As expected, the New York Red Bulls will be the seventh MLS team to launch a second team in USL PRO, announcing on Wednesday that they will begin play in 2015. What's its name, who will coach
the team and where it will play all remain to be determined.
"We are proud about this important moment in the history of our organization," said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis
. "This platform will integrate coaches, players and staff at all levels from the academy, USL PRO and first team as we are excited to start competing at
the USL PRO level this season."
New York's USL PRO team will train out of the club's training facility in Hanover, New Jersey.
The LA Galaxy launched Galaxy II (Los Dos) in
2014. Montreal, Toronto FC, Portland, Real Salt Lake, Seattle and Vancouver are all launching USL PRO second teams in 2015.
Toronto FC announced on Wednesday it would play its home games
for Toronto FC II at the Ontario Soccer Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario. The team will train out of the club’s Kia Training Grounds.
Other expansion teams for 2015: Austin,
Colorado Springs, Louisville, St. Louis and Tulsa. Charlotte was renamed (Independence) under new owners, while Louisville replaced Orlando City, which moved to MLS. Dayton dropped to the PDL, leaving
USL PRO with 24 teams for the 2015 season.