Milwaukee Rampage Sporting Chance Non Profit

The 1998 Season
Coach Bob Gansler

  1. 17-11
  2. 30 Points 8 Goals 14 Assists
    Leading Scorer - Jon Szczepanski
  3. 10
    Most Goals - David Marshall
  4. 14
    Most Assists - Jon Szczepanski
  5. 16-2 0.99 GAA 7 Shutouts
    Top Goalkeeper - Carmine Issaco
Milwaukee would pick up where it left off following the 1997 title run, by racing out to an 8-2 start.  The Rampage qualified for its first U.S. Open Cup berth after its strong start, but then suffered a disappointing home loss to the Orlando Nighthawks in the first round of the tournament.  The loss set the tone for the next 15 league games, as Milwaukee would go 6-9 in those contests.  Three solid wins to close out the season gave the Rampage some momentum as it qualified for its fifth consecutive playoff spot.  But the team's final win - a 6-0 win at Raleigh - was a costly victory.  Defender Mike Huwiler broke his leg in the game, and would eventually end up missing the entire 1999 season.  Obviously rattled by Huwiler's loss, the Rampage suffered its worst playoff loss in team history - a 5-1 shellacking in Minnesota...Off the field, however, the Rampage set all-time attendance records for the fifth straight year, averaging 3,175 fans per game...The Rampage organization was ranked first in a survey that rated the best A-League franchises.  A-League team owners and front office staffs did the voting, which included criteria such as overall professionalism, stadium facilities and competitiveness on the field...Also, the teams "Reading with the Rampage" literacy program won a national award from Sports Business International magazine...Fans enjoy two new major additions at Uihlein Soccer Park during the season - a new scoreboard and public address system highlight the changes.