Western Conference Semifinals
Friday, October 26
No. 3 Phoenix Rising vs. No. 7 Swope Park Rangers, 10:30 p.m. ET
2018 series: 4/21: Tie 2-2, 5/26: Swope Park Rangers 1-0.
Player to watch: Didier Drogba, who will be retiring after this season at the age of 40, scored the game-winner for the Rising in the quarterfinals with a 35-yard free kick, giving him 15 goals and four assists in 23 USL appearances over two seasons. He scored three times against the Rangers last season, including in the playoffs when the Rising lost in a shootout.
Trivia: Hadji Barry leads the Rangers with 18 goals in 34 games -- including goals in 10 of their last 11 matches -- and leads the USL with eight game-winning goals.
Saturday, October 27
No. 1 Orange County SC vs. No. 5 Reno 1868, 10 p.m. ET
2018 series: 6/16: Tie 2-2, 10/13: Reno 1868 3-1.
Player to watch: Former D.C. United academy star Michael Seaton scored just the fourth hat trick in USL playoff history to lead OCSC past Saint Louis SC in the quarterfinals.
Trivia: OCSC, the oldest USL team in California, is back in the conference semifinals for the third time in the last four years.