Chelsea sign partnership deal with Los Angeles FC

Chelsea have announced a development deal with Los Angeles Futbol Club (LAFC).

Chelsea have announced a development deal with Los Angeles Futbol Club (LAFC).

LAFC is one of the most decorated youth football academies in the US.

LAFC will now be LAFC Chelsea and host Chelsea tournaments, training sessions and a player and coach exchange programme.

LAFC, a three-year-old club and academy based in Simi Valley, California, is the third club to partner with Chelsea this year, further expanding their network of top American youth soccer clubs.

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said: "Our youth super club network is designed to support football development in the US. LAFC share the same goal and have demonstrated rapid growth of their club and talent.

"Since its inception, LAFC has provided young athletes the opportunity to play competitive soccer through financial support. With our new partnership, we hope that the association with Chelsea can attract and leverage additional funding scholarships, helping to further develop the academy and club.

"Providing elite training for young talent is critical to the long-term development of the sport in America."

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