In today’s society, people are always checking their Facebook and Twitter and are always curious as to what is going on. When couples decide to go out, they most usually put it on Facebook to make sure its “Facebook official.” On Thursday, MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps did that with their new partnership with USL-Pro side Charleston Battery.
While both of these teams are not the first, nor the last, to announce a MLS-USL Pro partnership, I believe this is the first to make it “Facebook official.” Even better are the comments from both leagues. They make it feel like they are more of a couple than they are a sports partnership. Additionally, this is great creativity and fun by Vancouver to announce this partnership like any couple would via Facebook.
With the relationship now “Facebook official,” both teams will benefit. Vancouver can send down some of their younger and up and coming talent to Charleston. The latter will improve with the influx of MLS talent and could find additional success during their season. Per the agreement, a minimum of four players will be loaned to Charleston. These players can be called-up or sent down at anytime within the seasons.
For the players, they now have a chance to develop while finding significant playing time. Last year, Sporting Kansas City‘s Dom Dwyer found time with their USL-Pro affiliate, and soon to be MLS team, Orlando City SC. Dwyer made the most of this time there and absolutely dominated in USL Pro games.
On a soccer note, this move is nothing but good news. Vancouver stole the news today more for the way of announcing their partnership via Facebook rather than the actual announcement itself.
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