The 2020 national broadcast schedule for the USL Championship across ESPN networks was released on Wednesday featuring 20-plus games on ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes in the league’s 10th anniversary season — and unlike previous seasons — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC games will be featured.
Coverage runs from March through November and will include 19 regular season games and the 2020 USL Championship Final on ESPN linear television networks.
The Hounds, after last season’s Eastern Conference regular season top of the table finish, will be playing on ESPN family of networks on March 27 vs Tampa Bay, July 1 vs Louisville City FC and on Friday, October 9, against Miami.
The only one of these three matches at Highmark Stadium will be the match in October against Miami, as it will be the first visit ever for Miami to Pittsburgh.
The first of seven games on ESPNews takes place the opening weekend of the Championship season, pitting San Diego Loyal SC and Head Coach Landon Donovan against Las Vegas Lights FC and Head Coach Eric Wynalda at Torero Stadium in San Diego as the hosts compete in their first competitive game on Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
As part of the new rights agreement reached between the USL and ESPN this past August, the Championship will have Spanish-language coverage of 10 games on ESPN Deportes, beginning with the Tampa Bay Rowdies hosting Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The league’s ESPN2 coverage kicks off on Wednesday, April 29 when Memphis 901 FC welcomes the Charleston Battery to AutoZone Park before San Diego Loyal SC returns to host El Paso Locomotive FC on Wednesday, August 12 at 10 p.m. ET.
Overall, more than 590 games from the USL Championship will air on ESPN+, the industry-leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming platform, with coverage beginning on the opening day of the season, Friday, March 6. In addition, ESPN+ will feature more than 170 games from USL League One when its season kicks off on Friday, March 27.