Created on 2014-12-12 at 08:00 AM
FC Bayern Munich's women's team is coming to America! To Florida to be exact. Announced today, FC Bayern and its' shareholder Allianz, will bring FCB's women's team to the University of Florida (UF) to conduct their winter training camp in January 2015. As part of the training camp, FC Bayern will play two friendly matches; one against the United States Under 20 women's national team and against the women's team of the University of Florida.
Bayern will play "the Gators" on January 24 in Gainesville at UF before traveling to Orlando on January 27 to play the U20 US national team. Bayern currently sits in second place in the Allianz Women's Bundesliga and are unbeaten in all competitions halfway into the season. Featuring for the Bayern ladies are high-profile players like Melanie Behringer, Lena Lotzen and Melanie Leupolz, regulars on the German national team that will compete at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Also on the team are Americans Katherine Stengel, Gina Lewandowski and Amber Brooks.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent on our women's team to US soccer fans," said FCB women's coach Thomas Wörle. "We are particularly excited about playing against the US U20 national team and visiting UF because its women's team is ranked among the best collegiate teams in the US."
Allianz will sponsor the team's trip to the US as part of its continued commitment to support FCB teams and the growth of soccer in the US. As FCB's women's team's main sponsor and title sponsor of the German national team and first division, Allianz have championed the women's game for years. "We believe in women's soccer with great conviction. Our goal is to showcase and promote the women's game, especially in the year leading up to the Women's World Cup in Canada," said Bernd Heinemann, chairman of Allianz Germany AG.
The training camp also comes six months after FC Bayern's men's team visited the US during the Audi Summer tour in New York and the MLS All Star game in Portland as well as opened its first overseas office in NYC. "Our goal is to continue bringing attention to soccer at all levels here in the States, while at the same time giving our passionate US fans access to our champion players," said Rudolf Vidal, Managing Director of FC Bayern's US office. "The training camp is another step in our internationalization strategy where we aim to expand the FC Bayern brand and engage the wider soccer community in the US."