NORTH CAROLINA FC SIGNS HISTORIC GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH LEADING LIGA MX CLUB, CF MONTERREY
Further strengthens NCFC’s commitment to and global reach of its youth-to-pro player-development pathway
CARY, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2023) – North Carolina FC and Club de Fútbol Monterrey today jointly announce a multi-faceted partnership agreement, whereby the clubs will share knowledge and resources to create a powerful pro pathway opportunity for young players across the U.S. and establish an active and collaborative relationship between the two North American clubs at the academy and professional levels.
This is the first formal agreement of its kind for North Carolina FC, joining forces with one of the top soccer clubs in the world. While NCFC is already a renowned development and youth-to-pro destination in the U.S., having developed and signed to pro contracts many teenage players with highly attractive prospects at both the club and international level, this partnership will present additional and unique opportunities for the most talented young players in the country to develop professionally at both clubs.
More specifically, the clubs have agreed to partner to create a broader sport development program in the following three key areas:
- Collaboratively identify the best young players in the U.S. and create a pro-pathway for these highly attractive prospects that includes among other things trial periods in
Monterrey´s academy, international competitions, and individual analysis by coaching staff.
- Targeted opportunities for certain CF Monterrey pro players to join NCFC’s first team.
- Creating a best-practices program, including a coaching development program between
the technical staffs of both clubs.
“This is an amazing opportunity to partner with one of the strongest and most respected soccer organizations in the world and combine our shared resources and knowledge to grow and improve our clubs at the youth, academy, and professional level. The Rayados’ leadership share our strategic vision for player development, and we are confident that this will be a tangibly impactful partnership for both clubs,” said Peter Sciandra, NCFC’s Executive Vice President in charge of the club’s global expansion strategy.
“We’re extremely excited about this partnership and look forward to learning from, and growing with, a prestigious club like Rayados. Their soccer knowledge and prioritization of player development will be a huge asset to our club and players from both sides will get major benefits from the opportunities the partnership will present them,” said NCFC head coach and academy director, John Bradford.
The partnership also brings international competition opportunities at the academy and professional levels. Rayados will play an international friendly at WakeMed Soccer Park next March against fellow Liga MX side Atlético de San Luis. With the partnership established, more fixtures will be set, both domestically and abroad, to enhance player experience and training, which should be a major piece of player recruitment at the academy and USL Championship levels.
Club de Fútbol Monterrey, commonly known as Rayados, is one of the oldest and most decorated clubs in Mexico, currently first in the CONCACAF Club Rankings. They have won five Liga MX titles, three domestic cups, and five CONCACAF Champions League titles. The partnership is validation of the success and impact that NCFC’s youth-to-pro model has enjoyed in recent years, while making the club even more attractive to academy and first-team recruits.