MLS and USL PRO deals for 2015

MLS and USL PRO deals for 2015

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 9, 2015
  • 1 Comments

When MLS made the announcement two years ago with the USL PRO, it sparked a big investment in the future of soccer in North America. Several clubs have jumped on board with filling out their own USL PRO teams in 2015, following the LA Galaxy’s model from last year.

With no MLS Reserve League expected to operate in 2015, other teams will continue to partner with existing USL PRO clubs. There are 12 affiliations between the two leagues in that respect as of today.

Here are the teams currently announced as competitors in USL PRO’s 2015 campaign:

MLS-operated clubs (8):
LA Galaxy II
Sounders 2 – new in 2015
Timbers 2 – new in 2015
FC Montreal – new in 2015
Real Monarchs SLC – new in 2015
Toronto FC II – new in 2015
Whitecaps FC 2 – new in 2015
New York Red Bulls (name TBA)  – new in 2015

Clubs with MLS affiliations (12)
* not all affiliations are confirmed for 2015
Arizona United SC – FC Dallas – new affiliation
Austin Aztex – Columbus Crew SC – new affiliation
Charleston Battery – Houston Dynamo – new affiliation in 2015
Charlotte Independence – Colorado Rapids – new affiliation – re-classify from PDL in 2015
Harrisburg City Islanders – Philadelphia Union – affiliated in 2013-14
Oklahoma City Energy – Sporting Kansas City – affiliated in 2014
Richmond Kickers – D.C. United – affiliated in 2013-14
Rochester Rhinos – New England Revolution – affiliated in 2013-14
Sacramento Republic – San Jose Earthquakes – co-affiliated (with Portland) in 2014
Saint Louis FC – Chicago Fire – new in 2015, new affiliation
Louisville City – Orlando City – new in 2015
Wilmington Hammerheads – New York City FC – new affiliation in 2015

Unaffiliated clubs (4)
Colorado Springs Switchbacks – new in 2015
OC Blues
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – affiliated with Houston Dynamo in 2014
Tulsa Roughnecks – new in 2015

  • SP

    FYI Charlotte Independence was never part of the PDL, but the Eagles did self-relegate.