USL Second Division

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USL Second Division
USL Second Division.png
Country United States
Confederation US Soccer
Founded 1990
Folded 2010
Divisions 1
Number of teams 6
Levels on pyramid 3
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Domestic cup(s) Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Last champions Charleston Battery
(2010)
Most championships Charleston Battery
Charlotte Eagles
Long Island Rough Riders
Richmond Kickers
Utah Blitzz
(2 titles each)
TV partners Fox Soccer Channel
Website Official site in English
USL 2010

The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (commonly referred to as USL-2) was a professional men's soccer league in the United States, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. It was at the third tier of soccer in the United States, behind Major League Soccer (top division) and the USL First Division (second division), and one step up from the USL Premier Development League and the other leagues at Level 4.

The USL Second Division dissolved following the 2010 season to make way for USL Pro, which combined the existing USL First and Second divisions and began play in 2011.[1]

History[edit]

In 1995 the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL), the de facto second tier of American soccer at the time, changed its name to the United States International Soccer League, and split into two leagues, one professional and one amateur. The professional league, initially called the USISL Pro League, was a FIFA-sanctioned Division 3 league, while the amateur league, (the 'Premier League'), was given Division 4 status and would later go on to become the USL Premier Development League. The first champions of the new USISL Pro League were the Long Island Rough Riders, who beat Minnesota Thunder 2-1 in the championship game.[2]

In 1996, the USISL established a new USISL Select League. The strongest USISL Pro League teams joined this new league, which was given Division 2 status alongside the existing A-League, while the remainder of the teams (plus expansion teams) remained at Division 3 level. Charleston Battery became the league's second champions in this year, beating the Charlotte Eagles in a penalty shootout in the 1996 USISL Pro League championship game.[3]

In 1997 the league changed its name to the USISL D-3 Pro League to further distinguish itself from the A-League, and then in 1999 the umbrella USISL changed its name to the United Soccer Leagues (USL), and as such the Pro League officially became known as the USL 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 for to legal reasons. In 2005 the league took its current name as the USL Second Division, which it has retained ever since.

For 2011, USL has announced that the two divisions of USL professional play, the First Division and Second Division, would merge into a single USL Pro division.[4] As of September 2010, it is not clear if this new division will seek sanctioning for Division II status from the United States Soccer Federation.[5]

Complete list of current and former member clubs[edit]

A total of 102 clubs have competed in USL-2.

Main article: List of USL-2 clubs

Past champions[edit]

USISL Pro League
1995
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Long Island Rough Riders 2-1 Minnesota Thunder
1996
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Charleston Battery 3-2 (SO) Charlotte Eagles
USISL D-3 Pro League
1997
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Albuquerque Geckos 4-1 Charlotte Eagles
1998
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Chicago Stingers 3-2 (OT) New Hampshire Phantoms
USL D3 Pro League
1999
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Western Mass Pioneers 2-1 South Jersey Barons
2000
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Charlotte Eagles 5-0 New Jersey Stallions
2001
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Utah Blitzz 1-0 Greenville Lions
2002
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Long Island Rough Riders 2-1 Wilmington Hammerheads
USL Pro Select League (USL Pro Soccer League)
2003
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Wilmington Hammerheads 2-1 (2OT) Westchester Flames
2004
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Utah Blitzz 2-2 (5-4 PK) Charlotte Eagles
USL Second Division
2005
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Charlotte Eagles 2-2 (5-4 PK) Western Mass Pioneers
2006
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Richmond Kickers 2-1 Charlotte Eagles
2007
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Harrisburg City Islanders 1-1 (8-7 PK) Richmond Kickers
2008
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Cleveland City Stars 2-1 Charlotte Eagles
2009
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Richmond Kickers 3-1 Charlotte Eagles
2010
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Charleston Battery 2-1 Richmond Kickers

Championships by Team[edit]

Club Winner Seasons Won
Long Island Rough Riders 2 1995, 2002
Charleston Battery 2 1996, 2010
Charlotte Eagles 2 2000, 2005
Utah Blitzz 2 2001, 2004
Richmond Kickers 2 2006, 2009
Albuquerque Geckos 1 1997
Chicago Stingers 1 1998
Western Mass Pioneers 1 1999
Wilmington Hammerheads 1 2003
Harrisburg City Islanders 1 2007
Cleveland City Stars 1 2008

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