Cheney Stadium, March 2019
Charis Wilson

United Soccer League announces 2020 Tacoma Defiance schedule

SEATTLE, WASH. – The United Soccer League on Thursday unveiled the complete 2020 schedule, with Tacoma Defiance hosting 17 matches at Cheney Stadium during the club’s third campaign in Tacoma. The 34-game slate begins on Friday, March 6 with a home match against Reno 1868 FC. Kickoff times for each game will be announced at a later date.

Tacoma will play its first four matches of the season at home, followed by three consecutive road games. Defiance travels to face Cascadia rival Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday, May 16, and Portland visits Cheney Stadium on Friday, July 17. Tacoma closes the 2020 campaign with four of its final five games at home.

Overall, 385 games in the 2020 USL Championship regular season will be played on Saturdays, with a total of 509 games – 85 percent of the league’s schedule – being held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Following the conclusion of the regular season, the top 10 teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences will qualify for the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs, which will open with the Eastern and Western Conference Wild Card Round on Wednesday, October 21. The Eastern and Western Conference Quarterfinals will then be held between October 24-25, the Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals between October 30-November 1 and the Eastern and Western Conference Finals between November 6-8.

The 2020 USL Championship Final to conclude the league’s 10th anniversary season will be held between November 12-16 and aired on an ESPN broadcast network.

In a series of key announcements last January at a press conference inside Cheney Stadium, the Tacoma Rainiers and Seattle Sounders FC unveiled the long-awaited new brand for the organizations’ United Soccer League club: Tacoma Defiance. Tacoma’s professional soccer side now officially bears the name of its hometown, while proudly paying homage to the city’s maritime roots and deep sense of civic identity. The Tacoma Defiance is led by second-year Head Coach Chris Little, who guided Tacoma to a 8-19-7 mark in his first season. The club ended its season on a five-match unbeaten streak, including two wins in its final two home contests.

2020 TACOMA DEFIANCE SCHEDULE

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

VENUE

Friday

March 6

vs. Reno 1868 FC

Cheney Stadium

Wednesday

March 11

vs. San Diego Loyal

Cheney Stadium

Sunday

March 22

vs. OKC Energy FC

Cheney Stadium

Sunday

March 29

vs. El Paso Locomotive FC

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

April 4

at Orange County SC

Championship Soccer Stadium

Saturday

April 11

at San Antonio FC

Toyota Field

Friday

April 17

at Real Monarchs SLC

Zions Bank Stadium

Wednesday

April 29

vs. Sacramento Republic FC

Cheney Stadium

Friday

May 8

vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

May 16

at Portland Timbers 2

Providence Park

Friday

May 22

vs. LA Galaxy II

Cheney Stadium

Tuesday

May 26

vs. Austin Bold FC

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

May 30

at FC Tulsa

ONEOK Field

Friday

June 5

vs. Las Vegas Lights FC

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

June 20

vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

June 27

at El Paso Locomotive FC

Southwest University Park

Tuesday

June 30

at New Mexico United

Isotopes Park

Saturday

July 11

at OKC Energy FC

Taft Stadium

Friday

July 17

vs. Portland Timbers 2

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

July 25

at Las Vegas Lights FC

Cashman Field

Wednesday

July 29

at Sacramento Republic FC

Papa Murphy’s Park

Saturday

August 1

vs. New Mexico United

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

August 8

at LA Galaxy II

Dignity Health Sports Park

Saturday

August 15

vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Cheney Stadium

Sunday

August 23

at Austin Bold FC

Bold Stadium

Friday

August 28

at Phoenix Rising FC

Casino Arizona Field

Saturday

September 5

at Reno 1868 FC

Greater Nevada Field

Sunday

September 13

at San Diego Loyal

Torero Stadium

Saturday

September 19

at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Weidner Field

Wednesday

September 23

vs. San Antonio FC

Cheney Stadium

Sunday

September 27

vs. Orange County SC

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

October 3

at Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

H-E-B Park

Saturday

October 10

vs. FC Tulsa

Cheney Stadium

Saturday

October 17

vs. Real Monarchs SLC

Cheney Stadium

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