Business relationships between EPL and MLS clubs keep on expanding as Major League Soccer’s DC United has struck a partnership with English Premier League football club Sunderland . Under the agreement, the two clubs will share coaching and business expertise and will promote each other in their respective markets.

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The clubs will also work together on joint initiatives in both the UK and the US, with Sunderland supporting DC United as the US club looks to maximise the use of its proposed new stadium at Buzzard Point “from a football and business perspective.”

“Interest in football is growing massively in the USA, and our partnership with DC United will provide both clubs with an excellent opportunity to grow and evolve in each other’s market,” Sunderland commercial director Gary Hutchinson said. “This is a major step forward for Sunderland AFC and a really exciting development for us in the US marketplace. We are continually looking at new ways to develop our international profile and our partnership with DC United will help us to build closer links with this key territory.”

Tom Hunt, chief operating officer of DC United, added: “Through this partnership, we look to share best practices on both the technical and commercial side, while also helping Sunderland increase its recognition in the nation’s capital and throughout the US.”

Sunderland has already developed links in Asia and Africa, while DC United is also a partner of Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.

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