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Nashville SC Clinches USL Championship Playoff Berth

September 18, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE - The Boys in Gold are back in the postseason.

With Charleston Battery's loss on Wednesday night, Nashville SC has clinched a berth in the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs. It will be Nashville's second consecutive postseason appearance after earning the eighth seed in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs in the club's inaugural season.

"It's fantastic to clinch with five games still to go," said Nashville SC Head Coach Gary Smith. "Our focus, however, has always been and will continue to be the Eastern Conference title which is still in our sight."

Under a new format for 2019, the top 10 teams in each conference qualify for the USL Championship Playoffs. The opening matchups will see the 7th seed take on the 10th seed and the 8th seed take on the 9th seed in a play-in round. The higher advancing seed from the play-in round will face the 2nd seed, while the lower advancing seed will face the 1st seed in the Conference Quarterfinals. From there, the playoffs will proceed in a fixed single elimination bracket with the winners of each conference squaring off in the USL Championship Final.

In this format, the higher seed in each matchup will be the host team, so the top four teams in each conference are guaranteed to host at least one playoff match.

Currently, Nashville SC sits in third place in the Eastern Conference, and Saturday night's clash against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC could have a tremendous impact on Nashville's chances of hosting a playoff match.

Tickets are available for Saturday's match, presented by AMI, at First Tennessee Park for just $11. Click here for more information on tickets and other fan-friendly deals.

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