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Rising FC best Battery in historic USL Championship Final | Best Games of 2023

By Staff, 12/31/23, 8:00AM EST


First Championship title decided by penalty shootout in more than a decade capped thrilling 120 minutes of action

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

At the end of the 2022 season, no-one might have envisioned that the Charleston Battery and Phoenix Rising FC – both on the outside of the playoff picture – would be squaring off for a league title 12 months later. After remarkable regular season and postseason runs, however, the sides played out an enthralling contest that became the first USL Championship Final to be decided by a penalty shootout in more than a decade.

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
October 22 – Phoenix Rising FC 4, San Diego Loyal SC 3 AET

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