United Soccer League Unveils 2018 Conference Alignment

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Mark Paston of Wellington dives to make a save during the round 21 A-League match between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix at Sydney Football Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The USL has posted its conference alignment for the 2018 regular season.

The USL website says that the season will expand this year to contain 34 games.

The conference consists of 33 teams across two conferences. 17 teams come from the West, while 16 reside in the East.

Four new teams are joining the Eastern Conference this season: ATL UTD 2, Indy Eleven, Nashville SC and North Carolina FC. Orlando City B is not participating at the Division II level in order to evaluate “future options.”

The season kicks off Mar. 16, with Republic FC opening at home against San Antonio FC on Mar. 17.

See the list of participating teams below.

2018 USL Conference Alignment
Eastern Conference

Bethlehem Steel FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
FC Cincinnati
Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC
Nashville SC
New York Red Bulls II
North Carolina FC
Ottawa Fury FC
Penn FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Toronto FC II

Western Conference
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Fresno FC
LA Galaxy II
Las Vegas Lights FC
OKC Energy FC
Orange County SC
Phoenix Rising FC
Portland Timbers 2
Real Monarchs SLC
Reno 1868 FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
Sacramento Republic FC
Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Swope Park Rangers
Tulsa Roughnecks FC


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