On Thursday the USL Championship released their schedule as the MLS conducted their annual SuperDraft. Tension between the leagues appears to be growing with this being the latest move (remember there is talk of sending all MLS 2 teams to the third division USL League One).
Sporting Kansas City II will enter their fifth season in the USL Championship (and their first not being named the Swope Park Rangers). Their 34 game schedule will be their second consecutive year in the USL Eastern Conference. There is no where to go but up for SKC II as they finished dead last in 2019 as they fielded a youth oriented team with an average age under 21 years old.
In 2020, unlike in 2019, there are no expansion teams in the USL’s Eastern Conference (Memphis 901 FC, Birmingham Legion, Hartford Athletic, Loudoun United FC in 2019). However, there is a new team as Miami FC is replacing the Ottawa Fury. Miami isn’t an expansion team technically though as they were formerly in the NASL and the NPSL. The only expansion team in 2020 is out West. San Diego Loyal SC, which is coached by former LA Galaxy and United States National Team member Landon Donovan, are set to debut this year.
Depending on expansion/contraction at the end of 2020, this may be the last year that SKC II can play each team in a home and away game inside of the same season. There are plenty of rumors of future USL expansion coming. The only teams Sporting KC II play more than once is Indy Eleven and Atlanta United 2. Oddly, they only play cross-state rival St. Louis FC twice.
SKC II will be looking to get off to a hot start as five of their first six games are at home. After that they have a brutal road schedule featuring 10 of the next 14 on the road.
The club will be looking to bounce back in 2020 after a dismal 2019. They will be aided by the return of midfielder Christian Duke who featured extensively in the back-to-back appearances in the USL Cup Final with the then Swope Park Rangers. He will be aided by new midfield signing Duval Wapiwo from Cameroon as well as seven other returning players. More roster moves are likely to be announced in the very near future.
Below is the full schedule courtesy of SportingKC.com. The home games show the opponent in caps. All home games will be played at Children’s Mercy Park once again in 2020.
2020 SKC II Schedule
|Sunday, March 8||CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE|
|Saturday, March 14||INDY ELEVEN|
|Sunday, March 22||MEMPHIS 901 FC|
|Saturday, April 4||at Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Saturday, April 11||PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC|
|Wednesday, April 15||NORTH CAROLINA FC|
|Monday, April 20||at Philadelphia Union II|
|Saturday, April 25||at Atlanta United 2|
|Friday, May 1||at Miami FC|
|Saturday, May 9||at Saint Louis FC|
|Sunday, May 17||NEW YORK RED BULLS II|
|Sunday, May 24||LOUDOUN UNITED FC|
|Saturday, May 30||at Birmingham Legion FC|
|Sunday, June 7||LOUISVILLE CITY FC|
|Saturday, June 13||at Indy Eleven|
|Saturday, June 20||at Charleston Battery|
|Thursday, July 2||at New York Red Bulls II|
|Sunday, July 12||TAMPA BAY ROWDIES|
|Friday, July 17||at Loudoun United FC|
|Saturday, July 25||at Hartford Athletic|
|Wednesday, July 29||CHARLESTON BATTERY|
|Saturday, Aug. 1||at Louisville City FC|
|Saturday, Aug. 8||PHILADELPHIA UNION II|
|Saturday, Aug. 15||at North Carolina FC|
|Saturday, Aug. 22||SAINT LOUIS FC|
|Saturday, Aug. 29||at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC|
|Sunday, Sept. 6||MIAMI FC|
|Saturday, Sept. 12||BIRMINGHAM LEGION FC|
|Sunday, Sept. 20||ATLANTA UNITED 2|
|Saturday, Sept. 26||at Memphis 901 FC|
|Saturday, Oct. 3||ATLANTA UNITED 2|
|Wednesday, Oct. 7||HARTFORD ATHLETIC|
|Saturday, Oct. 10||at Indy Eleven|
|Saturday, Oct. 17||at Charlotte Independence|