The 2018 USL schedule is out and now we are counting the days till the boys in Old Glory Red are back in action. With the addition of newcomers Fresno FC and Las Vegas Lights FC, as well as the return of Saint Louis FC to the Western Conference, the schedule has once again expanded. Republic FC will play a total of 34 matches, with 17 of those at home at Papa Murphy's Park.
With the return of Saint Louis FC, Republic FC now has two road trips that are just shy of 2,000 miles away from Sacramento, the other being Rio Grande Valley FC. We took a look at the rest of the USL schedule and found some interesting numbers across the board.
1 - Number of Tuesday matches Republic FC will play in the 2018 regular season (May 29 @ Real Monarchs).
2 - Number of road trips that are less than 200 miles away: Reno 1868 FC (132 miles) and Fresno FC (171 miles).
7- Number of away trips for Republic FC that are over 1,000 miles, with six of those over 1,500+ miles.
17 - Number of Marvel movies you could watch in the time it takes to drive from Seattle Sounders FC 2's Starfire Complex to Tampa Bay Rowdies' Al Lang Stadium, which is a 47 hour drive, the farthest distance between any two USL clubs. That means you could watch all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies currently available and still have time to watch the upcoming Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
28 - Hours it would take to travel by car to face Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, Republic FC's farthest away trip at a distance of 1,966 miles. That means you could watch all the Harry Potter movies AND Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
31 - Miles separating LA Galaxy II and Orange County SC, the shortest distance between clubs in the entire USL. Just a 40 minute drive down I-405 (if traffic is good). With traffic, it would probably take the same amount of time it takes to fly from Sacramento to LA.
674 - Number of times you could circle Lake Tahoe if you drove around it the total number of miles Republic FC will travel one way for road trips in the 2018 regular season (14,657 miles). Including the return trip, Republic FC will travel a total of 29,315 miles in the regular season alone.
2,380 - Miles between Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Rio Grande Valley FC, the longest away trip in the Western Conference
Rest of Away Trip Distances
Phoenix Rising FC: 756.8 miles
Seattle Sounders FC 2: 722.1 miles
Real Monarchs: 663.9 miles
Portland Timbers 2: 579.9 miles
Las Vegas Lights FC: 563.3 miles
Orange County SC: 429.3 miles
LA Galaxy II: 399.8 miles
All distances were calculated from Sacramento to the city each club's stadium is in.
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