The 2021 USL Championship season is here, with teams split into four divisions for a 32-game regular season. Sixteen clubs will make the playoffs, concluding with a final that’s scheduled for Nov. 28.
Plenty of New England natives color the league, which sits directly below MLS in the domestic soccer pyramid. They grew up competing for local clubs and colleges, and are now well-established in America’s second division.
To prepare you for the 2021 season, we’ve identified the top 10 New Englanders (plus honorable mentions) to watch for. They’re spotlighted below in alphabetical order.
Of course, the other regional approach is following Connecticut-based Hartford Athletic. Now in its third season, Hartford enters after its first USL Championship playoff appearance.