USL Championship Western Conference Playoff Picture
As the USL Championship season heats up so does the playoff picture. Everyone still has playoff aspirations., yes even the Tacoma Defiance. However, we need to examine what chances the RGV FC Toros have to get in.
As of now, they sit six points behind Los Dos (L.A. Galaxy 2) for the last playoff spot, the Toros have one game in hand over the other teams in the coference.
Below is the remaining schedule for the Toros (five home games and seven road games):
8/10 @ Colorado Springs, 8/17 @ San Antonio, 8/24 vs El Paso, 9/1 @ Austin
9/7 vs Tulsa, 9/15 @ Sacramento, 9/18 @ Fresno, 9/21 vs Real Monarchs
9/28 vs Orange County, 10/5 @ New Mexico, 10/13 @ Oklahoma City
10/18 vs. Timbers 2
The road form has not been the best for the Toros as they only won once that coming on April 30th vs. T2. However there is hope to be optimistic as they will face teams are in a similar position as they are in.
The game versus Colorado Springs presents a big opportunity to jump start the final push towards the playoffs. The Toros do have a pair of victories in Weidner Field, so winning in the altitude is no easy task but do able. Then a Copa Tejas match (aka South Texas Derby) versus San Antonio FC at Toyota Field looms to be another playoff 6 pointer as San Antonio is just on the outside looking in plus the Toros do have a winning history in San Antonio. A win there plus help is nearing them closer. A home date with El Paso should be plenty motivation to get three more.
From there, the road gets very tricky for the Toros as they will have a span of five games in 20 days which will be a crucial part of the schedule if they are to make the playoffs. Of the five games, three are on the road. The games versus Sacramento and Fresno will be of vital importance for their run due to the turnaround between games. The two home games in the span come against Tulsa and Real Monarchs. Both games at home must be wins to keep the hope alive and hope that they can get five points from the road games.
Last portion of the schedule features two road and home games. First game of the final portion is Orange County at home which is a must win to keep up with the playoff pack. Then a pair of dangerous road games beckon the Toros as they head to New Mexico and Oklahoma City where any positive result will be crucial. To round off the schedule a visit from Timbers 2 which by then the last playoff place is still up for grabs and the good guys get in.
Do the Toros get in? I don’t have the heaviest branch support here but I do think that they will “barely” get in and I mean barely. Yes some results will fall the Toros way but they will need to labor out some along the way which includes winning on the road.