[USL PRO] United Soccer Leagues' new USL PRO will debut on April 2 with 15 teams. Plans call for the pro league to emphasize regional play and eventually expand to as many as 32 teams, but the league will include a lone team -- Los Angeles Blues -- from west of the Mississippi River playing in a division with three teams from Puerto Rico and one from Antigua & Barbuda.
The 2011 season will open on April 2 with a match between Orlando City (formerly the Austin Aztex) and the Richmond Kickers (formerly of USL-2) and a Puerto Rico derby between Sevilla FC Puerto Rico and River Plate Puerto Rico at Sevilla FC Stadium.
Teams will play 24 games in the 2011 season, facing each team in their division at least once at home and once on the road.
The trickiest part of the schedule involves arranging matches for the Los Angeles Blues, who will play at three locations, including Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.
Barracuda FC of Antigua & Barbuda will make two trips to California and the three Puerto Rican teams will play two games in three days, as will the Harrisburg City Islanders and Charlotte Eagles.
The Blues will make a four-game road swing through the Caribbean in April, a six-game trip to Dayton, Pittsburgh and the Caribbean in late May and early June and a two-game trip to Richmond and Harrisburg to close out their road schedule.
The final weekend of the regular season is set for Aug. 12-13.
(Click here for 2011 USL PRO schedule.)
USL PRO 2011
Los Angeles Blues
Puerto Rico United
Sevilla Puerto Rico
River Plate Puerto Rico
Dayton Dutch Lions
Harrisburg City Islanders
FC New York