An unpredictable, unusual 2020 USL Championship season will come to an end on Sunday evening as we’ve finally reached the USL Championship Final. The Eastern Conference’s Tampa Bay Rowdies will host the Western Conference’s Phoenix Rising FC.
Kickoff is set for 8:30 PM ET, live on ESPN from Al Lang Stadium. Ahead of the match, a group of BGN podcasters and writers weighed in with their predictions and opinions before the final match of 2020.
Participating are: Elliot Barr (Rivercity 93), Erik Berggren (writer), Dylan (Orange and Black SoccerCast), Ben “Goose” Goshorn (Writer), LauraEllen (Soccer Better), Liz (Soccer Better), Carson A. Merk (The Other Football Podcast/Editor), Benton Newman (Vamos Morados), Edson Ochoa (Down in the Valley), Ivan Ornelas (Tectonic Takes), Robin Pryor (Hot Brown Soccertown), Scott (916 Republic), and Alan Underwood (The Fair Weather Podcast & Orange and Black SoccerCast).
Who will win the 2020 USL Championship Final, final score prediction, and who will win MVP?
Elliot: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-1 (added extra time), Leo Fernandes
Erik: Phoenix Rising FC, 1-0, Solomon Asante
Dylan: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 1-0, Evan Louro
Goose: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, Sebastian Guenzatti (one goal, one assist)
LauraEllen: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-1, Black Lives Matter
Liz: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2
Carson: Phoenix Rising FC, 2-0, Solomon Asante
Benton: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-1, Juan Tejada
Edson: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-1, Sebastian Guenzatti
Ivan: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 1-0, Sebastian Guenzatti
Robin: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 1-1 (win on PKs)
Scott: Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, Leo Fernandes
Alan: Phoenix Rising FC, 1-1 (win on PKs), Zac Lubin
Summary: Tampa Bay Rowdies (10), Phoenix Rising FC (3)
Based solely on the altered regular season and postseason structure, does this championship have an asterisk in your opinion?
As a neutral fan, which team are you rooting for on Sunday?
On a scale of 1-10, how big of a step is it for the league that this match is live on ESPN? (10 being the biggest step)