R Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 19 11 7 1 18 40
2 Phoenix Rising FC 18 11 5 2 29 38
3 New York Red Bulls B 20 11 4 5 16 37
4 Reno 1868 FC 19 10 5 4 14 35
5 North Carolina 19 9 7 3 16 34
6 Fresno FC 18 9 7 2 14 34
6 Indy Eleven 17 10 4 3 14 34
8 Nashville 19 9 5 5 14 32
9 Louisville City FC 19 8 6 5 5 30
10 Ottawa Fury 18 7 8 3 8 29
11 Austin Bold 19 8 5 6 3 29
12 Portland Timbers Reserve 19 7 7 5 6 28
13 El Paso Locomotive FC 19 7 7 5 3 28
14 Real Monarchs 17 8 3 6 8 27
15 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 17 6 8 3 11 26
16 Sacramento Republic FC 17 8 2 7 5 26
17 New Mexico United 19 6 8 5 3 26
18 OKC Energy FC 20 6 8 6 -3 26
19 Charleston Battery 17 5 8 4 1 23
20 San Antonio 19 6 5 8 0 23
20 Las Vegas Lights 18 6 5 7 0 23
22 Charlotte Independence 20 5 8 7 -6 23
23 Los Angeles Galaxy II 19 5 8 6 -10 23
24 Orange County Blues FC 19 5 7 7 -3 22
25 Saint Louis FC 18 5 6 7 -2 21
26 Rio Grande Valley 19 5 5 9 -5 20
27 Bethlehem Steel 19 5 4 10 -9 19
28 Birmingham Legion 19 5 4 10 -16 19
29 Tulsa Roughneck 19 4 6 9 -13 18
30 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 19 5 2 12 -16 17
31 Loudoun United 15 4 4 7 -5 16
32 Swope Park Rangers 18 3 6 9 -14 15
33 Memphis 901 17 3 5 9 -8 14
34 Atlanta United FC II 17 3 4 10 -22 13
35 Hartford Athletic 20 3 4 13 -24 13
36 Tacoma Defiance 19 2 5 12 -35 11
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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