The complete schedule for the 10th anniversary season of the USL Championship was announced by the United Soccer League. For 2020, 35 teams are set to play 595 regular season contests over 33 weeks ahead of the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs that begin in October.
The Miami FC begins its debut season in USL with a road match against Saint Louis FC on Saturday, March 7 before returning to Riccardo Silva Stadium for a Friday night home opener versus state rivals Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 13.
Regional Rivalries Featured
In the 17-team Eastern Conference, six games of Miami FC’s 34-game regular season will be competed against regional rivals: two home games against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Riccardo Silva Stadium and an away match against the Rowdies in St. Pete on August 8th. Miami heads to Charleston Battery on Sunday, May 10 and again on Sunday, July 5, with a home game against the Battery on September 26th. Miami’s final three games of the regular season are all away from home, including a nationally televised match.
A key date to look out for is Friday, October 9 when The Miami FC’s road match at Pittsburgh Riverhounds will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes having been selected as the game of the week.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, the top 10 teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences will qualify for the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs, which will open with the Eastern and Western Conference Wild Card Round on Wednesday, October 21. The Eastern and Western Conference Quarterfinals will then be held between October 24-25, the Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals between October 30-November 1 and the Eastern and Western Conference Finals between November 6-8.
USL Championship Final
The 2020 USL Championship Final to conclude the league’s 10th anniversary season will be held between November 12-16 and aired on an ESPN broadcast network.
2020 USL Championship Key Dates
March 6 – Regular Season Begins
March 7 – Saint Louis FC vs The Miami FC (Season Opener)
March 13 – The Miami FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies (Home Opener)
October 9 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs The Miami FC (Live on ESPN Deportes)
Oct. 17 – Regular Season Concludes
Oct. 21 – Eastern and Western Conference Wild Card Round
Oct. 24-25 – Eastern and Western Conference Quarterfinals
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals
Nov. 6-8 – Eastern and Western Conference Finals
Nov. 12-16 – 2020 USL Championship Final
USL and Miami FC’s accession to the league were mentioned on local media outfit Fútbol Miami TV recently. Here’s what Pieter Brown had to say: