The long rumored second division of the Major Arena Soccer League came to life on Saturday as the Colorado Blizzard held a press conference to announce they had joined the new MASL2, or M2 as it will be known to easily distinguish it from the MASL.

“We are pleased to announce the latest piece to our expansion plans, and our first team, the Colorado Blizzard,” stated Kevin Milliken, who is spearheading the M2 league for the MASL.

M2 will play a 12-game schedule (6 home, 6 away) and is expected to have 8-12 teams when its first season begins in December.

The Blizzard, who will play their games at the Denver Coliseum, had played in the Premier Arena Soccer League since 2010.

Blizzard coach and co-owner John Wells played for the Wichita Wings in the MISL, and coached the Denver Dynamite in the Professional Arena Soccer League.

On Tuesday afternoon, via a Facebook video, the Chicago Mustangs became the second team to formally announce they were joining M2, as team president and coach Armando Gamboa answered lingering questions.