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USL Championship, Riverhounds announce 2024 schedule

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The Riverhounds 2024 schedule has been released by the team — as pushed out on  the team’s social media platforms today as the USL Championship also shared a league-wide schedule release.

The Hounds, the reigning holders of the USL Championship Players Shield, will open the season on March 9, at New Mexico, then return home for the team’s home opener on March 16.


VIEW IN FULL: The Full 2024 USL Championship Schedule

Look for more to follow on the Hounds’ schedule release.

The 2024 USL Championship season will see the league divided into an Eastern and Western Conference with 12 teams in each conference.

Each club will play its fellow conference opponents in a home-and-home series for 22 games, and then play each of the 12 teams from the opposing conference – six games at home, six away – to make up the 34-game schedule.

2024 USL Championship Conference Alignment 

Western Conference

  1. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
  2. El Paso Locomotive FC
  3. Las Vegas Lights FC
  4. Memphis 901 FC
  5. Monterey Bay F.C.
  6. New Mexico United
  7. Oakland Roots SC
  8. Orange County SC
  9. Phoenix Rising FC
  10. Sacramento Republic FC
  11. San Antonio FC
  12. FC Tulsa

Eastern Conference

  1. Birmingham Legion FC
  2. Charleston Battery
  3. Detroit City FC
  4. Hartford Athletic
  5. Indy Eleven
  6. Loudoun United FC
  7. Louisville City FC
  8. Miami FC
  9. North Carolina FC
  10. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
  11. Rhode Island FC
  12. Tampa Bay Rowdies


At the conclusion of the regular season, the top eight teams in each conference will qualify for the 2024 USL Championship Playoffs, which will kick off on the weekend of November 1-3, 2024.

The USL Championship Playoffs will remain a single-elimination format and a fixed bracket format. The postseason will culminate in the 2024 USL Championship Final on CBS on a to-be determined date between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25, 2024.


Also, keep in mind US Soccer’s projected dates for the 2024 US Open Cup.  It’s likely that the Riverhounds and USL Championship teams will enter the tournament in the 2nd or 3rd Rounds.

First Round                 Tuesday, March 19 – Thursday, March 21
Second Round            Tuesday, April 2 – Wednesday, April 3
Third Round                Tuesday, April 16 – Wednesday, April 17
Round of 32                 Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8
Round of 16                 Tuesday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 22
Quarterfinal                Tuesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 10
Semifinal                     Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Wednesday, Aug. 28
Final                              Wednesday, Sept. 25

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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