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Roughnecks Joined By New Teams In Western Conference

By tulsaadmin, 01/20/16, 6:00PM CST

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The United Soccer League today announced the alignment, regular season and playoff format for the 2016 USL Season, with 29 teams set to compete in the league's sixth season in pursuit of the USL Cup.

Six new teams will join the USL in 2016, as Bethlehem Steel FC, FC Cincinnati, Orlando City B, Rio Grande Valley FC, the Swope Park Rangers and San Antonio are all set to compete in the new season.

The USL will continue in a two-conference format, with 14 teams making up the Eastern Conference and 15 teams making up the Western Conference. The 30-game regular season will be conducted over 27 weeks, which will kick off on March 25 and conclude on September 25.

The new alignment affects the Roughnecks.  Saint Louis FC has moved from the Eastern Conference into the Western Conference with Tulsa.  In addition, new sides San Antonio and Swope, the USL team for Sporting KC, have also been placed in the Western Conference with the Roughnecks.

The complete alignment for the two conferences is below: 

Western Conference

Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Arizona United SC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
LA Galaxy II
OKC Energy FC
Orange County Blues FC
Portland Timbers 2
Real Monarchs SLC
Rio Grande Valley FC
Sacramento Republic FC
Saint Louis FC
San Antonio
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Swope Park Rangers
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

Eastern Conference 

Bethlehem Steel FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
FC Cincinnati
Harrisburg City Islanders
Louisville City FC 
FC Montreal 
New York Red Bulls II 
Orlando City B 
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 
Richmond Kickers 
Rochester Rhinos 
Toronto FC II 
Wilmington Hammerheads FC 

  

The team with the best record across both conferences will earn the 2016 USL Regular Season Title. The top eight teams in each conference will then advance to the 2016 USL Playoffs, which will see a single-elimination bracket crown two conference champions. The two conference champions will advance to the 2016 USL Championship.

Season tickets for the Roughnecks 2016 campaign are currently on sale at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office, at TulsaRoughnecksFC.com and by calling (918)744-5901.