The United Soccer League today announced its conference alignment for the 2018 USL regular season. The league will feature 33 teams across two conferences for the upcoming season, with an even greater group of regional rivalries featuring across both conferences in the new year as the league’s regular season expands to 34 games.
The conferences will be split geographically, with 15 teams in the Eastern Conference and 17 teams in the Western Conference. As in 2017, Ottawa Fury FC will be competing in the USL Eastern Conference alongside the likes of Toronto FC II, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Louisville City FC.
The Eastern Conference will welcome four new teams this season, with ATL UTD 2, Indy Eleven, Nashville SC and North Carolina FC joining the conference. The addition of Indy and Nashville adds to a strong pocket of clubs in the Midwest as they join FC Cincinnati and Louisville City FC, while NCFC and ATL UTD 2 complement the league’s existing clubs on the East Coast, with the Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence and Richmond Kickers eagerly awaiting the chance to square off with their new rivals.
One team, Saint Louis FC, has moved to the Western Conference for the new season, where it will join expansion clubs Las Vegas Lights FC and Fresno FC in the battle for a place in the USL Cup Playoffs this season.
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|1.||ATL UTD 2||Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC|
|2.||Charleston Battery||Fresno FC|
|3.||Charlotte Independence||LA Galaxy II|
|4.||FC Cincinnati||Las Vegas Lights FC|
|5.||Indy Eleven||OKC Energy FC|
|6.||Louisville City FC||Orange County SC|
|7.||Nashville SC||Phoenix Rising FC|
|8.||New York Red Bulls II||Portland Timbers 2|
|9.||North Carolina FC||Real Monarchs SLC|
|10.||Ottawa Fury FC||Reno 1868 FC|
|11.||Penn FC||Rio Grande Valley FC|
|12.||Pittsburgh Riverhounds||Sacramento Republic FC|
|13.||Richmond Kickers||Saint Louis FC|
|14.||Tampa Bay Rowdies||San Antonio FC|
|15.||Toronto FC II||Seattle Sounders FC 2|
|16.||Swope Park Rangers|
|17.||Tulsa Roughnecks FC|
Orlando City B elected not to participate in the USL at the Division II level in 2018 while it evaluates its future options.
Ottawa Fury FC returns to the pitch on January 29 when training camp officially opens the fifth season for the club. Season Tickets for the 2018 USL season are available now at OttawaFuryFC.com/2018-Season-Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.