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Fluminense president Siemsen targeting US franchise

Fluminense president Peter Siemsen has made his plans clear to create a team in the USA that will run under the Brazilian outfits banner.

One of the partners at law firm Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira, Siemsen is looking to bring Fluminense into the North American market with plans to play in either Major League Soccer or a competition just under the top flight.

"Our goal is to find a soccer team in the US and bring Fluminense's name, jersey, brand, and excellence in soccer management," he said when speaking at an event organized by the Latin American Business Association (LABA) at Columbia Business School in New York last Saturday.

"It can be very positive since here in the US there is a sense of community around local soccer clubs. We are aiming to acquire an American soccer team playing not in the Major League Soccer (MLS) but in one of the two secondary leagues [NASL or USL].

"It is part of our international expansion master plan. We will strength not only Fluminense's brand but also our image of excellence in soccer management at the same time that we develop new consumer markets. At first, our main goal is definitively not related to buying and selling soccer players. We already have partnerships with other clubs to do that around the world."

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Andrew Slevison
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