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Favorites (mostly) still alive in 2016 USL Eastern Conference playoffs

Only one upset in the USL Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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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.

Eric Stevenson - a 2014 New York Red Bulls draft pick - opened the scoring for Cincinnati. Former NYRB II player, Chris Tsonis, equalized for the Battery. Zachary Prince got Charleston's winner.

While the Battery was disappointing Cincy's robust fan base, NYRB II made light work of Orlando City B, posting a comfortable 4-0 win over the eighth seed in the East.

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.