R Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 32 23 2 7 0 71
2 Phoenix Rising FC 32 20 7 5 0 67
3 El Paso Locomotive FC 32 18 10 4 0 64
4 Louisville City FC 32 18 7 7 0 61
5 Birmingham Legion 32 18 6 8 0 60
6 Charlotte Independence 32 18 5 9 0 59
7 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 32 17 7 8 0 58
8 Miami FC 32 16 6 10 0 54
9 Orange County Blues FC 32 15 7 10 0 52
10 San Antonio 32 14 10 8 0 52
11 Memphis 901 32 14 8 10 0 50
12 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 32 13 10 9 0 49
13 San Diego loyalty 32 14 6 12 0 48
14 Tulsa Roughneck 32 14 5 13 0 47
15 Rio Grande Valley 32 13 8 11 0 47
16 New Mexico United 32 12 10 10 0 46
17 Austin Bold 32 10 12 10 0 42
18 Hartford Athletic 32 12 5 15 0 41
19 Oakland Roots 32 11 8 13 0 41
20 Los Angeles Galaxy II 32 11 6 15 0 39
21 Tacoma Defiance 32 10 9 13 0 39
22 Charleston Battery 32 10 7 15 0 37
23 OKC Energy FC 32 8 13 11 0 37
24 Sacramento Republic FC 32 8 12 12 0 36
25 Indy Eleven 32 9 8 15 0 35
26 Atlanta United FC II 32 7 10 15 0 31
27 New York Red Bulls B 32 7 7 18 0 28
28 Sporting Kansas City(R) 32 5 8 19 0 23
29 Real Monarchs 32 5 7 20 0 22
30 Las Vegas Lights 32 6 3 23 0 21
31 Loudoun United 32 4 3 25 0 15

USL Championship

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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