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FACT SHEET: USL League One | Revolution II set to begin play in 2020

  • About the Revolution’s USL League One Team
    • On October 9, 2019 it was confirmed that the New England Revolution would be fielding a player-development focused team competing in USL League One named Revolution II.
    • Revolution II’s logo, head coach, and inaugural roster have all yet to be announced, and will be shared prior to the start of the 2020 season next March.
    • The addition of a second professional team will elevate the player development process by providing a fully defined pathway from the Academy to the professional ranks, facilitating growth through higher-level competition and a professional structure.
  • What is the United Soccer League (USL)?
    • The United Soccer League (USL) is the largest, and fastest-growing, professional soccer organization in North America. Based in Tampa, Fla., the USL counts more than 100 clubs in its membership across three leagues.
    • These three leagues occupy the second through fourth divisions of the North American soccer pyramid underneath MLS: Major League Soccer (1); USL Championship (2), USL League One* (3); USL League Two (4).
    • USL recently announced a new three-year rights agreement with ESPN that ensures all USL Championship and League One matches through the 2022 season will be available via ESPN+.
  • What is USL League One?
    • USL League One occupies the third division of North American soccer.
    • USL launched League One with a focus on shaping the future of the game in North America.
    • League One has focused on launching new clubs in markets that possess strong local ownership groups, populations with broad-based diversity, a vibrant millennial and strong family base, established corporate support, and stadiums to properly showcase the sport for fans, partners and the public.
    • League One benefits from several new USL initiatives, including USL Productions, the organization’s $10 million broadcast and content arm that features a broadcast and production facility in South Florida.
  • Who competes in in USL League One?
    • There were 10 teams competing in the first USL League One season in 2019.
    • The league will add at least three new teams in 2020, including new sides from the Revolution and Inter Miami CF, as well, Union Omaha SC and potentially more.
    • With the addition of New England and Inter Miami CF’s reserve sides, there are now seven MLS clubs currently fielding League One teams.
      • FC Dallas (North Texas SC), Orlando City (Orlando City B), and Toronto FC (Toronto FC II) participated in 2019.
      • Minnesota United FC (Forward Madison FC) and Chicago Fire (Lansing Ignite) have affiliate clubs in the competition and competed in 2019.
  • When is USL League One's season?
    • USL League One was originally announced on April 2, 2017 and launched its inaugural season on March 29, 2019. The 28-game regular season concluded on October 6, 2019.
    • Four teams qualify for the single-elimination playoffs, culminating in the USL League One Final, which will be played on the weekend of Oct 18-20.  
      • The four teams to qualify for the inaugural USL League One Playoffs were North Texas SC (1), Lansing Ignite FC (2), Greenville Triumph SC (3), and Forward Madison FC (4). 
  • Where can fans watch USL League One matches?
    • All USL League One games are featured exclusively on ESPN+ for domestic viewers, with no local blackout restrictions.
    • International viewers can watch select games on YouTube.