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Club announces Whitecaps FC as MLS affiliate

By Angel Moreno, 11/17/17, 11:15AM PST

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FRESNO, CA - Fresno Football Club has been chosen by Major League Soccer (MLS) club Vancouver Whitecaps FC (WFC) to serve as its United Soccer League (USL) affiliate for the 2018 season.

“Fresno FC is delighted that Vancouver has selected The Foxes as its USL affiliate for the 2018 season,” said owner Ray Beshoff. “It’s an exciting time for pro soccer in Fresno, and to have a direct link to MLS with Whitecaps FC will be significant in elevating the sport in the Valley.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be working with Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” Fresno FC general manager Frank Yallop said. “Whitecaps FC is a world-class organization and this partnership will allow us to share ideas and knowledge on player and coaching development. I’ve known Bobby Lenarduzzi for 35 years. I knew we could work together and do justice for both clubs with this deal.”

Whitecaps FC worked together with Fresno FC on the recent hiring of Foxes’ head coach Adam Smith, who was formally introduced last week.

“We are delighted to be working with Fresno FC, where we believe our pathway from USL to MLS can continue to grow,” said Whitecaps FC President Bob Lenarduzzi. “We expect that the internal competition for playing time at Fresno FC, along with their passionate fan base, will provide a tremendous and challenging environment for our top young prospects.”

“Frank is a long-time friend, and a great partner to help guide our young players on their professional path,” added Lenarduzzi. “He understands both the MLS and Canadian soccer environments, and knows what it will take to push players into our first team.”

As part of the partnership with Fresno FC, Whitecaps FC will have the ability to sign multiple players to USL contracts to play at the California club, while all players on the FFC roster will be monitored and evaluated for MLS opportunities.

About Fresno Football Club

Fresno Football Club, the Central Valley’s first professional soccer club, is a member of the United Soccer League (USL). The club hosts home matches at Chukchansi Park in beautiful downtown Fresno. FFC exists to provide a top-class, inclusive and dynamic sporting experience in one of the nation’s most diverse regions. For more information, visit FresnoFC.com.