Every week of the 2019 United Soccer League Championship season, a whole lot of eyeballs will be watching at least one game.
The league announced Thursday it struck a deal with ESPN for a “Game of the Week” package. A total of 26 games will air on ESPN platforms, including eight that will air on national television. The other 14 games will be streamed on ESPN3.
“We’re very pleased to see so many of our clubs getting exposure on the national stage,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said in a statement. “Our partnership with ESPN is elevating our league to new heights, and we could not be happier with its ability to bring our league to soccer fans across the United States.”
The first USL Championship game to be nationally televised will come on May 8, when Nashville SC hosts the Tampa Bay Rowdies at First Tennessee Park. ESPN2 will carry coverage of the game, beginning at 8 p.m. EST. The other seven nationally televised games will be carried by ESPNews.
A game between New Mexico United and the Tulsa Roughnecks will begin ESPN’s coverage of the USL Championship season. That game, which begins at 9 p.m. EST at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can be watched on ESPN3, the Worldwide Leader’s streaming service.
The USL Championship: Coming to a 📺 near you!
— USL Championship (@USLChampionship) February 28, 2019
ESPN also has an open, flex date on the schedule, with Oct. 19’s “Game of the Week” still to be determined.
In addition to this national schedule, all of the league’s other regular season contests can be watched on ESPN+, the network’s paid streaming service.
The full national schedule is below:
March 20 – New Mexico United vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3
April 10 – Memphis 901 FC vs. ATL UTD 2, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNews
April 17 – Austin Bold FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
April 30 – Louisville City FC vs. Memphis 901 FC, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
May 8 – Nashville SC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
May 22 – Birmingham Legion FC vs. Nashville SC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNews
June 5 – New Mexico United vs. OKC Energy FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNews
June 18 – Reno 1868 FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
June 26 – San Antonio FC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPNews
July 3 – Sacramento Republic FC vs. Fresno FC, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN3
July 12 – Real Monarchs SLC vs. Tacoma Defiance, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN3
July 17 – North Carolina FC vs. Loudon United FC, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
July 24 – Orange County SC vs. Reno 1868 FC, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
July 31 – New Mexico United vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Aug. 7 – Sacramento Republic FC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC, 11 p.m. ET, ESPNews
Aug. 21 – North Carolina FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNews
Aug. 30 – Louisville City FC vs. Indy Eleven, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Sept. 11 – Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Sept. 18 – Saint Louis FC vs. New York Red Bulls II, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Oct. 2 – El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Fresno FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Oct. 9 – Hartford Athletic vs. Birmingham Legion FC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNews
Oct. 19/20 – To Be Decided, ESPN3