The USL have announced their full 2020 schedule ahead of the new season, with the Charleston Battery beginning their campaign, their first at Patriot’s Point, on Sunday March 8th, away from their new home against Atlanta United II.
The release of the full schedule follows the release of the league’s home openers, though the Battery will follow their first game of 2020 with subsequent trips to Birmingham and Hartford before christening Patriot’s Point with the home opener on March 28th.
Additionally, the league announced its National TV schedule earlier in the week, which includes two Battery fixtures in a 20 game slate across the ESPN family of Networks, as the Battery’s trip to Memphis 1901 FC on April 29 will be on ESPN 2, and their Southern Derby clash away to North Carolina FC on October 6 on ESPNNews.
Other key dates include trips to the Charlotte Independence on April 11 and May 13. The Black and Yellow host Charlotte on June 27, while they face North Carolina FC twice, at home on May 16, and then away in October.
To the naked eye, the schedule seems heavy on away games to start the year, with only two games at Patriot’s Point in the first two months of the season, though the schedule begins to balance out as we approach summer. The warmer months are more kind to the locals, with 11 games on familiar territory between May and August.
The Black and Yellow close their home schedule facing off against St. Louis FC, and finish their season outright with a clash against familiar foes Pittsburgh Riverhounds on October 17.
With the curtain raised on the schedule, fans will now quickly be making their plans for the year, and as that March 8 date draws closer, the anticipation will now be kicking in.
TOP IMAGE: BATTERY PLAYERS CELEBRATE A GOAL AGAINST NASHVILLE SC IN 2019. PHOTO CREDIT ROSS ALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY