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Loudoun United learns schedule, rules for 2020 season

D.C.’s USL side kicks off on ESPN, and will play a whole lot of rivals over the next few months.

Courtesy Loudoun United FC

Loudoun United learned their remaining opponents for the 2020 season last week, playing the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union USL sides, Hartford Athletic and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds as part of an eight group format amongst the 35 USL Championship clubs. Loudoun will play those teams three times each for a total of 12 games, comprising a 16-game regular season, with the three remaining games to be played against the Charleston Battery, North Carolina FC and Louisville City FC, the latter appearing in Loudoun’s home opener on August 15. Teams were grouped in a similar geographic region (to not exceed a 500 mile road travel radius), part of a wide-ranging health and wellness protocol document which can be found here.

Of the teams within their group, the only one Loudoun has beaten thus far in their history has been the Red Bulls (sweeping their two-game series 3-1 and 7-3), with a 0-5-2 record against the others, including their scoreless draw with the Union in Week 1 of the season, (Loudoun went 3-5 against the other three teams in 2019). The teams will play their games over 13 weeks from the July 11 start date, ending between October 2-4, with Loudoun’s reopening game scheduled for Monday, July 20 at 7pm on ESPN2. Loudoun United coach Ryan Martin is looking forward to the challenge.

“it’s an interesting group, you’re dealing with basically the defending Supporter’s Shield winner(in Pittsburgh), it’s never an easy place to play. (But) we did play them in preseason, so in a weird way that we’ve seen them so we have a little bit of an idea of what we’re getting. Hartford is interesting because it’s an unknown, really new coach (Radhi Jaidi), so we started to look at what he did (coaching U-23s) in Southampton and some different things there. Then your (other) two teams are in the same boat as us. So it’s an interesting group for sure but we feel good just with the group mentality with where they are and we feel we feel like we’re further along now than we were last year, a lot of ways.”

The schedule is below, a note that most times are in the process of being finalized.

Loudoun United 2020 Schedule

Game Day Date Home team Away team Time
Game Day Date Home team Away team Time
1 Saturday March 7 Philadelphia Union II Loudoun United 7:30 PM
2 Monday July 20 Hartford Athletic Loudoun United 7:00 PM
3 Sunday August 2 Hartford Athletic Loudoun United 7:00 PM
4 Wednesday August 12 New York Red Bulls II Loudoun United TBD
5 Saturday August 15 Loudoun United Louisville City FC 6:30 PM
6 Wednesday August 19 Loudoun United Pittsburgh Riverhounds 7:00 PM
7 Sunday August 23 Hartford Athletic Loudoun United 7:00 PM
8 Saturday August 29 Loudoun United New York Red Bulls II 6:30 PM
9 Tuesday September 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds Loudoun United 7:00 PM
10 Saturday September 5 Hartford Athletic Loudoun United 7:00 PM
11 Saturday September 12 Loudoun United Philadelphia Union II 6:30 PM
12 Wednesday September 16 Philadelphia Union II Loudoun United TBD
13 Saturday September 19 Loudoun United Pittsburgh Riverhounds 6:30 PM
14 Saturday September 26 Charleston Battery Loudoun United 7:30 PM
15 Wednesday September 30 North Carolina FC Loudoun United 7:00 PM
16 Saturday October 4 Loudoun United North Carolina FC 11:00 AM