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USL Championship 2023 playoff tiers: Favorites, dark horses, and more

It’s time for the postseason in the USL Championship. Who’s for real, who could make a run, and who’s just lucky to have made the cut?

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The USL Championship playoffs kickoff this Saturday, so it’s time to decide who has the formula to win it all. 

To provide a quick little recap, 16 teams make the playoffs in the USL Championship. Eight teams come from the East and eight teams come from the West, with a standard bracket format whittling down the postseason field until the East’s last team faces off against the West’s last team in the final. 

From an organized defense to a talismanic No. 9 to hot form, there are a few factors that champions tend to have in common. With those features in mind, we’re going team-by-team to decide who’s a title contender and who should start planning for 2024.

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