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USL Second Division
USL Second Division.png
Countries United States
Confederation US Soccer
Founded 1990
Divisions 1
Number of teams 6
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Levels on pyramid 3
Domestic cup(s) Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Current champions Richmond Kickers (2009)
Most championships Charlotte Eagles
Long Island Rough Riders
Utah Blitzz
Richmond Kickers(2 titles each)
TV partners Fox Soccer Channel
Website Official site in English
Soccerball current event.svg USL 2009

The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional men's soccer league in the United States, 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.

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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.

2010 teams

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined Color Head Coach
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina Blackbaud Stadium 1993 1993 Yellow, Black, Red Michael Anhaeuser
Charlotte Eagles Charlotte, North Carolina Restart Field 1991 1993 Orange, White Mark Steffans
Harrisburg City Islanders Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Skyline Sports Complex 2004 2004 Navy Blue, White Bill Becher
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chartiers Valley High School 1999 1999 Black, White, Blue Gene Klein
Real Maryland Monarchs Rockville, Maryland Lester Stadium at Richard Montgomery High School 2008 2008 White, Gold Anthony Hudson
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia University of Richmond Stadium 1993 1993 Red, White Leigh Cowlishaw

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)

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