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F.C. New York, Springfield Demize Announce Affiliation

November 24, 2010 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - FC New York News Release

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK (November 24, 2010) - F.C. New York of USL PRO today announced its affiliation with the Springfield Demize of the Premier Development League. The two clubs will exchange best practices, while Springfield will act as a feeder club for F.C. New York.

"From our inception we have wanted to establish a number of affiliates through all levels of soccer, both in the United States and abroad," F.C. New York Technical Director Matt Weston said. "Our vision is to have a network of clubs that share a common soccer philosophy while building both brand awareness and scouting the best young talent.

"Chris Hanlon shares many of our ideas and has a great work ethic. He has built a fantastic program in Southwest Missouri and together we will continue to build both brands and ultimately offer soccer players the dream of one day playing professional soccer. The top Demize players will have the opportunity to try out with F.C. New York."

Demize General Manager Hanlon said: "The Demize is the only soccer organization in Southwest Missouri that provides a straight path from the U5 academy players all of the way to the Premier Development League. The partnership with F.C. New York goes on to show the natural progression of the Springfield Demize for amateur players to the professional level. The partnership will allow the top Demize players the chance to prove themselves on the professional stage in USL PRO."

The affiliation agreement will also include the exchange of both players and staff, allowing for representatives of each franchise the chance to spend time at each other's facilities during the USL season. That hands-on approach will be the catalyst for ideas and future development in order for each organization to reach its full potential.

About F.C. New York - Bringing the greatest sport in the world to the greatest city in the world is the theme for our organization. As the newest member of United Soccer Leagues (USL) we will start professional play in 2011.

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