United Soccer League Announces 2020 Tacoma Defiance Schedule

Defiance set to play 17 home matches at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium; 2020 campaign begins at home on Friday, March 6 vs. Reno 1868 FC

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 March 6 vs. Reno 1868 FC Cheney Stadium
Wednesday March 11 vs. San Diego Loyal Cheney Stadium
Sunday March 22 vs. OKC Energy FC Cheney Stadium
Sunday March 29 vs. El Paso Locomotive FC Cheney Stadium
Saturday April 4 at Orange County SC Championship Soccer Stadium
Saturday April 11 at San Antonio FC Toyota Field
Friday April 17 at Real Monarchs SLC Zions Bank Stadium
Wednesday April 29 vs. Sacramento Republic FC Cheney Stadium
Friday May 8 vs. Phoenix Rising FC Cheney Stadium
Saturday May 16 at Portland Timbers 2 Providence Park
Friday May 22 vs. LA Galaxy II Cheney Stadium
Tuesday May 26 vs. Austin Bold FC Cheney Stadium
Saturday May 30 at FC Tulsa ONEOK Field
Friday June 5 vs. Las Vegas Lights FC Cheney Stadium
Saturday June 20 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Cheney Stadium
Saturday June 27 at El Paso Locomotive FC Southwest University Park
Tuesday June 30 at New Mexico United Isotopes Park
Saturday July 11 at OKC Energy FC Taft Stadium
Friday July 17 vs. Portland Timbers 2 Cheney Stadium
Saturday July 25 at Las Vegas Lights FC Cashman Field
Wednesday July 29 at Sacramento Republic FC Papa Murphy’s Park
Saturday August 1 vs. New Mexico United Cheney Stadium
Saturday August 8 at LA Galaxy II Dignity Health Sports Park
Saturday August 15 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Cheney Stadium
Sunday August 23 at Austin Bold FC Bold Stadium
Friday August 28 at Phoenix Rising FC Casino Arizona Field
Saturday September 5 at Reno 1868 FC Greater Nevada Field
Sunday September 13 at San Diego Loyal Torero Stadium
Saturday September 19 at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Weidner Field
Wednesday September 23 vs. San Antonio FC Cheney Stadium
Sunday September 27 vs. Orange County SC Cheney Stadium
Saturday October 3 at Rio Grande Valley FC Toros H-E-B Park
Saturday October 10 vs. FC Tulsa Cheney Stadium
Saturday October 17 vs. Real Monarchs SLC Cheney Stadium

 

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