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Orange County Blues FC announce partnership with Korean club FC Anyang

Two lower-division clubs enter transnational agreement.

Blues, FC Anyang officially enter partnership
Blues, FC Anyang officially enter partnership
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The Orange County Blues announced on Monday a partnership with South Korean club FC Anyang, which plays in the second division K-League Challenge.

According to the release, the teams have signed a "memorandum of understanding." What exactly this means is a bit unclear, but it is not unusual to see club teams enter partnerships with other teams abroad for a variety of reasons, whether that's sharing information, players and coaches, and/or holding friendly games against one another.

Most tangibly, the Blues loaned one of their players, midfielder Seth Moses, to FC Anyang for the entire 2015 season. Moses is one of two Americans on the roster, along with former MLS Rookie of the Year defender Austin Berry, who is on loan to the Korean side from the Philadelphia Union.

Anyang is just south of Seoul, and is the 15th largest city in South Korea. The club itself was only founded in 2013, the inaugural year of the K-League Challenge, and in some respects filled the gap following the departure of Anyang LG Cheetahs, who moved from Seoul to Anyang from 1999-2003, winning a K-League (first division) title in 2000. But after moving back to Seoul for the 2004 season, the city was without a pro team in the interim until FC Anyang emerged.

Last season, FC Anyang finished in fifth place out of 10 teams, just out of the playoff places. So far this season, they aren't doing very well, as they sit in last place with only one win in their first 14 games, but there are still games ahead in the campaign for them to try and turn things around.

"I want to thank FC Anyang for their hospitality during my visit to their club facilities and their wonderful city, and I'm excited to establish this working partnership between our two clubs," said Blues owner Ali Mansouri in a club statement on the partnership agreement.

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