Northern Virginia FC will host the first two rounds of the tournament in Leesburg, Va.
USL League Two have announced the matchups and schedule for the 2021 playoffs and the Ocean City Nor'easters are heading to Northern Virginia this weekend.
The Nor'easters (9-2-3), the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference will open their playoff run on Saturday night against the No. 4 seed Boston Bolts (10-3-0), the second place team from the Northeast Division. The other game will feature Mid-Atlantic Division champion West Chester United and the Metropolitan Division's third place team, New York Red Bulls U-23s.
The first two rounds are being hosted by Northern Virginia FC at the Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va.
West Chester United, the No. 1 seed, will face No. 8 seed New York Red Bulls U-23s at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, followed by the Nor'easters taking on Boston at 7:30 p.m.
The two winners will face off on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The other four Eastern Conference playoff teams will be in Ludlow, Mass. this weekend. The host, and Northeast Division champion Western Mass Pioneers (No. 2 seed) will take on Metropolitan Division runner-up Cedar Stars Rush (No. 6 seed) while the Metropolitan Division champion Long Island Rough Riders (No. 3 seed) will take on Seacoast United Phantoms (No. 7 seed).
The two teams that emerge from this weekend's two playoff sites will square off in the Eastern Conference Final the following weekend (July 23-25) at a venue to be determined. That same venue will also host the Southern Conference championship game and the national semifinal between the winner of the Eastern Final and the Southern Final.
The rest of the 2021 USL League Two playoff schedule information can be found on the league website.
2021 Eastern Conference Playoffs
Quarterfinals #1 (Ludlow, Mass.)
Friday, July 16, 2021
#2 Western Mass Pioneers vs. #6 Cedar Stars Rush
#3 Long Island Rough Riders vs. #7 Seacoast United Phantoms
Quarterfinals #2 (Leesburg, Va.)
Saturday, July 17, 2021
#5 Ocean City Nor'easters vs. #4 Boston Bolts - 5:30 p.m.
#1 West Chester United vs. #8 New York Red Bulls U-23s - 7:30 p.m.
Semifinals #1 (Ludlow, Mass.)
Saturday, July 17 - 7 p.m.
Western Mass/Cedar Stars vs. Long Island/Seacoast
Semifinals #2 (Leesburg, Va.)
Sunday, July 18 - 7:30 p.m.
Ocean City/Boston vs. West Chester/NYRB
Eastern Conference Final / National Semifinal (Venue TBA)
July 23-25, 2021
USL League Two Final (Venue TBA)
July 31, 2021