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The 2002 Season
Coach Boro Sucevic 

  1. 26-9-7
  2. 28 Points 11 Goals 6 Assists
    Leading Scorer - John Wolyniec
  3. 11
    Most Goals - John Wolyniec
  4. 8
    Most Assists - Digital Takawira
  5. 15-7-4 1.60 GAA
    Top Goalkeeper - Dan Popik
The Milwaukee Rampage completed their ninth season of professional soccer on September 28, 2002, when they defeated the Richmond Kickers, 2-1, in the A-League National Championship game at the Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin, WI.  An enthused crowd of 6,189 witnessed the team win its second national title in the past five years. Thousands of fans streamed onto the field seconds after Sinisa Angelovski scored the game-winning goal one minute into the second overtime period.  Fans from around the world watched the game on a worldwide television broadcast shown on Fox Sports World, Fox Sports World Canada, Fox Sports World Espanol and other affiliate networks.  After failing to reach the playoffs for the first time in the team's history in 1999, two-time A-League Coach of the Year candidate Boro Sucevic led the Rampage to their third consecutive "Final Four" appearance in 2002.  the winning tradition continued as the Rampage won at least 20 games for the third straight season.  The Rampage advanced all the way to the A-League's "Final Four" en route to an impressive 21-8-7 record.  Milwaukee continued its dominance at home by putting up a solid 14-3-3 record at the Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin...The team's national award-winning "Reading with the Rampage" literacy program expanded to reach more than 2,500 children in the Milwaukee area...The team's preeminent summer camp, clinics and volunteer programs served more than 13,500 children throughout Wisconsin during the summer months, a new record!  The programs were the most successful and best attended in the state...May 20, 2002 -The Rampage fought back from a two-goal deficit in the second half to tie FC Nurnberg of the German Bundesliga, 3-3.  John Wolyniec scored a pair of goals, then Digital Takawira struck from the penalty spot in the 86th minute to cap the scoring.  The Bundesliga has long been considered one of the top leagues in the world...May 23, 2002 - A then franchise-record crowd of 6,487 packed the Rampage Sports Complex for the team's First Annual "School Day Game".  Thousands of Milwaukee area students took part in the educational field trip to Franklin...June 17, 2002 - Yugoslavian newcomers Ranko Golinjanin and Sinisa Angelovski each scored to lift the Rampage to a 2-0 victory over the Dallas Burn, their first win in history against an opponent from the Division I Major League Soccer.  Jeff Richey earned the shutout, making seven saves and shutting down MLS All-Star Ronald Cerritos...July 17, 2002 - The Rampage upset the two-time champion Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with a 1-0 victory on the strength of Ranko Golinjanin's second-half goal in front of 5,323 fans at the MRSC...August 2, 2002 - During a 1-1 draw against the Indiana Blast, the Rampage saw several record-setting streaks come to an end.  The goal by Indiana, scored in the 56th minute, stopped a stretch of 784 minutes since Milwaukee was last scored on at the MRSC that included two Open Cup wins and an exhibition victory against the Dallas Burn of MLS.  In A-League action, the team had blanked opponents for 503 minutes since a 1-1 draw at Minnesota on July 13, while goalkeeper Dan Popik had a personal shutout string of 475 minutes snapped...August 10, 2002 - The league-leading Seattle Sounders scored twice early to knock off the Rampage in Seattle.  The loss of Milwaukee was just its second in nearly three months.  Since an exhibition loss to German Bundesliga powerhouse 1860 Munich on May 12, the Rampage lost one game in their next 24 outings, including matchups against two Major League Soccer opponents.  Milwaukee built league unbeaten streaks of nine games and eight games around a June 29 loss to El Paso to solidify their hold on first place in the Central Division...August 24, 2002 - Having become the A-League team to advance the furthest in the U.S. Open Cup in 2002, the Rampage moved to the Quarterfinals of the tournament against former coach Bob Gansler and the Kansas City Wizards.  Prior to the match, the Rampage honored Gansler by making him the inaugural inductee into the club's Hall of Fame.  A franchise-record crowd of 6,576 fans cheered on the Rampage, who saw their Cinderella run ended by the Wizards, 2-0...August 31, 2002 - After experiencing terrible travel difficulties on their return trip to Milwaukee following a 1-0 loss in Minnesota, the Rampage returned to the Brew City only three hours before they were scheduled to kick off against the A-League's Regular Season Champion Seattle Sounders.  Throw in the loss of leading scorer Digital Takawira to a broken ankle against the Thunder and a 51st minute ejection of midfielder Miguel Saavedra and the division title that once seemed a certainty was now almost considered a far-fetched dream.  But the Rampage persevered and knocked off the Sounders behind two John Wolyniec penalty kicks to set off a wild celebration and claim their first division title since 1996...September 17, 2002 - Having already been named to the A-League's All-League First Team, Rampage defender Destin Makumbu was honored as the inaugural winner of the A-League Young Defender of the Year award.  Given to the player age 23 and under at the start of the season, Makumbu's dominating performance in the back helped Milwaukee tie for fourth in the A-League in goals allowed in 2002...September 28, 2002 - The Rampage defeats the Richmond Kickers 2-1 in overtime, and become the 2002 A-League Champions!