CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Chaos will play its final game of the regular season against the Carolina Dynamo at 7:30 tonight at Schoenbaum Stadium.
The Chaos (5-6-2) sit in second place of the South Atlantic Division of the Premier Development League with 17 points. The Dynamo (6-1-3) continues to pace the division with 21 points and a playoff spot nearly locked up.
West Virginia's playoff hopes, however, lay heavily in the hands of the third-place South Carolina Bantams (5-5-1), who have 16 points and three games remaining on their schedule, and the fourth-place Virginia Beach Piranhas (4-4-2), who have 14 points and four games remaining.
The top two teams in the division will earn playoff spots, which means after tonight's game the Chaos must wait patiently while the Piranhas and Bantams determine its fate, the price paid for playing through the schedule so quickly.
"I wish we didn't play so many games in such a small time frame," said Chaos first-year player-coach Petsa Ivanovic. "I wish the officials would consult the coaches before making the schedules, but they don't. They go by their own opinions."
Due in part to a rescheduling conflict with the Southern West Virginia King's Warriors, the Chaos ended up playing four games in an eight-day stretch from June 21-28.
"[During the stretch] we made it home at midnight, and then had to go out and play the next day," said Ivanovic. "We lost some games we shouldn't have, and games where we were in control [because] we just ran out of energy."
The Chaos will reach 20 points and pad its lead in the race for the final playoff spot with a win against the Dynamo tonight, a feat more easily said than done.