USL Championship: Landon Donovan's San Diego Loyal clinches playoff berth

In its second season, the San Diego Loyal clinched a berth in the USL Championship playoffs.

Loyal SC was one of four clubs to clinch spots in the 16-team postseason tournament last week along with Charlotte and Miami FC (Atlantic Division) and Memphis 901 (Central Division).

Six playoff berths remain up for grabs with two weeks left in the USL Championship regular season.

In San Diego's first season, Head coach Landon Donovan pulled his players off the field and Loyal SC forfeited a match it was leading over the Phoenix Rising with its playoff hopes still alive. San Diego protested remarks made by Rising FC forward Junior Flemmings, who was later handed a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine following an investigation by the USL into homophobic remarks he directed at Collin Martin, who is gay.

In 2021, San Diego started 0-4-0 but has gone 14-6-5 since then. Loyal SC's attack has been is led by South African Robinson Moshobane (10 goals), Corey Hertzog (6), Jack Blake and Alejandro Guido (5 each). 

USL Championship Standings
Atlantic Division
1. *Tampa Bay (20-7-2) 62 pts.
2. *Charlotte (16-9-4) 52 pts.
3. *Pittsburgh (15-8-7) 52 pts.
4. *Miami FC (14-8-6) 48 pts.
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5. Hartford (11-14-4) 37 pts.
6. Charleston (9-12-7) 34 pts.
7. NY Red Bulls II (5-17-7) 22 pts.
8. Loudoun United (4-21-3) 15 pts.

Central Division
1. *Birmingham (17-7-6) 57 pts.
2. *Louisville City (16-7-7) 55 pts.
3. *Memphis 901 (12-9-8) 44 pts.
4. FC Tulsa (12-12-4) 40 pts.
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5. OKC Energy FC (8-9-13) 37 pts.
6. Atlanta United 2 (8-13-10) 34 pts.
7. Indy Eleven (9-14-7) 34 pts.
8. Sporting KC II (4-18-8) 20 pts.

Mountain Division
1. *El Paso (16-3-10) 58 pts.
2. San Antonio FC (13-7-9) 48 pts.
3. Colorado Springs (13-8-9) 48 pts.
4. New Mexico United (10-9-10) 40 pts.
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5. Austin (10-9-10) 40 pts.
6. Rio Grande Valley FC (10-11-8) 38 pts.
7. Real Monarchs (5-18-6) 21 pts.

Pacific Division
1. *Phoenix (20-5-5) 65 pts.
2. *San Diego (14-10-5) 47 pts.
3. Orange County SC (12-10-7) 43 pts.
4. LA Galaxy II (11-12-6) 40 pts.
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5. Oakland (9-13-7) 34 pts.
6. Sac Republic FC (8-12-10) 34 pts.
7. Tacoma (9-13-7) 33 pts.
8. Las Vegas (6-21-3) 21 pts.
*Clinched playoff berths

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