The 2019 USL Championship season kicked off on Friday night with a full slate of matches set to be played throughout the weekend. And though Toronto FC II will not be involved – USL League One gets underway in April – a few familiar faces will be entering the fray with new teams.
Luca Uccello and Malik Johnson opted in the offseason to leave the club where they rose up the ranks over the years to remain at the Championship level: Uccello with Memphis 901 FC and Johnson with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
And serendipitously enough, the two could meet each other on opening day as expansion Memphis plays their first-ever home match on Saturday night against Tampa Bay at 6:30 p.m.
They will not be the only TFC players involved in top flight USL action this season. The club announced on Wednesday that Aidan Daniels from the first team and Robert Boskovic and Shaan Hundal from TFC II would spend the season on loan with Ottawa Fury FC – Ottawa faces the Charleston Battery on Saturday night as well with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Both matches should be available for viewing in Canada - Memphis-Tampa Bay & Charleston-Ottawa. It appears the league will continue to stream the matches via YouTube and the USLChampionship.com match center.
Waking the Red’s TFC II coverage will return in the coming weeks, looking further at the comings and goings, digging into the latest signings and such, beginning with a lengthy interview with Uccello about his decision to leave TFC and the new challenge that lies ahead with Memphis