The 2001 Women's United Soccer Association season served as the inaugural season for WUSA, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on April 14 and ended on August 12, with the postseason games being held on August 18 and August 25.

Women's United Soccer Association
Season2001
ChampionsBay Area CyberRays
Goals scored235
Average goals/game2.80
Top goalscorerTiffeny Milbrett (16)
2002

Attendance figures were high for the first season, particularly early in the season, though not near the levels organizers were expecting based on the attendance for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. The league spent its initial $40m budget, intended to last five years, in just this first season.

Competition formatEdit

  • The season began on April 14 and ended on August 12.
  • Each team played a total of 21 games, three against each opponent (either twice at home and once away or vice versa). This caused an uneven schedule with teams hosting either 10 or 11 home games each.
  • The four teams with the most points from the regular season qualified for the playoffs. The regular season champions and runners-up hosted the fourth- and third-placed teams, respectively, in the single-game semifinals on August 18. The winners of the semifinals met at Foxboro Stadium for the final on August 25.

Results tableEdit

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Atlanta Beat - ATL • Bay Area CyberRays - BAY • Boston Breakers - BOS • Carolina Courage - CAR
New York Power - NYP • Philadelphia Charge - PHI • San Diego Spirit - SDS • Washington Freedom - WSH
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Atlanta Beat [1] NYP PHI BOS SDS PHI BAY CAR BOS WSH SDS CAR PHI WSH NYP BAY NYP CAR SDS BOS WSH BAY
0-0 0-0 0-1 1-1 0-2 0-1 0-2 1-1 2-1 3-2 1-1 1-1 3-2 0-3 1-1 2-1 3-2 3-1 0-1 1-2 4-0
Bay Area CyberRays [2] WSH BOS PHI CAR BOS ATL SDS NYP CAR PHI SDS NYP WSH BOS ATL WSH SDS CAR PHI NYP ATL
1-0 1-1 3-2 2-1 2-4 0-1 3-1 0-0 2-0 3-0 0-0 1-0 2-3 0-2 1-1 1-0 0-2 1-2 3-2 0-1 4-0
Boston Breakers [3] CAR BAY ATL WSH BAY PHI NYP ATL SDS WSH NYP SDS CAR BAY PHI CAR NYP WSH ATL SDS PHI
0-1 1-1 0-1 2-2 2-4 2-3 2-3 1-1 3-1 1-0 3-1 3-1 2-1 0-2 1-2 1-2 4-2 2-1 0-1 0-1 2-1
Carolina Courage [4] BOS WSH NYP BAY WSH SDS ATL NYP PHI BAY ATL WSH PHI BOS SDS BOS ATL BAY NYP PHI SDS
0-1 1-2 3-1 2-1 2-2 4-3 0-2 2-4 3-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0 1-2 3-2 1-2 0-1 5-1 2-2
New York Power [5] ATL SDS CAR PHI SDS WSH BOS CAR BAY PHI BOS SDS BAY ATL WSH ATL BOS PHI CAR BAY WSH
0-0 0-0 3-1 2-2 0-1 1-2 2-3 2-4 0-0 2-1 3-1 1-1 1-0 0-3 2-1 2-1 4-2 2-1 0-1 0-1 0-2
Philadelphia Charge [6] SDS ATL BAY NYP ATL BOS WSH WSH CAR NYP BAY ATL CAR SDS BOS WSH NYP BAY CAR SDS BOS
0-2 0-0 3-2 2-2 0-2 2-3 0-2 1-2 3-0 2-1 3-0 1-1 2-0 3-0 1-2 0-2 2-1 3-2 5-1 1-1 2-1
San Diego Spirit [7] PHI NYP WSH ATL NYP CAR BAY BOS ATL WSH BAY NYP BOS PHI CAR BAY ATL WSH BOS PHI CAR
0-2 0-0 2-0 1-1 0-1 4-3 0-1 3-1 3-2 2-3 0-0 1-1 3-1 3-0 2-0 0-2 3-1 2-2 0-1 1-1 2-2
Washington Freedom [8] BAY CAR SDS BOS CAR NYP PHI PHI ATL BOS SDS CAR WSH BAY NYP BAY PHI BOS SDS ATL NYP
1-0 1-2 2-0 2-2 2-2 1-2 0-2 1-2 2-1 1-0 2-3 2-0 3-2 2-3 2-1 1-0 0-2 2-1 2-2 1-2 0-2

StandingsEdit

Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in 2001 WUSA Playoffs.

Place Team GP W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Atlanta Beat 21 10 4 7 31 21 +10 37
2 Bay Area CyberRays 21 11 6 4 27 23 +4 37
3 New York Power 21 9 7 5 30 25 +5 32
4 Philadelphia Charge 21 9 8 4 35 28 +7 31
5 San Diego Spirit 21 7 7 7 29 28 +1 28
6 Boston Breakers 21 8 10 3 29 35 -6 27
7 Washington Freedom 21 6 12 3 26 35 -9 21
8 Carolina Courage 21 6 12 3 28 40 -12 21

PlayoffsEdit

Home teams listed second

Semi-Finals Founders Cup
      
3 New York Power 3
2 Bay Area CyberRays 3
2 Bay Area CyberRays 3 (4)
1 Atlanta Beat 3 (2)
4 Philadelphia Charge 2
1 Atlanta Beat 3

Semi-FinalsEdit

Founders CupEdit

AwardsEdit

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player   Tiffeny Milbrett New York Power
Offensive Player of the Year   Tiffeny Milbrett New York Power
Defensive Player of the Year   Doris Fitschen Philadelphia Charge
Goalkeeper of the Year   LaKeysia Beene Bay Area CyberRays
Coach of the Year   Ian Sawyers Bay Area CyberRays
Humanitarian Award   Kate Sobrero Boston Breakers
Team Community Service Award Washington Freedom
Team Fair Play Award New York Power

Source:[9]

Statistical leadersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ATL schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 17 December 2001. Retrieved 22 December 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "BAY schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2001. Retrieved 22 December 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "BOS schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2001. Retrieved 18 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "CAR schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2001. Retrieved 18 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "NYP schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 1 November 2001. Retrieved 18 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "PHI schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2001. Retrieved 18 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "SDS schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 5 August 2001. Retrieved 18 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "WSH schedule & results". WUSA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2001. Retrieved 18 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "Milbrett Tops List of WUSA Post-Season Honorees". United States Soccer Federation. August 23, 2001. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  10. ^ "2001 standings". WUSA. Archived from the original on 1 December 2001. Retrieved 17 December 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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