Louisville City FC will start its pursuit of a third USL Championship title at Lynn Family Stadium on Saturday, March 12, against Atlanta United 2.
The date was revealed Thursday as the league announced 2022’s home openers — and in this case, the first overall of 34 games for the boys in purple this year.
A full schedule will follow next week with game times to be decided later.
Season, group and premium tickets, as well as flex packs allowing for a choice of six LouCity or Racing Louisville FC games, are available at LouCity.com/tickets.
LouCity, which returns the bulk of a roster that propelled the club to an Eastern Conference Final appearance last season, is among 27 teams competing this year within the USL Championship divided between Eastern and Western conferences.
Every team will play each of its conference foes twice – once at home, once away. For Eastern Conference clubs, the remaining eight games will be against inter-conference opponents – four at home, four away. For Western Conference clubs, the remaining 10 games will be against a combination of inter-conference and intra-conference opponents – five at home, five away.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the top seven teams in each conference will qualify for the 2022 USL Championship Playoffs. The first overall seed in each conference will receive a bye to the Conference Semifinals. The bracket will be reseeded following the Conference Quarterfinals to ensure the first overall seed in each conference plays against the lowest-seeded remaining opponent.
The playoffs will remain a single-elimination format, culminating in the 2022 USL Championship Final on a to be determined date between Nov. 10 and Nov. 14.
LouCity — which remains the only USL Championship club to win back-to-back league titles accomplished from 2017-2018 — has also reached at least the conference final round each season since launching in 2015.