Virginia Beach City FC Announce Strategic Partnership with D.C. United
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA (February 2, 2018) – Through the Major League Development Association (MLDA), Virginia Beach City FC announces a multi-year agreement with D.C. United of Major League Soccer exclusively in Hampton Roads, Va.
"We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with D.C. United. I have a lot of respect for their organization," stated Virginia Beach City FC Owner, Steven Wagoner. "We will work with D.C. United on best practices, innovative concepts to showcase the sport and our elite players, and continue our mission to provide the full player development pathway in our community”
The two clubs will coordinate annual friendly matches at all levels, D.C. United will lead educational coaching sessions for VB City FC academy staff and will expand the scouting network between both clubs in Hampton Roads and the Washington D.C. Metro. In addition, Virginia Beach City FC will host D.C. United Talent Centers, where the top players in the region, regardless of club affiliation, will be coached and identified by D.C. United coaching staff.
"We're excited and optimistic about building a strong partnership with Virginia Beach City FC," Ryan Martin, Director of D.C. United Academy, said. "The club and region of Virginia has produced top class soccer prospects in the past and we're excited to work with the club to create the ideal pathway to professional soccer and specifically Major League Soccer for the elite soccer players in the Tidewater region."
Virginia Beach City FC has had two players selected in the MLS SuperDraft which reflects on the quality of the club’s program.
The Virginia Beach City FC NPSL schedule will be released on Tuesday, February 6, featuring a friendly match at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex. Virginia Beach City FC will also plan a Hampton Roads soccer club & fan night at Audi Field, D.C. United's new stadium, this summer, 2018.
For more information on D.C. United, please visit www.dcunited.com