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United Soccer League Announces 2020 Tacoma Defiance Schedule

January 9, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Tacoma Defiance News Release

SEATTLE, WASH. - The United Soccer League on Thursday unveiled the complete 2020 schedule, with Tacoma Defiance hosting 17 matches at Cheney Stadium during the club's third campaign in Tacoma. The 34-game slate begins on Friday, March 6 with a home match against Reno 1868 FC. Kickoff times for each game will be announced at a later date.

Tacoma will play its first four matches of the season at home, followed by three consecutive road games. Defiance travels to face Cascadia rival Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday, May 16, and Portland visits Cheney Stadium on Friday, July 17. Tacoma closes the 2020 campaign with four of its final five games at home.

Overall, 385 games in the 2020 USL Championship regular season will be played on Saturdays, with a total of 509 games - 85 percent of the league's schedule - being held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Following the conclusion of the regular season, the top 10 teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences will qualify for the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs, which will open with the Eastern and Western Conference Wild Card Round on Wednesday, October 21. The Eastern and Western Conference Quarterfinals will then be held between October 24-25, the Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals between October 30-November 1 and the Eastern and Western Conference Finals between November 6-8.

The 2020 USL Championship Final to conclude the league's 10th anniversary season will be held between November 12-16 and aired on an ESPN broadcast network.

In a series of key announcements last January at a press conference inside Cheney Stadium, the Tacoma Rainiers and Seattle Sounders FC unveiled the long-awaited new brand for the organizations' United Soccer League club: Tacoma Defiance. Tacoma's professional soccer side now officially bears the name of its hometown, while proudly paying homage to the city's maritime roots and deep sense of civic identity. The Tacoma Defiance is led by second-year Head Coach Chris Little, who guided Tacoma to a 8-19-7 mark in his first season. The club ended its season on a five-match unbeaten streak, including two wins in its final two home contests.

2020 TACOMA DEFIANCE SCHEDULE

DAY DATE OPPONENT VENUE

Friday 03/06/20 vs. Reno 1868 FC Cheney Stadium

Wednesday 03/11/20 vs. San Diego Loyal Cheney Stadium

Sunday 03/22/20 vs. OKC Energy FC Cheney Stadium

Sunday 03/29/20 vs. El Paso Locomotive FC Cheney Stadium

Saturday 04/04/20 at Orange County SC Championship Soccer Stadium

Saturday 04/11/20 at San Antonio FC Toyota Field

Friday 04/17/20 at Real Monarchs SLC Zions Bank Stadium

Wednesday 04/29/20 vs. Sacramento Republic FC Cheney Stadium

Friday 05/08/20 vs. Phoenix Rising FC Cheney Stadium

Saturday 05/16/20 at Portland Timbers 2 Providence Park

Friday 05/22/20 vs. LA Galaxy II Cheney Stadium

Tuesday 05/26/20 vs. Austin Bold FC Cheney Stadium

Saturday 05/30/20 at FC Tulsa ONEOK Field

Friday 06/05/20 vs. Las Vegas Lights FC Cheney Stadium

Saturday 06/20/20 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Cheney Stadium

Saturday 06/27/20 at El Paso Locomotive FC Southwest University Park

Tuesday 06/30/20 at New Mexico United Isotopes Park

Saturday 07/11/20 at OKC Energy FC Taft Stadium

Friday 07/17/20 vs. Portland Timbers 2 Cheney Stadium

Saturday 07/25/20 at Las Vegas Lights FC Cashman Field

Wednesday 07/29/20 at Sacramento Republic FC Papa Murphy's Park

Saturday 08/01/20 vs. New Mexico United Cheney Stadium

Saturday 08/08/20 at LA Galaxy II Dignity Health Sports Park

Saturday 08/15/20 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Cheney Stadium

Sunday 08/23/20 at Austin Bold FC Bold Stadium

Friday 08/28/20 at Phoenix Rising FC Casino Arizona Field

Saturday 09/05/20 at Reno 1868 FC Greater Nevada Field

Sunday 09/13/20 at San Diego Loyal Torero Stadium

Saturday 09/19/20 at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Weidner Field

Wednesday 09/23/20 vs. San Antonio FC Cheney Stadium

Sunday 09/27/20 vs. Orange County SC Cheney Stadium

Saturday 10/03/20 at Rio Grande Valley FC Toros H-E-B Park

Saturday 10/10/20 vs. FC Tulsa Cheney Stadium

Saturday 10/17/20 vs. Real Monarchs SLC Cheney Stadium


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