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Conference Finals Set in 2016 USL Cup Playoffs

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 10/09/16, 8:11PM EDT

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Home sides hold sway as New York, Louisville, Swope Park and Vancouver advance

TAMPA, Fla. – After an opening weekend that saw four higher seeds upset, home sides held firm in the Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals of the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs. The New York Red Bulls II and Louisville City FC will square off for the Eastern Conference Championship, and the Swope Park Rangers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 for the Western Conference Championship, after another thrilling weekend of action.

The 2016 USL Cup will air live on ESPNU on Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Every other game of the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs will be available on the league’s Playoffs Center, with updates from across the league also available via Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram.

The top two teams in the Eastern Conference regular-season standings will meet for the conference championship on Sunday night. The New York Red Bulls II defeated defending champion the Rochester Rhinos 5-4 in a thrilling penalty shootout after the sides had played to 3-3 draw that saw Brandon Allen score in the 119th minute to tie the score. Louisville City FC held sway at home for a second consecutive season against the Charleston Battery, meanwhile, as Kadeem Dacres had the only goal in a 1-0 victory in front of 6,581 fans at Slugger Field.

The Western Conference had drama in both of its contests, as a Swope Park Rangers side that ended regulation with nine men took a 2-1 overtime victory against Orange County Blues FC on Dane Kelly’s 25-yard finish. Meanwhile, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 grabbed a 3-2 victory against OKC Energy FC after squandering a two-goal lead in the second half to its visitors, as WFC2’s Daniel Haber struck in the 89th minute to lift his side to a victory at Thunderbird Stadium.

2016 USL CUP PLAYOFFS
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Sunday, October 16

No. 1 New York Red Bulls II vs. No. 2 Louisville City FC, 6:30 p.m. ET

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Saturday, October 15

No. 4 Swope Park Rangers vs. No. 6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, 8:30 p.m. ET

2016 USL CUP FINAL, PRESENTED BY NIKE
Sunday, Oct. 23

Eastern Conference champion vs. Western Conference champion, 8 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

RESULTS
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
Saturday, Oct. 1

No. 4 Rochester Rhinos 3, No. 5 Charlotte Independence 1
Game Report | Highlights

Sunday, Oct. 2
No. 1 New York Red Bulls II 4, No. 8 Orlando City B 0
Game Report | Highlights
No. 6 Charleston Battery 2, No. 3 FC Cincinnati 1
Game Report | Highlights
No. 2 Louisville City FC 2, No. 7 Richmond Kickers 0 (OT)
Game Report | Highlights

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
Friday, Sept. 30

No. 4 Swope Park Rangers 3, No. 5 LA Galaxy II 0
Game Report | Highlights
No. 6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2, No. 3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1
Game Report | Highlights

Saturday, Oct. 1
No. 7 OKC Energy FC 3, No. 2 Rio Grande Valley FC 2
Game Report | Highlights
No. 8 Orange County Blues FC 0, No. 1 Sacramento Republic FC 0
Orange County won 5-4 in a penalty shootout
Game Report | Highlights

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Friday, October 7

No. 1 New York Red Bulls II 3, No. 4 Rochester Rhinos 3
New York wins 5-4 in a penalty shootout
Game Report | Highlights

Saturday, October 8
No. 2 Louisville City FC 1, No. 6 Charleston Battery 0
Game Report | Highlights

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Saturday, October 8

No. 6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 3, No. 7 OKC Energy FC 2
Game Report | Highlights

Sunday, October 9
No. 4 Swope Park Rangers 2, No. 8 Orange County Blues FC 1 (OT)
Game Report | Highlights

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