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USL Championship Announces 2022 Home Openers

By Christina Ferrante, 01/06/22, 9:30AM PST

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Season kicks off March 12 with full 13-game slate of action in opening weekend

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship will open the 2022 season with a full slate of 13 games on the opening weekend of the campaign, and 23 of the 27 clubs will play their first home match within the first two weeks of the regular season, as the league opens its 12th season on Saturday, March 12. 

Newcomers Monterey Bay F.C. and Detroit City FC will make their debuts on the road, with Monterey Bay and Head Coach Frank Yallop set to visit one of his former clubs in Phoenix Rising FC. Detroit City, meanwhile, will feature in the lone interconference match of the opening weekend as it visits San Antonio FC. 

Other opening day highlights include a pair of playoff rematches as 2021 USL Championship title winner Orange County SC visits Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, while two-time Eastern Conference title winner the Tampa Bay Rowdies visit Birmingham Legion FC at its new home, Protective Field, to round out the weekend’s action on Sunday, March 13.

The second Saturday of the season, March 19, brings another intriguing set of matches highlighted by one of the league’s best rivalries when El Paso Locomotive FC and New Mexico United meet at Southwest University Park. Elsewhere, Orange County SC will welcome fellow 2021 postseason club Rio Grande Valley FC in its home opener as defending title holders, while Detroit City FC will take on the Charleston Battery in the first USL Championship game at Keyworth Stadium in what is sure to be a raucous and memorable atmosphere.

For Monterey Bay F.C., the freshly-renovated Cardinale Stadium on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay will be worth waiting for as it hosts its inaugural home match against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday, May 7.

The full 2022 USL Championship schedule will be announced next Wednesday, Jan. 12, with the 459-game regular season set to conclude on the weekend of October 14-16 ahead of the 2022 USL Championship Playoffs.

2022 USL Championship Home Openers
Subject to change. Start times & national TV schedule to be announced later

Saturday, March 12
Charleston Battery vs. FC Tulsa
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Orange County SC
Loudoun United FC vs. Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC vs. Atlanta United 2
Memphis 901 FC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Miami FC vs. New York Red Bulls II
New Mexico United vs. Las Vegas Lights FC
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Monterey Bay F.C.
Rio Grande Valley FC vs. Oakland Roots SC
Sacramento Republic FC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC
San Antonio FC vs. Detroit City FC
San Diego Loyal SC vs. LA Galaxy II

Sunday, March 13
Birmingham Legion FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Wednesday, March 16
Atlanta United 2 vs. New York Red Bulls II

Saturday, March 19
Detroit City FC vs. Charleston Battery
El Paso Locomotive FC vs. New Mexico United
LA Galaxy II vs. San Antonio FC
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC
New York Red Bulls II vs. Loudoun United FC
Orange County SC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Hartford Athletic
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Indy Eleven
FC Tulsa vs. Birmingham Legion FC

Saturday, March 26
Oakland Roots SC vs. Monterey Bay F.C.

Saturday, April 2
Indy Eleven vs. LA Galaxy II
Hartford Athletic vs. Atlanta United 2

Saturday, May 7
Monterey Bay F.C. vs. Las Vegas Lights FC