Striker happy to see SAFC link up with DC United.
Jozy Altidore is backing Sunderland’s new footballing partnership with Major League Soccer franchise DC United.
Earlier today the clubs revealed the exciting new venture, which will see both parties use their considerable resources to promote Sunderland AFC and D.C. United both on and off the pitch.
The USA international believes the partnership is another positive step for the US game, which continues to grow at an exceptional rate.
Interest in the sport stateside has also been buoyed by the USA’s impressive 2014 World Cup campaign, and Altidore praised the impeccable timing of the partnership.
“The game is growing each year by massive amounts,” said Altidore. “It is becoming more popular as every season passes and it is great to see, so I think the timing of this partnership is perfect.”
“D.C. United are one of the most historic teams in the United States and they are big on tradition, they have won countless titles but I am sure they have their best years ahead of them, moving forward the partnership will be great for both sides.”
“The vision is that one day the MLS becomes one of the strongest leagues in the world, but obviously it is difficult to compete with things like the UEFA Champions League because the competitions don’t have the same stature.”
“Saying that it has a lot of potential, there are so many kids playing football in the States now and it has become so popular so hopefully one day it can be as big as football and baseball.”
Interest in the Barclays Premier League in the USA is at an all-time high, with major broadcasting service NBC securing the rights to show all 380 top flight games live across its network.
Altidore believes the partnership will aid this in developing the popularity of the sport, as D.C. United work with the Black Cats to increase their presence across the vast American continent.
“It is incredible to see how much the sport has grown and each time I go back I see just how much more excited people are about the league.
“The Barclays Premier League has also helped a lot because people love to watch it, and it will continue to have a big impact in growing the sport in the States.”