first time in team history that a Rampage team had back-to-back 20-win seasons.  The Rampage advanced all the way to the A-League's "Final Four" en route to an impressive 20-13-5 record.  Milwaukee continued its dominance at home by putting up a solid 12-3 record at the Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex...The team's national award-winning "Reading with the Rampage" literacy program expanded to reach more than 1,200 children in the Milwaukee area.  The program, initiated by the team in 1994, motivates children to read more and helps pre-readers develop a positive attitude toward learning to read.  Rampage players and coaches encourage and motivate students to reach their individual reading goals by visiting their classrooms and reading to the students.  The team was recognized with a national award in 1999, when Soccer Business International named the program the "Best Ongoing Community Program"...The team's preeminent summer camp, clinics and volunteer programs served more than 11,500 children throughout Wisconsin during the summer months, a new record!  The programs were the most successful and best attended in the state...May 6, 2001 - Fans attending the first-ever game at the Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex were not disappointed, as the Rampage defeated the Indiana Blast 3-1 behind two goals from newcomer David Hayes.  The Rampage has never lost a home opener and this win gave the team its eighth consecutive victory on opening night...May 30, 2001 - The Rampage knocked off its long-time nemesis, the Minnesota Thunder, on the road (1-0) to qualify for the prestigious Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup...May, 2001 - Hertha Berlin representative Falko Gotz paid a visit to the Rampage to continue talks with the organization of a possible working agreement.  Hertha Berlin is a member of the world-renowned German Bundesliga...June 15, 2001 - The Rampage hosted the defending MLS-Champion Chicago Fire in its first MLS game at its new home in Franklin.  A crowd of 3,217 is treated to an exciting 3-1 Fire victory on a cool and breezy night.  Rampage forward Digital Takawira gave the home team the lead early, but two late goals by the Fire spoiled the upset bid.  Former U.S. National Team star Eric Wynalda, MLS All-Star Peter Nowak and Racine native Jesse Marsch all played the entire 90 minutes.  Rampage Head Coach Boro Sucevic was able to give his entire team a chance to experience playing against the top team in MLS, including 17-year-old youngsters David Henning and Sam Sucevic...June 27, 2001 - Milwaukee hosted a momentous U.S. Open Cup double-header, as the Rampage defeated the eventual U.S. Division III champion Utah Blitzz (2-0) and the Chicago Fire beat the San Diego Flash (3-0) in the second round of the tournament.  It marked the first-ever Cup win for the Rampage...July 11, 2001 - A record crowd of 5,407 witnessed the Rampage's historic U.S. Open Cup "Sweet 16" round game against the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.  The Rampage and Earthquakes battled to a 0-0 tie after 120 minutes of thrilling end-to-end action in arguably the most exciting game in team history since Milwaukee's 1997 title match.  San Jose went on to defeat the Rampage in penalty kicks, 7-6, and later captured the 2001 MLS Cup.  It was the first-ever meaningful game for the Rampage against an MLS team...July 13, 2001 - The Rampage hosted its first international exhibition game against a Mexican team, when Chivas de Guadalajara Reservos visited Milwaukee...September 30, 2001 - Exactly four years and three days after the Rampage brought Milwaukee its first-ever professional soccer title, the home team pulled off another thrilling win in Virginia.  Rampage defender Alen Soso scored an overtime goal, as the team defeated the top-seeded Richmond Kickers 2-1 in the quarter-final round of the A-League playoffs.  Richmond, the top team in the league during the regular season, had not lost a home game in 2001...October 6, 2001 - The Rampage's season ended with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the defending A-League Champion Rochester Rhinos in New York.  The Rhinos went on to capture their second consecutive A-League title...Rampage midfielder Phillippe Godoy and forward Digital Takawira were named to the All-League Team at the conclusion of the season.  Takawira, the A-League's Most Valuable Player in 2001, finished fourth in league scoring with 30 points on 13 goals and 4 assists in just 20 games...Milwaukee's all -time overall record through eight years stands at 146-83-4 (128-69-3 regular season)...The Milwaukee Rampage U-18 team was launched successfully, and the team advanced all the way to the Super Y-League national finals in North Carolina...The talented Rampage roster was filled once again with players with ties to Wisconsin, including: Dennis Fadeski (Brookfield), Peter Henning (Brookfield), David Henning (Brookfield), Sam Sucevic (Sussex), Brian Doherty (Univ. of Wisconsin), Ollie Ellsworth (Mequon), Scott Dombrowski (West Allis), Josh Provan (Cudahy) and David Marshall (Milwaukee).