Sources told the newspaper that Bascome FC have joined the USL League Two and will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes seven teams.
The local franchise is headed up by Andrew Bascome, a former Bermuda coach who turned 57 on New Year’s Day. He was not immediately available for comment.
Bascome FC is among a group of league expansion teams listed that also includes AFC Ann Arbor, Asheville City SC, Philadelphia Lone Star FC and Southern Soccer Academy. Evergreen FC, Lehigh Valley United, Ocean City Nor’easters, Philadelphia Lone Stars FC, Reading United AC and West Chester United SC are the remaining teams in the USL League Two Mid-Atlantic Division.
The USL League Two, formerly the Premier Development League (PDL), provides a pathway for players to progress to the professional ranks and boasts member clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club or in partnership with a professional club.
The Bermuda Hogges were the last local team to compete in the USL.The Hogges pulled out of the PDL a week before the start of the 2013 season due to financial difficulties, bringing the shutters down on their six years as a USL franchise.
The Hogges was owned by businessman Paul Scope, who formed the franchise with the help of former professional players Shaun Goater and Kyle Lightbourne in 2006.