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HERSHEY WILDCATS were a professional soccer team, based in Hershey , Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
, USA , that played in the USL A-League between 1997 and 2001. The team was owned by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company . The team played in Hersheypark Stadium , located at Hersheypark , and received its name from the Wild Cat roller coaster. In the Wildcats' 5-year history, the average attendance was 3,189 per game.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Year-by-year * 3 See also * 4 References

HISTORY

The Wildcats were moderately successful in their short existence, with Bob Lilley coaching the team for its entire five-year run, leading the Wildcats to the playoffs in each season. In 2001, Hershey reached the A-League finals but were defeated 2–0 by the Rochester Raging Rhinos .

Less than a week after the championship match, in October 2001, Hershey Entertainment announced that the Wildcats were folding. Weak attendance, including a crowd of only 750 for the 2001 playoff semifinal, was a factor in the decision to fold the team. With the league unable to find a new owner for the club, the players became free agents.

Notable players that played for the Wildcats and then went on to play in Major League Soccer
Soccer
include Jon Busch and Christof Lindenmayer .

YEAR-BY-YEAR

YEAR DIVISION LEAGUE REG. SEASON PLAYOFFS OPEN CUP AVG. ATTENDANCE

1997 2 USISL A-League 1st, Atlantic Division Semifinals Round of 16 3,138

1998 2 USISL A-League 2nd, Atlantic Conference Semifinals 2nd Round 3,794

1999 2 USL A-League 1st, Atlantic Conference Semifinals Did not qualify 3,978

2000 2 USL A-League 3rd, Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals Did not qualify 2,214

2001 2 USL A-League 1st, Northern Final 3rd Round 2,911

SEE ALSO

* D.C. United

REFERENCES

* ^ A B "Impact hire Lilley as head coach". CBC Sports . 2002-01-23. Retrieved 2009-06-23. * ^ A B Jeff DiVeronica (2001-10-20). " Hershey Wildcats
Hershey Wildcats
folding". Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle
. Retrieved 2009-06-23. * ^ "Hershey Wildcats' folding takes many by surprise". York Daily Record . 2001-11-01. access-date= requires url

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