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Hartford Athletic, New England Revolution Moving Towards Direct Affiliation

Hartford Athletic, New England Revolution Moving Towards Direct Affiliation

Hartford Athletic, a United Soccer League expansion team set to begin play in 2019, confirmed to The Courant that it’s working closely with the New England Revolution to build a direct affiliation between the two franchises.

There are 19 USL teams already affiliated with Major League Soccer clubs. Hartford Athletic would essentially function as a minor league team for the Revolution. MLS teams can loan out players to their USL affiliates as well as other USL teams, too.

MLS clubs can have up to three “priority players” from their USL affiliates. The priority designation allows the MLS team to hang on to those players and call them up to the main team when they are ready or...

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