USL enters new era of developing the next wave of U.S., Mexico talent

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  • Cesar Hernandez

It may be the de facto men's second division in a closed American professional soccer pyramid, but don't assume that the USL Championship is simply another "lower league" in the sport's landscape.

Beginning its 13th season last Saturday (select matches on ESPN2/ESPN+ all season), the 24-team competition boasts highly promising talent, national team representation across countless clubs, structural growth through team expansions, and most famously in 2022, stunning results against more prominent opponents in the U.S. Open Cup.

Now embarking on a year where it is full...

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