USL First Division

USL First Division

The United Soccer Leagues First Division (usually referred to as simply USL-1) was a professional men's soccer league in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

During its existence, it formed the second tier of soccer in the United States and Canada league pyramid behind Major League Soccer. It was operated by the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and was the successor of the old A-League, which existed from 1997 until 2004.

Several teams left the league in 2009 to form the new North American Soccer League, with the intent of running their own second tier league. Following a brief legal dispute, the two leagues operated in tandem under USSF mediation as the USSF Division 2 Professional League in 2010 before the split became final. The teams that remained in the First Division were merged with the USL Second Division in 2011 to form USL Pro.

Read more about USL First Division:  History, Structure, Teams, League Champions / Top Goal Scorer, Most Successful Clubs, League Average Attendance, All-time USL Leaders

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