United Soccer League adds Memphis team for 2019 season

The United Soccer League has announced Memphis, Tennessee will receive an expansion team for the 2019 season.

The team, which will play at AutoZone Park, is the third club to join the league for the 2019 campaign, along with Birmingham, Alabama and Austin, Texas.

"The addition of Memphis to the USL is another landmark for the growth of both the league and the sport of soccer in the Southeast," USL CEO Alec Papadakis of the announcement.

"The USL continues to lead this growth in the sport's popularity and demand by identifying and securing thriving expansion markets, with Memphis the latest example. This in turn continues to drive the league toward its goal of becoming one of the top Division II leagues in the world, alongside the likes of the English Championship, Liga Adelante in Spain, and Germany's 2. Bundesliga.

"Memphis has already shown itself to be a passionate sporting city, with the work [owners] Peter Freund, Craig Unger and their organization at the Memphis Redbirds a perfect illustration of that."