The Union and their USL affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders, have expanded their partnership, which began in March 2010.
The new partnership will allow Union players to suit up for the Islanders for a full season if necessary, while still being part of the Union roster. The MLS squad will still hold rights to players sent down to Harrisburg and will be responsible for their salaries.
The Union are now one of four MLS teams to adopt the new USL partnership program, joining Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United and the New England Revolution. The team will no longer use a Reserve League squad, and will instead send reserve players to Harrisburg to strengthen the Islanders’ roster in hopes of winning a USL title.
The technical and front office staffs of the Union and Islanders will also be allowed to work together throughout the season, per the new agreement. Both teams will continue to play their annual exhibition match, with the date of the 2013 matchup to be announced.