In the team’s second year, future United States national team goalkeeper Tony Meola, Jim Rooney, future New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas, and future Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese helped the Rough Riders finish the season with a 20-2 record. Savarese would later be named the USISL regular season and playoff MVP.
The season started with a 2-1 loss against the Charleston Battery. The Rough Riders battled
back to beat the Myrtle Beach Boys 4-1 and Rhode Island Stingrays 1-0. In their home opener, the Rough Riders won a 5-0 game against the Albany Alleycats. From then on, the wins kept on coming as the team ended up closing their home schedule 11-0 for the season, including an exhibition game against the U.S. Olympic team where the Rough Riders had a 3-0 victory.
In the round of 16 game against the Monterey Bay Jaguars, the Rough Riders pulled a 2-1 victory. The Rough Riders won their quarterfinal match against the New Mexico Chiles 4-1, and headed into the finals after beating the Tampa Bay Cyclones 5-2 in the semis. In the final game against the Minnesota Thunder, things were looking to go into extra time as a minute remained and the score remained tied at 1-1. With 6 seconds left in regulation, Savarese scored the winning goal. Led by coach Alfonso Mondelo, the team won its first USISL Championship.