Since the start of 2018, USL Division III has generated interest from many across the United States, with the league apparently on pace to launch on a national level in 2019.
Speaking to The USL Show’s Phill Grooms in Tampa, Florida, USL President Jake Edwards said that while the USL Division III expansion team has only visited markets in the Southeast, Midwest and Northeast, numerous prospective owners on the West Coast have shown an interest in joining the new professional third-division league.
“The plan for Division III is to build it with independent teams, new teams joining the league, and that’s going to be the backbone of the league,” Edwards said. “Initially we had been contemplating launching the league on a regional basis. We had a lot of interest in the Southeast, primarily, and moving into Central and Northeast, with the vision of a national league in the year or two after, but we have had so much interest from quality groups now in California and in the West.”
South Georgia Tormenta FC, based in Statesboro, Georgia, and FC Tucson – which was acquired by the USL’s Phoenix Rising FC – have already been named founding members of the league. Additional expansion announcements, as well as an official brand launch, are expected in the coming weeks and months.
Listen to The USL Show’s full interview with the USL President here.