USL PRO and MLS Unveil Partnership

Wilmington Hammerheads to play MLS Reserve team in regular season

Wilmington, NC – Major League Soccer (MLS) and USL PRO officially announced today a partnership that will positively establish team relationships within North America and make way for long-term collaboration. This arrangement will create opportunities for players, coaches, and markets through American professional soccer and will further launch USL PRO as a proving ground for MLS.

USL PRO MLS Announcement

For the 2013 USL PRO regular season, each USL PRO team will be scheduled interleague play with a MLS Reserve team. USL PRO teams have been paired with a single MLS team to play a home and home series, with the exception of Antigua Barracuda FC whom will play both games at MLS Reserve teams. These games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings. Details regarding this information will be announced following the release of the official 2013 USL PRO schedule.


“This relationship between MLS and USL PRO is a great step in the right direction,” said Wilmington Hammerheads Head Coach David Irving. “I believe it is beneficial for both leagues and positive for player development. I’m excited to experience what USL PRO and MLS have to offer one another throughout this upcoming season.”


Bringing a MLS Reserve team to Legion Stadium will make play more competitive and increase the atmosphere for Wilmington Hammerheads supporters alike.


For more information please see the attached USL PRO news release or contact David Irving and the Wilmington Hammerheads at (910) 777-2111.

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