R Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Phoenix Rising FC 33 23 6 4 0 75
2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 34 19 11 4 0 68
3 Nashville 34 20 7 7 0 67
4 Indy Eleven 34 19 6 9 0 63
5 Reno 1868 FC 34 18 6 10 0 60
6 Louisville City FC 34 17 9 8 0 60
7 Tampa Bay Rowdies 34 16 10 8 0 58
8 New York Red Bulls B 35 17 6 12 0 57
9 Fresno FC 34 16 9 9 0 57
10 North Carolina 34 16 8 10 0 56
11 Real Monarchs 34 16 8 10 0 56
12 Orange County Blues FC 34 15 9 10 0 54
13 Ottawa Fury 34 14 10 10 0 52
14 El Paso Locomotive FC 34 13 11 10 0 50
15 Sacramento Republic FC 34 14 6 14 0 48
16 Austin Bold 34 13 9 12 0 48
17 Los Angeles Galaxy II 33 12 12 9 0 48
18 New Mexico United 34 11 13 10 0 46
19 Charleston Battery 34 11 13 10 0 46
20 Birmingham Legion 35 13 7 15 0 46
21 San Antonio 34 12 9 13 0 45
22 Saint Louis FC 34 11 9 14 0 42
23 Rio Grande Valley 34 11 8 15 0 41
24 Las Vegas Lights 34 11 8 15 0 41
25 Loudoun United 34 11 6 17 0 39
26 Portland Timbers Reserve 34 10 8 16 0 38
27 Charlotte Independence 34 9 11 14 0 38
28 OKC Energy FC 34 9 11 14 0 38
29 Atlanta United FC II 34 9 8 17 0 35
30 Memphis 901 34 9 7 18 0 34
31 Tulsa Roughneck 34 8 10 16 0 34
32 Bethlehem Steel 34 8 7 19 0 31
33 Tacoma Defiance 34 8 7 19 0 31
34 Hartford Athletic 34 8 5 21 0 29
35 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 34 7 6 21 0 27
36 Swope Park Rangers 34 6 8 20 0 26

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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