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USL rebrands lower leagues: Championship, League One, League Two

The United Soccer League – which currently organizes some of American soccer's top lower-division leagues – has undergone a rebrand, one that will sound familiar to fans of English lower league soccer. 

Tier New Name Old Name
2nd USL Championship USL
3rd USL League One Division III ("D3")
4th USL League Two Premier Development League ("PDL")

The new structure and branding will go into effect for the 2019 season.

“Today’s announcement comes at the dawn of an exciting new era for our sport,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis in a press release. “The USL has spent the past eight years transforming our league to meet the evolving needs of our team owners, players, coaches, fans and partners. We have established our place in the U.S. soccer landscape while blazing the trail for professional soccer’s future by introducing a new third division, completing the nation’s professional soccer structure."

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