USL Championship Unveils 2019 Conference Alignment

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship today announced its conference alignment for the league’s 2019 regular season. The league will feature 36 teams across two conferences in the upcoming season, with the clubs set to embark on a 34-game regular-season schedule that will be conducted over 33 weeks and open on the weekend of March 8-10, 2019.

Four of the league’s expansion arrivals will join the Eastern Conference, with Birmingham Legion FC, Hartford Athletic, Loudoun United FC and Memphis 901 FC joining the conference led by defending USL Cup champion Louisville City FC.

The Eastern Conference also features two new arrivals in Saint Louis FC and the Swope Park Rangers, who make the move after both reaching the USL Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference a season ago.

The remaining three expansion clubs – Austin Bold FC, El Paso Locomotive FC and New Mexico United – join the Western Conference for their inaugural seasons. The addition of Austin and El Paso to the conference gives the USL Championship four clubs in Texas for the first time, while New Mexico and El Paso are set to engage in a strong regional rivalry with the clubs separated by just over 250 miles.

2019 USL Championship Conference Alignment
Eastern Conference                                         Western Conference

ATL UTD 2                                                        Austin Bold FC
Bethlehem Steel FC                                          Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Birmingham Legion FC                                      El Paso Locomotive FC
Charleston Battery                                           Fresno FC
Charlotte Independence                                   LA Galaxy II
Hartford Athletic                                              Las Vegas Lights FC
Indy Eleven                                                      New Mexico United
Loudoun United FC                                           OKC Energy FC
Louisville City FC                                              Orange County SC
Memphis 901 FC                                               Phoenix Rising FC
Nashville SC                                                      Portland Timbers 2
New York Red Bulls II                                        Real Monarchs SLC
North Carolina FC                                             Reno 1868 FC
Ottawa Fury FC                                                 Rio Grande Valley FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC                                Sacramento Republic FC
Saint Louis FC                                                   San Antonio FC
Swope Park Rangers                                          Seattle Sounders FC 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies                                          Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Home openers for the 2019 USL Championship season and the full 2019 regular season schedule will be announced at a future date.