2018 USL season

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United Soccer League
Season2018
ChampionsLouisville City FC
Regular season titleFC Cincinnati
Matches played561
Goals scored1,612 (2.87 per match)
Top goalscorerCameron Lancaster
(25 – USL Record)
Biggest home winTBR 5–0 OTT
(April 7)
LAG 7–2 LVL
(May 26)
OCO 6–1 TUL
(June 23)
NYR 6–1 ATL
(July 6)
LAG 6–1 SLC
(September 22)
Biggest away winRIC 0–6 LOU
(August 25)
Highest scoringPOR 7–3 LAG
(May 18)
OKC 6–4 LVL
(July 11)
NYR 4–6 LOU
(August 10)
Longest winning run10 wins
FC Cincinnati
(August 12 – October 6)
Longest unbeaten run23 games
FC Cincinnati
(June 2 – October 13)
(USL Record)
Longest winless run18 games
Toronto FC II
(March 17 – July 21)
Longest losing run8 games
OKC Energy FC
(March 24 – May 9)
Highest attendance31,478
CIN 3–0 IND
(September 29)
(USL Record)
Lowest attendance50
TOR 0–0 NCA
(April 18)
Total attendance2,756,759
Average attendance4,923
2017
2019
All statistics correct as of November 8, 2018.

The 2018 USL season was the eighth season of the United Soccer League and second under Division II sanctioning. The previous season, the USL had provisional Div. II sanctioning from the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) along with the North American Soccer League, but was given full sanctioning for the 2018 season with a two-year deadline to meet the full requirements set by U.S. Soccer.[1]

Louisville City FC were the defending USL Cup champions, while Real Monarchs were the defending Supporters’ Shield champions.

This season was the last for four teams in the USL, with all changing leagues for 2019 and beyond. FC Cincinnati will join Major League Soccer.[2] MLS side Toronto FC announced that its reserve side, Toronto FC II, would drop to USL League One, a third-level league slated to launch in 2019,[3] and the Richmond Kickers also chose to drop to League One for 2019 and beyond.[4] Near the end of the season, Penn FC announced that it would suspend professional operations for 2019 and resume play in League One in 2020.[5]

It was also the final season for the league under the "United Soccer League" name. Effective with the 2019 season, the league has been rebranded as the USL Championship.[6]

Changes from 2017[edit]

Expansion
Joined from NASL
On hiatus
  • Orlando City B[13]
    • During the 2018 season, City B's MLS parent, Orlando City SC, announced that City B would resume play in 2019 as a founding member of USL League One.[14]
  • Rochester Rhinos[15]
    • During the 2018 season, the Rhinos announced they would not return to the USL's top flight. The team will not resume professional operations until the 2020 season, at which time it will join USL League One.[16]
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Rule changes[edit]

Regular season games will now be considered official after the 70th minute. Teams are allowed a fourth substitution in extra time for the USL Playoffs. Teams will submit a 23-player squad at least 48 hours before kickoff. A team's 18-player gameday roster may now contain a maximum of five players signed to USL Academy contracts.[18]

Teams[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity Head coach MLS affiliate/ownership
Atlanta United 2 Lawrenceville, Georgia Coolray Field 10,427 United States Scott Donnelly Atlanta United FC
Bethlehem Steel FC Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Goodman Stadium 16,000 United States Brendan Burke Philadelphia Union
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina MUSC Health Stadium 5,100 United States Michael Anhaeuser
Charlotte Independence Matthews, North Carolina Sportsplex at Matthews 5,000 United States Mike Jeffries Colorado Rapids
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Colorado Springs, Colorado Weidner Field 5,000 United States Steve Trittschuh
FC Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Nippert Stadium 35,061 South Africa Alan Koch
Fresno FC Fresno, California Chukchansi Park 12,500 England Adam Smith Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Indy Eleven Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium 62,421 Scotland Martin Rennie
LA Galaxy II Carson, California StubHub Center Track & Field Facility 5,000 United States Mike Muñoz LA Galaxy
Las Vegas Lights FC Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field 9,334 Canada Isidro Sánchez
Louisville City FC Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field 8,000 United States John Hackworth
Nashville SC Nashville, Tennessee First Tennessee Park 8,500 England Gary Smith
New York Red Bulls II Montclair, New Jersey MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field 5,000 United States John Wolyniec New York Red Bulls
North Carolina FC Cary, North Carolina Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000 Northern Ireland Colin Clarke
Oklahoma City Energy FC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Taft Stadium 7,500 England Steve Cooke FC Dallas
Orange County SC Irvine, California Champion Stadium 5,000 United States Braeden Cloutier Los Angeles FC
Ottawa Fury FC Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium 24,000 Serbia Nikola Popovic Montreal Impact
Penn FC Harrisburg, Pennsylvania FNB Field 6,187 Germany Raoul Voss
Phoenix Rising FC Scottsdale, Arizona Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex 6,200 United States Rick Schantz (interim)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium 5,000 United States Bob Lilley
Portland Timbers 2 Portland, Oregon Providence Park 21,144 New Zealand Cameron Knowles Portland Timbers
Real Monarchs Herriman, Utah Zions Bank Stadium 5,000 Colombia Jámison Olave (interim) Real Salt Lake
Reno 1868 FC Reno, Nevada Greater Nevada Field 9,013 United States Ian Russell San Jose Earthquakes
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia City Stadium 22,000 United States David Bulow D.C. United
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Edinburg, Texas H-E-B Park 9,400 United States Gerson Echeverry Houston Dynamo
Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento, California Papa Murphy's Park 11,569 New Zealand Simon Elliott
Saint Louis FC Fenton, Missouri Toyota Stadium 5,500 Wales Anthony Pulis Minnesota United FC
San Antonio FC San Antonio, Texas Toyota Field 8,296 England Darren Powell New York City FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2 Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium 6,500 Malta John Hutchinson Seattle Sounders
Swope Park Rangers Kansas City, Kansas Children's Mercy Park 18,467 Brazil Paulo Nagamura Sporting Kansas City
Tampa Bay Rowdies St. Petersburg, Florida Al Lang Stadium 7,227 Scotland Neill Collins
Toronto FC II Toronto, Ontario Lamport Stadium 9,600 United States Michael Rabasca Toronto FC
Tulsa Roughnecks FC Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833 United States Michael Nsien (interim) Chicago Fire
  MLS-affiliated
  MLS-owned

Other venues[edit]

  • Nashville's March 24 game against Pittsburgh, and the July 7 game against FC Cincinnati, were played at Nissan Stadium.[20]

Competition format[edit]

The season began on March 16 and ends on October 14. The top eight finishers in each conference qualify for the playoffs.[23][24]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros United States Junior Gonzalez[25] Resigned November 8, 2017 United States Gerson Echeverry December 6, 2017[26]
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC United States Dave Brandt Ineligible November 14, 2017 United States Bob Lilley November 14, 2017[27]
Oklahoma City Energy FC Denmark Jimmy Nielsen[28] Resigned November 16, 2017 England Steve Cooke December 19, 2017[29]
Swope Park Rangers Serbia Nikola Popovic[30] Mutual separation November 17, 2017 Brazil Paulo Nagamura November 30, 2017[31]
Saint Louis FC United States Preki[32] Mutual separation November 20, 2017 Wales Anthony Pulis November 21, 2017[33]
Orange County SC United States Logan Pause[34] Mutual separation November 27, 2017 United States Braeden Cloutier December 14, 2017[35]
Ottawa Fury FC Canada Julian de Guzman[36] Interim December 12, 2017 Serbia Nikola Popovic December 12, 2017[37]
Portland Timbers 2 United States Andrew Gregor Moved to assistant coach January 8, 2018 New Zealand Cameron Knowles January 8, 2018[38]
Toronto FC II Canada Jason Bent[39] Promotion January 26, 2018 France Laurent Guyot January 26, 2018[39]
Seattle Sounders FC 2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ezra Hendrickson[40] Resigned January 30, 2018 Malta John Hutchinson January 30, 2018[40]
Tampa Bay Rowdies Scotland Stuart Campbell[41] Resigned May 17, 2018 Scotland Neill Collins May 18, 2018[42]
Toronto FC II France Laurent Guyot[43] Mutual separation June 1, 2018 United States Michael Rabasca June 4, 2018[44]
Phoenix Rising FC France Patrice Carteron[45] Left to manage Egypt Al Ahly SC June 12, 2018 United States Rick Schantz (Interim) June 12, 2018[46]
Tulsa Roughnecks FC United States David Vaudreuil Fired June 25, 2018 United States Michael Nsien (Interim)[47] June 25, 2018[48]
Richmond Kickers England Leigh Cowlishaw[49] Resigned June 26, 2018 United States David Bulow June 27, 2018[50]
Louisville City FC Republic of Ireland James O'Connor[51] Left to manage Orlando City SC June 30, 2018 United States Player Coaches ‡ July 1, 2018
Louisville City FC United States Player Coaches ‡ Return to player duties August 2, 2018 United States John Hackworth August 2, 2018[52]
Real Monarchs England Mark Briggs Resigned August 24, 2018 Colombia Jámison Olave (Interim) August 24, 2018[53]

Luke Spencer, Paolo DelPiccolo, & George Davis IV appointed joint interim head coaches.[54]

League table[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Cincinnati (X) 34 23 8 3 72 34 +38 77 Conference Playoffs
2 Louisville City FC (C) 34 19 9 6 71 38 +33 66
3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 34 15 14 5 47 26 +21 59
4 Charleston Battery 34 14 14 6 47 34 +13 56
5 New York Red Bulls II 34 13 13 8 71 59 +12 52
6 Bethlehem Steel FC 34 14 8 12 56 41 +15 50
7 Indy Eleven 34 13 10 11 45 42 +3 49
8 Nashville SC 34 12 13 9 42 31 +11 49
9 North Carolina FC 34 13 8 13 60 50 +10 47
10 Ottawa Fury 34 13 6 15 31 43 −12 45
11 Charlotte Independence 34 10 12 12 44 57 −13 42
12 Tampa Bay Rowdies 34 11 8 15 44 44 0 41
13 Penn FC 34 9 10 15 38 47 −9 37
14 Atlanta United 2 34 7 10 17 37 72 −35 31
15 Richmond Kickers 34 6 4 24 30 80 −50 22
16 Toronto FC II 34 4 6 24 42 77 −35 18
Source: 2018 USL standings
Rules for classification: 1) total wins; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) points earned against top four Conference finishers; 5) disciplinary points; 6) coin toss or drawing of lots
(C) Champion; (X) Regular Season League Champion.
Western Conference
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Orange County SC 34 20 6 8 70 40 +30 66 Conference Playoffs
2 Sacramento Republic 34 19 8 7 47 32 +15 65
3 Phoenix Rising FC 34 19 6 9 63 38 +25 63
4 Real Monarchs 34 19 3 12 55 47 +8 60
5 Reno 1868 FC 34 16 11 7 56 38 +18 59
6 Portland Timbers 2 34 17 4 13 58 49 +9 55
7 Swope Park Rangers 34 15 8 11 52 53 −1 53
8 Saint Louis FC 34 14 11 9 44 38 +6 53
9 San Antonio FC 34 14 8 12 45 48 −3 50
10 OKC Energy FC 34 12 7 15 43 46 −3 43
11 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 34 11 6 17 36 39 −3 39
12 Fresno FC 34 9 12 13 44 38 +6 39
13 Rio Grande Valley Toros 34 8 14 12 36 42 −6 38
14 LA Galaxy II 34 10 7 17 60 67 −7 37
15 Las Vegas Lights FC 34 8 7 19 50 74 −24 31
16 Seattle Sounders FC 2 34 6 7 21 40 71 −31 25
17 Tulsa Roughnecks 34 3 12 19 36 77 −41 21
Source: 2018 USL standings
Rules for classification: 1) total wins; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) points earned against top four Conference finishers; 5) disciplinary points; 6) coin toss or drawing of lots

Results table[edit]

Color Key: Home  • Away  • Neutral  • Win  • Loss  • Draw
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Atlanta United 2
(ATL)
NYR CLT PEN LOU CHS PGH CIN OTT TOR LOU NCA TBR IND CLT NSH NYR BST RIC NSH BST OTT CHS CIN IND TOR PEN TBR NCA NSH LOU TBR CHS PGH RIC
3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–1 2–4 0–2 5–4 1–2 0–4 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–6 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–5 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–6 0–2 1–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–2
Bethlehem Steel FC
(BST)
RIC TBR NSH CHS CIN LOU RIC CHS NYR IND OTT NCA LOU CIN NYR CLT PEN ATL NCA NYR IND ATL RIC CLT PGH TOR OTT NSH PEN PGH TOR OTT IND TBR
4–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–1 3–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–4 4–0 0–0 1–1 1–0
Charleston Battery
(CHS)
CIN PEN NYR BST PEN ATL TBR CLT BST OTT NSH IND RIC CLT PGH TOR NCA IND LOU PGH RIC NCA TBR ATL CIN NYR LOU TBR CLT NSH NCA TOR ATL OTT
0–1 1–0 2–5 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–3 0–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 4–4 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 2–0
Charlotte Independence
(CLT)
OTT TOR ATL NSH NCA IND CHS CIN TOR RIC OTT NYR ATL CHS RIC TBR BST IND NSH CIN LOU PEN BST PGH LOU NCA NSH RIC CHS NYR PGH PEN TBR NCA
4–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–2 4–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–4 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–3 2–6 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–3
FC Cincinnati
(CIN)
CHS IND LOU BST PGH OTT IND ATL CLT NCA LOU NYR NCA BST RIC TOR OTT NSH TBR CLT NYR NSH PEN CHS ATL TBR PGH LOU TOR PEN RIC IND PGH NSH
1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 3–0 3–2 4–2 1–4 4–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 3–3 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 5–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–3 2–1 4–1 3–0 0–0 3–3
Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(COS)
LAG POR STL SPR RGV RNO SAC SEA OCO RNO LVL OKC STL LVL SPR POR FRS SAN OCO OKC SAC TUL SAN RGV OKC TUL PHX SLC LAG RGV PHX SLC FRS SEA
2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–4 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 4–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–4 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–3 2–2
Fresno FC
(FRS)
LVL LAG SEA OKC STL TUL SAN PHX SAN RGV SLC OCO SEA RNO SAC SPR COS SLC SAC POR PHX OKC TUL SAC LAG STL LVL RNO SPR OCO POR RGV COS SLC
2–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–3 4–0 1–1 0–1 4–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 4–2 4–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 0–1
Indy Eleven
(IND)
RIC CIN NCA NSH CLT CIN LOU PGH BST NYR CHS ATL TOR NSH PEN OTT CLT CHS TBR BST LOU NCA OTT TOR ATL PGH RIC NYR PEN PGH TBR CIN BST LOU
1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–3 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 3–3 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–3 1–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–3 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–1
Las Vegas Lights
(LVL)
FRS RNO SPR SAC SAN SLC TUL COS SLC LAG COS PHX SEA SPR TUL STL OKC RGV POR SEA RGV STL OCO PHX FRS RNO LAG POR RNO OCO OKC SAN PHX SAC
3–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–7 4–1 0–4 4–1 2–3 2–2 1–0 4–6 0–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 1–4 1–3 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 3–3 3–5 0–1 1–3 5–2 0–1
LA Galaxy II
(LAG)
COS FRS SAN OCO PHX STL NYR PHX STL POR RGV LVL TUL OCO OKC TUL SEA OCO RNO POR SPR SAN FRS SAC RGV SLC COS LVL OKC RNO SLC SEA SAC SPR
0–2 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–4 6–3 3–7 1–1 7–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 5–3 3–0 1–4 3–4 1–1 1–2 2–1 4–1 1–1 0–4 3–1 2–1 1–3 0–1 6–1 2–2 1–2 1–5
Louisville City FC
(LOU)
NSH TBR CIN RIC ATL BST IND NSH ATL CIN BST PEN NCA PGH NYR TBR CHS CLT OTT IND NYR NSH CLT RIC TOR CHS CIN PGH PEN OTT ATL TOR NCA IND
2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–3 2–2 0–1 3–3 2–1 1–2 4–1 3–0 2–2 6–4 0–0 3–0 6–0 1–4 2–2 0–1 2–2 3–0 4–0 4–1 3–1 2–1 1–0
Nashville SC
(NSH)
LOU PGH BST CLT IND PEN NYR LOU CHS PGH PEN TBR NCA IND ATL CIN CLT OTT ATL TOR CIN OTT LOU BST RIC CLT NCA TBR CHS ATL NYR RIC TOR CIN
0–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 4–0 0–1 3–3 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 3–3
New York Red Bulls II
(NYR)
TOR ATL CHS RIC TBR LAG TOR OTT NSH BST IND CIN CLT PGH BST OTT LOU ATL RIC BST CIN TBR PEN LOU NCA CHS OTT IND TOR CLT NSH NCA PEN PGH
2–1 1–3 5–2 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 4–1 1–2 4–2 0–3 2–2 0–3 3–3 6–1 5–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 4–6 2–2 4–4 1–0 0–3 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–1
North Carolina FC
(NCA)
TBR RIC IND CLT TOR OTT PEN CIN ATL BST CIN OTT NSH LOU RIC PGH CHS BST TOR PGH CHS TBR IND NYR CLT TBR NSH PEN ATL CHS RIC NYR LOU CLT
1–3 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–4 4–0 1–2 0–2 4–2 0–1 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–3 2–2 6–2 0–3 3–3 1–0 6–1 0–2 3–2 1–2 1–2 3–1
Oklahoma City Energy
(OKC)
TUL PHX OCO FRS POR STL RNO SPR PHX COS TUL RNO SEA POR RGV LAG SAN COS LVL SAC FRS SAN COS TUL SLC RGV SEA SPR OCO LAG SAC LVL SLC STL
1–0 1–4 0–1 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 6–4 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 3–2 4–2 3–0 0–1 2–3 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–0
Orange County SC
(OCO)
PHX SAC OKC TUL LAG SAN RGV COS SLC STL FRS SAC LAG RNO TUL PHX COS LAG SAN SPR STL POR SPR PHX LVL POR RGV SEA OKC FRS SLC LVL SEA RNO
1–1 0–1 1–0 5–0 3–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 6–1 0–1 1–0 0–3 3–0 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 4–3 3–1 3–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 5–2 5–3 2–1 1–3
Ottawa Fury FC
(OTT)
CLT TBR PGH NCA CIN NYR PEN ATL CHS BST TOR CLT NCA NYR CIN IND PGH PEN NSH LOU TBR ATL NSH RIC IND BST PEN NYR TOR RIC LOU TOR BST CHS
1–4 0–5 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–4 3–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 4–3 2–0 0–4 1–0 0–0 0–2
Penn FC
(PEN)
CHS PGH ATL CHS NSH NCA TBR OTT TOR PGH NSH TOR RIC LOU TBR IND BST RIC OTT CLT NYR CIN RIC OTT BST ATL IND NCA LOU CIN PGH CLT NYR TOR
0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 3–2 2–1 3–3 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–0
Phoenix Rising FC
(PHX)
OCO OKC RNO SLC LAG SPR FRS LAG OKC TUL SAC SPR STL SAC LVL TUL RGV OCO FRS SEA SLC POR OCO LVL SAN COS RGV SAN SEA COS STL RNO LVL POR
1–1 4–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–3 3–0 5–1 1–3 0–1 3–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–4 1–0 1–4 4–1 3–4 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–0 2–3 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–5 0–1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(PGH)
NSH PEN TOR OTT CIN ATL TOR IND TBR PEN NSH RIC NYR CHS LOU NCA OTT CHS NCA RIC TOR BST CLT TBR IND CIN BST LOU IND PEN CLT CIN ATL NYR
0–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 4–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–2
Portland Timbers 2
(POR)
SEA COS SLC TUL OKC RGV RNO SAC STL SEA LAG SLC SAN RGV OKC COS RNO FRS SPR LVL LAG OCO PHX SPR SAN SEA OCO STL TUL LVL FRS SAC RNO PHX
1–2 1–0 2–4 0–0 3–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 7–3 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–4 0–1 2–4 2–1 1–2 4–3 2–2 1–4 2–0 2–1 4–1 2–3 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0
Real Monarchs
(SLC)
TUL POR PHX SEA TBR LVL OCO SPR FRS LVL POR SAC RGV SPR STL FRS RNO SAC SEA SAN PHX RNO OKC TUL LAG COS SAN RGV STL OCO LAG COS OKC FRS
3–2 4–2 1–0 3–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 2–4 4–1 2–1 2–3 3–2 4–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–5 1–6 0–2 2–1 1–0
Reno 1868 FC
(RNO)
SPR LVL PHX COS POR OKC RGV COS TUL SAC SEA SAN OKC FRS OCO SAN POR SLC SEA LAG STL SLC SPR SAC LVL FRS STL LAG LVL RGV TUL POR PHX OCO
3–4 1–1 0–1 0–4 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 4–1 1–2 1–2 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–3 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–1
Rio Grande Valley Toros
(RGV)
STL SAC COS SEA POR OCO RNO FRS SAN SPR LAG SLC POR OKC PHX STL TUL LVL SPR COS LVL SAC OKC LAG OCO SAN PHX SLC COS SEA RNO FRS TUL SAN
1–1 2–2 1–2 2–3 2–3 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–4 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–4 2–1 2–1 1–1
Richmond Kickers
(RIC)
BST IND NCA NYR LOU TOR BST TBR CLT PGH CHS PEN CIN CLT NCA PEN NYR ATL CHS PGH BST TOR OTT PEN LOU NSH IND CLT OTT TBR CIN NCA NSH ATL
1–4 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–5 1–1 0–3 0–3 0–3 0–1 0–2 3–2 0–6 0–4 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–3 1–4 2–3 0–3 2–3
Sacramento Republic
(SAC)
SAN OCO RGV SEA LVL COS TUL POR SEA RNO PHX SLC OCO PHX FRS SAN STL FRS SLC SPR COS OKC FRS RGV STL LAG RNO SEA TUL OKC POR SPR LAG LVL
2–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–3 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–4 2–1 3–0 4–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0
San Antonio FC
(SAN)
SAC STL LAG SPR OCO FRS LVL FRS RGV TUL RNO POR SAC RNO COS OKC OCO SLC COS OKC LAG SEA POR PHX SPR RGV SLC PHX TUL SPR STL SEA LVL RGV
1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 4–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–3 1–2 0–4 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1
Saint Louis FC
(STL)
RGV SAN COS FRS LAG OKC SPR POR LAG OCO COS PHX SPR TUL SLC SAC RGV LVL OCO RNO SEA LVL SAC FRS TUL SEA POR RNO SLC SPR SAN PHX TUL OKC
1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–6 1–1 0–3 1–3 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 4–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–3 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–0
Seattle Sounders FC 2
(SEA)
POR SPR FRS SAC SLC RGV COS SAC POR RNO FRS OKC LVL LAG SPR RNO SLC PHX LVL STL SAN POR OKC STL OCO TUL SAC PHX RGV SAN LAG OCO COS TUL
2–1 2–4 0–1 0–1 1–3 3–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 1–4 3–5 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 3–0 0–2 3–2 1–4 0–3 1–1 1–1 4–4 0–3 0–1 0–3 1–3 2–2 1–2 2–2 4–1
Swope Park Rangers
(SPR)
RNO SEA LVL COS SAN PHX STL OKC SLC RGV PHX STL COS SLC FRS LVL SEA SAC POR OCO RGV LAG OCO POR RNO SAN TUL OKC FRS STL SAN TUL SAC LAG
4–3 4–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–2 1–4 3–2 2–0 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–4 2–0 1–1 1–3 5–1
Tampa Bay Rowdies
(TBR)
NCA BST LOU OTT NYR SLC CHS PEN RIC PGH TOR ATL NSH PEN CLT TOR LOU CIN IND NYR OTT CHS NCA PGH CIN NCA CHS ATL NSH RIC IND ATL CLT BST
3–1 2–0 0–1 5–0 0–4 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–1 2–2 4–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–1
Toronto FC II
(TOR)
NYR CLT PGH NCA RIC NYR PGH PEN ATL CLT TBR OTT PEN IND CIN CHS TBR NCA NSH PGH RIC BST IND LOU ATL OTT NYR CIN BST OTT CHS LOU NSH PEN
1–2 0–2 0–4 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 4–5 1–2 2–4 0–3 2–3 1–3 3–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–3 4–1 1–2 3–4 3–3 3–4 0–4 0–1 2–1 1–3 2–2 0–0
Tulsa Roughnecks
(TUL)
OKC SLC OCO POR FRS SAC LVL RNO PHX SAN OKC LAG STL PHX OCO LAG LVL RGV COS FRE OKC COS SLC STL SPR SEA POR SAN SAC SPR RNO RGV STL SEA
0–1 2–3 0–5 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–5 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–3 1–6 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–3 2–1 2–3 2–3 1–2 4–4 0–4 2–1 1–4 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–4

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Playoffs[edit]

 
First RoundConference Semi-FinalsConference FinalsUSL Championship
 
              
 
October 20 – Nippert Stadium
 
 
#1 FC Cincinnati (a.e.t.) 1 (6)
 
October 27 – Nippert Stadium
 
#8 Nashville SC 1 (5)
 
#1 FC Cincinnati 0
 
October 20 – MUSC Health Stadium
 
#5 New York Red Bulls II 1
 
#4 Charleston Battery 0
 
November 2 – Louisville Slugger Field
 
#5 New York Red Bulls II 1
 
#5 New York Red Bulls II1
 
October 20 – Highmark Stadium
 
#2 Louisville City FC5
 
#3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2 (7)
 
October 27 – Louisville Slugger Field
 
#6 Bethlehem Steel FC 2 (8)
 
#6 Bethlehem Steel FC0
 
October 20 – Louisville Slugger Field
 
#2 Louisville City FC 2
 
#2 Louisville City FC 4
 
November 8 – Lynn Stadium (ESPN2)
 
#7 Indy Eleven 1
 
#2 Louisville City FC 1
 
October 20 – Championship Soccer Stadium
 
#3 Phoenix Rising FC0
 
#1 Orange County SC4
 
October 27 – Championship Soccer Stadium
 
#8 Saint Louis FC 0
 
#1 Orange County SC 1
 
October 20 – Zions Bank Stadium
 
#5 Reno 1868 FC 0
 
#4 Real Monarchs 0
 
November 3 – Championship Soccer Stadium
 
#5 Reno 1868 FC 1
 
#1 Orange County SC1
 
October 19 – PRFC Soccer Complex
 
#3 Phoenix Rising FC2
 
#3 Phoenix Rising FC 3
 
October 26 – PRFC Soccer Complex
 
#6 Portland Timbers 2 0
 
#3 Phoenix Rising FC4
 
October 20 – Papa Murphy's Park
 
#7 Swope Park Rangers 2
 
#2 Sacramento Republic FC 1
 
 
#7 Swope Park Rangers 2
 

Eastern Conference[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

USL Championship[edit]

Championship Game MVP: Luke Spencer (LOU)

Attendance[edit]

Average home attendances[edit]

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Team GP Total High Low Average
FC Cincinnati 17 437,197 31,478 22,407 25,717
Sacramento Republic FC 17 192,293 11,569 9,757 11,311
Indy Eleven 17 172,776 17,535 8,079 10,163
Nashville SC 17 162,640 18,922 7,487 9,561
Louisville City FC 17 134,153 9,684 6,009 7,891
Las Vegas Lights FC 17 123,529 9,019 6,810 7,256
San Antonio FC 17 117,969 7,946 6,090 6,939
Phoenix Rising FC 17 108,475 7,381 5,017 6,381
Tampa Bay Rowdies 17 94,399 7,368 5,059 5,553
Reno 1868 FC 17 86,128 7,103 3,224 5,066
Fresno FC 17 82,810 7,769 3,718 4,871
Ottawa Fury FC 17 80,778 8,084 2,781 4,752
North Carolina FC 17 80,414 9,505 3,169 4,730
Rio Grande Valley FC 17 79,049 7,846 4,102 4,650
Oklahoma City Energy FC 17 73,071 6,757 2,574 4,298
Richmond Kickers 17 67,594 5,860 1,519 3,976
Saint Louis FC 17 72,615 6,019 3,683 4,271
Seattle Sounders FC 2 17 57,285 6,049 2,090 3,370
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 17 67,674 5,000 2,534 3,295
Orange County SC 17 52,618 3,742 2,236 3,095
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 17 52,099 5,203 2,311 3,065
Charleston Battery 17 48,824 4,659 2,597 2,872
Atlanta United 2 17 44,158 5,615 1,923 2,598
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 18 43,212 3,123 1,823 2,401
Penn FC 17 36,498 2,909 852 2,147
Portland Timbers 2 17 34,256 5,857 1,548 2,015
Bethlehem Steel FC 17 39,898 3,284 1,418 2,347
Real Monarchs 17 29,432 4,065 1,089 1,731
Charlotte Independence 18 29,858 3,312 982 1,659
LA Galaxy II 17 17,818 1,236 858 1,048
Toronto FC II 15 12,143 4,100 50 810
Swope Park Rangers 17 14,978 1,134 737 881
New York Red Bulls II 17 10,946 1,592 498 812
Total 561 2,756,759 31,478 50 4,923

Two Toronto FC II home matches were moved to Highmark Stadium and Sportsplex at Matthews due to unplayable field conditions.

Updated to games of October 14, 2018.
Sources: USL Soccer Stadium Digest

Statistical leaders[edit]

League Awards[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

All-League Teams[edit]

First Team

F: Thomas Enevoldsen (OCO), Cameron Lancaster (LOU), Daniel Rios (NCA)
M: Tah Anunga (CHS), Solomon Asante (PHX), Emmanuel Ledesma (CIN), Aodhan Quinn (OCO)
D: Paco Craig (LOU), Joe Greenspan (PIT), Forrest Lasso (CIN)
G: Maxime Crépeau (OTT)

Second Team

F: Hadji Barry (SPR), Ataulla Guerra (CHS), Cameron Iwasa (SAC)
M: Kyle Bekker (NCA), Corben Bone (CIN), Kenardo Forbes (PIT), Lebo Moloto (NSH)
D: Ayoze (IND), Darnell King (SAN), Denso Ulysse (SEA)
G: Josh Cohen (SAC)

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Month USL Player of the Month USL Coach of the Month References
Player Club Position Player Club
March United States Kharlton Belmar Swope Park Rangers Forward Canada Isidro Sánchez Las Vegas Lights FC [1] [2]
April England Cameron Lancaster Louisville City FC Forward Republic of Ireland James O'Connor Louisville City FC [3] [4]
May Canada Maxime Crépeau Ottawa Fury FC Goalkeeper Serbia Nikola Popovic Ottawa Fury FC [5] [6]
June Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma FC Cincinnati Midfielder United States Rick Schantz Phoenix Rising FC [7] [8]
July Trinidad and Tobago Ataulla Guerra Charleston Battery Forward United States Mike Anhaeuser Charleston Battery [9] [10]
August England Cameron Lancaster Louisville City FC Forward United States Brendan Burke Bethlehem Steel FC [11] [12]
September Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma FC Cincinnati Midfielder South Africa Alan Koch FC Cincinnati [13] [14]
October England Cameron Lancaster Louisville City FC Forward United States John Wolyniec New York Red Bulls II [15] [16]
USL Player of the Week
Week Player Club Position Reason
1 United States Kharlton Belmar Swope Park Rangers Forward 2G 2A GWG
2 United States Chris Cortez Phoenix Rising FC Forward Hat Trick vs OKC Energy
3 Denmark Thomas Enevoldsen Orange County SC Forward Hat Trick vs Tulsa
4 Jamaica Neco Brett Pittsburgh Riverhounds Forward Hat Trick vs Toronto FC II
5 Lebanon Soony Saad Indy Eleven Midfielder 2G vs Nashville
6 United States Danny Musovski Reno 1868 FC Forward GWG vs Portland
7 Canada Kyle Bekker North Carolina FC Midfielder 1G 2A
8 United States Tom Heinemann Penn FC Forward 2G
9 Mexico Efrain Alvarez LA Galaxy II Midfielder Hat Trick vs St. Louis
10 Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma FC Cincinnati Midfielder 1G 3A
11 United States Ethan Zubak LA Galaxy II Forward 4G vs Las Vegas
12 United States Brandon Allen Nashville SC Forward 2G 1A
13 United States Joey Calistri Saint Louis FC Midfielder 2G 1A
14 Jamaica Jason Johnson Phoenix Rising FC Forward 3G
15 Canada Adonijah Reid Ottawa Fury FC Forward Hat Trick vs NY Red Bulls II
16 United States Carl Woszczynski Phoenix Rising FC Goalkeeper 7-Save SO
17 Jamaica Brian Brown Reno 1868 FC Forward 3G
18 United States Cameron Iwasa Sacramento Republic Forward 2G 1A
19 Jamaica Junior Flemmings Tampa Bay Rowdies Midfielder 1G 2A
20 United States Nico Rittmeyer Charleston Battery Midfielder 2G
21 Jamaica Neco Brett Pittsburgh Riverhounds Forward 3G
22 England Cameron Lancaster Louisville City FC Forward Hat Trick vs NY Red Bulls II
23 Jamaica Michael Seaton Orange County SC Forward 2G 1A
24 United States Tom Barlow New York Red Bulls II Forward Hat Trick vs Charleston
25 Uruguay Sebastián Guenzatti Tampa Bay Rowdies Forward Hat Trick vs North Carolina
26 Colombia Jesus Ferreira Tulsa Roughnecks Forward Hat Trick vs Seattle
27 Japan Tsubasa Endoh Toronto FC II Midfielder Hat Trick vs Cincinnati
28 Cameroon Donovan Ewolo North Carolina FC Forward 4G vs Atlanta
29 Canada Kyle Bekker North Carolina FC Midfielder 2G 1A
30 Jamaica Romario Williams Atlanta United 2 Forward 2G
31 England Cameron Lancaster Louisville City FC Forward 3G

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