The Major League Soccer (MLS) club made a partnership with Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich a little over a year ago.
Football clubs in the United States continue to fight for relevance in the sports world.
Some have been bought by the same group that owns English Premier League teams, in this case, Manchester City having established New York City FC.
While others are simply a franchise of a bigger organization: New York Red Bulls are part of the RB Leipzig, Red Bull Brasil, and Red Bull Salzburg company.
But for others, the only way is to partner with experienced teams without losing independence, this is the case of FC Dallas in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
“It’s been a fabulous relationship with Bayern Munich, we’ve executed on so many things,” FCD president Dan Hunt told MLSsoccer.com.
“A lot of these partnerships you’ve heard in the past in MLS have really been a handshake, nothing more, no substance to them. This has a ton of substance, including multiple visits — frankly, Bayern Munich is regularly here.”
“We have an open international slot and salary space to bring a Bayern player on loan if we need one,” Hunt said.
“It’s always complicated. Your positional needs to change almost daily. … As we get closer to the summer, we’ll address. If it’s not for this summer, then it has to be for 2020.”
“Those are two global superstars [Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery], I’ve admired them over the years,” Hunt continued.
“The success that pair has had is unbelievable. If MLS is something of interest to them, I think both would do very well. … Once they get on the field, they beat people with superior talent and score goals. Who doesn’t want that for FC Dallas?”
“It’s a great relationship,” he added.
“The idea exchange, they’ve helped us with scouting. Obviously Chris Richards with [his] opportunity, we’ve had other players get to go like Paxton Pomykal, Brandon Servania and Thomas Roberts to have that training opportunity. They’ve had successful stints there.”
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