Red Bulls II will host the Swope Park Rangers in their USL Championship opener at MSU Soccer Park in Montclair, N.J. March 9, it was announced by the USL Wednesday.

NYRB II will embark on a 34-match campaign.

The 2019 USL Championship regular season will open Saturday, March 9 and conclude Sunday, Oct. 20, with every team playing a home-and-home series within its conference.

NYRB II will host three successive matches at MSU Soccer Park to start the season, the longest homestand of the season. The team will have an additional three-game stretch at MSU Soccer Park in April. NYRB II went 11-3-3 at home in 2018.

April 20 will mark the first meeting with Loudon United FC, the new affiliate of D.C. United. Loudon United visit Montclair in April, and the teams will meet again to close out the regular season in Virginia Oct. 19.

The longest road trip of the season is also three games, with NYRB II visiting the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Nashville SC and the Charleston Battery over eight days in late June. NYRB II will look to build upon a 2-5-10 road record from last season.

Expanded format for 2019 USL Cup Playoffs

The 2019 USL Cup Playoffs will expand to include 10 teams from each conference, with the lowest four seeds in each conference opening the postseason in the play-In round, provisionally slated for Wednesday, Oct. 23 with the No. 7 seed hosting the No. 10 seed and the No. 8 seed hosting the No. 9 seed for a place in the conference quarterfinals.

The single-elimination format will continue for the following four weekends in a fixed-bracket format with the higher seed in each matchup serving as host through the Eastern and Western Conference finals. The USL Cup will be held between Nov. 14-18, 2019 and be hosted by the conference champion with the better regular-season record.

2019 USL Cup Playoffs Schedule
Play-in round – Oct. 23
Conference quarterfinals – Oct. 25-27

Conference emifinals – Nov. 1-3
Conference finals – Nov. 8-10
USL Cup – Nov. 14-18

NYRB II 2019 Schedule

Bold – home match

March

9 – Swope Park Rangers – MSU Soccer Park

23 – Nashville SC – MSU Soccer Park

29 – Memphis 901 FC – MSU Soccer Park

April

6 – @ Birmingham Legion FC – BBVA Compass Field

13 – @ Charlotte Independence – Sportsplex at Matthews

17 – Hartford Athletic – MSU Soccer Park

20 – Loudoun United FC – MSU Soccer Park

27 – Indy Eleven – MSU Soccer Park

May

8 – @ Ottawa Fury FC – TD Place

18 – @ Tampa Bay Rowdies – Al Lang Stadium

24 – North Carolina FC – MSU Soccer Park

June

1 – Bethlehem Steel FC – MSU Soccer Park

7 – @ Atlanta United FC 2 – Coolray Field

15 – Louisville City FC – MSU Soccer Park

22 – @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Highmark Stadium

26 – @ Nashville SC – First Tennessee Park

29 – @ Charleston Battery – MUSC Health Stadium

July

5 – Ottawa Fury FC – MSU Soccer Park

10 – @ Bethlehem Steel FC – Talen Energy Stadium

14 – Atlanta United FC 2 – MSU Soccer Park

20 – @ Memphis 901 FC – AutoZone Park

27 – Tampa Bay Rowdies – MSU Soccer Park

August

3 – Saint Louis FC – MSU Soccer Park

10 – @ Hartford Athletic – Dillon Stadium

14 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds – MSU Soccer Park

24 – @ Swope Park Rangers – Children’s Mercy Victory Field

September

4 – @ Indy Eleven – Lucas Oil Stadium

13 – Charlotte Independence – MSU Soccer Park

18 – @ Saint Louis FC – Toyota Stadium

21 – @ Louisville City FC – Louisville Slugger Field

28 – Charleston Battery – MSU Soccer Park

October

5 – @ North Carolina FC – WakeMed Soccer Park

16 – Birmingham Legion FC – MSU Soccer Park

19 – @ Loudoun United FC – Loudon United Stadium