San Antonio FC will have two matches air on ESPN 2 during the 2021 USL Championship season. SAFC will play an away match in Colorado Springs against the Switchbacks on ESPN2 on July 17 at 1 p.m. CT. In addition, SAFC will host New Mexico United on ESPN2 on Wednesday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m. CT.
In addition to the linear schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, the remainder of the USL Championship and League One regular-season and playoff games will stream live on ESPN+, giving fans a front-row seat for almost 700 games across both leagues.
The 19-game linear television schedule to air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes is highlighted by high-profile clashes and new venues across the country. At the top of the list is an early-season showdown between reigning Eastern and Western Conference Title holders the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Phoenix Rising FC at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, May 15 on ESPN2.
The following day, the first League One game to air on national television will feature the league’s top two teams from the 2020 season, with defending title-holder Greenville Triumph SC set to host Union Omaha on Sunday, May 16 on ESPN2.
The Championship season will culminate on Sunday, November 28 as the 2021 USL Championship, set to be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. The contest between the Eastern and Western Conference Title-winners will also air on ESPN Deportes, with kickoff scheduled at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The action gets underway on Friday, April 30 with the first new stadium opening of the season when Phoenix Rising FC unveils its new 10,000-seat venue at Wild Horse Pass with a clash against Pacific Division rival San Diego Loyal SC and Head Coach Landon Donovan. SD Loyal will also feature the following week when the national television cameras arrive at Rio Grande Valley FC’s H-E-B Park as the Toros and new Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera play host to the first of nine games scheduled for ESPN Deportes throughout the season.
Championship newcomer Oakland Roots SC will make its national television debut on Saturday, July 10 as it welcomes Las Vegas Lights FC and new Head Coach Steve Cherundolo to Laney Stadium on ESPN2. The following Saturday afternoon, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC’s new 8,000-seat downtown home Weidner Field will be on show as the Switchbacks host San Antonio FC on ESPN2.
In addition to the clash between Tampa Bay and Phoenix, another intriguing interconference matchup takes us to Louisville City FC’s Lynn Family Stadium on Sunday, October 3 as the two-time USL Championship Final-winners play host to New Mexico United on ESPN2. New Mexico will also face a postseason rematch with San Antonio FC on July 21 at Toyota Field as the sides square off on ESPN2.
The final broadcast game of the regular season arrives in the penultimate weekend of the Championship’s regular season as El Paso Locomotive FC plays host to OKC Energy FC at Southwest University Park on ESPN Deportes.
2021 USL on ESPN TV Schedule
Nearly 700 games from the United Soccer League and USL League One will also be available on ESPN+, including Week 1 matches in the USL Championship on Saturday, April 24 between two-time Championship Title-winner Louisville City FC and Atlanta United 2 and the Black Gold Derby pitting OKC Energy FC against rival FC Tulsa. Meanwhile, USL League One action kicks off on Saturday, April 10 with Fort Lauderdale CF opening the season against New England Revolution II.