Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim has expanded its international network through a partnership with MLS side FC Cincinnati. The arrangements of the long-term collaboration were set out during a visit by a delegation from the MLS club to the TSG training and business centre in Zuzenhausen. The partnership agreement is due to be signed shortly.
“We are delighted to have gained a cooperation partner in the USA’s growing football market. Many shared values connect us with FC Cincinnati, including a commitment to social responsibility, a clear focus on elite-level sport and a consistently innovative approach,” says TSG managing director Dr. Peter Görlich. “We are striving for a wide-ranging partnership that will not only focus on the football academies and the mutual exchange of innovations, but will also bolster our companies with a brand and image exchange,” explains Görlich. “Finalising our partnership with TSG Hoffenheim marks a great day for us. We are very proud. This partnership allows us to develop together on many levels,” says Gerard Nijkamp, sporting director of FC Cincinnati (FCC).
“Cincinnati are an innovative club, who are currently building a fantastic new stadium. The MLS is a highly interesting environment, as more and more young talents from the US are making their mark in the European leagues. I am convinced that we will be able to profit from one another in various different ways,” says TSG director of football Alexander Rosen. “Looking ahead, it is possible that a player exchange between the two clubs may develop,” adds Rosen. TSG’s know-how should help contribute to the American club’s sporting development over the years to come. The completion of the new $250 million USD West End Stadium in 2021 is set to create the perfect infrastructural foundations.
FC Cincinnati was founded in 2016 and was integrated as the 24th team in Major League Soccer (MLS) in February 2019. Cincinnati, which has a strong German cultural influence, is a footballing bastion in the US state of Ohio. A 2018 friendly match against English club Crystal Palace attracted a crowd of 35,000 – a record for the state of Ohio, which is home to a second MLS club in Columbus Crew. In January 2020, TSG player Jürgen Locadia moved from Hoffenheim to FC Cincinnati, while Joseph-Claude Gyau – another former TSG player – also plays for the MLS team.