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USL Unveils 2017 Regular Season Home Openers

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 01/26/17, 1:45PM MST

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Defending champion Red Bulls II visit Pittsburgh in 13-game kickoff weekend slate; Phoenix Rising Opens Season Against Toronto FC II

TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League (USL), the largest second division professional soccer league in the world, today announced the home openers for the 2017 regular season, with a 13-game slate set to feature on the 2017 USL Kickoff Weekend on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26.

Phoenix Rising FC will open 2017 at home against Toronto FC II on March 25. The club has opened the season on the road the last two seasons

The 2016 USL Cup champion New York Red Bulls II will open their new campaign on the road as they visit a revamped Pittsburgh Riverhounds side at Highmark Stadium in one of 11 games on the opening Saturday of the season. The Red Bulls II will play host to the Richmond Kickers the following Saturday, April 1, in the club’s first contest at its new home on the picturesque campus of Montclair State University.

The 2016 USL Western Conference champion Swope Park Rangers will also kick off the season on their opening Saturday when they host a marquee clash with OKC Energy FC.

Two of the league’s newcomers in the 2017 season will also see action on home turf on the opening Saturday of the season, with the Tampa Bay Rowdies set to welcome Sunshine State rivals Orlando City B to scenic Al Lang Stadium, and Reno 1868 FC will square off with Orange County SC at Greater Nevada Field in its inaugural contest.

The third newcomer to the USL in 2017, Ottawa Fury FC, will kick off its inaugural season the following weekend with a visit to Saint Louis FC, while its home opener at TD Place arrives on April 22 against Toronto FC II.

Other highlights of the opening weekend in the Eastern Conference include the first clash for the Kings’ Cup in 2017 when Louisville City FC hosts Saint Louis FC at Slugger Field, while a postseason rematch sees the Charleston Battery host FC Cincinnati at MUSC Health Stadium. Meanwhile in the West, Rio Grande Valley FC hosts Texas rival San Antonio FC, and two 2016 playoff teams meet as the LA Galaxy II welcome Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.

The full 2017 USL regular season schedule will be announced in the coming days as the league begins the countdown to the seventh season in its history. Home opener kickoff times also will be announced at a later date.

2017 USL Home Openers

Saturday, March 25

Charleston Battery vs. FC Cincinnati

LA Galaxy II vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

Louisville City FC vs. Saint Louis FC

Phoenix Rising FC vs. Toronto FC II

Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. New York Red Bulls II

Portland Timbers 2 vs. Real Monarchs SLC

Reno 1868 FC vs. Orange County SC

Richmond Kickers vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

Swope Park Rangers vs. OKC Energy FC

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Orlando City B

Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Sunday, March 26

Rio Grande Valley FC vs. San Antonio FC

Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Sacramento Republic FC

Thursday, March 30

Orlando City B vs. Louisville City FC

Saturday, April 1

Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Rochester Rhinos

Charlotte Independence vs. Charleston Battery

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. OKC Energy FC

New York Red Bulls II vs. Richmond Kickers

Real Monarchs SLC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Sacramento Republic FC vs. Orange County SC

Saint Louis FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC

San Antonio FC vs. LA Galaxy II

Friday, April 7

Toronto FC II vs. Rochester Rhinos

Saturday, April 8

OKC Energy FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2

Saturday, April 15

FC Cincinnati vs. Saint Louis FC

Harrisburg City Islanders vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

Sunday, April 16

Orange County SC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Saturday, April 22

Ottawa Fury FC vs. Toronto FC II

Rochester Rhinos vs. New York Red Bulls II

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