DDL FC announces affiliate partnership with Columbus Crew

 

 

Cincinnati, December 19 2013 – Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC’s “brother” the Dayton Dutch Lions FC today announced that the club has formed an affiliate partnership with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Besides the Crew sending a minimum of four players to the Dayton Dutch Lions FC for their 2014 USL PRO season. There will also be several joint marketing activities.

 

President Mike Mossel of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC commented on the partnership: “The partnership is exciting from both a marketing as well as a technical point of view. On the marketing side, the Columbus Crew has built a very strong soccer brand in Ohio and has a great group of fans, also in the Dayton and Cincinnati area. The partnership brings recognition, professionalism and opportunities to market both clubs in Ohio. On the technical side we will be adding several good Crew players to our USL PRO team to become a strong team in the League. On the other hand we give talented Crew players a competitive platform to develop themselves and return as better and more experienced players. “

 

“We are proud to unveil our new partnership with Dayton Dutch Lions FC,” said Columbus Crew President Mark McCullers. “We have known the Dutch Lions organization since they came to Ohio. This partnership creates a formal alliance that encompasses player development at its heart but also allows the Columbus Crew to partner with Dayton Dutch Lions FC in growing our respective fan bases and brands.”

 

The complete list of Crew players to be sent on loan to Dayton Dutch Lions FC will be announced at a later date.

 

“This affiliation with Dayton is an important step in developing our younger players. We believe it’s beneficial for them to play competitive games at a high level, and this agreement accomplishes that goal for us,” said Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “This move is specifically targeted toward players that we think have a bright future but won’t necessarily see immediate playing time in MLS, or those players that need to recapture their best form. We’re excited about this affiliation, we like the direction Dayton is heading as an organization and believe that this relationship will strengthen our squad.”

 

Prior to the agreement between the two clubs, the Crew and Dutch Lions FC competed in matches that counted in Major League Soccer Reserve League play for the Crew and the USLPRO standings for Dayton. With the current agreement, the Crew will not participate in the MLS Reserve League in 2014 and the two teams would only potentially face each other in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup meeting and in a friendly.

 

Head Coach Sid van Druenen also commented on the partnership: “For us it is the one piece that we were missing in being a “Gateway to professional soccer”. After we recently added Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC to play in the PDL we now offer kids a path from playing in the Academy (Dayton) to PDL (Cincinnati) for college players to playing professionally on three different pro levels: USL PRO (Dayton), MLS (Crew) and Europe (FC Twente). This will be a big boost for our club. Both for the professional team as well as all the academy teams, who get a chance to be looked at by one of the nation’s top academies.“

 

ABOUT DAYTON DUTCH LIONS FC

The Dayton Dutch Lions FC is a professional soccer club in Dayton, Ohio with a men’s professional team playing in USL PRO, a women’s team playing in the USL W-League and a Youth Academy based on the Dutch development philosophy. The club is owned by the Dutch Lions Capital Group and was founded in 2010, and has other clubs in Cincinnati and Houston competing in the PDL. Its main achievements are winning the USL Progress of the Year Award in 2010, qualifying for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals in 2012, USL-PRO playoffs in 2013 and the 2013 USL Organization of the Year Award in the W-League.

 

ABOUT THE COLUMBUS CREW

The Columbus Crew is Ohio’s Major League Soccer club. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), and one of the League’s Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008, and has also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 2013 was the Crew’s 15th season at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium, the first topflight soccer-specific facility built in the United States. Founded by the American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.

 

For more information contact:

Tony Cockerham – Vice President

E: t.cockerham@daytondutchlionsfc.com

P: +19376811366

 

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