According to information from the two clubs, the partnership will facilitate sharing of best practices between New York City and San Antonio as well as between Spurs Sports & Entertainment and City Football Group, the controlling entity of NYCFC.
San Antonio FC’s parent company, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, also own NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, WNBA’s San Antonio Stars, the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage and the NBA D League’s Austin Spurs, while operating the AT&T Center and Toyota Field.
The two organizations will utilize experiences on both sides in regards to marketing, community relations, player development, academy expansion and growth as well as other key areas of sports business. An open door policy will allow coaches to have the opportunity to observe training sessions and matches as well as share soccer and business expertise between the two clubs.
This will be an important affiliation for NYCFC with an ambitious, forward-thinking club like San Antonio FC which shares our drive to grow the game within their own passionate soccer community,” said Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s Sporting Director. “Spurs Sports & Entertainment is a best-in-class professional sports organization that New York City FC can learn from as our club continues to grow.”
He noted that NYCFC’s younger players will also be able to benefit from access to playing time in a competitive league.
Tim Holt, managing director of San Antonio FC, said the opportunity to partner with New York City FC will help the team as it continues to shape its “ambitious future.”
“NYCFC has quickly established itself as one of the highest performing clubs in Major League Soccer, and there is a considerable amount we can learn from their successful sporting and business models,” he said.
San Antonio FC began USL play last season after being awarded the 31st franchise on January 7, 2016, and finished tenth in the Western Conference in 2016 with a 10-12-8 record through their debut year. Led by Head Coach Darren Powell, the former Orlando City SC ProAcademy Director, the team plays at Toyota Field, which as a capacity of 8,400.