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2016 USL CUP PLAYOFFS FIELD SET

By Admin, 09/25/17, 4:45PM EDT

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TAMPA, Fla. – The field for the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs was completed on Sunday afternoon with 16 teams set to kick off the postseason next weekend in the Eastern and Western Conference Quarterfinals. The New York Red Bulls II and Sacramento Republic FC enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seeds in the East and West, respectively, while Orlando City B and Orange County Blues FC claimed the final available berths in either conference on a dramatic final weekend of regular-season action.

The 2016 USL Cup will air live on ESPNU on Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Every other game of the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs will be available on the league’s Match Center, with updates from across the league also available via TwitterFacebookVine and Instagram.

The Western Conference saw numerous twists and turns on Saturday night as the field was set, and the Swope Park Rangers joined Sacramento, Rio Grande Valley FC and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in earning the right to host a conference quarterfinal. The No. 4-seed Rangers will host the No. 5-seed LA Galaxy II in the opening game of this season’s playoffs on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET, while the No. 3-seed Switchbacks will also open the playoffs on Friday night at home to No. 6-seed Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

The defending USL champion Rochester Rhinos will kick off a tripleheader of action on Saturday night in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals as the No. 4-seed Rhinos welcome the No. 5-seed Charlotte Independence to Rhinos Stadium for a 6:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

Action then switches to the Western Conference as No. 2-seed Rio Grande Valley FC hosts No. 7-seed OKC Energy FC for a regional rivalry clash at 8:30 p.m. ET in its first postseason contest. The night concludes as No. 1-seed Sacramento Republic FC hosts No. 8-seed Orange County Blues FC at Bonney Field at 10:30 p.m. ET after the Blues jumped past the Portland Timbers 2 on goal differential to clinch the final playoff berth in the West on Saturday.

The focus switches back to the Eastern Conference on Sunday, as the No. 1-seed New York Red Bulls II play host to No. 8-seed Orlando City B at 4 p.m. ET, and No. 3-seed FC Cincinnati welcomes the No. 6-seed Charleston Battery to what is expected to be a raucous Nippert Stadium. The weekend’s action concludes that night as No. 2-seed Louisville City FC hosts No. 7-seed the Richmond Kickers at Louisville Slugger Field at 7 p.m. ET.

The 2016 USL Cup Playoffs will continue with the conference semifinals over the weekend of Oct. 7-9, with the conference finals set to be played on the weekend of Oct. 14-16.

 

2016 USL CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, Oct. 1
No. 4 Rochester Rhinos vs. No. 5 Charlotte Independence, 6:05 p.m. ET

 

Sunday, Oct. 2
No. 1 New York Red Bulls II vs. No. 8 Orlando City B, 4 p.m. ET
No. 3 FC Cincinnati vs. No. 6 Charleston Battery, 4 p.m. ET
No. 2 Louisville City FC vs. No. 7 Richmond Kickers, 7 p.m. ET

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
Friday, Sept. 30
No. 4 Swope Park Rangers vs. No. 5 LA Galaxy II, 8:30 p.m. ET
No. 3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. No. 6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, 9 p.m. ET

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

No. 2 Rio Grande Valley FC vs. No. 7 OKC Energy FC, 8:30 p.m. ET
No. 1 Sacramento Republic FC vs. No. 8 Orange County Blues FC, 10:30 p.m. ET.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
To be played Oct. 7-9 at higher seed
New York/Orlando winner vs. Rochester/Charlotte winner
Louisville/Richmond winner vs. Cincinnati/Charleston winner

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

To be played Oct. 7-9 at higher seed

Sacramento/Orange County winner vs. Swope Park/Los Angeles winner

Rio Grande Valley/OKC winner vs. Colorado Springs/Vancouver winner

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

To be played Oct. 14-16 at higher seed
Conference semifinal winners

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

To be played Oct. 14-16 at higher seed
Conference semifinal winners

2016 USL CUP
Sunday, Oct. 23
Eastern Conference champion vs. Western Conference champion, 8 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

USL
The United Soccer League, the longest-standing professional affiliate member of U.S. Soccer, is the largest professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and the world with 29 teams in 19 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. The USL has more than doubled in size since 2014 and built a stable, highly competitive professional soccer league on a national footprint with strong ownership groups in major markets positioned for long-term success. The 2016 season marks the introduction of six teams - Bethlehem Steel FC, FC Cincinnati, Orlando City B, Rio Grande Valley FC, San Antonio FC and Swope Park Rangers. The USL’s teams are divided into two conferences - Eastern and Western - with each team playing 30 regular season games. In addition to league play, USL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. The USL is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league below Major League Soccer (MLS). Every game of the 2016 USL season will be available on the league’s Match Center and can be seen live, free and in HD on YouTube (www.Youtube.com/USL), with updates from across the league also available via TwitterFacebook, Vine and Instagram.

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