MLS will enter into a multiyear partnership with the USL PRO, in the third tier of American soccer, to enhance the development of players in this country.
The deal will involve interleague play between USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams and exclusive team affiliations.
Here's part of the release:
Each of the 13 USL PRO teams will compete in two interleague games against MLS Reserve teams. With the exception of Antigua, which will play both of its games at MLS Reserve teams, USL PRO teams have been paired with a single MLS team to play a home and home series. All interleague games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings. Details of the fixtures will be announced in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the official 2013 USL PRO schedule.
The entire release can be viewed here.
Hammerheads head coach David Irving, who's in Tampa, Florida on a scouting trip had nothing but positive things to say about the announcement via a release from the club.
"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."
Irving indicated the 2013 schedule would be released on Thursday at which time it would be announced which MLS team the Hammerheads would face.
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