NYCFC establish USL Pro affiliate with Wilmington Hammerheads


Following with a Major League Soccer initiative, New York City FC have established a one-year affiliation deal with USL Pro side, Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

“We are proud to announce our affiliation with Wilmington Hammerheads,” NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said. “We have the opportunity here to develop a strong partnership for the mutual benefit of both clubs, including sharing technical and soccer experience.”

The Hammerheads were founded on the very same year as MLS, 1996, and have qualified for the playoffs in 13 of their 18 pro seasons.  “These MLS/USL PRO affiliations really come down to relationships and already Claudio Reyna, Jason Kreis, Tim Pernetti and the entire NYCFC staff have opened their doors to us,” Hammerheads Technical Director and Head Coach Carson Porter said. “Jason Kreis has included our coaching staff in his preparations towards their first season and Claudio Reyna took the time to come down to Wilmington to evaluate and spend time with our entire staff.”

“We have been working on this affiliation for a long time now; it was a very important decision for New York City FC. I visited Wilmington and was very impressed with the structure, the coaching staff and the professionalism that I saw. I’m excited at what our combined knowledge and resources can achieve,” Reyna added. “This affiliation will provide us with a fantastic option if we feel some of our younger players would benefit from valuable first team experience and to continue their progression at a great club that shares our playing philosophy.  It’s an exciting moment in the development of New York City FC.

“These types of actions are made because NYCFC is committed to excellence in whatever they put their name on, in this case their USL Affiliate. We thank NYCFC for the opportunity and are fully committed to contribute and support in any way we can.”

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  • BG

    A farm team of a farm team, amazing!

  • Larry’s A Turd

    And the Hammerheads will still outdraw the Cosmos.

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