- Associated Press - Thursday, June 7, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The United Soccer League, the second-highest professional soccer level in America behind Major League Soccer, announced it will bring a team to Albuquerque.

USL Commissioner Jake Edwards and USL New Mexico President and Owner Peter Trevisani said Wednesday that the team will begin play in March.

Public input will establish the formal club name.

New Mexico is one of five new USL teams for next season. It will join expansion clubs in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas to bring the league to 40 total teams in the United States and Canada in 2019.

Larry Espinoza, the general manager and interim president of the Albuquerque Sol, a Premier Development League soccer team, says the Sol could become a feeder program to the new USL New Mexico team.

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