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Orange County Blues 2016 USL regular season schedule revealed

Almost that time for the Blues to hit the field again.
Almost that time for the Blues to hit the field again.
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The schedule is officially here! After waiting all offseason, and with training camp set to begin very soon, USL released the entire 2016 USL regular season schedule on Tuesday.

Although the schedule is expanded to 30 games this season, the main principles of the slate are in line with last year's schedule. The Orange County Blues, being a West Coast team, will not play any Eastern Conference teams again this year, and the schedule is tilted so that teams play opponents closest to them most often.

The downside is that the easternmost teams in the Western Conference, including Saint Louis FC and Swope Park Rangers, will only play the Blues once each this year, which doesn't seem great for competitive balance. However, the league appears to have heeded the complaints about teams having to play two games in three days, usually on road trips, and the Blues' tightest turnarounds are Thursday-to-Sunday this year, which seems more reasonable.

And the Blues will once again play at Anteater Stadium at UC Irvine for the coming season.

Here's OC's full schedule for 2016. Which games are you most looking forward to? Will the Blues be able to have another good season with this slate ahead of them?

Date Opponent H/A Time (PT)
Sat. March 26 Vancouver Whitecaps Home 7 pm
Sat. April 2 Saint Louis FC Home 7 pm
Fri. April 8 LA Galaxy II Away 7:30 pm
Sat. April 16 San Antonio Home 7 pm
Wed. April 20 Portland Timbers 2 Home 7 pm
Sat. April 30 Sacramento Republic FC Away 7:30 pm
Sun. May 8 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Home 7 pm
Sat. May 14 Arizona United SC Home 7 pm
Sat. May 21 Real Monarchs SLC Away TBA
Fri. May 27 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Away 6 pm
Sat. June 4 Seattle Sounders FC 2 Home 7 pm
Sat. June 11 Arizona United SC Away 7:30 pm
Sat. June 18 Real Monarchs SLC Home 7 pm
Thu. June 23 San Antonio Away 5:30 pm
Sun. June 26 Rio Grande Valley FC Away 5:30 pm
Sat. July 2 LA Galaxy II Away 7:30 pm
Sun. July 10 Sacramento Republic FC Home 7 pm
Sat. July 16 OKC Energy FC Away 5:30 pm
Sat. July 23 Swope Park Rangers Away 5:30 pm
Sat. July 30 LA Galaxy II Home 7 pm
Thu. August 4 Tulsa Roughnecks FC Away 5:30 pm
Sun. August 7 Arizona United SC Home 7 pm
Wed. August 10 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Away 7 pm
Sun. August 14 Portland Timbers 2 Away 2 pm
Sat. August 20 LA Galaxy II Home 7 pm
Wed. August 24 Sacramento Republic FC Home 7 pm
Sat. September 3 Sacramento Republic FC Away 7:30 pm
Fri. September 9 Real Monarchs SLC Away 6 pm
Sat. September 17 Rio Grande Valley FC Home 7 pm
Sat. September 24 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Home 7 pm

What do you think? Leave a comment below!