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Portland & Seattle Launch USL PRO Teams
Duo unveiled as first MLS-owned teams for 2015


TAMPA, Fla. – The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer announced today that they will launch stand-alone USL PRO teams, Portland Timbers 2 and Seattle Sounders 2. “T2” and “S2”, as they will be known, become the seventh and eighth new franchises announced for the 2015 season. The Cascadia rivals will join the highly successful LA Galaxy II - who reached the 2014 USL PRO semifinals - as MLS-owned clubs in USL PRO, with more official announcements for the 2015 season expected in the coming weeks.

T2 will play its home games at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland, while S2 will be based at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. Both clubs also announced unique founders programs that provide participating fans with unique benefits including ticket discounts, private events and voting rights for team decisions. Andrew Opatkiewicz, with a decade of professional sports experience and a targeted focus in professional soccer, was announced as Sounders FC 2 General Manager


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The Montreal Impact became the second MLS club to create its own USL Pro team, club president Joey Saputo announced this Thursday. The new team, called FC Montréal, is set to start playing next season against LA’s sister team and other affiliates such as Richmond Kickers (D.C. United) and Rochester Rhinos (New England Revolution).

Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has successfully acquired the rights to a USL PRO franchise. In addition, the club has named Jason Bent as the head coach of the new USL PRO team. The Toronto USL PRO team will train out of the club’s Kia Training Grounds. Additional information on club name, venue for home matches and tickets will be released at a later date.

Whitecaps FC announced on Friday the launch of Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2), the club’s USL PRO team that will begin play in the spring of 2015. WFC2 will be owned and operated by Whitecaps FC and will play all home matches on the David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium, a natural extension of the club’s training home at the University of British Columbia: the National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC)
 

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According to MLS:
Here are the teams currently announced as competitors in USL PRO's 2015 campaign:

MLS-operated clubs (7):
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 (name TBA) – new in 2015
Whitecaps FC 2 – new in 2015

Clubs with MLS affiliations (9)
* not all affiliations are confirmed for 2015

Charlotte Independence – Colorado Rapids – new affiliation
Dayton Dutch Lions – Columbus Crew – affiliated in 2014
Harrisburg City Islanders – Philadelphia Union – affiliated in 2013-14
Oklahoma City Energy – Sporting Kansas City – affiliated in 2014
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Houston Dynamo – 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 in 2014
Louisville City – Orlando City – new in 2015

Unaffiliated clubs (8)
Arizona United
Charleston Battery
OC Blues
Wilmington Hammerheads
Austin Aztex – re-classify from PDL in 2015
Colorado Springs Switchbacks – new in 2015
Saint Louis FC – new in 2015
Tulsa Roughnecks – new in 2015

MLS clubs without official partners for 2015:
-Chicago Fire
-NYCFC
-New York Red Bulls
-FC Dallas
 

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Expanded USL PRO Unveils 2015 Format
24 clubs split into 2 conferences, 28-game schedule


USL PRO News Release

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO unveiled its 2015 competition format today, featuring a two-conference alignment to further promote regional rivalries following the league’s unprecedented off-season growth. USL PRO has expanded to 24 teams for its highly-anticipated 2015 season with the establishment of professional soccer in new markets along with the addition of seven MLS owned and operated clubs.

The full 2015 USL PRO schedule will be announced later this month.

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The 2015 season will also bring changes to USL PRO’s single-elimination playoff format with the top six finishers in each conference moving on to the four-week postseason. Teams will be seeded No. 1 through No. 6 in each conference, with the top two seeds receiving first-round byes and the No. 3 seed hosting the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed hosting the No. 5 seed.

The winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 game will then travel to face the No. 2 seed, and the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game will travel to face the No. 1 seed. The winners will meet in the Eastern & Western Conference Championship games with the remaining two teams advancing to square off in the 2015 USL PRO Championship, hosted by the higher seeded club.

There are a total of six awards to be earned in the 2015 USL PRO season. In addition to the highest honor of 2015 USL PRO Champions - awarded to the winner of the league’s post-season tournament - USL PRO will officially honor the Eastern Conference & Western Conference champions for both the regular season and the playoffs, as well as the overall USL PRO Regular Season Champion - the team earning the most regular season points.
 

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The United Soccer League
Third division soccer in the USA and Canada
includes MLS reserve teams.​
 

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they are supposed to split into three conferences in 2019 because they will pass the 36 teams.
They haven't said anything yet but I like this fan markup.

 

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UPON RESTART OF LEAGUE 2020
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CLUBS TO BE DIVIDED INTO EIGHT GROUPS TO COMPLETE A 16-GAME REGULAR SEASON

In order to limit travel, the regular season will see the Championship’s clubs divided into eight regionalized groups, and each team will complete a 16-game regular season. There will be five groups made up of four teams, and three groups made up of five teams to cover the 35 member clubs of the Championship.

The regular season games will be played over 13 weeks , concluding on the weekend of October 2-4. Games completed prior to the season suspension in March will be counted and included in the schedule, with teams that were active on the opening weekend of the season having 15 games remaining in their schedule.

Both San Diego Loyal SC and the Tacoma Defiance – who completed two games prior to the season suspension – will have 14 games remaining in their respective schedules. The three clubs that did not play prior to the season suspension – Birmingham Legion FC, Hartford Athletic and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – will play their full 16 games upon the resumption of play.
 
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