2019 USL Championship Schedule

The United Soccer League announced today the Swope Park Rangers’ full 34-game schedule for the 2019 USL Championship season, as well as an expanded format for the 2019 USL Cup Playoffs. SPR joins the Eastern Conference in 2019 and will play each team in the East once at home and once on the road over the course of a 33-week regular season beginning March 9 and ending Oct. 19.
Tickets for Rangers home games at Children’s Mercy Park will be available to purchase at SeatGeek.com and USL Championship matches will again be shown live on ESPN+ next year. SPR home dates are tentative and subject to change pending the release of Sporting Kansas City’s schedule from Major League Soccer due to potential conflicts.
Additionally, the 2019 USL Cup Playoffs will now feature the top 10 sides from each 18-team conference, with the clubs in seventh through 10th competing in a Play-In Round for their place in the bracket. The postseason remains a single-elimination format with the higher seed in each matchup earning the right to host throughout the postseason.
2019 USL Cup Playoffs Schedule

Swope Park Rangers schedule set for 2019 season -

     Play-In Round – Oct. 23 
     Conference Quarterfinals – Oct. 25-27
     Conference Semifinals – Nov. 1-3
     Conference Finals – Nov. 8-10
     USL Cup – Nov. 14-18
Having reached the playoffs in each of the club’s first three seasons as members of the Western Conference, SPR will open the upcoming campaign on March 9 at New York Red Bulls II in a rematch of the 2016 USL Cup Final at Red Bull Arena.
Two weeks later, the Rangers will host Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday, March 23 in the team’s 2019 home opener for the first of three consecutive home matches against reigning postseason participants as Bethlehem Steel FC and Indy Eleven are slated to arrive at Children’s Mercy Park on April 6 and April 15, respectively.
The Rangers will then return to the road to take on Birmingham Legion FC on April 20 in the first of four trips to USL Championship expansion markets along with away fixtures at Memphis 901 FC (Sept. 7), Loudoun United FC (Sept. 25) and Hartford Athletic (Oct. 5) later in the year.
SPR next renews the cross-state rivalry with Saint Louis FC, coming off their first winning season and playoff debut, on April 27 with a 250-mile trip to World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo., followed by a June 30 matchup between the I-70 foes at Children’s Mercy Park.
Back-to-back USL Cup champions Louisville City FC will make their inaugural trip to Kansas City on May 6, while three notable coaches will also be on the sidelines at Children’s Mercy Park in 2019. Former Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen returns on July 17 with Hartford Athletic, Dave Sarachan will lead North Carolina FC on Sept. 14 after spending the past year as interim manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team, and Nikola Popovic will face his former side when Ottawa Fury FC takes the field for the Rangers’ home finale on Oct. 8. 
Led by head coach Paulo Nagamura, the Rangers will bring back seven players from the 2018 roster, highlighted by four Sporting KC Academy products – Camilo Benitez, Wilson Harris, Felipe Hernandez and Will Little – along with Rassambek Akhmatov, Justin Bilyeu and Ethan Vanacore-Decker.
The Rangers finished in seventh place with a 15-11-8 record in 2018 and advanced to the USL Cup Playoffs for the third straight season, suffering elimination against Didier Drogba and Phoenix Rising FC in the Western Conference Semifinals. SPR won back-to-back Western Conference Championships in the club’s first two years of existence, reaching the USL Cup Final in 2016 and 2017.
Swope Park Rangers 2019 Schedule (subject to change)

Date
Opponent
<p align="center">March 9</p>
<p align="center">at New York Red Bulls II</p>
<strong>March 23</strong>
<strong>PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC</strong>
<strong>April 6</strong>
<strong>BETHLEHEM STEEL FC</strong>
<strong>April 15*</strong>
<strong>INDY ELEVEN</strong>
<p align="center">April 20</p>
<p align="center">at Birmingham Legion FC</p>
<p align="center">April 27</p>
<p align="center">at Saint Louis FC</p>
<strong>May 6*</strong>
<strong>LOUISVILLE CITY FC</strong>
<p align="center">May 11</p>
<p align="center">at Nashville SC</p>
<strong>May 19*</strong>
<strong>ATLANTA UNITED 2</strong>
<strong>May 22</strong>
<strong>MEMPHIS 901 FC</strong>
<p align="center">May 25</p>
<p align="center">at Tampa Bay Rowdies</p>
<strong>June 5</strong>
<strong>LOUDOUN UNITED FC</strong>
<strong>June 8</strong>
<strong>CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE</strong>
<p align="center">June 15</p>
<p align="center">at North Carolina FC</p>
<p align="center">June 22</p>
<p align="center">at Charleston Battery</p>
<strong>June 30</strong>
<strong>SAINT LOUIS FC</strong>
<strong>July 7*</strong>
<strong>TAMPA BAY ROWDIES</strong>
<strong>July 17</strong>
<strong>HARTFORD ATHLETIC</strong>
<p align="center">July 20</p>
<p align="center">at Ottawa Fury FC</p>
<strong>July 27</strong>
<strong>CHARLESTON BATTERY</strong>
<strong>August 3</strong>
<strong>NASHVILLE SC</strong>
<p align="center">August 10</p>
<p align="center">at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC</p>
<p align="center">August 16</p>
<p align="center">at Atlanta United 2</p>
<strong>August 24</strong>
<strong>NEW YORK RED BULLS II</strong>
<p align="center">September 1*</p>
<p align="center">at Bethlehem Steel FC</p>
<p align="center">September 7</p>
<p align="center">at Memphis 901 FC</p>
<strong>September 14</strong>
<strong>NORTH CAROLINA FC</strong>
<p align="center">September 21</p>
<p align="center">at Charlotte Independence</p>
<p align="center">September 25</p>
<p align="center">at Loudoun United FC</p>
<strong>September 30*</strong>
<strong>BIRMINGHAM LEGION FC</strong>
<p align="center">October 5</p>
<p align="center">at Hartford Athletic</p>
<strong>October 8</strong>
<strong>OTTAWA FURY FC</strong>
<p align="center">October 12</p>
<p align="center">at Louisville City FC</p>
<p align="center">October 19</p>
<p align="center">at Indy Eleven</p>

*Date updated from original schedule