2:14 am - Friday March 24, 2017

Matchups Set For 2015 USL Playoffs‏

Regional rivalries highlight conference quarterfinals this weekend
The matchups for three of the four conference quarterfinals in the 2015 USL Playoffs were confirmed this weekend, with one contest yet to be determined ahead of Tuesday night’s contest between Orange County Blues FC and Sacramento Republic FC in the Western Conference.

The 2015 USL Playoffs will kick off on Friday, Sept. 25 as No. 3-seed Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC hosts No. 6-seed Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Sand Creek Stadium at 9 p.m. ET. S2 became the final team to clinch a playoff berth this past Thursday with a victory against the Austin Aztex, and went 1-0-1 against the Switchbacks this season, including a 1-1 draw in Colorado Springs earlier this season. The winner of the contest will advance to face OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET.

Action in the Eastern Conference kicks off on Saturday evening, as the No. 4-seed New York Red Bulls II host the No. 5-seed Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Red Bull Arena at 5 p.m. ET. Each team won on home turf in their two meetings this season, with the Red Bulls II taking a dramatic 3-2 win at RBA on Anthony Wallace’s stoppage-time goal on May 3. The winner of the contest will face the No. 1-seed Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The oldest continuously running rivalry in U.S. soccer resumes in the Eastern Conference’s second semifinal on Saturday night as the No. 3-seed Charleston Battery face the No. 6-seed Richmond Kickers at MUSC Health Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Battery claimed the regular-season series with a 2-0 win against the Kickers at City Stadium on Aug. 29, and will be looking for revenge after being eliminated by Richmond in last season’s playoffs. The winner of the contest will face No. 2-seed Louisville City FC at Slugger Field on Saturday, Oct.3 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The final matchup in the quarterfinals will be determined on Tuesday night, with the No. 5-seed LA Galaxy II set to face either Orange County or Sacramento. Should Sacramento win on Tuesday night, it would claim the No. 1-seed in the Western Conference, and Orange County would host LA on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. ET.

Should Orange County either draw or win, the Blues would claim the No. 1-seed in the West, and Los Dos would visit Sacramento on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 p.m. ET at Bonney Field.

HOW TO FOLLOW
Every game of the 2015 USL Playoffs can be seen live, free and in HD on YouTube (www.Youtube.com/USL), with updates from throughout the league also available via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

2015 USL Playoffs
Conference Quarterfinals
Eastern Conference
Saturday, September 26
No. 4 New York Red Bulls II vs. No. 5 Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 5 p.m. ET, Red Bull Arena
No. 3 Charleston Battery vs. No. 6 Richmond Kickers, 7:30 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium

Western Conference
Friday, September 25
No. 3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. No.6 Seattle Sounders FC 2, 9 p.m. ET, Sand Creek Stadium

Saturday, September 26
No. 4 Sacramento Republic FC vs. No. 5 LA Galaxy II, 10:30 p.m. ET, Bonney Field
OR
Sunday, September 27
No. 4 Orange County Blues FC vs. No. 5 LA Galaxy II, 10 p.m. ET, Anteater Stadium

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