Here's a look at some of the implications Week 26 (and beyond) for the USL-C 2021 season. WEEK 26 Wednesday: Memphis 901 v Louisville City Memphis, with two games in hand on the teams behind them, tries to move up to 3rd in the Central while Louisville tries to take the points on the road in an effort to stave off Birmingham for the top spot in the division. Birmingham Legion v Austin Bold The Legion, meanwhile, hope to leapfrog Louisville with a win at home against the Bold. Austin, on the other hand, would love points on the road to distance themselves from New Mexico United while holding onto the final playoff spot in the Mountain. El Paso Locomotive v Colorado Springs Switchbacks Staying in the Mountain division, El Paso can virtually lock up the division with a win at home vs current third place Colorado Springs. The Locomotive would be 11 points ahead of San Antonio with 4 matches remaining if they win, while Colorado Springs could temporarily jump back over San Antonio for 2nd in the division with a road upset. Orange County v Phoenix Rising OC hopes to solidify their hold on 3rd place in the Pacific while Phoenix is looking to expand their current lead (1 point over TB) for the overall #1 seed in the playoffs. Tacoma Defiance v Las Vegas Lights Tacoma can move from 6th to 4th with a win over the eliminated LV side, potentially 1 point behind OC if they lose at home. Sacramento Republic v LA Galaxy II The winner of this match takes the tiebreaker for the season between them. Sacramento could move from 7th to 4th with a win and a Tacoma loss, but would see the three teams behind them all having a game in hand over the final few weeks. Los Dos could move to 3rd in the Pacific with a win and an OC loss or tie as they've already locked up the head-to-head against the team from Irvine. Friday: Tampa Bay Rowdies v NYRB II Depending on the Wednesday result, Tampa can temporarily move ahead of Phoenix for #1 overall. Saturday: Austin and Phoenix have road matches against eliminated teams that could help them solidify their playoff standing. Charlotte Independence vs Charleston Battery A loss or draw for Charleston eliminates them and sets the Atlantic Division as the first with all 4 playoff teams decided. A Charlotte win temporarily moves them to 2nd in the division while they wait for the result between Miami and Pittsburgh. Indy Eleven v Louisville City Indy will be trying to hold onto the slimmest of playoff hopes at home against a Lou City team looking to try and lock up the division before their final week showdown at Birmingham. Memphis 901 vs Atlanta United 2 A second home match for Memphis this week, against the also almost eliminated A2. 901 could virtually lock up a playoff spot with 2 wins and leave the Central with 5 real potential playoff teams. The Miami v Pittsburgh Riverhounds A Miami win coupled with a Charlotte tie or loss would see the South Florida team move to 2nd in the Atlantic with the head-to-head tiebreaker over Pittsburgh and a game in hand on the Pennsylvania team. Pittsburgh needs a draw to stay in 2nd place in the division, but even with a playoff spot locked up they trail in the head-to-head against both Miami and Charlotte with those two teams each having a game in hand on them. Colorado Springs Switchbacks v Rio Grande Valley The Switchbacks go back home for their second match of the week as they try to further solidify themselves in the race for 2nd in the division while trying to hold off an RGV team that, though currently 6th in the division, are only 2 points behind 4th place Austin. San Antonio v Tulsa Second in the Mountain hosts 3rd in the Central. San Antonio hopes to keep pace with Colorado Springs for 2nd in the division while possibly, but not likely, chasing down El Paso for the division title. Tulsa looks to take advantage of one of their 2 games in hand on the teams behind them in the Central to add points as they close in on clinching a playoff spot themselves. Oakland Roots v Orange County 5th place Oakland looks to take advantage of being home against 3rd place OC as they scramble for a playoff spot in the Pacific Division where places 3-7 are currently within a 5 point spread. OC sees their second pivotal game of the week occur as they almost lock in a playoff spot with 2 wins, but could slip down to 7th with 2 losses. Sunday: Sacramento Republic v Tacoma Defiance Sacramento gets their second home game of the week against a division opponent just above them in the standings. Two wins could leave them in tremendous shape as the season winds down. Tacoma looks to take advantage of their easier two game schedule to snag a point or three in Sacramento and put themselves into great shape for their final 3 matches. OKC Energy v Birmingham Legion OKC gets a home game against a Legion team playing its second match of the week against a playoff hopeful, and need to take advantage of it as they are 5th in the Central and both Memphis and Tulsa have 2 games in hand on the Energy. Birmingham will likely need 4 points, at minimum, from their 2 games to keep pace with Louisville for the top spot in the division. San Diego Loyal v New Mexico United A win, plus a handful of positive results in other matches, could lock San Diego into a playoff spot in the Pacific. NM needs a win on the road as they've fallen to 5th in the Mountain and Austin has a game in hand on them while holding 4th place. LA Galaxy II v El Paso Locomotive Los Dos get another shot at points to solidify their position in the Pacific Division playoff race. El Paso can lock up the Mountain Division with two wins this week and a loss or tie by San Antonio. Overview: The Atlantic becomes a battle for 2nd-4th if Charleston doesn't win this week. Tampa Bay has won the division and is just trying to out point Phoenix for the #1 overall seed. The Central can see some clarity come this week and holds the potential for the best remaining match of the season as Birmingham v Louisville could be for the division title in both teams last match of the regular season on October 30. The Mountain Division is still the most up in the air of all with only El Paso qualified for the playoffs, teams 1-3 still in position to potentially finish 1st, and teams 2-6 within 9 points of each other. The Pacific sees Phoenix try to stay ahead of Tampa Bay while San Diego potentially locks in a playoff spot this week and the mess at 3-7 either clarifies a bit or possibly becomes even more jumbled after all the matchups between the teams over the next few days.