Phoenix Rising FC reveals full 2022 USL Championship schedule
After teasing with home openers last week, USL Championship released the full 2022 schedule on Wednesday.
As the age of social media continues, teams have started to have more fun with their schedule reveals than they used to.
Phoenix Rising FC used a middle-of-the-night infomercial as a template for the club’s 2022 USLC docket:
POV: You've fallen asleep while watching TV and suddenly wake up to the 2022 Home Schedule Collection from Phoenix Rising.#SomethingToProve | 2022 Season Presented by @EqualityHealth pic.twitter.com/sK78bBQJ8j
— Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) January 12, 2022
This year’s campaign will commence with the home-opener on March 12 against newcomer Monterey Bay FC in its first-ever USL match.
The final game of the 34-match season will be on Oct. 15, as PRFC hosts Eastern Conference side Atlanta United 2.
With only 27 clubs competing for the USL Championship Final — which will be played between Nov. 10-14 — the league’s structure is split into two, with the Western Conference having only 13 teams.
Therefore, Phoenix will play every West opponent twice home and away in addition to nine inter-conference matchups, which PRFC only has to travel out to four times while hosting five.
However, the extra away game will be filled by a second road trip to Las Vegas, as Rising will play Lights FC three times this season.
The four East Coast road trips are Hartford Athletic (May 28), Loudoun United FC (June 18), Memphis 901 FC (July 9) and Louisville City FC (July 20), while PRFC gets to host Eastern Conference sides Miami FC (April 23), Tampa Bay Rowdies (May 15), Birmingham Legion FC (June 4), New York Red Bulls II (Oct. 1) and Atlanta United 2 (Oct. 15).
This year’s slate also features two Sunday matches (one home to Tampa Bay), five Wednesday midweek clashes (one home to RGV FC Toros on Aug. 31) and two Friday night matchups.
Phoenix Rising’s full 2022 USL Championship schedule is below (home matches are in bold) and kickoff times are still to be determined:
Sat. March 12 vs. Monterey Bay
Sat. March 19 at Las Vegas Lights
Sat. March 26 vs. San Diego Loyal SC
Sat. April 2 at San Antonio FC
Sat. April 9 vs. LA Galaxy II
Sat. April 16 vs. New Mexico United
Sat. April 23 vs. Miami
Sun. May 1 at LA Galaxy II
Sat. May 7 vs. San Antonio
Sun. May 15 vs. Tampa Bay
Sat. May 21 at New Mexico
Sat. May 28 at Hartford
Sat. June 4 vs. Birmingham
Sat. June 11 vs. El Paso Locomotive FC
Sat. June 18 at Loudin United
Fri. June 24 at Las Vegas
Sat. July 2 vs. Orange County SC
Sat. July 9 at Memphis
Wed. July 20 at Louisville
Sat. July 23 vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Wed. July 27 at Oakland Roots SC
Sat. July 30 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Sat. Aug. 6 vs. Las Vegas
Fri. Aug. 12 at Orange County
Sat. Aug. 27 at El Paso
Wed. Aug. 31 vs. RGV
Sat. Sept. 3 at Colorado Springs
Sat. Sept. 10 vs. Oakland
Sat. Sept. 17 at San Diego
Wed. Sept. 21 at Monterey Bay
Wed. Sept. 28 at Sacramento
Sat. Oct. 1 vs. New York Red Bulls II
Sat. Oct. 8 at RGV
Sat. Oct. 15 vs. Atlanta United 2