USL Championship Playoffs Conference Semifinals: BGN Predictions

After a first round of 2020 USL Championship Playoff action that featured late winners, a penalty kick shootout, and some controversial “no calls”, the field is officially down to eight clubs. The following group of BGN podcasters and writers made their predictions for the 2020 USL Championship Conference Semifinals:

Adam of SoccerChatt, Phil Baki of Seriously Loco, Matthew Cox of The Unused Substitutes, Dylan of Orange and Black SoccerCast, Ben “Goose” Goshorn (previously of Talkin’ Jacks), Phill Grooms of The USL Show, LauraEllen of Soccer Better, Carson A. Merk of The Other Football Podcast + editor-in-chief of BGN, Benton Newman of Vamos Morados, Ivan Ornelas of Tectonic Takes, Pony of The USL Show, Robin Pryor of Hot Brown Soccertown, Alan Underwood of The Fair Weather Podcast + Orange and Black SoccerCast, Evan Villella of The USL Show & Views From The Bridge, Scott Waits of 916 Republic, Chris Walker of The Fair Weather Podcast + Seek & Strike Collective.

Louisville City FC vs. Saint Louis FC

Lynn Family Stadium | 7:30 PM ET/ 4:30 PM PT


Adam: Saint Louis FC

Phil Baki: Louisville City FC

Matthew: Saint Louis FC

Dylan: Louisville City FC

Goose: Louisville City FC

Phill Grooms: Saint Louis FC

LauraEllen: Saint Louis FC

Carson: Louisville City FC

Benton: Louisville City FC

Ivan: Louisville City FC

Pony: Louisville City FC

Robin: Louisville City FC

Alan: Louisville City FC

Evan: Louisville City FC

Scott: Louisville City FC

Chris: Saint Louis FC

Total: 11 (68.8%) Louisville City FC, 5 (31.3%) Saint Louis FC

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Charleston Battery

Al Lang Stadium | 7:30 PM ET/ 4:30 PM PT


Adam: Charleston Battery

Phil Baki: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Matthew: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Dylan: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Goose: Charleston Battery

Phill Grooms: Tampa Bay Rowdies

LauraEllen: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Carson: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Benton: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Ivan: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Pony: Charleston Battery

Robin: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Alan: Charleston Battery

Evan: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Scott: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Chris: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Total: 12 (75%) Tampa Bay Rowdies, 4 (25%) Charleston Battery 

Reno 1868 FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Greater Nevada Field | 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT


Adam: Reno 1868 FC

Phil Baki: Reno 1868 FC

Matthew: Reno 1868 FC

Dylan: Reno 1868 FC

Goose: Reno 1868 FC

Phill Grooms: Reno 1868 FC

LauraEllen: Phoenix Rising FC

Carson: Phoenix Rising FC

Benton: Reno 1868 FC

Ivan: Reno 1868 FC

Pony: Reno 1868 FC

Robin: Reno 1868 FC

Alan: Reno 1868 FC

Evan: Reno 1868 FC

Scott: Reno 1868 FC

Chris: Reno 1868 FC

Total: 14 (87.5%) Reno 1868 FC, 2 (12.5%) Phoenix Rising FC

El Paso Locomotive FC vs. New Mexico United

Southwest University Park | 9:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM PT


Adam: El Paso Locomotive FC

Phil Baki: El Paso Locomotive FC

Matthew: El Paso Locomotive FC

Dylan: El Paso Locomotive FC

Goose: New Mexico United

Phill Grooms: El Paso Locomotive FC

LauraEllen: El Paso Locomotive FC

Carson: El Paso Locomotive FC

Benton: El Paso Locomotive FC

Ivan: New Mexico United

Pony: El Paso Locomotive FC

Robin: El Paso Locomotive FC

Alan: El Paso Locomotive FC

Evan: El Paso Locomotive FC

Scott: El Paso Locomotive FC

Chris: New Mexico United

Total: 13 (81.3%) El Paso Locomotive FC, 3 (18.8%) New Mexico United

Which match are you most excited about this weekend?

Adam: Lou City vs. Saint Louis

Phil Baki: El Paso vs. New Mexico

Matthew: Tampa Bay vs. Charleston

Dylan: Reno vs. Phoenix

Goose: Lou City vs. Saint Louis

Phill Grooms: Lou City vs. Saint Louis

LauraEllen: Lou City vs. Saint Louis

Carson: Reno vs. Phoenix

Benton: Lou City vs. Saint Louis

Ivan: Reno vs. Phoenix

Pony: Reno vs. Phoenix

Robin: Lou City vs. Saint Louis

Alan: El Paso vs. New Mexico

Evan: Tampa Bay vs. Charleston

Scott: Lou City vs. Saint Louis

Chris: El Paso vs. New Mexico

Which of your predictions are you most confident in?

Adam: Tampa Bay over Charleston

Phil Baki: Lou City over Saint Louis

Matthew: Reno over Phoenix

Dylan: Tampa Bay over Charleston

Goose: Lou City over Saint Louis

Phill Grooms: El Paso over New Mexico

LauraEllen: Phoenix over Reno

Carson: Lou City over Saint Louis

Benton: Lou City over Saint Louis

Ivan: Lou City over Saint Louis

Pony: Lou City over Saint Louis

Robin: Lou City over Saint Louis

Alan: Lou City over Saint Louis

Evan: Lou City over Saint Louis

Scott: Lou City over Saint Louis

Chris: New Mexico over El Paso

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.