At the USL annual general meeting, the United Soccer Leagues informed its member clubs of a proposed agreement with Major League Soccer that would provide for an integrated third division/MLS reserve league. Some interplay is expected to begin in 2013, with full integration of the plan coming in 2014.
The details as understood are:
1. If an MLS city has a USLPRO team nearby, MLS will provide 5 players and pay their salary.
2. If there’s no USLPRO team, the MLS reserve side will become a new, permanent team in USLPRO.
3. All USLPRO teams will have an MLS affiliate.
It’s unclear at this point how far along the proposal is, though separate sources have confirmed that discussions are ongoing.