Eastern Conference (USL Championship)

The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in USL Championship soccer.[1]

Eastern Conference
LeagueUSL Championship
SportSoccer
FoundedJanuary 21, 2015
Teams
No. of teams18
Championships
Most recent Eastern Conference champion(s)Louisville City FC
(3nd title)
Most Eastern Conference titlesLouisville City FC
(3 titles)

Current standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 34 19 11 4 58 30 +28 68 Conference Quarterfinals
2 Nashville SC 34 20 7 7 59 26 +33 67
3 Indy Eleven 34 19 6 9 48 29 +19 63
4 Louisville City FC 34 17 9 8 58 41 +17 60
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 34 16 10 8 61 33 +28 58
6 New York Red Bulls II 34 17 6 11 74 51 +23 57
7 North Carolina FC 34 16 8 10 57 37 +20 56 Play-In Round
8 Ottawa Fury FC 34 14 10 10 50 43 +7 52
9 Charleston Battery 34 11 13 10 44 44 0 46
10 Birmingham Legion FC 34 12 7 15 35 51 16 43
11 Saint Louis FC 34 11 9 14 40 41 1 42
12 Loudoun United FC 34 11 6 17 59 65 6 39
13 Charlotte Independence 34 9 11 14 42 53 11 38
14 Atlanta United 2 34 9 8 17 45 77 32 35
15 Memphis 901 FC 34 9 7 18 37 52 15 34
16 Bethlehem Steel FC 34 8 7 19 49 78 29 31
17 Hartford Athletic 34 8 5 21 49 80 31 29
18 Swope Park Rangers 34 6 8 20 46 80 34 26
Source: USL Championship Standings
Rules for classification: 1) total wins; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) points earned against top four Conference finishers; 5) disciplinary points; 6) coin toss or drawing of lots

Members

Current

Club City Stadium
Atlanta United 2 Lawrenceville, Georgia Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Bethlehem Steel FC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Talen Energy Stadium
Birmingham Legion FC Birmingham, Alabama BBVA Compass Field
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina MUSC Health Stadium
Charlotte Independence Matthews, North Carolina Sportsplex at Matthews
Hartford Athletic Hartford, Connecticut Dillon Stadium
Indy Eleven Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium [lower-roman 1]
Loudoun United FC Leesburg, Virginia Audi Field [lower-roman 2]
Louisville City FC Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field [lower-roman 3][lower-roman 2]
Memphis 901 FC Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park [lower-roman 3]
Nashville SC Nashville, Tennessee First Tennessee Park [lower-roman 3]
New York Red Bulls II Montclair, New Jersey MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field
North Carolina FC Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park
Ottawa Fury FC Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium [lower-roman 1]
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium
Saint Louis FC Fenton, Missouri Toyota Stadium
Swope Park Rangers Kansas City, Kansas Children's Mercy Park
Tampa Bay Rowdies St. Petersburg, Florida Al Lang Stadium [lower-roman 3]

Notes

  1. Shared facility; not a soccer-specific stadium
  2. Team has announced plans to move into a soccer-specific stadium
  3. Baseball park
Locations of announced teams for the 2019 USL Championship season
MLS-owned club; MLS-affiliated club; no MLS affiliation

Conference Lineups

Clubs timeline

Conference Member   Club moved to Western Conference   Former clubs

Orlando City B & Rochester Rhinos went on hiatus after the 2017 season.[2][3]

2015

Lineup for 2015

2016

Lineup for 2016

Changes from 2015

2017

Lineup for 2017

Changes from 2016

2018

Lineup for 2018

Changes from 2017

2019

Lineup for 2019

Changes from 2018

Eastern Conference Playoff champions by year

Bold USL Champions
Season Champions Score Runners Up
2015 Rochester Rhinos 1–0 Louisville City FC
2016 New York Red Bulls II 1–1 (4–3 PK) Louisville City FC
2017 Louisville City FC 1–1 (4–3 PK) New York Red Bulls II
2018 Louisville City FC 5–1 New York Red Bulls II
2019 Louisville City FC 3–1 (AET) Indy Eleven

Eastern Conference regular season champions by year

Bold USL Regular Season Champions
Season Team Record Playoffs result
2015 Rochester Rhinos 17–1–10 (+25) Won USL Championship
2016 New York Red Bulls II 21–3–6 (+40) Won USL Championship
2017 Louisville City FC 18–6–8 (+27) Won USL Championship
2018 FC Cincinnati 23–3–8 (+38) Lost Conference Semifinals
2019 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 19-4-11 (+28) Lost Conference Semifinals

See also

References

  1. "Expanded USL Unveils 2015 Format". United Soccer League (USL). January 21, 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  2. Tsujimoto, Ben (November 30, 2017). "Rochester Rhinos to take hiatus from United Soccer League". Buffalo, NY: Buffalo News. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  3. "Orlando City B Elects to Forgo 2018 USL Division II Season". Orlando City SC. January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  4. "2016 USL Alignment and Format Announced". United Soccer League (USL). January 20, 2016. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  5. "USL Announces 2017 Conference Alignment". www.uslsoccer.com. United Soccer League (USL). January 9, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  6. "USL Championship Unveils 2019 Conference Alignment". United Soccer League (USL). December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
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