Ryan Jobson, director of Trident Soccer, and Brandon Jantz, owner of Temecula FC, met to discuss the new development for their long-established Northumberland and Californian connection.
The organisations have a long history of mutual friendship from when footballing brothers Ryan and Shaun Jobson met Jantz during their USA coaching and playing days in 2001.
Jantz has since frequently visited Northumberland and undertook official British coaching certificates during his time in the county. He and his coaching team visited several North East clubs last week, as well as spending time at Newcastle United’s Academy and visiting the new Scottish FA centre at Edinburgh.
Jobson said: “Brandon has created something unique, with Temecula FC being an entity that we in the UK can recognise as a bona-fide professional football team.
“To have UEFA Pro Licence and former Newcastle United Reserve manager Willie Donachie appointed as Temecula’s manager demonstrates a lot of ambition.
“Trident Soccer, which regularly runs coaching sessions throughout Northumberland, including at Wooler and Hipsburn, can complement the work that Brandon and his team are doing by assisting in recruitment from the UK via our own players, as well as top talent from the North East and Scottish Borders.
“We are very excited to further develop Trident Soccer as a brand within California and the eventual cross-promotion exhibition games that can take place between players in the North East and California.”
In recent years, Trident Soccer coaches have visited California to work with Jantz. Trident Soccer has twice arranged matches between US players and Trident Soccer players at Newcastle, as well as an international friendly fixture at Gretna FC.
Trident Soccer’s US connections also instigated and sponsored Alnwick teenage player Lucy Bronze, the now Manchester City and England star, to attend the University of North Carolina’s prestigious Women’s Soccer Programme.
Jantz said: “I’m delighted to have been involved with Trident Soccer over the past 16 years.
“We look forward to further developing new relationships and business ventures with North East based clubs, players and coaches.”