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

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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