Taking a look at Real Monarchs' potential opposition in 2015 USL Pro

Matt Montgomery
SB Nation

With all this USL Pro news flitting about, let's take a look at what teams will be in the league in 2015, such that we might get a better sense of what Real Monarchs have ahead of them.

There are 23 teams here, so the structure of the schedule is probably a stellar question (unless they play 44 games, which seems unlikely) to be asking, but we don't have answers.

Already in the league

  • Arizona United, who have been reasonably successful in their first season

  • Charleston Battery, a pre-MLS club with some history

  • Dayton Dutch Lions, who are associated with Columbus Crew

  • Harrisburg City Islanders, who are affiliated with Philadelphia Union and are in the USL Pro final this year

  • LA Galaxy II, who have been leading the MLS charge into USL Pro

  • Oklahoma City Energy, associated with Sporting Kansas City and coached by their former goalkeeper, who we won't mention by name

  • Orange County Blues, in little old Orange County, king of suburbanization

  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds, apparently associated with Houston Dynamo (Dynamo are reportedly looking at 2016 to start their team)

  • Richmond Kickers, affiliated with DC United, and who have been around since 1993

  • Rochester Rhinos, who started in 1996 and are affiliated with New England Revolution

  • Sacramento Republic, who are clawing their way out of USL Pro after only one season with their strong push for MLS acceptance

Confirmed entering in 2015

  • Austin Aztex, coached by former RSL assistant Paul Dalglish

  • Charlotte Independence, who will take the place of now-PDL side Charlotte Eagles in USL Pro and will be associated with Colorado Rapids

  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks, who will make for a great roadtrip alongside a Colorado Rapids match, are not associated with the Rapids, strangely

  • FC Montreal, who join as Montreal Impact's USL Pro team

  • Louisville City, who will be associated with MLS newcomers Orlando City

  • Real Monarchs, who you know plenty about by now

  • St. Louis FC, a new team that's apparently going to be associated with Chicago Fire

  • Tulsa Roughnecks, a new team with no MLS affiliate

MLS teams potentially starting USL Pro teams in 2015

  • FC Dallas, who, at last report, were in the 'final stages' of having an affiliate

  • Portland Timbers, who will start a team, according to Merritt Paulson

  • Seattle Sounders, who are set for a 2015 entrance, says SI

  • Vancouver Whitecaps, who have been having stadium trouble

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