Las Vegas’ win over Monterey Bay F.C. on Tuesday night keeps things confusing and muddy around the Western Conference’s playoff line. This is a huge match for both teams. A New Mexico win brings into play a scenario where New Mexico could actually clinch a playoff berth as early as this weekend if results in three other games go their way. A Las Vegas win would see Lights FC vault above the playoff line for at least Friday night, but it still needs other teams to drop points to have a chance.
Both of these teams have their postseason tickets punched, but the stakes remain enormous for Memphis. Ben Pirmann’s side will be without three suspended players – Laurent Kissiedou, Rece Buckmaster, and Phillip Goodrum – in the aftermath of last weekend’s clash with Louisville City. Can Memphis win and maintain control of its own destiny for the top seed in the Eastern Conference? It won’t be easy.
Speaking of games that won’t be easy… Louisville lost last weekend and, in the process, lost control of the race for the No. 1 seed in the east. If it hoped for an easy bounce back game, the schedule did not cooperate. LouCity travels to Rio Grande Valley, a team that has four straight games, with Corben Bone and Tyler Gibson both unavailable through suspension. RGV FC midfielder Christian Pinzon is the reigning USL Championship Player of the Week and has scored seven goals in 10 appearances since joining the club. There’s a lot on the line for RGV in this match as well. Depending on the Las Vegas vs. New Mexico result on Friday night, the Toros may find themselves below the playoff line at kickoff.
Oakland finds itself below the playoff line and in a three-way tie on points with Monterey Bay and Las Vegas. For all three of those clubs, the margin of error is getting dangerously small. None of them control their own destiny. They need to win out and get some help. Can Oakland win its home finale and strengthen its position?
Like Oakland, Monterey Bay F.C. doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room left after Tuesday’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Las Vegas. This match was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday because of travel difficulties the Rowdies faced as a result of Hurricane Ian. How prepared for this game will the Rowdies be? Can they gut out a result and snap a four-game road losing streak?
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