NorCal rivals Sacramento Republic FC and Oakland Roots SC will square off in a key game for both teams in the race for position in the Western Conference on Saturday night. | Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC
Welcome to the latest edition of the USL Championship Race to the Playoffs, in which we provide weekly information on where each team stands in their bid to reach the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs in October.
While Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is off this weekend, both the Hounds and Tampa Bay Rowdies have a path to clinch their playoff spots this weekend, and there’s plenty more to keep an eye on in both conferences after important results on Wednesday night.
Here are three games to keep an eye on, and where everyone stands.
Indy Eleven has put together a five-game undefeated streak – winning four times in that span – to put itself in prime position for the club’s first playoff berth since 2019. This weekend brings another pivotal contest in that quest with 10th-placed Miami FC coming in only a point out of the playoff places. The visitors need to earn victory in this six-pointer, while Indy could start to think about a top-four finish if its run of form fueled by Aodhan Quinn, Solomon Asante and Sebastian Guenzatti continues.
Both El Paso Locomotive FC and Monterey Bay F.C. ended lengthy winless streaks last weekend, setting up a contest that will prove pivotal, especially for Monterey Bay. The visitors have played one more game than eighth-placed Locomotive FC and have a four-point gap to make up. That means victory is essential for Head Coach Frank Yallop’s squad to give its pursuit of a first postseason berth a realistic chance.
Sacramento Republic FC dropped out of first place in the Western Conference after falling to Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday night and now needs to bounce back against NorCal rival Oakland Roots SC as it battles San Antonio FC for homefield advantage in the postseason. Roots SC also needs a win, though, as it looks to earn a first home playoff game in the USL Championship, which should make this the most compelling game of the weekend.
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