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Tacoma Defiance notebook: End of the road

Already eliminated from playoff contention, Tacoma Defiance went into the final week of the 2020 USL Championship season with home games against the two top teams in Group A, Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC. The group front-runners provided Chris Little’s side with difficult tests that served as both opportunities to show that their struggles in the middle of the season weren’t necessarily who this team is, as well as for players to make their case for more prominent roles in 2021; and for some players the week may have served as a bit of an audition for Brian Schmetzer and Garth Lagerwey.