The United Soccer League today announced its conference alignment for the 2018 USL regular season. The league will feature 33 teams across two conferences for the upcoming season, with an even greater group of regional rivalries featuring across both conferences in the new year as the league’s regular season expands to 34 games.
The conferences will be split geographically, with 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and 17 teams in the Western Conference. One team, Saint Louis FC, has moved to the Western Conference for the new season, where it will join expansion clubs Las Vegas Lights FC and Fresno FC in the battle for a place in the USL Cup Playoffs this season.
The Eastern Conference will welcome four new teams this season, with ATL UTD 2, Indy Eleven, Nashville SC and North Carolina FC joining the conference. The addition of Indy and Nashville adds to a strong pocket of clubs in the Midwest as they join FC Cincinnati and Louisville City FC, while NCFC and ATL UTD 2 complement the league’s existing clubs on the East Coast, with the Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence and Richmond Kickers eagerly awaiting the chance to square off with their new rivals.
Orlando City B elected not to participate in the USL at the Division II level in 2018 while it evaluates its future options.
|USL Western Conference||USL Eastern Conference|
|Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC||Atlanta United 2|
|Fresno FC||Bethlehem Steel FC|
|LA Galaxy II||Charleston Battery|
|Las Vegas Lights FC||Charlotte Independence|
|OKC Energy FC||FC Cincinnati|
|Phoenix Rising FC||Indy Eleven|
|Portland Timbers 2||Louisville City FC|
|Real Monarchs SLC||Nashville SC|
|Reno 1868 FC||New York Red Bulls II|
|Rio Grande Valley FC||North Carolina FC|
|Sacramento Republic FC||Penn FC|
|Saint Louis FC||Pittsburgh Riverhounds|
|San Antonio FC||Richmond Kickers|
|Seattle Sounders FC 2||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Swope Park Rangers||Toronto FC II|
|Tulsa Roughnecks FC|