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Forward Madison FC and Green Bay Voyageurs FC are teaming up to launch a player development-focused affiliation, the clubs announced Monday. Starting this season, the two teams will begin formally working together to identify potential talent from Green Bay’s USL League Two roster that could go pro with the Flamingos.
While Forward Madison and the Green Bay Voyageurs operate independently, the new affiliation marks the first time they will formally work together to develop players across the state of Wisconsin.
According to Forward Madison head coach Carl Craig, the new partnership will help the Flamingos add more talent to their roster.
“I believe this relationship is important because it’ll provide a pathway for those college players who wish to move on to the pro game,” Craig said. “It can also be beneficial to Forward Madison as we cast our net upon a wider pool of potential players. It’s something that will give us an additional set of eyes on what’s going on in the college game."
For Green Bay Voyageurs head coach Brian Kamler, the affiliation could be a powerful tool to help recruit new players.
“The partnership with Forward Madison is important because it allows players the vision of a path to eventually play professional soccer after college,” Kamler said. “We will be in communication with Carl and his staff on players we feel should be on their radar.”
The Flamingos and Voyageurs have met before on the field of play, drawing 1-1 at Capital Credit Union Park in June 2019. The Voyageurs have also helped supply guest players for some of Forward’s exhibition matches, as well as coaching assistance during tryouts and past preseasons.