USL First Division
2021
R Team P W D L Pts
1 Phoenix Rising FC 24 16 5 3 53
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 24 17 1 6 52
3 El Paso Locomotive FC 23 13 8 2 47
4 Louisville City FC 24 14 5 5 47
5 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 26 14 5 7 47
6 Birmingham Legion 25 13 5 7 44
7 Miami FC 25 12 6 7 42
8 San Antonio 24 11 7 6 40
9 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 25 11 7 7 40
10 Charlotte Independence 24 12 4 8 40
11 Tulsa Roughneck 24 12 2 10 38
12 San Diego loyalty 25 11 4 10 37
13 Austin Bold 24 9 9 6 36
14 Orange County Blues FC 24 9 7 8 34
15 New Mexico United 23 8 7 8 31
16 Memphis 901 23 8 7 8 31
17 Rio Grande Valley 24 8 7 9 31
18 OKC Energy FC 25 7 10 8 31
19 Charleston Battery 23 8 6 9 30
20 Tacoma Defiance 23 8 6 9 30
21 Hartford Athletic 23 9 3 11 30
22 Oakland Roots 24 8 6 10 30
23 Sacramento Republic FC 24 7 8 9 29
24 Atlanta United FC II 26 7 8 11 29
25 Indy Eleven 25 8 5 12 29
26 Los Angeles Galaxy II 23 7 5 11 26
27 Sporting Kansas City(R) 25 4 7 14 19
28 New York Red Bulls B 25 5 4 16 19
29 Las Vegas Lights 25 5 2 18 17
30 Real Monarchs 24 4 4 16 16
31 Loudoun United 22 3 2 17 11

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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