Sporting KC, Fluminense FC agree to partnership

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City and Brazilian power Fluminense FC have agreed to a partnership that will encompass player transfers, academy exchanges and other opportunities.

The partnership, which includes international friendlies, goes through the 2016 season.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said Friday the clubs have been discussing a partnership since February, but that they “did not want this to be a marketing ploy. We wanted this to be beneficial for both clubs on the business and technical side.”

Fluminense has agreed to loan at least one player per MLS season to Sporting KC and another player to the club’s USL PRO affiliates. The two clubs will also collaborate on exchanging youth players, academy staff and training over the course of the partnership.

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