The United Soccer League Finds Its Footing

The USL was founded in 2010 as a Division II American soccer league (MLS is a Division I). Many of its teams are in midsize markets like Richmond, Louisville, Reno, and Colorado Springs. Despite an ill-fated expansion in 2011 of four Caribbean teams (three folded during their inaugural season), the team has gained solid financial standing, especially after becoming an official MLS minor league in 2013. The Wilmington Star-News tracks the tumultuous early history of the league.

Rapidly rising: An oral history of the United Soccer League, 11.15.15