Another US Opportunity Bites The Dust?
Following on from our article "Is City Missing Out On Golden (US) Opportunities" published on Saturday 10 February (you can read it again here) it is reported today that Chelsea are set to become the next Premiership Club to enter into partnership with a Major League Soccer club.
Chelsea, according to reports, are close to entering into a partnership with DC United which would help them attract huge commercial spin-offs (merchandising, wider fanbase, additional sponsors etc) as well as give them the opportunity to send promising youngsters to play in the MLS to gain experience. Presumably, such an arrangement would also include the exchange of technical expertise and perhaps give Chelsea first option on any promising US players that come through the ranks at DC United. Such an arrangement may also give Chelsea the edge when looking at players coming through the burgeoning US college football system.