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The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional men's soccer league in the United Statesmarker, part of the United Soccer Leagues league pyramid. It is the third division of soccer in the United Statesmarker behind Major League Soccer (top division) and the USL First Division (second division). It was known as the USL Pro Soccer League until 2005.

History

In 1995 the USISL split into two leagues, one professional and one amateur. The United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues Pro Soccer League, more commonly known simply as the Pro League, was a FIFAmarker sanctioned Division 3 league. In 1996, the USISL established the new Select League consisting of its strongest teams from the Pro League and Premier League in hopes of gaining FIFA Division 2 sanctioning. The next season, the Select League and independent Division 2 A-League merged to form a new A-League under the USISL umbrella. In 1999 the umbrella USISL changed its name to the United Soccer Leagues and the Pro League officially became known as the United Soccer Leagues D3 Pro League. In 2003 the name was changed again to the USL Pro Select League, but during the season had to be changed to the USL Pro Soccer League due to legal reasons. In 2005 the league took its current name as the USL Second Division.

2010 teams

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined Color Head Coach
Bermuda Hogges Hamiltonmarker, Bermudamarker Bermuda National Stadiummarker 2006 2007 White, Red, Green Kyle Lightbourne
Charleston Battery Charlestonmarker, South Carolinamarker Blackbaud Stadiummarker 1993 1993 Yellow, Black, Red Michael Anhaeuser
Charlotte Eagles Charlottemarker, North Carolinamarker Restart Fieldmarker 1991 1993 Orange, White Mark Steffans
Harrisburg City Islanders Harrisburgmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker Skyline Sports Complexmarker 2004 2004 Navy Blue, White Bill Becher
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Pittsburghmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker Chartiers Valley High Schoolmarker 1999 1999 Black, White, Blue Gene Klein
Real Maryland Monarchs Rockvillemarker, Marylandmarker Lester Stadium at Richard Montgomery High Schoolmarker 2008 2008 White, Gold Anthony Hudson
Richmond Kickers Richmondmarker, Virginiamarker University of Richmond Stadiummarker 1993 1993 Red, White Leigh Cowlishaw
Western Mass Pioneers Ludlowmarker, Massachusettsmarker Lusitano Stadium 1998 1998 Red, White, Black Leszek Wrona




Complete list of current and former member clubs



Past champions



Championships by Team

  • 2: Charlotte Eagles (2000, 2005); Long Island Rough Riders (1995, 2002); Utah Blitzz (2001, 2004); Richmond Kickers (2006, 2009)
  • 1: Albuquerque Geckos (1997); Charleston Battery (1996); Chicago Stingers (1998); Cleveland City Stars (2008); Harrisburg City Islanders (2007); Western Mass Pioneers (1999); Wilmington Hammerheads (2003)


References

  1. USL outcasts set to launch new league in 2010



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