Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire owner Joe Mansueto has purchased Swiss Super League team FC Lugano. Sporting director Georg Heitz and current head coach Raphael Wicky have both worked together at Swiss club FC Basil before. Moreover, both of them are of Swiss descent.
This move has been done to ease the flow of players from one club to another. As Mansueto pointed out, they want players to move from one team to another and this will benefit them both in the long run. FC Lugano is currently placed third in the Swiss Super League.
“We now have a partner club where, when permitted, players can move between clubs – from Chicago to Lugano and vice versa,” Mansueto said in a statement.
“The clubs will support one another and share best practices. We want to bring joy to the fans of Lugano and continue to grow the club. I’d like to thank our sporting director Georg Heitz for his hard work and vision to acquire FC Lugano. We are fully committed to investing in both of our teams and we’re extremely excited about the future.”
Chicago Fire is not the only team to have ties with European powerhouses. Colorado Rapids with Arsenal, FC Dallas with Bayern Munich and New York Red Bulls with Red Bull. FC Lugano is a Swiss club based in Lugano that plays in the Swiss Super League. The club was founded in the year 1908. Their home stadium is the Stadio Cornaredo.