As promised, the USL Championship delivered and revealed its 2020 schedule this week, but rolling out details, piece-by-piece, layer by layer, from Monday through Thursday.
First, on Monday, announcement of home openers for each club was released. Pittsburgh will open at home against Louisville City FC.
Then, on Wednesday, came the proclamation of the Game of the Week telecasts being presented by the USL Championship’s broadcast partners, ESPN. The Hounds will be featured on three national broadcasts this season.
Finally, after Pittsburgh Soccer Now shared a sneak peak earlier in the day at some key matches, the club’s full regular season league 34-game schedule was unveiled. We have the full schedule listed below.
Unlike the previous year, they won’t have a perfectly balanced schedule, as they’ll be playing a pair of opponents, Philadelphia Union II (formerly Bethlehem Steel FC) and Loudoun United FC three times each, while they’ll play everyone else in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference twice. This will include two away matches against Union II and two home matches against Loudoun United FC.
Not included in the schedule release, we’ve also included potential dates for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second, third and fourth rounds that will take place in April and May. The Hounds, and 25 USL Championship clubs will enter the tournament in the second round. These matches will take place in the middle of the week.
In addition, Pittsburgh also plays three mid-week league matches, all on the road in June, August and September.
The full 2020 Riverhounds SC regular season schedule is below. Kickoff times are TBA.
The Hounds preseason schedule is still being finalized, and will be released at a later date.
2020 Riverhounds SC Schedule:
Saturday, March 14 – @Charlotte Independence
Saturday, March 21 – Louisville City FC
Friday, March 27 – @Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saturday, April 4 – Birmingham Legion FC
Tues-Thurs, April 7-9 – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – 2nd Round
Saturday, April 11 – @Sporting Kansas City II
Saturday, April 18 – Loudoun United FC
Tues-Thurs, April 21-23 – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – 3rd Round
Saturday, April 25 – Saint Louis FC
Saturday, May 2 – @North Carolina FC
Saturday, May 9 – Philadelphia Union II
Saturday, May 16 – Memphis 901 FC
Tues-Thurs, May 20-22 – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – 3rd Round
Sunday, May 24 – @New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, May 30 – Hartford Athletic
Sunday, June 7 – @Miami FC
Sunday, June 14 – @Philadelphia Union II
Wednesday, June 17 – @Atlanta United 2
Saturday, June 20 – @Loudoun United FC
Saturday, June 27 – Indy Eleven
Wednesday, July 1 – @Louisville City FC
Saturday, July 4 – North Carolina FC
Saturday, July 11 – @Birmingham Legion FC
Saturday, July 18 – @Charleston Battery
Saturday, July 25 – Charlotte Independence
Saturday, Aug. 1 – Loudoun United FC
Wednesday, Aug. 5 – @Memphis 901 FC
Saturday, Aug. 8 – New York Red Bulls II
Sunday, Aug. 23 – Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saturday, Aug. 29 – Sporting Kansas City II
Friday, Sept. 4 – @Philadelphia Union II
Wednesday, Sept. 9 – @Hartford Athletic
Sunday, Sept. 13 – Atlanta United 2
Saturday, Sept. 19 – @Indy Eleven
Saturday, Oct. 3 – @Saint Louis FC
Friday, Oct. 9 – Miami FC
Saturday, Oct. 17 – Charleston Battery