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Under the watchful eyes of US universities

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March 20, 2019

Under the watchful eyes of US universities

Last week, several coaches from large American universities were able to observe training sessions for both the first team and the reserves. Made possible through the partnership between OGC Nice, the MLS, the FFF and My Coach, this  visit allowed the club to strengthen the existing ties with the United States. 

During this mid-March visit, OGC Nice allowed several American coaches to discover the environment and set-up of the Ligue 1 club. Amongst them were two coaches from Wake Forest University, one of the most active universities on the other side of the Atlantic.  

On Tuesday 12 March, the trip began with a visit of the OGC Nice training complex, in order to get a insight into the internal functions of the club. They then attended Patrick Vieira’s side’s training session, before speaking at length with the former New York City FC coach after the session. A perfect occasion for them to dissect the drills that they had seen earlier that morning...

Friday 15 March, the American coaches watched the reserve team’s training session, the day before their N2 match, as Laurent Bonadei was making his final tactical touches before the trip to Endoume. After the session, the Nice youth coach took the time to speak with the visiting party, especially focusing on the tactical aspects.

To bring the trip to a close, the visitors were able to watch the first team in action at the Allianz Riviera, as Le Gym took on Toulouse FC (Week 29, 1-1). “We are delighted to send our American coaches from the MLS and Universities to go and observe daily life at OGC Nice, who as always, welcome us in an extraordinary manner, said Jérome Meary, the Founder of FFFUSA and the partnership between the MLS and the FFF. We are very happy with the links we have with OGC Nice and Patrick Vieira, who is very familiar with the United States. We will continue to explore this partnership between the football market in the United States and OGC Nice, because it is a very interesting one.