Note: a previous version of this article had a different projected squad graphic

Congratulations! You made it through another offseason. The 2018 USL season has officially kicked off.

Four teams took part in the action Friday night, but San Antonio FC’s season opener will be the final Saturday match to kick off before one Sunday match closes week 1 for the league. For the third consecutive year, meaning every year the club has existed, SAFC will start their season on the road.

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Kris Tyrpak, RGVFC at SAFC preseason friendly 3 March 2018. Image: Rance Ristau

Playing Sacramento in Papa Murphy’s Park is not an easy task. Always near the top of the league’s attendance figures, Republic FC puts on a show at home no matter the quality of the squad. While anything can happen, the late departure of Paul Buckle and several key players makes this Sacramento squad seem less intimidating than teams of the past. But USL is funny and trying to predict things before the season starts is tricky. We’ll see what the new-look SAFC squad brings to the table in this late night battle.

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Connor Presley, RGVFC at SAFC preseason friendly 3 March 2018. Image: Rance Ristau

Sacramento Republic FC

Form: 2017 – finished 8th on Western Conference table, Lost to Swope Park Rangers in 2nd round of USL Cup

Suspensions: none

San Antonio FC

Form: 2017 – finished 2nd on Western Conference table, Lost to OKC Energy FC in 2nd round of USL Cup

Suspensions: Jose Escalante (Red card in final match of 2017)

Two Ten Soccer Projected Starting XI

Images: San Antonio FC

Score predictions:

Jonathan Check: San Antonio 2-1 Sacramento

Larry Leathers: San Antonio 2-0 Sacramento

Kyle Mahnke: San Antonio 1-0 Sacramento

How to watch: USL Match Center, 9:30pm central time

Follow along on social media: @TwoTenSoccer @CheckJFooty @LarryLeathers87 @Kyle_Mahnke

Posted by Kyle Mahnke

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