TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League (USL) and ESPN announced today the full 2019 schedule for the USL Championship Game of the Week with Reno 1868 FC to be featured twice. The schedule includes more must-see games airing across ESPN’s linear networks than ever before, with eight contests set to air on national television over the course of the regular season, as well as an additional 14 to stream digitally on ESPN3.
In what is set to be the biggest season in league history, 26 teams from across the Championship will feature on national broadcasts, including five of the league’s seven expansion sides.
“We’re very pleased to see so many of our clubs getting exposure on the national stage,” said USL CEO, Alec Papadakis. “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.”
Reno 1868 FC's first covered Game of the Week will be the June 18 home match against 2018 USL Cup finalist Phoenix Rising FC. The match is set to be aired on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The second match included in the coverage is the July 24 face-off against Orange County SC at Champion Stadium which will be aired on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. PT.
In addition to having the USL Championship Game of the Week on ESPN3, ESPNews and ESPN2, the league’s regular-season contests will be available in the United States through ESPN+, where the league will reside alongside USL League One, Serie A, Major League Soccer, the English Football League and UEFA Nations League, as well as numerous other competitions from around the world.
For the fourth consecutive year, every game will be produced by USL Productions, the league’s state-of-the-art broadcast production and distribution facilities established in partnership with VISTA Worldlink in south Florida. Over the course of 2019, USL Productions will produce and distribute more than 700 matches and more than 1,500 hours of original content to national partners and local affiliates across the USL Championship and USL League One seasons.