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Seven of the first eight USL matches are at Starfire Sports down in Tukwila.

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In year two of the Seattle Sounders USL team a greater effort was made to align matches with the first team schedule. This should enable fringe MLS talent to get a bit more time with S2 and further their development. That and the new Western Conference with Rio Grande Valley FC, Swope Park Rangers and San Antonio (unnamed yet) lead to an interesting schedule.

"We're excited to begin S2's second campaign in the USL," said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey via press release. "One of the things we tried to do for 2016 was to schedule more S2 home matches following First Team contests, which gives our younger players at the MLS level better opportunities across both teams. Aligning the schedules further implements our vertical integration approach, which we believe is critical to our player development process."

S2 opens with five straight matches at home. First up is Sacramento Republic on Friday March 25th at 7:30 PM. Two of the next four home games are midweek.

As seems to be common these days Portland and Vancouver are faced more than twice, with a double-home-and-away format.

The season ends with four straight road games. The final is at the Swope Park Rangers (Sporting KC). That caps a stretch with seven of nine road games.

Overall there are three Monday games, three Tuesday games, two Wednesday games, three Thursday games, three Friday games, nine Saturday games and nine Sunday games for 32 total played. Five of the home games are Monday-Thursday. Season tickets range from 135-165 dollars. There is also an 8-game flex pack for $100.

2016 SOUNDERS FC 2 USL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

DAY DATE OPPONENT KICKOFF (PT) LOCATION
Friday March 25 Sacramento Republic FC 7:30 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Wednesday March 30 Arizona United 7:30 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Sunday April 3 San Antonio 5:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Tuesday April 12 Rio Grande Valley FC 7:30 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Sunday April 17 Colorado Springs 7:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Tuesday April 26 Real Monarchs 6:00 p.m. Rio Tinto Stadium
Sunday May 1 Oklahoma City Energy FC 7:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Sunday May 8 Tulsa Roughnecks FC 7:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Saturday May 14 Sacramento Republic FC 7:30 p.m. Bonney Field
Sunday May 22 LA Galaxy II 5:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Thursday May 26 Portland Timbers 2 7:00 p.m. Providence Park
Saturday June 4 Orange County Blues FC 7:00 p.m. Anteater Stadium
Thursday June 9 Whitecaps FC 2 7:30 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Tuesday June 14 Portland Timbers 2 7:00 p.m. Merlo Field
Sunday June 26 Swope Park Rangers FC 5:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Saturday July 2 Sacramento Republic FC 8:00 p.m. Bonney Field
Wednesday July 6 St. Louis FC 5:00 p.m. World Wide Technology Soccer Park
Sunday July 10 Colorado Springs 5:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Saturday July 16 Arizona United 7:30 p.m. Peoria Sports Complex
Sunday July 24 Portland Timbers 2 5:00 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Monday August 1 Real Monarchs 7:30 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Saturday August 6 Whitecaps FC 2 3:00 p.m. Thunderbird Stadium
Saturday August 13 Rio Grande Valley FC 5:30 p.m. RGVFC Stadium
Saturday August 20 San Antonio 5:30 p.m. Toyota Field
Monday August 29 Portland Timbers 2 7:30 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Friday September 2 Whitecaps FC 2 7:30 p.m. Starfire Stadium
Monday September 5 Whitecaps FC 2 TBD TBD
Sunday September 11 Oklahoma City Energy FC 4:00 p.m. Taft Stadium
Saturday September 17 Colorado Springs 6:00 p.m. Switchbacks Stadium
Saturday September 24 Swope Park Rangers FC 5:00 p.m. Children's Mercy Victory Field