second division

USL Second Division

USL Second Division
United Soccer Leagues 2008
Founded
1990
Nations

Higher Division
USL First Division
Lower Division
USL PDL
Number of Teams
10
CONCACAF Qualification
None
Cups
US Open Cup
Current Champions
Cleveland City Stars
Website
Official site in English
The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional men's soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. It is the third division of soccer in the United States 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 FIFA 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.

2008 teams

Club Founded Colors Stadium
Bermuda Hogges 2007 Green, Red Bermuda National Stadium
Charlotte Eagles 1993 Orange, Blue, White Charlotte Christian School
Cleveland City Stars 2007 Green, White, Black Krenzler Field
Crystal Palace Baltimore 2007 Red, Blue UMBC Stadium
Harrisburg City Islanders 2004 Navy, Sky Skyline Sports Complex
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1999 Black, Blue, White Chartiers Valley High School Stadium
Real Maryland Monarchs 2008 White, Gold Maryland SoccerPlex
Richmond Kickers 1993 Red, White University of Richmond Stadium
Western Mass Pioneers 1998 Red, Black, White Lusitano Stadium
Wilmington Hammerheads 1996 Sky Blue, White, Black Legion Stadium

Both the Cincinnati Kings and the New Hampshire Phantoms have chosen to take voluntary relegation to the USL Premier Development League for 2008.

Complete team list

Past champions

Championships by Team

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

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