New England Revolution, Inter Miami establish USL League One affiliate teams

Major League Soccer franchises New England Revolution and Inter Miami CF will set up affiliate teams in the third-tier USL League One in 2020.

These affiliates are designed to encourage player development and help bridge the gap between the clubs’ academies and first teams.

The Revolution’s sister team, Revolution II, will play at Gillette Stadium – the home venue of the Revolution and the National Football League’s New England Patriots – and practise at the club’s new $35m (€32m) training center.

There is also the potential for additional matches to be played throughout the New England region.

Inter Miami’s yet-to-be-named affiliate will train alongside the club’s MLS and academy teams at a new 64-acre complex being built in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida.

The team will play at the facility’s 18,000-capacity stadium – on the site of the demolished Lockhart Stadium – which will also house the MLS team until a proposed new stadium in Miami is completed.