R Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 9 6 1 15 33
2 Phoenix Rising FC 16 9 5 2 26 32
3 Indy Eleven 14 9 3 2 12 30
4 Nashville 16 8 5 3 14 29
5 New York Red Bulls B 16 9 2 5 8 29
6 North Carolina 15 7 6 2 13 27
7 Portland Timbers Reserve 15 7 6 2 10 27
8 El Paso Locomotive FC 15 7 5 3 8 26
9 New Mexico United 17 6 8 3 5 26
10 Fresno FC 15 6 7 2 9 25
11 Louisville City FC 16 7 4 5 4 25
12 Ottawa Fury 14 6 6 2 8 24
13 Sacramento Republic FC 14 7 2 5 7 23
14 Reno 1868 FC 15 6 5 4 6 23
15 Austin Bold 16 6 5 5 0 23
16 Charleston Battery 15 5 7 3 2 22
17 Las Vegas Lights 16 6 4 6 1 22
18 OKC Energy FC 17 5 7 5 -3 22
19 Saint Louis FC 15 5 5 5 0 20
20 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 13 4 7 2 8 19
21 Rio Grande Valley 16 5 4 7 0 19
22 Orange County Blues FC 16 4 7 5 -2 19
23 Los Angeles Galaxy II 17 4 7 6 -11 19
24 Real Monarchs 14 5 3 6 0 18
25 Tulsa Roughneck 16 4 5 7 -10 17
26 San Antonio 16 4 4 8 -5 16
27 Bethlehem Steel 16 4 4 8 -10 16
28 Birmingham Legion 16 4 4 8 -11 16
29 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 16 4 2 10 -11 14
30 Charlotte Independence 16 2 7 7 -9 13
31 Atlanta United FC II 15 3 4 8 -14 13
32 Loudoun United 12 3 3 6 -3 12
33 Memphis 901 14 2 5 7 -8 11
34 Hartford Athletic 16 2 4 10 -18 10
35 Tacoma Defiance 17 2 4 11 -30 10
36 Swope Park Rangers 15 1 6 8 -14 9
37 Kaw Valley 2 2 0 0 3 6

USL First Division

Unlike most other nations, there is no system of merit-based promotion and relegation in the American and Canadian pyramids, meaning that the champions of USL-1 could not move up to Major League Soccer and, similarly, the worst teams in MLS were not in danger of being demoted to USL-1. However, some USL-1 teams had in the past chosen to take voluntary relegation to a lower level of the USL system, often to reduce operating costs, while teams had also decided to move up to USL-1 after finding success at the lower levels. The top seven teams advanced to the playoff tournament, with the Commissioner’s Cup winner (regular season champion) receiving a bye into the semi-finals. Each round consisted of two legs, the lower seeded team hosting the first leg, and the higher seed hosting the second. Prior to 2009, the final was played as a single leg at the higher seeds stadium. After the first legs were completed, the lowest remaining seed played the Commissioners Cup winner, and the higher seeds played each other. The highest remaining seed hosted the penultimate game of the Finals. The playoffs started the week after the completion of the regular season, and typically ended in mid-October.
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