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

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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