With one week and five matches remaining in the regular season, the pressure is rising with seven clubs remaining in contention for the 2022 USL League One Playoffs presented by Hisense. Detailed below are some high-stakes matches to keep an eye on along with current standings with playoff-clinching details.
The 10th all-time meeting between the Richmond Kickers (14-7-8, 1st) and Greenville Triumph SC (12-8-9, 2nd) will pit the top two teams against each other in a thrilling regular season final with heavy postseason implications. While first place is already locked up for Richmond, a win for Greenville would confirm the two seed, a first-round bye and hosting rights for the Semifinals. Should Richmond complete the season sweep and defeat Greenville to even up the all-time series at 5-5-0, the door would be open for Chattanooga, Omaha or South Georgia to potentially claim the coveted first-round bye.
A battle of teams with a chance at the two seed and a first-round bye, South Georgia Tormenta FC (11-9-9, 6th) is set to host Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (12-10-7, 3rd) for the second-ever match at Optim Sports Medicine Field at Tormenta Stadium. The all-time series favors Chattanooga with its 4-3-2 record, but both teams have claimed a 2-1 victory over its opponent earlier this season. Both Chattanooga and South Georgia must win in order to have a shot at the two seed, but of the pair, only South Georgia still has a chance at postseason elimination should the Ibises lose on Saturday and Charlotte take down NCFC.