After four play-in games, the 16-team playoff field is set for the USL Championship Playoffs.
And while expansion side Hartford Athletic finished second-to-last in the Eastern Conference with an 8-21-5 record, there are plenty of New England connections to be mindful as the march to the Nov. 17 final gets underway.
The top 10 teams from the Eastern and Western conferences qualified for the postseason after a 34-game regular season. Now, the field has been whittled down.
With a local point-of-view, here’s what to watch for in the conference quarterfinals, which follow a single-elimination format. Should you want to watch, all games are set for this Saturday and can be streamed on ESPN+.