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Rising FC, SD Loyal deliver epic extra time playoff clash | Best Games of 2023

By Staff, 12/30/23, 8:00AM EST


Seven-goal thriller included pair of penalty kicks, thrilling late winner in Western Conference Quarterfinal

As 2023 comes to a close, we’re going to take a look back at 10 of the best games of the campaign.

Anticipation was high as San Diego Loyal SC and Phoenix Rising FC prepared to wrap up the opened weekend of the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs at Torero Stadium. The Western Conference Quarterfinal between the sides delivered, and then some. A brilliant back-and-forth contest featured both sides holding the lead, a dramatic penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, and a remarkable late winner that capped a postseason classic.

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Best Games of the 2023 USL Championship Season
June 17 – Charleston Battery 4, Hartford Athletic 3
June 17 – Phoenix Rising FC 2, Louisville City FC 2
June 30 – FC Tulsa 3, Detroit City FC 2
August 23 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 4, Hartford Athletic 3
September 16 – San Antonio FC 3, Tampa Bay Rowdies 3
September 20 – San Diego Loyal SC 3, Monterey Bay F.C. 2
September 23 - Memphis 901 FC 4, Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
October 14 – San Antonio FC 3, Indy Eleven 3

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