Today USL San Antonio, along with the league, announced their inaugural 2016 USL schedule. As was announced last week, San Antonio will play a total of 30 games - all of them against their Western Conference cohorts. The Alamo City boys will open up their USL experience by traveling to the Pacific North-West to face Seattle Sounders 2 at Starfire Sports Complex on April 3. They then return to Texas for their first home game the following week on April 9 when they take on fellow expansion side, Swope Park Rangers - the MLS reserve side for two-time MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City.
After examining the schedule, the league seems to have focused their efforts to schedule multiple games with teams that are regionally close to each other, more-than-likely to lower travelling costs and to encourage regional rivalries. From the West Coast, San Antonio will only play Sacramento, Timbers 2, Real Monarchs, and Vancouver once. Those games are all away from Toyota Field, except Vancouver. The team does play OC Blues and Los Dos (Los Angeles Galaxy II) home and away. San Antonio will also play Swope Park and Arizona three times as well.
Some interesting notes about the schedule for San Antonio:
San Antonio will have to start regular season play on the road, not an easy task, especially for a new team. They will also have to play four of their first five games on the road. It's an tough, early start for head coach Powell and his team, who have yet to sign any players.
Expect to see a team name and crest announcement soon, along with player signings.
You can download USL San Antonio's full 2016 schedule below:
San Antonio FC & the USL
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