We’re one day away from the 2020 USL Championship season, with teams and fans across the United States ready to battle for the next eight months in pursuit of lifting the trophy at the USL Championship Final in November.
Before the season gets underway with 16 games across this weekend – including the debuts of Miami FC and San Diego Loyal SC – we asked our team of five experts how they thought the new season would play out.
Check out the picks from Nicholas Murray, Mike Watts, Kelsi Steele, Devon Kerr and Jeff Rueter below, and then cast your ballot on how accurate their selections will prove at the end of the season.
Nicholas Murray is the USL’s Director of Editorial and brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the league’s history from his decade working for the organization.
Jeff Rueter is a staff writer for The Athletic. Based in Minnesota, Rueter's work has previously appeared in The Guardian, ESPN FC, Sky Sports, FourFourTwo USA and Howler Magazine.
Kelsi Steele is the host of USL Podcast Steele Some Time, and as the USL’s Senior Manager of Social Media and Content also hosts Hat Trick, Off the Post and Matchday on the league’s official channels.
|Coach of the Year|
|Defender of the Year|
|Goalkeeper of the Year|
|Young Player of the Year|
|Regular Season Champion|
|Eastern Conference Champion|
|Western Conference Champion|
|USL Championship Final Winner|
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