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Interleague pairings with MLS clubs set
January 24th, 2013 6:04PM
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[USL PRO] USL PRO's schedule for 2013 includes for the first time interleague games against MLS reserve teams. Each USL PRO team will play 26 games, including two games against an MLS partner. The league will will include two expansion teams -- Phoenix FC Wolves and VSI Tampa Bay FC -- to give it 13 teams for its third season as a third-level pro league.
 
The interleague schedule gets underway April 7 when the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves travel across town to face the Los Angeles Blues at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium and the Portland Timbers Reserves travel to face VSI Tampa Bay FC.

Four MLS clubs will have affiliate arrangements with USL PRO clubs to which it will loan at least four players on long-term deals:  New England Revolution-Rochester Rhinos, Philadelphia Union-Harrisburg City Islanders, Sporting Kansas City-Orlando City and D.C. United-Richmond Kickers. The only MLS club not taking part in the program is Chivas USA.
 

MLS-USL interleague matchups:
Antigua Barracuda FC vs. FC Dallas and San Jose Earthquakes
Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo
Charlotte Eagles vs. Chicago Fire
Dayton Dutch Lions vs. Columbus Crew
Harrisburg City Islanders vs. Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Blues vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Orlando City vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Phoenix FC vs. Real Salt Lake
Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Toronto FC
Richmond Kickers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Rochester Rhinos vs. Montreal Impact
VSI Tampa Bay FC vs. Portland Timbers
Wilmington Hammerheads vs. New York Red Bulls


1 comment
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: January 25, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.
    This could be the beginning of an MLS Second Division. Interesting to see how different markets will now enhance interest. Once interest and markets are stabilized, then Promotion/Relegation can be introduced. In the meantime, serious consideration need to be given to this "minor league" model and for out younger 16-18)year old's to obtain a competitive environment. Our Youth Soccer is merely high level recreation including many of the USSDA as we cannot depend on the College game to produce quality. Let's see and hope for the best. Compared to Europe and South American? Way behind...and it's so simple.

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