Since the end of the 2019 season, League Two has added over 20 clubs to its ranks. Learn more about each of the league's new members here.
Founded in 2013, Chicago City SC prides itself on professionalism, passion and dedication to providing a unique soccer experience within the Chicago community. The club fosters a culture that nurtures intellectual, cultural, social and physical development through soccer while creating an enjoyable, yet challenging environment where players learn to have the confidence to be creative and express themselves freely on and off the field.
"We have developed and sustained a strong youth program that provides opportunities for all levels of players throughout the area and we are now ready to take that next step in our elite program. Through our new developments of forming Chicago City South and Chicago City West, we are very lucky to be able to bring the best talent together as we now provide the complete elite player pathway for our communities."-Executive Director of Chicago City SC Nick Mulvaney
Christos FC was formed by the Haislip brothers in 1997 to compete in the Maryland Major Soccer League. With rapid success, the team was soon launched and quickly grew into a core group of NCAA Division I college players and former professional players. Success is no stranger to Christos FC, who won the USASA Werner Fricker National Open Cup in both 2016 and 2018. The club reached the fourth round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where it played (and briefly took the lead) against Major League Soccer’s D.C. United.
"he Christos family couldn’t be more excited about joining USL League Two...This has been a missing piece in Baltimore soccer for a long time. The opportunities this league offers are endless and it will truly benefit the great players in our area."-Christos FC Director of Strategic Partnerships Larry Sancomb
NONA FC prides itself on its mission to serve the Lake Nona region through community, development and passion. The club’s motto, “Soccer is only half our story,” speaks to NONA’s commitment to growing the game both on and off the field. The family-owned-and-operated club currently provides development platforms for youth players in the region and will only enhance this pipeline of talent through the formation of a League Two team.
"It has been an honor and a dream to build a youth soccer mecca in the growing community of Lake Nona and the surrounding areas over the last few years...Not only have I created the best soccer development pathway for our youth, but we have established a highly-respected brand for families here to identify with. The ball brought us together, however it is what’s behind the brand that keeps us together, the NONA Movement, which comprises our community, our players and our coaches."-NONA FC President Fabio Silva
The club’s vision is to provide a stepping stone for young and talented soccer players from the large pool of youth and young adult players in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. Their mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in Fort Wayne and the surrounding region.
“Being involved with a group that will bring professional soccer to my hometown is truly a dream come true...I’m extremely excited to get started with this new challenge and to work side by side with the Fort Wayne community.”-Owner DaMarcus Beasley
Founded in 2015, Kalamazoo FC previously competed regularly against two fellow new members of League Two’s Great Lakes Division in AFC Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids FC. The club will rekindle those rivalries in League Two in 2021, in addition to facing off against two more in-state opponents: the reigning League Two title-winners Flint City Bucks, and Oakland County FC.
“We’re all very excited here at Kalamazoo FC to join USL...We are looking forward to the change in competition, which will provide new challenges for our organization as a whole. After missing out on the 2020 season, Coach [Shane] Lyons is focused on making an immediate impact in our new conference. We can’t wait for everyone in our community to take part in this big transition period for our club.”-General Manager Colin Howard
Founded in 2017, Toledo Villa FC’s vision of placing the best product on the pitch, developing players that are committed to upholding the traditions of the game, inspiring young athletes for the future of the game and providing a model business that positively impacts the community aligns directly with League Two’s emphasis on player development and community engagement.
“Our goals have been simple since taking ownership of the club in 2018. We want to grow the game of soccer in Toledo and make a positive economic and social contribution to our region."-Co-Owner Aaron Swiggum
In joining League Two, Kings Hammer will provide its players with a proven pathway toward a career in professional soccer. In addition to the value of competing with the nation’s most competitive pre-professional teams, Kings Hammer will also see the benefits of the league’s ability to create growth opportunities for its coaches, executives and communities.
“It will positively impact the skill development of our athletes to work alongside and learn from the top talent within our club. The USL League Two team will be the pinnacle of our player development pathway that all our families, the city of Cincinnati and the local soccer community can get excited about.”-Technical Director and League Two Head Coach Paul Nicholson
Founded in 2013, the club quickly found success on the field, finishing first in the National Premier Soccer League’s Heartland Conference in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The club plays its home matches at Stryker Soccer Complex in Wichita, with a capacity of more than 6,000 fans.
“The USL and League Two have long proven to be the pathway to professional soccer for aspiring players...We’re excited for the opportunity to use that path as an extension of our club, and of course to continue building the professional pyramid in Wichita.”-Owner Blake Shumaker
Founded in 2008 by the merger of three prominent clubs in St. Louis Soccer Club, Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and Metro United Soccer Club, St. Louis Scott Gallagher has become respected at the local, regional and national levels. The club counts U.S. men’s national team and Werder Bremen forward Josh Sargent among its alumni, who also played for Saint Louis FC U23 in League Two prior to beginning his professional career.
“We are extremely excited to be joining USL League Two...As we continue to push forward and provide our club and members with a great experience, this gives us the ability to provide another platform for our players to develop."-Club President Brad Davis
Founded in 2004, New Jersey Copa FC is anchored by a robust youth academy which features three locations in Metuchen (Middlesex County), Millstone (Monmouth County) and Brooklyn in New York City. The club’s League Two program will be based in Middlesex County. FC Copa Academy sides have appeared in 26 state, 19 regional and 7 national finals, and the club boasts one of the highest college placement rates in the country, having placed over 350 students into over 181 collegiate programs and developed more than 24 professional players, including 2019 Championship Defender of the Year Joe Greenspan.
“USL League Two is the perfect platform to showcase our 17 years of developing the entire player throughout all stages of the academy...League Two provides best-in-class regional competition for a mix of our homegrown FC Copa male players and pre-professional players throughout our area.”-Founder and Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas
Based in Morristown, FC Motown was founded in 2012 by co-owners and high school classmates Scott Kindzierski and Dan Karosen. Since then, the club has developed into a powerhouse at the amateur level, twice reaching the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. FC Motown finished as national runners-up in the National Premier Soccer League in 2018, narrowly losing to Miami FC (now of the USL Championship) in the league final. The club was then invited to compete in the prestigious Hank Steinbrecher Cup in 2019, where it played against League Two’s Flint City Bucks before the Bucks went on to win the 2019 USL League Two national title.
“We are excited to be joining League Two for the 2021 season and beyond...FC Motown has had some tremendous battles against New York Red Bulls U23 and the Flint City Bucks in national competitions. This league will give us a platform to cultivate a younger player base and compete for a national title.”-Co-Owner Dan Karosen
Led by President and Owner Vincenzo Bernardo, the club is driven by a mission to provide exceptional support and training to the club’s athletes with the guidance needed to be successful on the field and in the community. The club’s motto – One Club, One Passion! – speaks to its dedication to unite the pre-professional pathway with its local community to make a lasting impact on the region.
“Morris Elite is extremely honored to be joining USL League Two and begin competing in the country’s top pre-professional league...This raises Morris Elite to a top-tier premier youth soccer club and we are confident we will continue to deliver at the highest level." -President and Owner Vincenzo Bernardo
The Trenton, New Jersey area has not had a pre-professional soccer team to call its own since 2013, and the club will aim to meet the demand for such a team in the central part of a state that has seen numerous outstanding youth and amateur organizations produce talent that is now competing in Major League Soccer, the USL Championship and USL League One.
“Given the rich Central Jersey soccer landscape of players and fans, there’s a need for affordable, high-quality soccer entertainment in our community. Our vision is to build the club into a community resource and a point of pride for our region.” -Club founder and future General Manager Ira Jersey
Founded in 2016, Little Rock Rangers set out to create a sense of unified community within the central Arkansas soccer scene, grow awareness of the sport in the area and provide a high-level team for local youth to strive toward. The League Two platform will provide the club’s senior team with more chances than ever to meet those objectives.
“I feel that being accepted and welcomed into the United Soccer League family satisfies all of the goals that we originally set out to achieve. It is truly an exciting time for me personally to see this come to reality.”-President and General Manager Jonathan Wardlaw
The club was founded in 2017 and is family-owned by Janna and Edgar Palacios. Edgar is a former professional soccer player who now serves as Head Coach and Director of Coaching at Round Rock SC, and he is familiar with the soccer landscape of the area - one stop on his career journey was with the Austin Aztex of the then-USL PDL.
“This is an exciting opportunity for players to showcase their talent in the heart of Texas...Joining League Two is a big step for our club, and I’m looking forward to seeing our players compete and develop in pursuit of success in their soccer careers.”-Owner, Head Coach, and Director of Coaching Edgar Palacios
Though the team is based in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York, it is affiliated with the FC Málaga City Academy of Spain. Each year, FC Málaga City New York sends its entire academy to Spain to train and compete for three months, and its coaches come from the parent club with UEFA certifications. The youth club is a non-pay-to-play program, providing equal opportunities for players from all financial backgrounds.
“A mix of local athletes, collegiate players, academy players and FC Málaga City Spain players will form our League Two roster. The local community will experience a European-style program that benchmarks itself against international standards of excellence.”-Club and Academy Director Colin McComb
Founded in 2017, PDX FC serves the Portland community through building strong connections with local businesses, youth clubs and supporters while providing a professional environment, an experienced coaching staff and high level of competition for its local players. PDX FC prides itself on its mission to support its club, its community and the culture of Portland through providing enhanced pathways to elite level play and bringing awareness to the soccer culture within the region.
“We are always seeking to provide opportunities for our players to develop and USL League Two provides a proven pathway to do so. The club is looking forward to competing within the Northwest Division, which is packed with local ambitious clubs that will create instant rivalries."-Technical Director of PDX FC Luke Babson
Founded in 2019, the concept of Project 51O is based on Project 40, a Nike-sponsored program from 1997-2005. Project 40 sought to develop the U.S. national team player pool and helped future stars Tim Howard, Demarcus Beasley and Carlos Bocanegra grow during the early stages of their soccer careers. Project 51O will mirror parts of that development program, but with a community-based twist. Project 51O aims to develop soccer and promote culture in the Oakland area. In building a community team, the club hopes to elevate local players by giving them more opportunities to compete at a high level.
“We are excited to compete locally with the teams in our area who have developed great support for their clubs at the League Two level. This is a great opportunity for both the Roots and the young soccer players throughout the 51O.”-Oakland Roots SC VP of Soccer Eric Yamamoto
Tampa Bay United is dedicated to the development of the sport of soccer from the youth player through adult levels. Tampa Bay United’s mission to grow the game is rooted in its core values of integrity, commitment, respect, adaptability, passion and creativity, which can be evidenced by the club’s presence both on and off the pitch. Through its existing network of strong leadership and staff, TBU has created an environment of maximum effort and fair play by imparting knowledge, respect and a life-long love for the game on its players.
“Tampa Bay United is excited for the opportunity to compete in USL League Two for the upcoming season...This team will be the capstone program for our club and will offer a proven pathway for players in the greater Tampa Bay area, as well as our current TBU Academy players.”-TBU Boys Technical Director and USL League Two Head Coach Brian Johnson