It’s playoff time, and we’ve already seen some good teams’ seasons end – the W-League’s Atlanta Silverbacks, New Jersey Wildcats and Colorado Rush; the WPSL’s Beach FC and Maryland Capitols.
The WPSL Elite has one more week of the regular season, but the four pro teams are already in the playoffs. The regular-season title may come down to a Sunday showdown between the two teams tied for first — Western New York and Boston — playing in Rochester. But Chicago, three points, back, has a game in hand. Fourth-place New York will finish with three games in seven days after yesterday’s game at Philadelphia was rained out.
1. Pali Blues (13-0-1, W-League Western; Last Week: 1) – roster
Won 1-0 over Seattle in preview of Western playoff. Surprisingly didn’t rest many players — Sarah Huffman, Sasha Andrews and Whitney Engen all played 90.
2. Boston Breakers (10-3-0, WPSL Elite; LW: 3) – roster
Beat Philadelphia 2-0. Reminder: One of their losses (to Western New York) is on a technicality over player registration.
3. Western New York Flash (9-1-3, WPSL Elite; LW: 4) - roster
Routed FC Indiana 5-0 and had a big 2-1 win at Chicago. Turning the corner?
4. Chicago Red Stars (9-3-0, WPSL Elite; LW: 2) – roster
Lost to the surging Western New York Flash.
5. New York Fury (7-3-1, WPSL Elite; LW: 5) – roster
Busy week ahead after Sunday rainout.
6. Seattle Sounders Women (10-3-1, W-League Western; LW: 6) – roster
Won first two games on California swing before dropping decision to Pali.
7. D.C. United Women (11-0-1, W-League Atlantic; LW: 7) – roster
No trouble with Virginia Beach in regular-season finale. They’ll meet again in East semifinals; the Piranhas are the only team to take a point off them this year.
8. New England Mutiny (4-5-3, WPSL Elite; LW: 8) – roster
Injury problems were a factor in draw with Chesapeake that ended faint playoff hopes.
9. Charlotte Lady Eagles (8-1-2, W-League Southeast; LW: 11) – roster
Got early goal and held on to eliminate defending champion Atlanta Silverbacks.
10. Long Island Rough Riders (9-3-0, W-League Northeast; LW: 12) – roster
Strong finish in tough division.
11. Ottawa Fury (10-2-0, W-League Central; LW: 9) – roster
Meaningless game but still puzzling to see them lose finale to Quebec City.
12. Atlanta Silverbacks (8-1-3, W-League Southeast; LW: 10) – roster
Tough to drop them out of the top 12 even if they’re not going to the playoffs. Blame the W-League’s quirky playoff system — if they took the top runner-up in the Eastern Conference, the Silverbacks would be playoff-bound.
Bubbling under: Quebec City Amiral (top seed in W-League Central playoffs), FC Dallas (top seed in WPSL Big Sky South), Salt Lake United (top seed in WPSL Big Sky North; U.S. Women’s Cup semifinalist), New York Athletic Club (top seed from WPSL Northeast Atlantic-Mid), Aztec MA (top seed from WPSL Northeast Atlantic-North), Gulf Coast Texans (top seed from WPSL Southeast)
all times Eastern
Eastern (D.C. United Women hosting)
Saturday – semifinals
Long Island vs. Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Beach vs. DCU Women, 6 p.m.
Final, 4 p.m.
Central (Quebec City Amiral hosting)
Saturday – semifinals
Hamilton vs. Quebec City, 1 p.m.
Laval vs. Toronto, 4 p.m.
Final, 1 p.m.
Final – Sunday (at Cal State Fullerton; doubleheader with USL Pro’s LA Blues vs. Guatemala’s CSD Municipal)
Seattle at Pali Blues, 4 p.m.
Conference winners plus Ottawa advance to final four July 27 and 29 at Ottawa
* Pacific South (one berth): San Diego SeaLions got it.
* Pacific North (one berth): California Storm took the berth with a 3-1 win over North Bay FC Wave and a 3-3 draw between fellow contenders West Coast Wildkats and Bay Area Breeze.
* Northwest (one berth): Spokane Shine also got everything to line up, beating Emerald City 1-0 Friday, routing Oregon Rush 6-0 and seeing Emerald City draw Issaquah 1-1 in the finale Sunday.
* Big Sky North (one berth): Salt Lake United drew with both Phoenix teams in Phoenix to clinch the berth.
Playoffs (San Diego hosting)
Saturday – semifinals
Spokane vs. San Diego, 8 p.m. ET
Salt Lake vs. California, 10:30 p.m. ET
Final, 7 p.m. ET
* Big Sky South (three berths): FC Dallas (12-1-0, +52 goal differential) clinched first place ahead of the only club to beat them, Oklahoma Football Club. American Eagles Soccer Club took third ahead of Houston South Select.
* Midwest (no berths): FC Milwaukee Nationals won all five games.
American Eagles at Oklahoma FC, 8;30 p.m. ET Thursday
AE-Oklahoma winner at FC Dallas, Saturday
* Sunshine (four berths): Tampa Bay Hellenic finally shed points, drawing Team Boca Blast 0-0, but clinched first place and home field throughout the divisional playoffs. Florida Sol FC took second, followed by Team Boca Blast and South Florida Strikers.
* Southeast (one berth): Gulf Coast Texans scored 31 and conceded 3 in seven games.
Playoffs already underway (home teams listed first in results):
First round - Sunday
New England Mutiny Reserves 1-0 FC Bucks
Maryland Capitols FC 0-2 Syracuse Lady Knights
Semifinals – Wednesday
New England at Aztec MA, 7 p.m. ET
Syracuse at New York Athletic Club, 8 p.m. ET