USL Championship: Phoenix Rising returns to playoffs

The Phoenix Rising, the 2019 Supporters' Shield winner as the USL Championship regular-season champion, clinched a playoff berth with a 1-0 win over Orange County SC.

Rufat Dadashov's goal sent the Rising to the playoffs for the fourth straight year.



With one week to go in the regular season, 11 of the 16 playoff berths have been decided.

*Clinched playoff berth.

USL Championship standings:
GROUP A
1 *Reno 1868 FC 10-2-2, 32 points
2 *Sac Republic FC 7-1-6, 27 points
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3 Tacoma Defiance 3-8-2, 11 points
4 Timbers 2 3-12-0, 9 points

GROUP B
1 *Phoenix Rising 9-3-2, 26 points
2 LA Galaxy II 7-5-2, 23 points
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3 San Diego Loyal 6-4-5, 23 points
4 Orange County SC  6-5-3, 21 points
5 Las Vegas Lights 2-8-4, 10 points

GROUP C
1 *El Paso Locomotive 8-2-4, 28 points
2 *New Mexico United 7-4-3, 24 points
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3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-6-6, 12 points
4 Real Monarchs 3-9-2, 11 points

GROUP D
1 *San Antonio FC 10-1-3, 33 points
2 Austin Bold 4-3-7, 19 points
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3 FC Tulsa 4-2-7, 19 points
4 OKC Energy FC 1-6-7, 10 points
5 Rio Grande Valley FC 0-9-3, 3 points

GROUP E
1 *Louisville City 10-3-2, 32 points
2 Indy Eleven 7-5-2, 23 points
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3 Saint Louis FC 6-5-4, 22 points
4 Sporting KC II  4-9-1, 13 points

GROUP F
1 *Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10-4-1, 31 points
2 *Hartford Athletic 9-3-2, 29 points
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3 NY Red Bulls II 5-9-0, 15 points
4 Philadelphia Union II 2-9-3, 8 points
5 Loudoun United 1-9-3, 8 points

GROUP G
1 Birmingham Legion 7-4-4, 25 points
2 Charlotte Independence 7-4-4, 25 points
3 North Carolina FC 5-7-1, 16 points
4 Memphis 901 FC 3-7-4, 13 points

GROUP H
1 *Tampa Bay Rowdies 10-2-3, 33 points
2 *Charleston Battery 8-2-3 27 points
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3 Atlanta United 2 3-9-3, 12 points
4 The Miami FC 2-8-4, 10 points

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