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USL Championship Announces Western Conference Groups, SD Loyal to Play in Group B

By San Diego Loyal, 06/25/20, 1:00PM PDT

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Alignment of first four groups for league’s resumption of play unveiled

San Diego, CA (June 25, 2020) – The USL Championship announced on Thursday the four groups made up of teams from the Western Conference that will battle for a place in the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs when the league returns to play on Saturday, July 11. The USL Championship’s newest club, San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal), plays in Group B. 

Group A: Portland Timbers 2, Reno 1868 FC, Sacramento Republic FC, Tacoma Defiance
Group B: LA Galaxy II, Las Vegas Lights FC, Orange County SC, Phoenix Rising FC, San Diego Loyal SC
Group C: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, New Mexico United, Real Monarchs SLC
Group D: Austin Bold FC, OKC Energy FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, San Antonio FC, FC Tulsa

As detailed in the USL Championship’s announcement of the updated season structure, each team in Group A and Group C will play its fellow group members four times during the regular season. Meanwhile, each team in Group B and Group D will play its fellow group members three times. The remaining games will be played against teams that fall within a similar geographic region.

Group B Preview

With two games under its belt, San Diego Loyal SC will open the resumption of play on top. However, with three other teams that reached the postseason a year ago also included, this figures to be one of the tougher groups to emerge from. Phoenix Rising FC and Orange County SC have been among the Championship’s elite over the past two years, while the Galaxy II posted an emphatic opening win to kick off their new campaign in March. Then there’s Las Vegas Lights FC, which will be aiming to fill its recent coaching vacancy and find a way to stay in the mix for a playoff berth.

To view the USL Championship’s full announcement of Western Conference Groups, click here

For more information on the city’s newest men’s professional soccer team, visit sdloyal.com and #SDLoyal. 

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