Fresno FC announces Vancouver Whitecaps affiliation

Ray Beshoff, President of the Fresno Football Club

On Friday, November 17th, the Fresno Football Club held a news conference at Chukchansi Park to announce a major development in bring professional soccer to Fresno.

Ray Beshoff, President of the Fresno Football Club, announced the Vancouver Whitecaps selected Fresno FC as their MLS affiliate.

“Fresno FC is delighted that Vancouver has selected The Foxes as its USL affiliate for the 2018 season,” said owner Ray Beshoff. “It’s an exciting time for pro soccer in Fresno, and to have a direct link to MLS with Whitecaps FC will be significant in elevating the sport in the Valley.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be working with Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” Fresno FC general manager Frank Yallop said. “Whitecaps FC is a world-class organization and this partnership will allow us to share ideas and knowledge on player and coaching development. I’ve known Bobby Lenarduzzi for 35 years. I knew we could work together and do justice for both clubs with this deal.”

Whitecaps FC worked together with Fresno FC on the recent hiring of Foxes’ head coach Adam Smith, who was formally introduced last week.

“We are delighted to be working with Fresno FC, where we believe our pathway from USL to MLS can continue to grow,” said Whitecaps FC President Bob Lenarduzzi. “We expect that the internal competition for playing time at Fresno FC, along with their passionate fan base, will provide a tremendous and challenging environment for our top young prospects.” “Frank is a long-time friend, and a great partner to help guide our young players on their professional path,” added Lenarduzzi. “He understands both the MLS and Canadian soccer environments, and knows what it will take to push players into our first team.”

As part of the one-year partnership with Fresno FC, Whitecaps FC will have the ability to sign multiple players to USL contracts to play at the California club, while all players on the FFC roster will be monitored and evaluated for MLS opportunities.

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