The USL Eastern Conference's race for eighth went down to the last game of the regular season. There was only one match left to play in the entire league by September 25, but Orlando City B's trip to play Bethlehem Steel was given meaning by Wilmington Hammerheads' surprising win over Richmond Kickers the day before.
Wilmington's win meant OCSC B needed to beat Bethlehem to make the playoffs. Orlando had lost five straight heading into its regular season finale, hadn't won at all since August 6, and hadn't won on the road since July 30. So Orlando's 2-0 win over the Steel was even more surprising than Wilmington's over Richmond.
It's official, @OrlandoCityB has clinched the final #USLPlayoffs spot in the Eastern Conference! pic.twitter.com/v9HxfNT0AC— USL (@USL) September 25, 2016
Orlando advances into the USL playoffs as the eighth seed, and will play New York Red Bulls II on Sunday, October 2, at Red Bull Arena. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:00 pm.
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