Dayton Dutch Lions FC News Release - www.dutchlionsfc.com
Monday, January 17, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio - Dayton Dutch Lions President Mike Mossel and Erik Tammer visited FC Twente this week to discuss plans for the partnership for 2011 and to formalize their relationship by signing a five-year contract between the two clubs. The Dutch Premier League club FC Twente, champion of the Dutch Premier League in 2010 and voted Best Academy of Holland in 2007 and 2008, had the following to say about the partnership:
"FC Twente has a lot of confidence in founders Mike Mossel and Erik Tammer. Their philosophy and vision on top professional player development matches our beliefs. I am convinced that their efforts will lead to more results and make the Dutch Lions FC a leading institute in the american leagues and I certainly do not rule out the possibility of a top player of the Dutch Lions playing professional soccer for FC Twente in the future.”
Mike and Erik met with Technical Director Cees Lok and Financial Director Gert-Jan Nijweide to discuss several ideas on how to strengthen their relationship in 2011. Their discussions included advice on building the Youth Academy, bringing several youth players from the DDL Academy to FC Twente in the summer, and potentially bringing FC Twente over in their preseason to play some scrimmages.
President Mike Mossel believes the partnership will benefit both parties.
“On one side we have access to the expertise of one of the top soccer institutes in Holland and Europe, on the other hand FC Twente is well on the way to become a global player and we offer them an option to tap into a market with tremendous opportunities," Mossel said. "The U.S. dominates almost every sport except for soccer but has the most active soccer players in the world. We believe that with the help of FC Twente we can combine the best of both worlds in our Youth Academy and create a gateway to professional soccer for U.S. players. The fact that we signed a five-year agreement also shows we are both in it for the long term and want to invest in our relationship and the U.S.”