The top seeds were sent home in the Western Conference quarterfinals, but the Eastern Conference's better-ranked teams were - mostly - able to stay alive in the 2016 USL playoffs.
There was one upset: three-seed FC Cincinnati was downed, 2-1, by Charleston Battery. The match had a large crowd and a strong Red Bull flavor.
The day before, fourth-seed Rochester Rhinos saw off the challenge of Charlotte Independence, winning 3-1.
In the final match of the USL's opening playoff round, Richmond Kickers took Eastern Conference second-seed Louisville City to extra time, before succumbing, 2-0.
The results set up Eastern Conference semifinals between NYRB II and Rochester (at Red Bull Arena), and Louisville and Charleston (in Louisville).
In the West, Swope Park Rangers will host Orange County Blues, and Vancouver Whitecaps 2 will receive Oklahoma City Energy.
All Conference semifinals will be played between October 7 and October 9.