USL PRO sets 2015 conference alignments

USL PRO will divide its 24 teams -- up from 14 in 2014 -- by regions into two 12-team conferences. Seven MLS clubs will field second teams in USL PRO, which will play a 28-game regular-season schedule.

Teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences will face each of their conference opponents at least twice (home and away). The additional six games will include several cross-conference contests.
 
“Transitioning to a conference-based structure is consistent with our long-term growth strategy and enabled by the rapid expansion of the league,” USL PRO Executive Vice President Jake Edwards said. “This new format will promote regional rivalries, allowing fans greater opportunity to support their clubs home and away as the league continues to bring its brand of professional soccer to enthusiastic markets throughout the U.S. and Canada.

2015 USL PRO:
Eastern Conference
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
FC Montreal
Harrisburg City Islanders
Louisville City
*New York Red Bulls
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers
Rochester Rhinos
Saint Louis FC
Toronto FC II
Wilmington Hammerheads
 
Western Conference
Arizona United
Austin Aztex
Colorado Springs Switchbacks
LA Galaxy II
OKC Energy FC
Orange County Blues
Portland Timbers 2
Real Monarchs SLC
Sacramento Republic FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Tulsa Roughnecks
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
*Name TBA
 
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 and the top two seeds receiving first-round byes.
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1 comment about "USL PRO sets 2015 conference alignments".
  1. John DiFiore, January 23, 2015 at 3 a.m.

    Any TV deals in the works?

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