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USL Look-Ahead

By Rowdies Communications, 09/28/18, 9:00AM EDT

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (September 28, 2018) — While the Tampa Bay Rowdies have the weekend off from playing, they will have a busy weekend of scoreboard watching as teams around them in the standings continue to play.

Positions six through 12 in the standings are incredibly tight as the season winds down, but with only the top eight reaching the postseason, the jockeying for position is intense.

Here are a few of the games with the biggest impact on the Rowdies this weekend.

Charlotte Independence vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Saturday, 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Charlotte heads into the weekend in 12th place, six points behind eighth place Nashville. The Independence probably needs to win out to reach the postseason, starting with a home match against second-place Pittsburgh this weekend. Charlotte needs a win to set up what could a de facto eliminator game against the Rowdies in St. Pete next weekend.

North Carolina FC vs. Richmond Kickers
Saturday, 7 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina FC is on the outside looking in, but with a favorable matchup this weekend, it could be in the playoff spots come Monday morning. The Kickers haven’t beaten anyone other than Penn FC since June 9 and have the worst goal differential in the USL at -45.

Nashville SC vs. New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Nashville and New York sit in eighth and ninth place, respectively, heading into their crucial matchup this weekend. New York is in slightly better form heading into the match and Nashville has dropped points in back-to-back home games. Depending how other teams do, a draw might not be good enough for either team, so it should be an exciting match.

Ottawa Fury FC vs. Bethlehem Steel FC
Sunday, 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Ottawa has the disadvantage of having played more game than anyone else in the Eastern Conference, so its standing in seventh place is tenuous at best. The Fury FC has a lead of five points of fewer on teams as far down as 11th place and every team has at least one game in hand on Ottawa.