Milwaukee Rampage Sporting Chance Non Profit

The 1997 Season
Coach Bob Gansler

  1. 14-14
  2. 20 Points 6 Goals 8 Assists
    Leading Scorer - Jon Szczepanski
  3. 6
    Most Goals - Jon Szczepanski
  4. 8
    Most Assists - Jon Szczepanski
  5. 14-14 1.24 GAA 6 Shutouts
    Top Goalkeeper - Carmine Isacco
The 1997 team featured several newcomers like former D.C. United midfielder and Milwaukee native Mike Huwiler, former UW-Milwaukee standout forward David Marshall, former Columbus Xoggz speedster Nick Igel and former Wake Forest University midfielder Josh Timbers.  The season also marked the beginning of a cooperative effort by both the Rampage and indoor Wave to share players.  Defender David Moxom became the first player to play with both teams, and midfielder Steve Morris joined the team late in the season...The Rampage opened the season losing 8 of its first 11 games, but then rebounded and won 10 of its next 13 games...August 31 - The Rampage defeated the Colorado Foxes 2-1 in overtime, to earn the last spot in the playoffs on the final day of the season.  Milwaukee then stunned Nashville and New Orleans with improbable series sweeps, and then outlasted the Vancouver 86ers two games to one in the best-of-three conference final to advance to the championship game.  The title game sold out in five days, and on September 27, an atmospheric crowd of 6,381 packed Uihlein Soccer Park to watch the Rampage defeat the Carolina Dynamo 2-1 in a shootout to end its "Cinderella Season."  The championship gave Milwaukee its first pro sports title since the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks...The 1997 season also marked the team's first ever exhibition game against an MLS team, as the Columbus Crew visited Uihlein Soccer Park on July 6...The seating capacity increased to 7,500 at Uihlein Soccer Park during the season, as more bleacher seating was added behind the south goal and on the east side of the field...May 9 - the team's Home Opener against the Minnesota Thunder was rained out, as flood-like conditions cause delays throughout the City of Milwaukee.