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Championship In Raleigh Kicks Off With Rematch of 1998 Final In
RALEIGH, N.C. (Thursday, August 10, 2000) -- The 2000 W-1 National Championship returns to WRAL Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend. Friday’s first semi-final match has the #1-seed Chicago Cobras taking on the #4-seed Toronto Inferno at 6:00 p.m., while the host and #2-seed Raleigh Wings face the #3-seed Boston Renegades at 8 p.m.
The Third Place game begins at 1:30 pm. Sunday, Aug. 13, while the W-1 National Championship final kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
The Wings played host to the 1999 W-1 National Championship and drew 2,110 fans to the final game.
Semi-final #1: Toronto Inferno (8-5-1) vs. Chicago Cobras (14-0) 6:00 p.m.
The Cobras have the only perfect record in the W-League – for the second consecutive season. Chicago has extended its regular season winning streak to 32 games, not suffering a loss since June 28, 1998. It took six games before Chicago even allowed a goal in 2000, allowing only two all season. Although Chicago has been the regular season champion three times, the postseason is a different story. The Cobras are a .500 team in the playoffs and have lost in the championship match twice. Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Raleigh in the 1999 title game, only to see the Wings tie the game and win in a shootout. The Inferno is the W-1’s worst-to-first story. Toronto finished 1999 3-11 and 51 points behind conference-winner Chicago. The Inferno defeated Rochester, 4-0, on the last weekend to win the conference with an 8-5-1 record.Semi-final #2: Boston Renegades (11-2-1) vs. Raleigh Wings (12-0-2) 8:00 p.m.
The second semi-final is a rematch of the 1998 W-1 National Championship game where the first-year Wings capped off a perfect 14-0 season by defeating the host Renegades, 4-3. Raleigh became the first team to clinch a conference title, its third straight, in 2000. Boston returns to the finals after missing last year’s playoffs despite a conference-high 11 wins. This year Boston made sure they controlled their own destiny. With two games remaining in the season and trailing Long Island by five points, the Renegades defeated the Lady Riders and Hampton Roads to clinch a spot in the national championships.© U.S.I.S.L., Inc., USL and USL team identifications used on or in connection with this site are trademarks, copyrighted designs and other forms of intellectual property of U.S.I.S.L., Inc. and may not be used, in whole or part, without the prior written consent of U.S.I.S.L., Inc. All rights reserved.
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