Aberdeen FC have announced a new strategic partnership with Atlanta United.

The partnership is set to expand Atlanta United’s reach globally and will allow both clubs to be able to share knowledge and experience involving player and youth development, venue practices, and fan experience.

It also extends both clubs' scouting network and allows for a development pipeline between them.

The parent company of Atlanta United, AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE) will have minority ownership of Aberdeen with a less than 10% stake of the club.

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President of Atlanta United, Darren Eales, will also join Aberdeen FC’s Board of Directors.

This comes after former Chairman Stewart Milne and other directors stepped down and Dave Cormack took over.

The US-based software entrepreneur is leading the new package of investment in the Scottish club, which AMBSE invested £2million out of the totalled £5 million.

In a club statement, Eales said: “We’re thrilled about this opportunity to partner with Aberdeen, a successful club with a long and proud history.

“The partnership is a natural fit, with synergies both on and off the pitch. 

“We share the same commitment to our fans, to our core values, community engagement and competitive results.

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“We’re excited about what we can achieve together through a shared approach to soccer and commercial operations centered around mutual respect for AFC’s heritage and Atlanta United’s innovation and progressive strategy.

“While our focus will remain on Atlanta United day-to-day, we look forward to sharing our learnings with Aberdeen as they begin the process of planning and building a new venue and developing an exceptional fan experience as we have here at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.”

Cormack, who looks set to foster the collaboration between the two organisations, said: “Atlanta United has record-breaking MLS attendances and season ticket sales, as well as the most successful fan engagement programme in Major League Soccer.

“We will be looking to learn from their experience, taking what works in Scotland, and applying it to improve our relationship with fans, create better match day experiences and develop potential sponsorships and other commercial initiatives that will generate revenues.”