Below is a team by team breakdown of the playoff race as of September 19th. The top six teams qualify for the NASL playoffs which begin the weekend of September 29-30. The top two teams receive quarterfinal round byes directly into the semifinal series.
The current NASL Standings can be found here.
The Scorpions clinched a bye into the Semifinals with a road victory on September 8th against the Carolina RailHawks. San Antonio can become NASL Regular Season Champions with a victory over Minnesota, or a Tampa Bay Rowdies tie or loss to Carolina. A tie could also be enough for San Antonio, provided Tampa Bay does not make up their current twelve goal deficit in the overall goal difference table. San Antonio can finish either 1st or 2nd this season.
Remaining matches: 9/23 Minnesota (H)
The Rowdies clinched a bye into the semifinals with a tie on Wednesday night versus Carolina.
Tampa Bay can finish either 1st or 2nd however, a tie or loss to Carolina on Saturday would mean that San Antonio becomes NASL Regular Season Champions. The Rwodies must win on Saturday to have any opportunity to claim the NASL Regular Season Championship.
Remaining matches: 9/22 Carolina (A)
The Islanders cannot finish higher than 3rd place this season. Puerto Rico can finish no lower than 4th. A loss to Atlanta could drop the Islanders down to fourth place in the standings depending on the result of the Carolina-Tampa Bay game the same night. The Islanders will host a quarterfinal round game. Puerto Rico can finish either 3rd or 4th this season.
Remaining matches: 9/22 Atlanta (H)
The RailHawks clinched a spot in the playoffs on September 8th and a home game in the quaterfinals with a tie versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Carolina can finish either 3rd or 4th this season.
Remaining matches: 9/22 Tampa Bay (H)
The Strikers clinched a playoff spot on September 8th with a tie against the Islanders. The Strikers will play the quarterfinal round on the road Fort Lauderdale can finish either 5th or 6th this season.
Remaining matches: 9/23 Edmonton (A)
The Stars clinched the final playoff berth with a 4-0 victory against Puerto Rico on September 11th. The Stars will much like last season begin the NASL playoffs away from home in the quarterfinal round. Minnesota can finish either 5th or 6th this season.
Remaining matches: 9/23 San Antonio (A)
The Silverbacks were eliminated from playoff consideration following Minnesota’s win over Puerto Rico on September 11th. Atlanta will finish in 7th place this season.
Remaining matches: 9/22 Puerto Rico (A)
The Eddies were eliminated from playoff consideration following Minnesota’s win over Puerto Rico on September 11th. Edmonton will finish in 8th place this season.
Remaining matches: 9/23 Fort Lauderdale (H)
|Rowdies Win Puts Pressure On Defeated RailHawks|
|San Antonio Scorpions 3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1|
|Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Carolina RailHawks 0|
|Minnesota United 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3|
|Scorpions Hold Halftime Lead Over Strikers|
|Silverbacks Have Edge Over RailHawks At Halftime|
|Match Preview: San Antonio vs. Fort Lauderdale|
|Match Preview: Atlanta vs. Carolina|
|Rowdies Steal Halftime Lead Over United|
|Match Preview: Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||6||3||2||1||3||11|
|Minnesota United FC||6||2||2||2||1||8|
|San Antonio Scorpions||6||1||2||3||-4||5|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||6||1||1||4||-6||4|