San Antonio FC will partner with New York City FC beginning with the upcoming 2017 season, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
The two clubs will serve as each other’s respective affiliates and will result in the two organizations working together. Spurs Sports and Entertainment and Football City Group will work together in marketing, community relations, and player development to name a few examples.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with New York City FC as we continue to shape the ambitious future of San Antonio FC,” said SAFC Managing Director Tim Holt via a press release. “NYCFC has quickly established itself as one of the highest performing clubs in Major League Soccer, and there is a considerable amount we can learn from their successful sporting and business models. We look forward to cooperating with our new partners and are excited by this tremendous boost headed into the 2017 season.”
NYCFC was the 20th club to join Major League Soccer and is owned jointly by Football City Group and Yankee Global Enterprises. The club finished second in the Eastern Conference in 2016 and advanced to the Semifinal of the MLS Playoffs.
“This will be an important affiliation for NYCFC with an ambitious, forward-thinking club like San Antonio FC which shares our drive to grow the game within their own passionate soccer community,” said NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. “Spurs Sports & Entertainment is a best-in-class professional sports organization that New York City FC can learn a great deal from as we look to grow our club on and off the field within the American sporting landscape.”
The affiliation is thought to be another step in the right direction for Major League Soccer to come to San Antonio. SS&E has already submitted their bid for a club and city leaders are in support of bringing another major league team to the Alamo City.
San Antonio FC will kick off its second season in the United Soccer League on March 26 against RGV FC Toros on the road before returning home to face the LA Galaxy II at Toyota Field on April 1.