For DASC 10 year anniversary we'll be sharing 10 stories to remember what pillars built DASC, the memories from before the unification, during and after merging the Sioux Falls soccer entities.
Today’s 10 for 10 story talks about DASC’s alliance with Minnesota United, and how this is going further than previous partnerships have done. #morethananalliance
Dakota Alliance had a failed partnership in 2012 with Sampdoria from Italy, so when a proposal was made to align with the newest club in Major League Soccer, Minnesota United, there was understandably some scepticism. Over the past 2 years, that has been blown out of the water by the success of this partnership.
The partnership itself was 1st conjured up at the 2017 National Coaches Convention & Major League Soccer Draft in Los Angeles. DASC Competitive Director Ben Gaddis, and Tournament Director, James Oppenheimer sat down and had celebratory drinks with MNUFC Sporting Director Manny Lagos, Head Coach Adrian Heath and their Director of Player Personnel Amos Magee. The MNUFC brass was celebrating their 1st MLS Draft, while Ben and James were attending the draft. Why were Ben and James hanging out with them? Ben is good friends with Manny and Amos. They played club soccer together and actually won a National Championship as players together. This connection brought them together in LA.
From those initial jovial conversations, a partnership was born. After some negotiation and more serious meetings (that did not involve drinks), DASC became the 1st Alliance Club Member of the Minnesota United Academy.
We now wear the Minnesota United Logo on our sleeve, benefit from coaching educations, host a camp, and enjoy bi-annual visits from the MNUFC academy coaching staff. In addition, MNUFC host player talent days in South Dakota, and we have had several players be ball boys at MNUFC Home Games. The hope is that in the future DASC will produce players of a high enough quality that they can join the Minnesota United Development Academy.
The partnership has worked extremely well for a number of reasons. As the 1st Alliance partner (there is now 1 other), we were able to define our relationship, and help set up this partnership is a way that benefits both clubs. MNUFC and DASC have the same long term development over short term results philosophy. As Minnesota United have established their growth, DASC has grown with them. We have unprecedented access to the MNUFC training sessions, and their coaches.
The biggest plus from the partnership is that not only do we benefit from being able to display our partnership on our sleeve, but Minnesota United has allowed DASC to retain our name and independence. Sporting Kansas City, and Colorado Rapids, force their affiliates to change their names, and wear the MLS club colors (Sporting Omaha, Black Hills Rapids). The Loons have allowed DASC to remain independent. We kept our own colors and name, which carries its own history. We put the United logo on our jerseys as a secondary logo.
As the partnership heads into its 3rd year, and MNUFC move into their new stadium, DASC continues to see benefits from the association, with MInnesota United Camp starting tomorrow, and the club continuing to get stronger. #morethanaclub #morethananalliance
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