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The USL is the world’s largest Division II professional soccer league, with 30 markets in 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces for the 2017 season. In total, the USL reaches a population of 75 million people, fueling the growth of professional soccer across North America.

In 2016, over $100 million was invested league-wide into stadium infrastructure to create venues that deliver an unforgettable fan and competitor experience. The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and recently invested $10 million to create USL Productions – which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute nearly 500 league matches and over 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, USL’s Match Center and international markets.

A growing league, the USL has more than doubled in size since 2014, with the Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies scheduled to debut in 2017. Nashville SC is the first club set to join the league for 2018. Beyond league play, the USL regularly features international exhibitions against leading Premier League, LigaMX, and Bundesliga clubs, among others.

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of almost 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications, and sponsorship.

Follow the USL on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram and watch games in the USL Match Center.

Teams & Schedule 

The league’s footprint is national but its schedule is highlighted by a regional approach designed to build rivalries. The USL’s 30 teams are divided into two conferences – Eastern and Western – with each team set to play 32 games over 30 weeks during the 2017 regular season. 

Eastern Conference:

  • Bethlehem Steel FC 

  • Charleston Battery

  • Charlotte Independence 

  • FC Cincinnati

  • Harrisburg City Islanders

  • Louisville City FC

  • New York Red Bulls II

  • Orlando City B

  • Ottawa Fury FC

  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds

  • Richmond Kickers

  • Rochester Rhinos

  • Saint Louis FC

  • Tampa Bay Rowdies

  • Toronto FC II

Western Conference:

  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

  • LA Galaxy II

  • OKC Energy FC

  • Orange County Blues FC

  • Phoenix Rising FC

  • Portland Timbers 2

  • Real Monarchs SLC

  • Reno 1868 FC

  • Rio Grande Valley FC

  • Sacramento Republic FC

  • San Antonio FC

  • Seattle Sounders FC 2

  • Swope Park Rangers KC

  • Tulsa Roughnecks FC

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

Expansion Teams:

  • Nashville SC (2018)

MLS Partnership

Major League Soccer and the USL announced a multi-year partnership in early 2013 designed to enhance the development of professional players in North America.

Four years later, the partnership between the two leagues cannot be viewed as anything other than a resounding success. The LA Galaxy II, the first team in league history to be owned and operated by an MLS club, entered competition in the USL in 2014, opening the door for additional teams to either launch a USL affiliate or partner with an independent USL club.

In 2017, expansion side Reno 1868 FC, led by Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon, has partnered with the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes to bring professional soccer to Nevada. 

Overall, there will be 10 USL teams owned and operated by MLS clubs and 12 USL-MLS affiliations among the 30 USL clubs for 2017.

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