American Investors Open Pro Pathway in Denmark By Buying Danish Pro Club
Soccer News: Ever heard of FC Helsingør?
Not many Americans have, but that is about to change.
An American investment group with deep ties to global sports has acquired majority ownership of Danish 1st Division club FC Helsingør. And there is big money behind this movement.
The goal is to create a powerful pathway for America’s elite youth players to gain important experience playing professionally in Europe, and it is supported by some of the biggest names in soccer.
The Golden State Warriors minority investors are Nick Swinmurn, John Burbank, Harry Tsao and Michael De Anda. Swinmurn and Tsao also have ownership stakes in professional soccer with Swansea City AFC and Los Angeles Football Club. Brett Johnson and Taylor Reinhardt, investors with Phoenix Rising Football Club and their bid to land an expansion spot in MLS, are also a part of the FC Helsingør group.
The investment team plans to use FC Helsingør, with its academy and new stadium, as a pathway to the pros for the next generation of American talent.
“I’m incredibly excited to complete the acquisition of a majority stake in FC Helsingør,” said Gardner. “The ownership group we have assembled is as strong as any you will see in global soccer, and we are eager to leverage the connections and expertise we have to make Helsingør the next hub for football talent development.”
American youth players have been successful in Scandinavia in recent years.
19-year-old Jonathan Amon currently plays for FC Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superliga, while 24-year old Romain Gall plays for Malmö FF in Sweden. Amon is a recent face that has appeared for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Amon, a native of Charleston, S.C., signed with FC Nordsjaelland at 18 years old. The left winger received first-team minutes during the 2017/18 season and has been a regular starter during the 2018/19 campaign. Amon has tallied four goals in the nine matches he’s played since returning from an injury at the start of the season. On November 4, 2018, Amon made his senior team debut with the national team in a friendly against Peru.
Gall played for D.C. United and Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
The midfielder was called up to the USMNT on November 6, 2018, for friendly matches against England and Italy. Gall made his international debut for the USNMT against Italy in a 0–1 loss on November 20th as a replacement for Christian Pulisic.
Gardner hopes to develop FC Helsingør into a destination for additional American prospects at that are reaching a key period of their development.
Source: Press Release