TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League announced today that the 2018 USL Cup has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. ET. The 2018 USL Cup, the league’s championship game, will be televised on ESPN2 and streamed live on the ESPN App, marking the third consecutive season that the league’s champion will be crowned on an ESPN network.
In addition, ESPN International will stream the 2018 USL Cup on ESPN networks in 50 countries and territories covering more than 45 million television homes, including coverage in Oceania, Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring our championship game to fans around the world,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “This has been the biggest season in league history and the increased visibility we have seen through our expanded partnership with ESPN this year has been tremendous. We expect to have another compelling championship game for fans to enjoy this November.”
Louisville City FC claimed the 2017 USL Cup in front of national television audience on ESPNU and a sellout crowd of 14,456 at Slugger Field last season. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
The 2018 USL Cup Playoffs will kick off on the weekend of Oct. 19-21 with the Eastern and Western Conference Quarterfinals, with the eight-team fields in the Eastern and Western Conference competing in a single-elimination knockout format that sees the higher seed play host to each contest. The 2018 USL Cup will bring together the two conference champions, with the side that held the better regular-season record earning the right to host.
The USL Cup has aired on ESPNU for the past two seasons but now moves into prime time on ESPN2. The USL’s media rights agreement with ESPN runs through the 2019 season.
The broadcast will again be produced by USL Productions, the standalone division of the league that has been the exclusive and premier producer/provider of all USL content across linear and digital platforms throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons. USL Productions is run in association with VISTA Worldlink, a full-service media bridge connecting world-class customer service to the sports (leagues, conferences, teams and networks), entertainment and news industries worldwide.