USL will expand into El Paso in 2019

El Paso became the fourth team to be officially be presented as an USL expansion team for 2019.

MountainStar Sports Group, which also owns and operates the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and is a minority owner of FC Juarez of Mexico’s Liga Ascenso, will operate the team.

The USL will kick off the 2018 season with 33 teams, including six new teams. It has announced plans to move into Memphis, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama and Austin, Texas, in 2019. Following the NASL's decision to cancel the 2018 season, San Diego's 1904 FC announced plans to enter the USL in 2019.

The El Paso ownership group will be comprised of Woody Hunt, Josh Hunt, Paul Foster and Alejandra De la Vega-Foster, the former president of the Juarez Cobras, who played in Liga MX.

In 2012, MountainStar Sports Group acquired the Tucson Padres, the Triple-A Baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The El Paso Chihuahuas began play in a new stadium in downtown El Paso in the spring of 2014. In 2015, MountainStar Sports Group and a group of Mexican investors acquired an Ascenso MX expansion franchise, Los Bravos de Juarez.

MountainStar Sports Group president Alan Ledford was an executive with the Portland Timbers in their pre-MLS days.

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