2020 USL Championship season

The 2020 USL Championship season is the tenth season of the USL Championship and fourth under Division II sanctioning. This is the second season in which the league is operating under the name "USL Championship", having used the name "United Soccer League" through 2018. Real Monarchs SLC are the defending USL Cup champions.

USL Championship
Season2020
2019
2021 →
All statistics correct as of November 22, 2019.

On November 8, 2019, Ottawa Fury FC announced that it had suspended operations. The team had received sanctioning from its country's governing body, Canada Soccer, but was denied by U.S. Soccer and the continental governing body of CONCACAF.[1] Additionally, the 2020 season is the first season without current version of Nashville SC. The club's identity will transfer to a Major League Soccer team that will start play in 2020.[2]

Changes from 2019

Expansion clubs

Rebranded clubs

Moves

Departing clubs

Teams

The following teams are playing in the 2020 USL Championship season:

Team Location Stadium Capacity Head coach MLS affiliate / ownership
Atlanta United 2 Kennesaw, Georgia Fifth Third Bank Stadium 8,318 Stephen Glass Atlanta United FC
Austin Bold FC Austin, Texas Bold Stadium 5,000 Marcelo Serrano
Birmingham Legion FC Birmingham, Alabama BBVA Field 5,000 Tom Soehn
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina Patriots Point Soccer Complex 5,000 Mike Anhaeuser
Charlotte Independence Matthews, North Carolina Sportsplex at Matthews 5,000 Mike Jeffries
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Colorado Springs, Colorado Weidner Field 5,000 Alan Koch Colorado Rapids
El Paso Locomotive FC El Paso, Texas Southwest University Park 9,500 Mark Lowry
Hartford Athletic Hartford, Connecticut Dillon Stadium 5,500 Radhi Jaïdi
Indy Eleven Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium 62,421 Martin Rennie Chicago Fire
LA Galaxy II Carson, California Dignity Health Track Stadium 5,000 Junior Gonzalez (Interim) LA Galaxy
Las Vegas Lights FC Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field 9,334 Eric Wynalda
Loudoun United FC Leesburg, Virginia Segra Field 5,000 Ryan Martin D.C. United
Louisville City FC Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field 8,000 John Hackworth
Memphis 901 FC Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park 10,000 Tim Mulqueen
Miami FC Miami, Florida Riccardo Silva Stadium 20,000 Nelson Vargas
New Mexico United Albuquerque, New Mexico Isotopes Park 13,500 Troy Lesesne
New York Red Bulls II Montclair, New Jersey MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field 5,000 John Wolyniec New York Red Bulls
North Carolina FC Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000 Dave Sarachan
OKC Energy FC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Taft Stadium 7,500 John Pascarella
Orange County SC Irvine, California Champion Stadium 5,000 Braeden Cloutier
Philadelphia Union II Chester, Pennsylvania Talen Energy Stadium 18,500 Brendan Burke Philadelphia Union
Phoenix Rising FC Tempe, Arizona Casino Arizona Field 6,200 Rick Schantz
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium 5,000 Bob Lilley
Portland Timbers 2 Hillsboro, Oregon Hillsboro Stadium 7,600 Cameron Knowles Portland Timbers
Real Monarchs Herriman, Utah Zions Bank Stadium 5,000 Jámison Olave Real Salt Lake
Reno 1868 FC Reno, Nevada Greater Nevada Field 9,013 Ian Russell San Jose Earthquakes
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Edinburg, Texas H-E-B Park 9,400 Gerson Echeverry Houston Dynamo
Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento, California Papa Murphy's Park 11,569 Mark Briggs
San Diego Loyal SC San Diego, California Torero Stadium 6,000 Landon Donovan
Saint Louis FC Fenton, Missouri West Community Stadium 5,500 Anthony Pulis
San Antonio FC San Antonio, Texas Toyota Field 8,296 Alen Marcina New York City FC
Sporting Kansas City II Kansas City, Kansas Children's Mercy Park 18,467 Paulo Nagamura Sporting Kansas City
Tacoma Defiance Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium 6,500 Chris Little Seattle Sounders FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies St. Petersburg, Florida Al Lang Stadium 7,227 Neill Collins
FC Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833 Michael Nsien
  MLS-affiliated
  MLS-owned

Competition format

The regular season and playoff format, plus the division alignment will be announced in January.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
OKC Energy FC Steve Cooke Contract not renewed[8] October 22, 2019 John Pascarella[9] November 22, 2019
Hartford Athletic Jimmy Nielsen Mutual separation[10] October 27, 2019 Radhi Jaïdi[11] November 8, 2019
San Antonio FC Darren Powell Mutual separation[12] October 30, 2019 Alen Marcina[13] December 9, 2019
Sacramento Republic FC Simon Elliott Contract not renewed[14] November 5, 2019 Mark Briggs[15] December 16, 2019
Real Monarchs SLC Jamison Olave (interim) End of interim period[16] November 20, 2019 Jamison Olave November 20, 2019

References

  1. "Ottawa Fury FC Forced to Suspend Operations" (Press release). USL Championship. November 8, 2019. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  2. "Nashville MLS expansion team unveils name, crest" (Press release). Major League Soccer. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. "Second-division USL team in San Diego prepares to start in 2020". The San Diego Union-Tribune. September 17, 2019.
  4. "Philadelphia Union USL Championship Team To Rebrand As Union II". philadelphiaunion.com. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  5. "Sporting Club's USL Championship team to become Sporting Kansas City II". sportingkc.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  6. "FC Tulsa Unveils New Name, Crest and Colors To Usher In New Era of Pro Soccer In Tulsa". fctulsa.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  7. "The Miami FC Joins The USL Championship". miamifc.com. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  8. "Energy FC Parts Ways With Head Coach Steve Cooke". OKC Energy FC. October 22, 2019.
  9. "Energy FC Appoints John Pascarella as Head Coach". OKC Energy FC. November 22, 2019.
  10. "Hartford Athletic and Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen Part Ways". Hartford Athletic. October 27, 2019.
  11. "Hartford Athletic Announces New Head Coach Radhi Jaïdi of Premier League's Southampton Football Club". Hartford Athletic. November 8, 2019.
  12. "San Antonio FC Mutually Agrees To Part Ways With Head Coach Darren Powell". San Antonio FC. October 30, 2019.
  13. "San Antonio FC Names Alen Marcina Head Coach". San Antonio FC Communications. December 9, 2019.
  14. "Republic FC Parts Ways With Coaches Simon Elliott and Benjamin Ziemer Following 2019 Season". Sacramento Republic FC. November 5, 2019.
  15. "Republic FC Promotes Mark Briggs to Serve as Club's Next USL Head Coach". Republic FC Communications. December 16, 2019.
  16. "Jamison Olave Tabbed Fifth Head Coach in Team History after Leading Team to USL Championship Title". Real Salt Lake. November 20, 2019.
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