With only two weeks remaining in New Mexico’s United’s expansion season, the club occupies a peculiar space in the USL Championship table – one coveted by many other lower-tier teams in the Western Conference.
To wit: Though United (10-9-11) goes into tonight’s matchup with Rio Grande Valley FC just below the playoff line in 11th place, its postseason fates are entirely in its hands.
Irrespective of results around the league for the remainder of the season, New Mexico would be guaranteed a playoff spot by capturing ten of the 12 points available in its remaining matches. In a convenient scheduling twist, United’s last four games also come against two clubs already eliminated from playoff contention and two others with grim hopes indeed of postseason qualification.
Rio Grande Valley (9-15-7) would see its playoff hopes snuffed out with a loss Saturday night, while New Mexico’s next two opponents – Tulsa Roughnecks FC and Tacoma Defiance – suffered their own ignominious playoff eliminations weeks ago.
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