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USL Championship Announces Opening Weekend Schedule

By Staff, 07/02/20, 11:00AM EDT


Five of nine games to air on national television as 2020 season resumes

2019 USL Championship Final winners Real Monarchs SLC will play in the opening game of the league's resumption of the 2020 season, hosting San Diego Loyal SC at Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday, July 11. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville Cit

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced today 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, 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 Title-winner Phoenix Rising FC will welcome the LA Galaxy II to Casino Arizona Field on ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET.

Saturday’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.

A complete schedule for the resumption of the 2020 USL Championship season will be released in the coming days.

2020 USL Championship Opening Weekend

Saturday, July 11
Real Monarchs SLC vs. San Diego Loyal SC, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes)
Indy Eleven vs. Saint Louis FC, 7 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Atlanta United 2, 7:30 p.m. ET
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. New Mexico United, 8 p.m. ET
El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC, 9:30 p.m. ET
Phoenix Rising FC vs. LA Galaxy II, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes)

Sunday, July 12
Louisville City FC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes)

Monday, July 13
OKC Energy FC vs. FC Tulsa, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Tacoma Defiance, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes)

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