Yeah, there are a lot of leagues to capture your attention. Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, MLS, MX. The list goes on and on. But, if you want to go full diehard US soccer fan in 2020, the league to watch is clearly going to be the USL.
Soccer, at its roots, begins with the community. Where the USL prevails above the MLS is that it is simply more connected with communities throughout the United States. With three levels of competition, plus an academy league, there is simply a team for nearly any community in the US to follow. And, with ESPN+ covering all the matches through 2022 (USL Championship and USL1), it makes it super easy to watch and follow any team, anywhere.
The USL Championship is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. In 2018, The Championship had the biggest season in its history, with almost 3 million fans attending games over the league’s regular season and postseasonUSLSoccer.com
Favorite USL Championship Teams
- As a Sporting KC fan in the MLS, I have to go with Sporting KC II, formerly Swope Park Rangers. Their branding switch allows existing SKC fans to take a look at the USL team, without much of an additional investment.
- Tampa Bay Rowdies and Birmingham Legion FC have historical roots in the game and bring a unique character to the league.
Building off a historic inaugural season in 2019, the 2020 season will see all 12 clubs play six teams three times and a home-and-away series with the remaining five. The 2020 regular season will open on Friday, March 27 and conclude on Saturday, October 3 with four matches on the final day of the season.USLLeagueOne.com
Favorite USL1 Teams
- I’m really curious to watch Forward Madison and Union Omaha this season.
- While a few of these teams feel, from a brand perspective like a younger sibling to their MLS counterparts, you can assume the academy funnel will bring these teams some quality players and keep the matches interesting.