Datebook: USL Championship will kick off 2020 season on March 6

The USL Championship will kick off 2020 season on March 6. The first weekend will involve 32 of the league's 35 teams.

The San Diego Loyal, coached by Landon Donovan, will play its first game on March 7 when it hosts the Las Vegas Lights under second-year coach Eric Wynalda at the University of San Diego's Torero Stadium.

Miami FC, which won titles last season in the NPSL and NISA, will play its first home game in the USL on March 13 when it hosts the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Riccardo Silva Stadium. It will be the first league meeting between the teams since 2016 when they tied three times in the NASL.

Louisville City will open its new 11,700-seat Lynn Family Stadium on April 11 against the Birmingham Legion. The Charleston Battery will move into the College of Charleston’s Ralph Lundy Field at Patriots Point for the 2020 season following the sale of its stadium on Daniel Island. The Battery's 2020 home opener will be March 28.

2020 Home Openers:
March 6
Orange County SC vs. El Paso
Tacoma vs. Reno 1868
March 7
Austin vs. New Mexico United
Memphis 901 vs. Indy Eleven
NY Red Bulls II vs. Tampa Bay
North Carolina FC vs. Louisville City
OKC Energy FC vs. Colorado Springs
Phila. Union II vs. Loudoun United
Phoenix vs. Timbers 2
Sac Republic FC vs. FC Tulsa
Saint Louis FC vs. Miami FC
San Antonio FC vs. Real Monarchs
San Diego vs. Las Vegas
March 8
ATL UTD 2 vs. Charleston
Rio Grande Valley FC vs. LA Galaxy II
Sporting KC II vs. Charlotte
March 13
LA Galaxy II vs. Austin
Miami FC vs. Tampa Bay
March 14
Charlotte vs. Pittsburgh
Colorado Springs vs. San Antonio FC
El Paso vs. Timbers 2
FC Tulsa vs. New Mexico United
Las Vegas vs. Sac Republic FC
Real Monarchs vs. Phoenix
Reno 1868 vs. OKC Energy FC
March 15
Birmingham vs. Charleston
March 21
Hartford vs. Charleston
New Mexico United vs. El Paso
Pittsburgh vs. Louisville City
Tampa Bay vs. North Carolina FC
March 28
Charleston vs. Phila. Union II
April 4
Indy Eleven vs. Louisville City
April 11
Louisville City vs. Birmingham
May 6
Loudoun United vs. Charlotte
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