Thursday, January 24, 2013

USL PRO Announces 2013 Schedule, Interleague Games With MLS Reserve League Teams

USL PRO Thursday announced its 182-game 2013 regular season schedule, featuring all 13 teams playing 26 games each, including games with Major League Soccer Reserve League teams as part of a groundbreaking announcement Wednesday between both leagues.

The 2013 schedule can be seen at http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/schedules/2013/58092584.20133.html.

Two teams -- Phoenix FC Wolves and VSI Tampa Bay FC -- join the league's 11 other teams (Antigua Barracuda FC, defending league champion Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lios, Harrisburg City Islanders, Los Angeles Blues, two-time regular season champion Orlando City Lions, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos and Wilimington Hammerheads) in a single standings table for the season.

The season begins March 23 with the Blues hosting the Wolves at Titan Stadium at Cal State Fullerton and ends August 17 with a five-game slate.

The top eight teams at the end of the season advance to the playoffs, all single-game rounds, beginning with quarterfinal play August 23-25 (No. 1 vs No. 8, No. 2 vs No. 7, etc.) Winners advance to the semifinals the weekend of August 30-September 1, with those winners playing for the USL PRO Championship the weekend of September 6-8.

26 games will take place during the season between MLSRL teams and USL PRO teams with games counting in both teams' records.

They are as follows:

April 7
VSI Tampa Bay @ Portland Timbers
Los Angeles Galaxy @ Los Angeles Blues

April 20
Harrisburg City Islanders @ Colorado Rapids

April 22
Phoenix FC Wolves @ Real Salt Lake

May 7
Los Angeles Blues @ Los Angeles Galaxy

May 12
Orlando City @ Seattle Sounders

May 19
Charleston Battery @ Houston Dynamo

June 1
Portland Timbers @ VSI Tampa Bay

June 7
Toronto FC @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Montreal Impact @ Rochester Rhinos

June 8
Colorado Rapids @ Harrisburg City Islanders
Houston Dynamo @ Charleston Battery
Columbus Crew @ Dayton Dutch Lions

June 14
Chicago Fire @ Charlotte Eagles

June 15
New York Red Bulls @ Wilmington Hammerheads
Real Salt Lake @ Phoenix FC Wolves

June 22
Vancouver Whitecaps @ Richmond Kickers

June 29
Charlotte Eagles @ Chicago Fire

June 30
Wilmington Hammerheads @ New York Red Bulls

July 13
Dayton Dutch Lions @ Columbus Crew

July 15
Antigua Barracuda @ San Jose Earthquakes

July 21
Rochester Rhinos @ Montreal Impact

July 23
Antigua Barracuda @ FC Dallas
Richmond Kickers @ Vancouver Whitecaps

July 28
Pittsburgh Riverhounds @ Toronto FC

August 11
Seattle Sounders @ Orlando City

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