USL Championship 2019 alignment and schedule

Discussion in 'United Soccer Leagues' started by newtex, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Some news has crept out about the 2019 USL alignment. We'll see if comes true.

    There is a report that Swope Park and St. Louis will be moving to the Eastern Conference and that a vote will take place later on possibly changing to a three conference alignment in 2020. That makes a certain amount of sense with the shuffle between USL-C and USL-1 to probably continue.

    If that that report is true we are probably looking at conferences like this for 2019 with 18 teams in each. That would mean 34 games in a double round-robin within each conference so probably no inter-conference play.

    Expansion teams in Red

    EAST
    Atlanta United 2
    Bethlehem Steel
    Birmingham Legion
    Charleston Battery
    Charlotte Independence
    Hartford Athletic
    Indy Eleven
    Loudoun United
    Louisville City
    Memphis 901
    Nashville SC
    NY Red Bulls II
    North Carolina FC
    Ottawa Fury
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Saint Louis
    Swope Park Rangers
    Tampa Bay Rowdies


    WEST
    Austin Bold
    Colorado Springs Switchbacks
    El Paso Locomotive
    Fresno FC
    LA Galaxy II
    Las Vegas Lights
    New Mexico United
    OKC Energy
    Orange County SC
    Phoenix Rising
    Portland Timbers 2
    Real Monarchs
    Reno 1868
    Rio Grande Valley
    Sacramento Republic
    San Antonio FC
    Seattle Sounders 2
    Tulsa Roughnecks
     
  2. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Maybe I spoke too soon. Ottawa appears to be in doubt for 2019. We'll see what happens.
     
  3. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    The 2019 home openers schedule is out:
    https://www.indyeleven.com/news_article/show/977349

    Obviously this is pending the resolution of the Ottawa situation.

    Home team first.

    Saturday, March 9
    Atlanta United 2 v. Hartford Athletic
    Birmingham Legion FC v. Bethlehem Steel
    Charleston Battery v. Ottawa Fury
    El Paso Locomotive v. OKC Energy
    LA Galaxy II v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks
    Las Vegas Lights v. Austin Bold
    Memphis 901 v. Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nashville SC v. Loudoun United
    New Mexico United vs. Fresno FC
    New York Red Bulls II v. Swope Park Rangers
    North Carolina FC vs. Louisville City
    Reno 1868 vs. Orange County SC
    Sacramento Republic vs. Real Monarchs SLC
    Saint Louis vs. Indy Eleven
    San Antonio vs. Phoenix Rising
    Seattle Sounders 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC
    Tulsa Roughnecks vs. Portland Timbers 2

    Friday, March 15
    Charlotte Independence v. Indy Eleven

    Saturday, March 16
    Bethlehem Steel v. North Carolina FC
    Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. Sacramento Republic
    OKC Energy v. Las Vegas Lights
    Orange County SC v. Tulsa Roughnecks
    Phoenix Rising v. New Mexico United
    Real Monarchs SLC v. El Paso Locomotive
    Rio Grande Valley FC v. Fresno FC
    Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

    Saturday, March 23
    Fresno FC v. Reno 1868
    Louisville City v. Hartford Athletic
    Portland Timbers 2 v. Las Vegas Lights
    Swope Park Rangers v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

    Saturday, March 30
    Austin Bold v. San Antonio FC
    Indy Eleven v. Hartford Athletic

    Saturday, April 6
    Ottawa Fury v. Nashville SC

    Saturday, April 13
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Hartford Athletic

    Friday, May 3
    Loudoun United v. Bethlehem Steel

    Saturday, May 4
    Hartford Athletic v. Charlotte Independence
     
  4. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    #4 newtex, Jan 14, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
    2019 USL-C affiliations with MLS:

    MLS-Owned teams (9)
    Atlanta United 2
    Bethlehem Steel
    Loudoun United
    NY Red Bulls II
    Swope Park Rangers
    LA Galaxy II
    Portland Timbers 2
    Real Monarchs
    Seattle Sounders 2

    Hybrid teams (2)
    Reno 1868
    Rio Grande Valley

    Affiliated teams (7)
    Ottawa Fury
    Saint Louis
    Colorado Springs Switchbacks
    Fresno FC
    San Antonio FC
    Tulsa Roughnecks
    Orange County SC

    Un-affiliated teams (18)
    Birmingham Legion
    Charleston Battery
    Charlotte Independence
    Hartford Athletic
    Indy Eleven
    Louisville City
    Memphis 901
    Nashville SC
    North Carolina FC
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Austin Bold
    El Paso Locomotive
    Las Vegas Lights
    New Mexico United
    OKC Energy
    Phoenix Rising
    Sacramento Republic

    Also in USL-1:

    MLS-Owned (3)
    North Texas SC
    Orlando City B
    Toronto FC II

    Affiliated teams (2)

    Forward Madison - Minnesota United
    *FC Tucson - Phoenix Rising USL-C

    Un-affiliated teams (5)
    Chattanooga Red Wolves
    Greenville Triumph
    Lansing Ignite
    Richmond Kickers
    South Georgia Tormenta
     
  5. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    CORRECTION: Saint Louis is actually in the un-affiliated category this year.

    2019 USL-C affiliations with MLS:

    MLS-Owned teams (9)
    Atlanta United 2
    Bethlehem Steel
    Loudoun United
    NY Red Bulls II
    Swope Park Rangers
    LA Galaxy II
    Portland Timbers 2
    Real Monarchs
    Seattle Sounders 2

    Hybrid teams (2)
    Reno 1868
    Rio Grande Valley

    Affiliated teams (6)
    Ottawa Fury
    Colorado Springs Switchbacks
    Fresno FC
    San Antonio FC
    Tulsa Roughnecks
    Orange County SC

    Un-affiliated teams (19)
    Birmingham Legion
    Charleston Battery
    Charlotte Independence
    Hartford Athletic
    Indy Eleven
    Louisville City
    Memphis 901
    Nashville SC
    North Carolina FC
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Austin Bold
    El Paso Locomotive
    Las Vegas Lights
    New Mexico United
    OKC Energy
    Phoenix Rising
    Sacramento Republic

    Saint Louis

    Also in USL-1:

    MLS-Owned (3)
    North Texas SC
    Orlando City B
    Toronto FC II

    Affiliated teams (2)

    Forward Madison - Minnesota United
    *FC Tucson - Phoenix Rising USL-C

    Un-affiliated teams (5)
    Chattanooga Red Wolves
    Greenville Triumph
    Lansing Ignite
    Richmond Kickers
    South Georgia Tormenta
     
  6. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    36 teams. Yikes! And at least two more to be added.

    I think they really could've put the five remaining MLS reserve teams in League One, along with one more east team (likely either Charlotte or Bethlehem).

    It will also be interesting what USL owners think of Bill Edwards' comments regarding pro/rel within USL auspices.
     
  7. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    USL-C has 36 teams but it is effectively two 18 teams leagues. The only inter-conference play is in the USL Cup final. 18 is not an unmanageable number for a league.

    I don't think the USL is interesting in "putting" teams into League One. At least for now. They want teams to be where they want to be. I'm not sure where you are getting five remaining MLS reserve teams from. There are still at least 9 (and possibly 11 depending on how you count RGV and Reno) MLS reserve teams in USL-C. Some of them may drop down to USL-1 but it is hard to see the USL pushing them into that. Bethlehem is a MLS reserve team.

    Edwards said that the USL might look at pro-rel when they get USL-C and USL-1 up to 40 teams each. That will take a while. And he is not going to do things that the owners don't like.
     
  8. VBCity72

    VBCity72 Member+

    Aug 17, 2014
    Oki, J-pan
    Club:
    Plymouth Argyle FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Orange County is no longer affiliated with LAFC.
     
  9. Tobias C

    Tobias C Member+

    Columbus Crew
    Mar 6, 2014
    Toledo, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe I'm off a bit....but it seems like it would make sense to move all of the MLS reserve teams (the MLS owned ones) to League 1. I'm guessing Reno (billionaire ownership) can still financially justify USL Championship status. That would clear up spots in USL-C from 36 teams to like 27 or 28. Fill out the Championship with bigger markets that wont have a place in MLS, where you can get bigger money owners to still have a robust 2nd division. Cities like Memphis, Albuquerque, Birmingham, etc are good additions. Cleveland, Baltimore, Jacksonville, and New Orleans all make sense to me. Also San Diego and Detroit, depending on whether they ever can get it together for MLS.
     
  10. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm referring specifically to the "2" teams. T2, S2, NYRBII, Los Dos, and Atlanta 2.
     
  11. VBCity72

    VBCity72 Member+

    Aug 17, 2014
    Oki, J-pan
    Club:
    Plymouth Argyle FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ok but teams like Swope Park Rangers and Bethlehem Steel are "2" teams as well but they were just given real names.
     
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