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USL announces 2017 Conference alignment and kickoff date

January 10, 2017


The United Soccer League (USL) has revealed its structure for the 2017 season, with 30 teams playing an expanded 32-game schedule, which kicks off on March 24-26.

The regular season will conclude on October 13-15, and will be followed by postseason play, which will include Conference Quarterfinals (Oct. 20-22), Semifinals (Oct. 27-29) and Final (Nov. 3-5). The 2017 USL Cup Final will be played the weekend of November 10-12. 

The full 2017 USL schedule will be released in due course via the USL's digital channels.

The 2017 USL Conference alignment

The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury are newcomers to the league and they will play in the Eastern Conference, while expansion Reno 1868 FC will play in the Western Conference. 

Saint Louis FC will rejoin the Eastern Conference, and both the Eastern and Western Conferences will each have 15 teams.

Western Conference:
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
LA Galaxy II
OKC Energy FC
Orange County Blues FC
Phoenix Rising FC
Portland Timbers 2
Real Monarchs SLC
Reno 1868 FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
Sacramento Republic FC
San Antonio FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Swope Park Rangers
Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

Eastern Conference:
Bethlehem Steel FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
FC Cincinnati
Harrisburg City Islanders
Louisville City FC
New York Red Bulls II
Orlando City B
Ottawa Fury FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers
Rochester Rhinos
Saint Louis FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Toronto FC II

The 2017 USL season features three new teams, and has announced Nashville SC will join the league in 2018. Additional expansion announcements are expected in the near future.

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PRO assignments for USL matches in 2017 will be announced in due course. 

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