On Monday the United Soccer Leagues took a big step forward in building a USL PRO West Coast regional division with an announcement that Sacramento, Ca. will be added to the league in 2014.
USL PRO, which is the third tier of professional soccer in the U.S., has 9 of its 11 teams located on or near the East Cost and has stated that the revamped USL PRO league is interested in regional divisions to save costs and build rivalries.
USL President Tim Holt told IMS in 2011 that his organization wanted to expand to the west to create a similar footprint as the East Coast teams. Currently, USL has only one team, the Los Angeles Blues, located on the West Cost with expansion team Phoenix FC to join the league for the 2013 season.
Warren Smith, SVP of Business Development for Clean World Partners and co-founder of the Sacramento Rivercats of Minor League Baseball, will lead the new franchise. Smith is said to have formerly worked with the Portland Timbers read more…