In 2014, Orlando City announced a strategic partnership with Sport Lisboa Benfica, one of Europe’s largest and most popular clubs. Founded in 1904, the club has won the Portuguese Primeira Liga 33 times and collected 73 titles, making them Europe’s 4th most successful club. The partnership between Orlando City and Benfica covers the following areas:
- Sharing player evaluations at the youth and professional level
- Arranging potential friendlies between the Clubs in the U.S. and Portugal
- Providing training opportunities for both Clubs’ players in the U.S. and Portugal
- Sharing industry best practices in marketing, sales, etc.
- Developing an innovative strategic plan to promote access to scholarships for colleges and universities in the United States for not only soccer players, but also other athletes
Stoke City FC
In 2016, Orlando City entered a multi-faceted affiliation initiating a forward-thinking partnership.
The Citys will work together on player-exchange opportunities, accessibility to shared scouting and player-recruitment systems as well as cross-promotional marketing opportunities. Details of an official marketing campaign will be released at a later date.
Stoke City is the second oldest professional soccer club in the world with 153 years of existence. The Potter’s recent successes, including reaching the 2011 FA Cup final and establishing themselves as a top 10 team in one of soccer’s top leagues in the world for the past eight years, have been aided by their exceptional scouting network – recruiting the talents of Austrian national team striker Marko Arnautović, England national team goalkeeper Jack Butland, Dutch national team defender Erik Pieters, United States Men’s National Team defender/midfielder Geoff Cameron and French midfielder Giannelli Imbula.