Sacramento Republic FC and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC square off for the second time this season sitting in the middle of a battle for homefield advantage in the Western Conference. | Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Downing / Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
San Antonio FC could be the first team to clinch a place in the USL Championship Playoffs this weekend, depending on results elsewhere in the West, but before we get to that there’s a terrific slate of action on Wednesday night in which all four games figure to have an impact on the playoff chances for the eight clubs involved.
Birmingham Legion FC moved into the top four in the Eastern Conference with its victory against San Diego Loyal SC on Saturday night, and it would solidify that spot with a fifth consecutive victory to kick off a two-game week. Detroit City FC took victory when it hosted Legion FC earlier this season, though, and with a win would build a double-digit lead on FC Tulsa – the last remaining side that looks in with a chance on the outside of the playoff positions in the East – as well as regaining sixth place from Miami FC. Expect a tightly fought battle between two well-drilled sides.
Orange County SC must make up a seven-point gap to seventh-placed Las Vegas Lights FC with 10 games to go in its regular season. The defending title holders are coming off a big 2-1 win against Phoenix Rising FC last Friday night to stay in with a chance, but with a tough run of road games down the stretch including visits to Tampa Bay, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and San Antonio, this is basically a must-win for the hosts as Lights FC tries to complete a season sweep of the series.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC is still favorite to take third place in the Western Conference despite a recent five-game winless streak, but that could get flipped around if Sacramento Republic FC takes victory on home turf. Sitting five points back of the Switchbacks in fifth place, and holding a game in hand, Sacramento could make the battle for homefield advantage to start the playoffs and the overall seeding picture very interesting with three points here ahead of big weekend games for both clubs.
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