Eastern Conference (USL Championship)

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Eastern Conference
LeagueUSL Championship
SportSoccer
FoundedJanuary 21, 2015
Teams
No. of teams18
Championships
Most recent Eastern Conference champion(s)Louisville City FC
(2nd title)
Most Eastern Conference titlesLouisville City FC
(2 titles)

The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in USL Championship soccer.[1]

Current standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 9 6 1 24 9 +15 33 Conference Quarterfinals
2 Indy Eleven 14 9 3 2 21 9 +12 30
3 New York Red Bulls II 15 9 2 4 31 18 +13 29
4 Nashville SC 16 8 5 3 30 16 +14 29
5 North Carolina FC 15 7 6 2 26 13 +13 27
6 Louisville City FC 16 7 4 5 24 20 +4 25
7 Ottawa Fury FC 14 6 6 2 22 14 +8 24 Play-In Round
8 Charleston Battery 15 5 7 3 20 18 +2 22
9 Saint Louis FC 13 5 5 3 16 13 +3 20
10 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 13 4 7 2 23 15 +8 19
11 Bethlehem Steel FC 16 4 4 8 23 33 −10 16
12 Atlanta United 2 15 3 4 8 13 27 −14 13
13 Birmingham Legion FC 15 3 4 8 13 29 −16 13
14 Charlotte Independence 16 2 7 7 18 27 −9 13
15 Loudoun United FC 12 3 3 6 16 19 −3 12
16 Memphis 901 FC 14 2 5 7 12 20 −8 11
17 Hartford Athletic 16 2 4 10 16 34 −18 10
18 Swope Park Rangers 15 1 6 8 18 32 −14 9
Updated to match(es) played on June 22, 2019. Source: USL Championship 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

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Club City Stadium
Atlanta United 2 Lawrenceville, Georgia Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Bethlehem Steel FC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Talen Energy Stadium
Birmingham Legion FC Birmingham, Alabama BBVA Compass Field
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina MUSC Health Stadium
Charlotte Independence Matthews, North Carolina Sportsplex at Matthews
Hartford Athletic Hartford, Connecticut Dillon Stadium
Indy Eleven Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium [i]
Loudoun United FC Leesburg, Virginia Audi Field [ii]
Louisville City FC Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field [iii][ii]
Memphis 901 FC Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park [iii]
Nashville SC Nashville, Tennessee First Tennessee Park [iii]
New York Red Bulls II Montclair, New Jersey MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field
North Carolina FC Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park
Ottawa Fury FC Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium [i]
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium
Saint Louis FC Fenton, Missouri Toyota Stadium
Swope Park Rangers Kansas City, Kansas Children's Mercy Park
Tampa Bay Rowdies St. Petersburg, Florida Al Lang Stadium [iii]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Shared facility; not a soccer-specific stadium
  2. ^ a b Team has announced plans to move into a soccer-specific stadium
  3. ^ a b c d Baseball park
Locations of announced teams for the 2019 USL Championship season
Blue pog.svg MLS-owned club; Red pog.svg MLS-affiliated club; Green pog.svg no MLS affiliation

Conference Lineups[edit]

Clubs timeline[edit]

Memphis 901 FCLoudoun United FCHartford AthleticBirmingham Legion FCNorth Carolina FCNashville SCIndy ElevenAtlanta United 2Ottawa Fury FCTampa Bay RowdiesOrlando City BBethlehem Steel FC (USL)FC Cincinnati (2016–18)Wilmington Hammerheads FCToronto FC IISwope Park RangersWestern Conference (USL)Saint Louis FCRochester RhinosRichmond KickersPittsburgh RiverhoundsNew York Red Bulls IILouisville City FCFC MontrealPenn FCHarrisburg City IslandersCharlotte IndependenceCharleston Battery

Conference Member   Club moved to Western Conference   Former clubs

Orlando City B & Rochester Rhinos went on hiatus after the 2017 season.[2][3]

2015[edit]

Lineup for 2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Lineup for 2016[edit]

Changes from 2015[edit]

2017[edit]

Lineup for 2017[edit]

Changes from 2016[edit]

2018[edit]

Lineup for 2018[edit]

Changes from 2017[edit]

2019[edit]

Lineup for 2019[edit]

Changes from 2018[edit]

Eastern Conference Playoff champions by year[edit]

Bold USL Champions
Season Champions Score Runners Up
2015 Rochester Rhinos 1–0 Louisville City FC
2016 New York Red Bulls II 1–1 (4–3 PK) Louisville City FC
2017 Louisville City FC 1–1 (4–3 PK) New York Red Bulls II
2018 Louisville City FC 5–1 New York Red Bulls II

Eastern Conference regular season champions by year[edit]

Bold USL Regular Season Champions
Season Team Record Playoffs result
2015 Rochester Rhinos 17–1–10 (+25) Won USL Championship
2016 New York Red Bulls II 21–3–6 (+40) Won USL Championship
2017 Louisville City FC 18–6–8 (+27) Won USL Championship
2018 FC Cincinnati 23–3–8 (+38) Lost Conference Semifinals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expanded USL Unveils 2015 Format". United Soccer League (USL). January 21, 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Tsujimoto, Ben (November 30, 2017). "Rochester Rhinos to take hiatus from United Soccer League". Buffalo, NY: Buffalo News. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Orlando City B Elects to Forgo 2018 USL Division II Season". Orlando City SC. January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "2016 USL Alignment and Format Announced". United Soccer League (USL). January 20, 2016. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "USL Announces 2017 Conference Alignment". www.uslsoccer.com. United Soccer League (USL). January 9, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "USL Championship Unveils 2019 Conference Alignment". United Soccer League (USL). December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.