The USL Championship will have a packed schedule of games next weekend. (Photo courtesy of the USL)
TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced Thursday the opening weekend of games that will kick off the league’s resumption of the 2020 season.
Nine games are scheduled between July 11-13, with five of those contests to be aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The remaining games will all be available on ESPN+.
The action will get underway with six games on Saturday, July 11 as defending USL Championship title-holder Real Monarchs SLC plays host to first-year side San Diego Loyal SC and head coach Landon Donovan at Zions Bank Stadium on ESPN Deportes at 4 p.m. ET.
Later in the night, 2019 Championship regular season champ Phoenix Rising FC will welcome the LA Galaxy II to Casino Arizona Field on ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET.
That day’s action will also include a showdown between Indy Eleven and Saint Louis FC at Lucas Oil Stadium where both teams will be looking to pick up where they left off after emphatic wins to start the campaign. Also in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Rowdies will host Atlanta United 2 at Al Lang Stadium, while out West, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will host New Mexico United at Weidner Field and Texas rivals El Paso Locomotive FC will welcome Rio Grande Valley FC to Southwest University Park.
Sunday evening will bring the spotlight to Louisville City FC’s Lynn Family Stadium, with the $65 million venue set to host its inaugural game live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes as LouCity faces a 2019 playoff rematch against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Monday night then brings two games from the Wednesday Conference, with Black Gold Derby rivals OKC Energy FC and FC Tulsa set to square off at Taft Stadium in a game that will air live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET. Sacramento Republic FC and the Tacoma Defiance then provide the nightcap on ESPN Deportes, with kickoff at Papa Murphy’s Park slated for 10 p.m. ET.