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Tucson has claimed the title following Ventura County Fusion’s midweek loss to FC Golden State Force. While Zest FC can still earn 29 points before the end of the regular season, the club cannot earn enough total wins – the second tie-breaker behind head-to-head record – to match Tucson. A win in either of Tucson’s two remaining home matches will see it earn the top seed in the Western Conference Championship.
Here’s the Western Conference’s Top 6:
1. FC Tucson (Previous: 1)
Last Week: L 2-1 vs. San Diego Zest FC
Tucson was unable to keep their unbeaten record intact, but there is still plenty to play for in Week 11. With one win, Tucson can clinch the top seed in the Western Conference Championship, set to be played on the weekend of July 22-24. Afonso Pinheiro, Damian German and Tate Schmitt will be counted upon to lead this team to success.
2. Fresno Fuego (Previous: 2)
Last Week: L 2-1 at Burlingame Dragons FC, W 2-0 at San Francisco City FC
The Fuego, who have already clinched the Central Pacific Division title, had their unbeaten run snapped at 10 games on Friday. Christian Chaney, who has 13 goals this season, did not feature in one of two Week 10 contests for the Fuego*. Alvaro Nogales continues to shine this campaign, scoring his fifth goal of the season against San Francisco City FC on Sunday.
3. San Diego Zest FC (Previous: 5)
Last Week: W 2-1 at FC Tucson
Zest FC earned an impressive result in Week 10, handing Tucson its first loss of the season despite playing on the road at Kino North Stadium. Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa and Manuel Carrillo scored the important goals for Zest FC, which needs to win its final game of the regular season against the OC Blues U23 in order to ensure a playoff spot.
4. Calgary Foothills FC (Previous: 6)
Last Week: W 1-0 vs. Sounders FC U23
Thanks to a goal by Dominic Russo, Foothills FC is level on points (24) with the Sounders FC U23 atop the Northwest Division standings. The Canadian side has two games remaining this regular season, including another showdown against the Sounders U23 on Friday. The winner of that match will clinch the Northwest Division title.
5. Burlingame Dragons FC (Previous: NR)
Last Week: W 2-1 vs. Fresno Fuego, W 4-0 vs. Las Vegas Mobsters
Dragons FC clinched a playoff spot with two impressive wins in Week 10, including a home result against the Fuego. Khalid Arramdani and Daniel Musovski each scored in the victory over the Fuego on Friday, while Corey Baird, Jamael Cox, Luis Hernandez and Arramdani netted in the win over the Mobsters. On Friday, Dragons FC will play San Francisco City in its final match of the regular season.
6. Sounders FC U23 (Previous: 3)
Last Week: L 1-0 at Calgary Foothills FC
The Sounders U23 are one win away from claiming the Northwest crown, despite losing to Foothills FC in Week 10. They will have another chance at topping the Canadian club on Friday, playing at Sunset Stadium.
*This post has been updated.