2018
R Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 FC Cincinnati 24 15 6 3 23 51
2 Real Monarchs 24 16 2 6 15 50
3 Orange County Blues FC 25 14 5 6 25 47
4 Phoenix Rising FC 24 13 5 6 17 44
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 23 12 8 3 17 44
6 Charleston Battery 25 11 10 4 10 43
6 Sacramento Republic FC 26 12 7 7 3 43
8 Louisville City FC 22 11 7 4 14 40
9 Portland Timbers Reserve 25 12 3 10 3 39
10 Reno 1868 FC 22 10 7 5 8 37
11 Bethlehem Steel 26 10 6 10 12 36
11 Indy Eleven 23 10 6 7 3 36
13 New York Red Bulls B 24 9 8 7 10 35
13 Nashville 22 9 8 5 7 35
13 St.Louis Lions 24 9 8 7 3 35
13 Ottawa Fury 25 10 5 10 -5 35
17 San Antonio 23 9 7 7 -1 34
18 Fresno FC 26 8 9 9 7 33
18 Swope Park Rangers 24 9 6 9 -8 33
20 OKC Energy FC 26 9 5 12 -6 32
21 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 26 9 4 13 4 31
22 North Carolina 23 8 6 9 4 30
23 Charlotte Independence 24 7 8 9 -7 29
24 Tampa Bay Rowdies 23 7 6 10 -2 27
25 Los Angeles Galaxy II 24 7 5 12 -3 26
25 Harrisburg Islanders 23 6 8 9 -4 26
25 Las Vegas Lights 24 7 5 12 -18 26
28 Richmond Kickers 24 6 3 15 -26 21
29 Rio Grande Valley 23 3 11 9 -7 20
30 Seattle Sounders B 21 5 2 14 -18 17
31 Atlanta United FC II 22 3 7 12 -24 16
31 Tulsa Roughneck 23 2 10 11 -26 16
33 Toronto FC II 21 1 3 17 -30 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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