First-year Birmingham Legion FC twice came from behind before upsetting North Carolina FC, 3-2, on a late winner from J.J. Williams
in the Eastern Conference play-in round. Zach
, who is on loan from the New England Revolution, scored to make it at 2-2 before assisting on the winner by Williams, who signed a Generation adidas contract out of Kentucky and is
on loan from the Columbus Crew.
Austin Bold FC scored in either half on goals by Ema Twumasi
and Sean McFarlane
to beat the LA Galaxy II, 2-0, in its playoff debut.
The Charleston Battery, the 2012 USL PRO champion, was one of two road teams to advance thanks to a shootout win at Ottawa after their match ended 1-1.
Sacramento Republic FC, the
2014 champion, overcame a goal by Devon Sandoval
after 13 seconds to beat expansion New Mexico United, 2-1. Thomas Enevoldsen
’s late goal decided the match that drew
almost 10,000 fans at Papa Murphy’s Park, the first since Sac Republic was awarded an MLS franchise for 2022.
The playoffs resume Saturday with eight games in the conference
quarterfinals. Saturday, October 26 Eastern Conference
-- Louisville City-Tampa Bay 7 pm.
-- Indy Eleven vs. NY Red Bulls II 7 pm.
-- Pittsburgh vs. Birmingham 7 pm.
-- Nashville SC vs. Charleston 8 pm. Western Conference
-- Real Monarchs vs. Orange County SC 3 pm.
-- Reno 1868 vs. Sac Republic FC 8:30 pm.
-- Fresno FC vs. El Paso
-- Phoenix vs. Austin, 10:30 pm. Note:
All times ET.