Partnership with Orange County's United FC announced

CARSON, CA. (Wednesday, December 14, 2011) Chivas USA announced today an exclusive partnership with Orange County’s leading youth soccer club, United FC.  United FC joins Chivas USA’s growing youth club network that supports the development of soccer in Southern California.

Chivas USA General Manager Jose Domene commented the following about the partnership. “We are extremely happy with our new partners, this is a great fit, great coaching staff, and good facilities; it is a partnership that is mutually beneficial. It gives both clubs a broader reach and access to better and more players. At the end of the day, they do things right, they do things the way we want to do things. I met all the guys personally and think they do a terrific job. This will additionally give us [Chivas USA] a continuous presence in South Orange County and also allows us to pursue our ongoing efforts of developing and supporting new youth talent.”

In this partnership, Chivas USA will support United FC’s club, coaching, and player development, as well as tournaments and player identification. 

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with United FC as they have proven over the years to have a great passion and infrastructure for player development,” said Chivas USA’s Assistant Head Coach and Academy Technical Director, Greg Vanney. “Additionally, the partnership allows Chivas USA to get more involved with players in the Orange County area.  As for United FC, they have a committed Board of Directors, an excellent staff, first class facilities and a teaching philosophy that fits in line with how we do things at Chivas USA.  Through this relationship the Chivas USA staff will be very involved with United FC staff to implement the curriculum and player development programs to all age groups.  We believe that this relationship will be long lasting and rewarding for both organizations.”

United FC will learn Chivas USA’s coaching philosophy and curriculum; host training sessions and camps/clinics with Chivas USA Youth Academy and first team staff coaches, as well as participate in player exchange programs.

“It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless,” added United FC Assistant Director of Coaching, Bryan Wallace. “If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime, I believe we at United Futbol Club have found such a partner in Chivas USA. Our passion and drive to serve our players, their families, fans, our community, and our philosophies are mirrored.”

Antonio Zea, director of soccer for Adidas America added the following in regards to the partnership. “The United States has some of the best athletic talent in the world and it's our goal to provide homegrown athletes with opportunities to play elite soccer. With our recent extension of the Major League Soccer contract, we have put the importance of youth development at a premium and are excited about helping create Youth Club Alliances with local MLS clubs. This partnership between United FC, Chivas USA and Adidas will prove to be a great step in developing the next generation of American soccer icons.”