WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Hammerheads will host the MLS New York Red Bulls during the 2013 season.
In all the Hammerheads will play a total of 14 home dates and 12 road games.
Per a new agreement between MLS and the USL Pro, teams will play a home and away series with an MLS club. All games will count towards the league standings.
"To have the New York Red Bulls come to Wilmington will be huge for our club and our fans." said Hammerheads head coach David Irving. "What's tough is you never know who they'll send down, it could be Thierry Henry, [Tim] Cahill, a player coming back from injury or someone who they feel needs some more time, you just don't know."
The new agreement between the leagues also allows for affiliation between clubs, allowing players to be assigned on loan to the USL Pro clubs. USL Pro teams will not face a MLS team that it has an affiliation with.
As of Thursday afternoon the Hammerheads had not secured an affiliation with a MLS club, but according to Irving the organization was doing all it could to secure one.
"It's an exciting time and this new agreement is a win-win for everyone." Irving said. "Obviously you want to partner up with a club [MLS] and have four or five guys come down and help make an impact."
During the 2012 season Corey Hertzog was loaned to the Hammerheads from the New York Red Bulls. In his time with the club Hertzog accounted for nine goals and 23 points in 17 games.
"Corey was a great example of what can happen and how players who are sent down not only benefit the new club, but the players themselves benefit by getting into game situations and keeping their fitness up for when they do get called back up."
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