Major League Soccer and USL PRO announced a historic multi-year partnership Wednesday that will see all 13 USL PRO teams face MLS Reserve League teams in games that will count in both league's standings, beginning this season.
The goal of the new agreement is to immediately improve professional player development in the US and Canada and provide more and better competition for players who have dreams of making an MLS roster.
Under the terms of the deal, all 13 USL PRO teams will be paired with one MLSRL team to play a home-and-home series, except for Antigua Barracuda FC, in which their games will be played at the site of their chosen MLSRL team.
Also, no fewer than four MLS players will be loaned on a long-term basis to their USL PRO affiliate for the purpose of getting playing time ahead of being called up by their MLS team.
If an MLS team chooses to establish an affiliation with a USL PRO franchise, that team will not play in the 2013 MLSRL, such as Sporting Kansas City, who announced Wednesday a multi-year deal with two-time USL PRO regular season champion Orlando City Soccer Club.
More details about this partnership will be announced in the coming months with the highlight being the release of the 2013 USL PRO schedule.