By FRANCO PANIZO
You can add the Columbus Crew to the list of teams partnered with a USL Pro affiliate.
The Crew announced on Thursday afternoon that they have an affiliate partnership with the Dayton Dutch Lions, an Ohio-based third division side founded in 2009. The agreement will allow Columbus to loan a minimum of four players on its roster to Dayton for the 2014 USL Pro season.
The players who will be sent on loan to the Dutch Lions will be announced at a later date.
“We are proud to unveil our new partnership with Dayton Dutch Lions FC,” said Crew president Mark McCullers in a prepared statement. “We have known the Dutch Lions organization since they came to Ohio. This partnership creates a formal alliance that encompasses player development at its heart but also allows the Columbus Crew to partner with Dayton Dutch Lions FC in growing our respective fan bases and brands.”
The other MLS teams that currently have USL Pro affiliates are the Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, and reigning champions Sporting Kansas City.
What do you think of the Crew announcing a USL PRO affiliate partnership with the Dutch Lions? Have an idea of who you would like to see loaned to Dayton? Hoping more teams follow suit in the coming weeks?
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