In the race for second place in the USL’s Eastern Conference, Louisville City FC took a huge leg up on the Riverhounds SC, beating North Carolina FC, 2-1 at Slugger Field on Tuesday.
With two games remaining, the Riverhounds now trail Louisville by four points.
The Hounds will play at Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday needing a win to have a chance to stay in contention for second place.
If the Hounds win on Wednesday, Louisville City would have to win on Saturday, at home against Indy Eleven. Indy Eleven didn’t play on Tuesday, but due to North Carolina FC’s loss, the Eleven punched its ticket to the playoffs.
The NY Red Bulls II and Nashville SC each moved up in the standings. NYRBII did so with a 3-1 win that pushed them into sixth place, while Nashville could only move up a point to slide forward into the seventh place slot, just ahead of Bethlehem Steel FC.
|FC Cincinnati||77||+38||34||Clinched 1st seed in Eastern Conf / USL|
|Louisville City FC||66||+34||34||Clinched 2nd seed in Eastern Conf|
|Riverhounds SC||59||+22||33||@NYRBII (10/14) - Clinched 3rd|
|Charleston Battery||56||+13||34||Clinched 4th seed in Eastern Conf|
|Indy Eleven||49||+3||34||Clinched playoff spot|
|NY Red Bulls||49||+11||33||@Pgh (10/14)|
|Nashville SC||49||+11||34||Clinched playoff spot|
|Bethlehem Steel FC||47||+14||33||TBR (10/14) - Clinches playoff with win/draw or loss by less than 5 goals|
|North Carolina||47||+10||34||Can clinch playoff spot if Beth Steel lose to TBR by 5 goals|
Louisville City FC 2, North Carolina FC 1
Nashville SC 2, Toronto FC II 2
NY Red Bulls II 3, Penn FC 1
Remaining games of note:
Wednesday, October 10
Riverhounds SC at Atlanta United 2, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 13
Charleston Battery at Ottawa – 2 p.m.
Indy Eleven at Louisville City FC – 7 p.m.
North Carolina FC at Charlotte – 7:30 p.m.
FC Cincinnati at Nashville – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 14
Tampa Bay Rowdies at Bethlehem Steel FC – 3 p.m.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at NY Red Bulls II – 5 p.m.