Today, the United Soccer League unveiled the most expansive linear television schedule in its history, which features two Hartford Athletic matches on the ESPN family of networks. Hartford Athletic's home match against Louisville City FC on September 7th will air on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The September 30th match against Charlotte Independence, also at Dillon Stadium, will be aired on ESPN Deportes at 8 PM.
This will be the second time Hartford Athletic will play on ESPN2 in its short history. Last season, Hartford Athletic defeated Loudoun United FC 3-1 in its 2020 home opener on ESPN2. It was Hartford's second win of the season and the first of three victories against the northern Virginia side in 2020.
In total, 19 USL Championship games will be broadcast on ESPN linear television this season. The Championship season will culminate on Sunday, November 28 as the 2021 USL Championship, set to be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. The contest between the Eastern and Western Conference Title-winners will also air on ESPN Deportes, with kickoff scheduled at 8:30 p.m. ET.
All Hartford Athletic matches in 2021, with the exception of the match against Louisville City FC, will air on WCTX MyTV9, as well as digitally on ESPN+.
2021 USL on ESPN TV Schedule
- April 30 – Phoenix Rising FC vs. San Diego Loyal SC, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- May 6 – Rio Grande Valley FC vs. San Diego Loyal SC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- May 15 – Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- May 16 – Greenville Triumph SC vs. Union Omaha, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- June 3 – Austin Bold FC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- June 15 – Indy Eleven vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- June 23 – Miami FC vs. Birmingham Legion FC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- July 3 – San Diego Loyal SC vs. Sacramento Republic FC, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- July 10 – Oakland Roots SC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- July 17 – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. San Antonio FC, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- July 21 – San Antonio FC vs. New Mexico United, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- August 10 – Memphis 901 FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- September 7 – Hartford Athletic vs. Louisville City FC, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- September 8 – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- September 30 – Hartford Athletic vs. Charlotte Independence, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- October 3 – Louisville City FC vs. New Mexico United, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2
- October 7 – Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Charleston Battery, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- October 24 – El Paso Locomotive FC vs. OKC Energy FC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes
- November 28 – USL Championship Final, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes