USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, February 4, 2016
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced on Thursday the club had renewed its partnership with Major League Soccer’s New York City FC for the 2016 season.
“We are extremely excited about entering our second year of the affiliation with NYCFC,” said Hammerheads General Manager Jason Arnold. “Both clubs have been very busy in the offseason, and have a lot to look forward to in 2016. To be affiliated and their entire structure gives us great pride, and we are pleased to continue our affiliation.”
One of the main beneficiaries of the partnership’s first year was goalkeeper Andre Rawls. Selected in the Third Round of the MLS SuperDraft by NYCFC in 2015, Rawls signed with the Hammerheads in preseason, and made 22 appearances for the club during the regular season. This offseason, Rawls was part of the NYCFC party that made the trip to face the Puerto Rico National Team in December.
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“We’re excited to extend our relationship with the Wilmington Hammerheads for 2016,” said NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. “Our coaching departments will work together on team development, and we’re looking forward to the collaboration and sharing ideas.”
NYCFC will be led in its second season by former French international Patrick Vieira, who was appointed as the club’s new head coach in November.“It is fantastic news to be affiliated with a club of NYCFC’s stature,” said Hammerheads Head Coach Mark Briggs. “We are excited to work with Patrick Vieira and Claudio Reyna, and for both clubs to have successful seasons.”