The Mariners

The Virgina Beach Mariners was a professional soccer club based in Virginia Beach, Virginia in the United States. The Mariners played in the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1). The club was founded in 1994 and dissolved in 2007.

During their initial year, this soccer club was known as the Hampton Roads Hurricanes but they soon changed their name to Hampton Roads Mariners. For the 2003 season, the name was changed again, this time from Hampton Roads Mariners to the more widely recognizable Virginia Beach Mariners.

From 1999 to the dissolving of the team, the Mariners had the Virginia Beach Sportplex as their home arena.

Results

Year

League

Reg. Season

Playoffs

Open Cup

1994

USISL

5th, Atlantic

Divisional Semifinals

Did not enter

1995

USISL Pro League

5th, Atlantic

Divisional Semifinals

Did not qualify

1996

USISL Select League

3rd, South Atlantic

Select Six

Did not qualify

1997

On hiatus

1998

USISL A-League

3rd, Atlantic

Conference Quarterfinals

3rd Round

1999

USL A-League

6th, Atlantic

Did not qualify

Did not qualify

2000

USL A-League

4th, Atlantic

Conference Quarterfinals

3rd Round

2001

On hiatus

2002

USL A-League

5th, Southeast

Did not qualify

3rd Round

2003

USL A-League

2nd, Southeast

Division Finals

4th Round

2004

USL A-League

6th, Eastern

Did not qualify

3rd Round

2005

USL First Division

11th

Did not qualify

2nd Round

2006

USL First Division

9th

Did not qualify

3rd Round

 

Examples of famous players who have been Mariners

Tier

The Mariners played in the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1), which the second tier of U.S. soccer. The USL-1 is just one step below Major League Soccer which is the first tier of U.S. soccer. Unlike many other second-tier soccer clubs, the Mariners did not have a first-tier parent club to support them and help them out financially.