2020 USL Championship Opening Weekend Preview
The long wait is over. The 2020 USL Championship season gets underway in the early hours of Saturday morning and there are six teams to look out for in the opening weekend.
Two of our clients have switched clubs in the second-tier of US soccer. Johnny Fenwick has moved to Las Vegas Lights and Lewis Hilton is now with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Of the six games this weekend, the first one is Andrew Fox’s El Paso Locomotive FC against Orange County SC. Locomotive made it all the way to the Western Conference Final in the 2019 season and will be aiming to go one step further in 2020.
Meanwhile, Hilton is in contention to play his first game for Tampa Bay, who are on the road against New York Red Bulls II. The Rowdies finished fifth in the Eastern Conference last season, but lost in the quarter finals of the Playoffs.
Bruce and New Mexico United heading into second season
New Mexico United, after a successful first season, will face Austin Bold and client Daniel Bruce is now heading into his second season as a professional. Bruce made an impact both on and off the field in New Mexico and will be looking to do the same this campaign.
In the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time), Macauley King’s Indy Eleven will face Memphis 901 FC. Indy had a strong regular season in 2019 and finished third in the conference. King’s team lost to Louisville City in extra-time in the Eastern Conference Final.
Fenwick has a new home in Las Vegas and will be determined to make an impact with his new team. The Lights missed out on the Playoffs last season by five points. Vegas will take on San Diego Loyal in the early hours of Sunday morning, who will be playing their first ever game this weekend.
Leeroy Maguraushe, who suffered a season-ending injury at the start of last season, and his San Antonio FC team are the only team at home. SAFC missed out on the Playoffs by a single point in 2019.
USL Championship Opening Weekend (Selected Fixtures)
Orange County SC vs El Paso Locomotive FC (March 7, 3:00am)
New York Red Bulls II vs Tampa Bay Rowdies (March 7, 8:00pm)
Memphis 901 FC vs Indy Eleven (March 8, 12:00am)
Austin Bold FC vs New Mexico United (March 8, 1:300am)
San Antonio FC vs Real Monarchs SLC (March 8, 1:30am)
San Diego Loyal vs Las Vegas Lights FC (March 8, 3:00am)
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