Wolfsburg have established a new partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Orlando City.
As part of the arrangement, the two clubs will exchange on men's and women's football, youth development, infrastructure and marketing.
"We have high hopes for this inaugural partnership with an MLS club," said Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer, a Bundesliga winner with the Wolves during his playing days. "We intend to lend our expertise in all areas, but we can also learn a lot from how US clubs are structured. I was able to experience first-hand how professional and creative the Americans are during my time in the USA. We're delighted to be working with Orlando City and Orlando Pride."
Transatlantic partnership! VfL Wolfsburg is delighted to announce a new partnership. From 16 November 2018, the Bundesliga club will be working closely with US club @OrlandoCitySC ➡️ https://t.co/QvMeO1TUOr | #VfLWolfsburg pic.twitter.com/lVerj81urC— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) November 16, 2018
Orlando City became the MLS's 21st franchise in November 2013, and having been playing in the league since 2015. Brazil legend Kaka spent three years with the Florida-based franchise. Orlando Pride joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the US, in 2016.
It is the second transatlantic partnership Wolfsburg have entered into. The Lower Saxony outfit have been working with amateur side Chattanooga FC since January 2017.
Thirty-six-time USA international defender John Brooks joined Wolfsburg from Hertha Berlin in summer 2017 for a record fee for an American player. US nationals Chad Deering, Kamani Hill, Fabian Johnson, Claudio Reyna have previously represented the club in a playing capacity.