List of top level minor league sports teams in the United States by city

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This article features a listing of the top level professional minor league sports teams based in the United States. The minor leagues listed below also include six teams in Canada (one in the NBA G League, four in the American Hockey League, and two in the USL Championship). Triple-A minor league baseball has two leagues in the International League and Pacific Coast League. The United States Soccer Federation has had one top level league since 2018, when the league then known as the United Soccer League, now the USL Championship (USLC), was promoted to a Division II status after a provisional year with two Division II leagues. The North American Soccer League (NASL) contested their loss of Division II sanctioning but lost the case, canceling its 2018 season before effectively folding. Officially, there is no top level minor league for American or Canadian football as most of its recruiting is done through college football, but the Arena Football League is often considered the top level minor league for gridiron football.[citation needed]

Teams that will join a league for a future season are indicated in italics.

Rank[a] Metropolitan area Triple-A Baseball Arena Football League NBA G League American Hockey League USSF Div. II
1 New York Long Island Nets
Westchester Knicks
New York Red Bulls II
2 Los Angeles South Bay Lakers LA Galaxy II
Orange County SC
3 Chicago Windy City Bulls Chicago Wolves
4 Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas Texas Legends
6 Washington, D.C. Washington Valor Capital City Go-Go Loudoun United FC
8 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Soul Delaware Blue Coats Bethlehem Steel FC
9 Atlanta, Georgia Gwinnett Stripers (IL) College Park Skyhawks Atlanta United 2
11 Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Rising FC
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley USL East Bay
13 Inland Empire Agua Caliente Clippers Ontario Reign
Palm Springs
15 Seattle, Washington Tacoma Rainiers (PCL) Seattle Sounders FC 2
17 San Diego, California San Diego Gulls San Diego Loyal SC
18 Tampa Bay, Florida Tampa Bay Rowdies
20 St. Louis, Missouri Saint Louis FC
21 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Brigade
23 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Knights (IL) Charlotte Checkers Charlotte Independence
24 San Antonio, Texas San Antonio Missions (PCL) San Antonio Rampage San Antonio FC
25 Portland, Oregon Portland Timbers 2
26 Sacramento, California Sacramento River Cats (PCL) Sacramento Republic FC[b]
27 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
28 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Aviators (PCL) Las Vegas Lights FC
30 Austin, Texas Round Rock Express (PCL) Austin Spurs Texas Stars Austin Bold FC
31 Kansas City Swope Park Rangers
32 Columbus, Ohio Columbus Clippers (IL) Columbus Destroyers
33 Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Monsters
34 Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis Indians (IL) Indy Eleven
35 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California San Jose Barracuda
36 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Sounds (PCL) Nashville SC[c]
37 Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Tides (IL)
38 Providence, Rhode Island Pawtucket Red Sox (IL)[d] Providence Bruins
39 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee Admirals
41 Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Dodgers (PCL) Oklahoma City Blue OKC Energy FC
42 Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Durham Bulls (IL) North Carolina FC
43 Memphis, Tennessee Memphis Redbirds (PCL) Memphis Hustle Memphis 901 FC
45 Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Bats (IL) Louisville City FC
47 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Lake Bees (PCL) Salt Lake City Stars Real Monarchs
48 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Wolf Pack Hartford Athletic
49 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham[e] Birmingham Legion FC
50 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Bisons (IL)
51 Rochester, New York Rochester Red Wings (IL) Rochester Americans
52 Grand Rapids, Michigan Grand Rapids Drive Grand Rapids Griffins
53 Tucson, Arizona Tucson Roadrunners
54 Fresno, California Fresno Grizzlies (PCL)
55 Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Roughnecks FC
58 Bridgeport, Connecticut Bridgeport Sound Tigers
59 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Storm Chasers (PCL)
60 Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque Isotopes (PCL) New Mexico United
62 Bakersfield, California Bakersfield Condors
64 Capital District, New York Albany Empire
65 McAllen, Texas Rio Grande Valley Vipers Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
68 El Paso, Texas El Paso Chihuahuas (PCL) El Paso Locomotive FC
69 Lehigh Valley Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL) Lehigh Valley Phantoms
74 Charleston, South Carolina Charleston Battery
75 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Swarm
77 Stockton–Lodi, California Stockton Kings Stockton Heat
79 Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
81 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Magic
88 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa Cubs (PCL) Iowa Wolves Iowa Wild
89 Syracuse, New York Syracuse Mets (IL) Syracuse Crunch
90 Wichita, Kansas Wichita[f] (PCL)
92 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Thunderbirds
94 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Mud Hens (IL)
98 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Hershey Bears
101 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
106 Portland, Maine Maine Red Claws
114 Reno, Nevada Reno Aces (PCL) Reno 1868 FC
124 Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Wayne Mad Ants
136 Canton, Ohio Canton Charge
151 Fort Collins–Loveland, Colorado Colorado Eagles
154 Rockford, Illinois Rockford IceHogs
168 Utica, New York Utica Comets
177 Santa Cruz, California Santa Cruz Warriors
179 Erie, Pennsylvania Erie BayHawks[e]
185 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Skyforce
186 Atlantic City, New Jersey Atlantic City Blackjacks
192 Binghamton, New York Binghamton Devils
197 Prescott, Arizona Northern Arizona Suns
248 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Wisconsin Herd
  1. ^ As of 2018
  2. ^ After the 2021 season, Sacramento Republic FC will cease minor-league operations. The Sacramento Republic FC name will be transferred to a Major League Soccer team that will begin play in 2022.
  3. ^ After the 2019 season, Nashville SC will cease minor-league operations. The Nashville SC name will be transferred to a Major League Soccer team that will begin play in 2020.
  4. ^ The Pawtucket Red Sox are currently planning to move to Worcester, Massachusetts in 2021, most likely retaining the "Red Sox" name.
  5. ^ a b The team that will begin play as the Erie BayHawks in 2019 is scheduled to relocate to Birmingham in 2022 following arena renovations.
  6. ^ The Pacific Coast League team that starts play in Wichita in 2020 had previously played in Greater New Orleans, most recently as the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

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