If Simon Elliott’s men advance beyond the New Mexican club, a trip to second-seeded Reno 1868 on Saturday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. PT is a lock. ...SRFC has responded positively when held scoreless in the previous match. Since late-July, four times has Republic FC been kept off the scoresheet but the boys in Old Glory Red responded well with three wins (netting 10 totals goals during that trio of matches), all of which were headlined by a shutout of the opposition. Republic FC...finished the regular season with a tie for the third-best defense in the Western Conference, along with Orange County, after allowing only 43 goals all season. The boys in Old Glory Red also finished with the third-most clean sheets in the conference with 12 shutouts in league play. What about the other guys? New Mexico United (11-10-13, 46 pts) snagged the tenth and final postseason spot after blanking Las Vegas Lights 2-0 in Albuquerque over the weekend... United, competing in their inaugural USL Championship campaign, are a possession-focused team that have completed the second-most passes in the conference (16,155) and the third-best passing accuracy rate of 82%. United also boasts an impressive shot conversion rate of 17%, tied for third-best in the West... Leading the team in goals with 14 is Kevaughn Frater who started the season red hot with 10 goals from 11 matches but his form has since faded as he’s currently experiencing a 10-game goalless drought. Frater is also a wildcard on the pitch and is tied for the most yellow cards in the league with a dozen. New Mexico United has a pair of former Republic FC players including defender Justin Schmidt who made 17 starts with the Indomitable Club in 2018. United midfielder David Estrada made 18 appearances for Sacramento in 2015 and scored three goals during his time with the club.