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Los Zorros release complete 2019 USL Championship schedule

By Fresno FC, 12/19/18, 9:00AM PST


Fresno FC opens away March 9 at New Mexico United; USL announces new playoff structure

The Highway 99 Derby returns to Chukchansi Park May 8. / Photo by Kiel Maddox

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno FC’s 2019 USL Championship match schedule was announced Tuesday, with Los Zorros playing 17 home matches at Chukchansi Park in its second professional season. Fresno officially opens its second season as a member of the USL Championship on Saturday, March 9 at expansion franchise New Mexico United. Two weeks later, Los Zorros will play their home opener against Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, March 23 at Chukchansi Park. All home matches will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Other notable home matches include the first Highway 99 Derby of 2019, with Fresno hosting Sacramento Republic FC on May 8; a visit from defending Western Conference champions Phoenix Rising FC on September 21 and Las Vegas Lights on August 3.  The Foxes will play their final regular-season home match on October 12 against LA Galaxy II, with the regular-season finale at Orange County SC on October 19.

In 2019, fans will be able to catch Los Zorros every month at Chukchansi Park, with the longest break between home matches just three weeks long. That stretch will see the Foxes play at Tulsa Roughnecks on August 31, Reno 1868 FC on September 7 and at Las Vegas Lights FC on September 14.

Fresno will also host first-year clubs Austin Bold FC, El Paso Locomotive and New Mexico United, when they make their inaugural trips to Fresno on May 22, June 29, and July 13, respectively.

Full season and individual match tickets for the 2019 USL Championship are available now by calling the Fresno FC sales office at 559-320-2525 or by visiting Group outings and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

2019 Fresno FC USL Championship Schedule

(Home dates in bold; All home matches will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT, away kickoffs tba)

  2. March 9         at New Mexico United
  3. March 16       at RGVFC Toros
  4. March 23      vs. Reno 1868 FC
  5. April 6             at Phoenix Rising FC
  6. April 10          at El Paso Locomotive FC
  7. April 13         vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
  8. April 27         vs. Orange County SC
  9. May 4             at Real Monarchs SLC
  10. May 8             vs. Sacramento Republic FC
  11. May 12           at LA Galaxy II
  12. May 22           vs. Austin Bold FC
  13. May 26           at Seattle Sounders FC 2
  14. June 1            at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
  15. June 8           vs. OKC Energy FC
  16. June 15          at Portland Timbers 2
  17. June 22         vs. San Antonio FC
  18. June 29         vs. El Paso Locomotive
  19. July 3              at Sacramento Republic FC
  20. July 13          vs. New Mexico United
  21. July 20          vs. Portland Timbers 2
  22. July 27           at Austin Bold FC
  23. August 3       vs. Las Vegas Lights FC
  24. August 10      at OKC Energy FC
  25. August 17    vs. Real Monarchs SLC
  26. August 24     vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
  27. August 31      at Tulsa Roughnecks FC
  28. Sept. 7           at Reno 1868 FC
  29. Sept. 14         at Las Vegas Lights FC
  30. Sept. 18         vs. RGVFC Toros
  31. Sept. 21        vs. Phoenix Rising FC
  32. Sept. 28         at  San Antonio FC
  33. October 5     vs. Seattle Sounders 2
  34. October 12   vs. LA Galaxy II
  35. October 19    at Orange County SC

2019 USL Championship

The 2019 USL Championship regular season will open on Saturday, March 9 and conclude on Sunday, October 20, with every team playing a home-and-home series within its own conference. It will be the largest season yet, featuring 612 matches across 33 weeks in addition to an expanded playoff format.

Expanded Playoff Structure

The 2019 USL Cup Playoffs will expand to include 10 teams from each conference, with the lowest four seeds in each conference opening the postseason in the Play-In Round, provisionally slated for Wednesday, October 23 with the No. 7 seed hosting the No. 10 seed and the No. 8 seed hosting the No. 9 seed for a place in the Conference Quarterfinals.

Following the Play-In Round, the two teams to advance will be placed into the main bracket for the Conference Quarterfinals, with the lower remaining seed facing the conference’s No. 1 seed and the higher remaining seed facing the No. 2 seed.

The single-elimination format will then continue for the following four weekends in a fixed-bracket format with the higher seed in each matchup serving as host through the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. The 2019 USL Cup will be held between November 14-18, 2019 and be hosted by the conference champion with the better regular-season record.

2019 USL Cup Playoffs Schedule

  1. Play-In Round – October 23 
  2. Conference Quarterfinals – October 25-27
  3. Conference Semifinals – November 1-3
  4. Conference Finals – November 8-10
  5. USL Cup – November 14-18

Fresno FC is currently preparing for the upcoming USL season, and fans can purchase 2019 season tickets by calling the Foxes sales office at 559-320-2525 or by visiting Supporters can also follow the club by liking Fresno FC on Facebook, as well as following the team on Twitter (@FFCFoxes)Instagram (@FFCFoxes) and YouTube (Fresno FC).