Aberdeen wants to continually finish in UEFA's top 100 club rankings, in which it is 112 this season. Rankings help determine seeding in UEFA touraments. Aberdeen has qualified for the Europa League in each of the past six seasons. It is a two-time winner of UEFA tournaments. The club is in third in the Premiership and on pace to again qualify for the Europa League qualifiers. Cormack said the goal is to advance through the tournament qualifiers and into the group stages, which will improve the club's ranking.
Executives and others who work at Atlanta United and Aberdeen are going to spend the next 90 days sharing information on the football and business sides. Atlanta United vice president Carlos Bocanegra and others were in Aberdeen last week talking about the team’s academy.
Rather than just a partnership in name, Eales said team owner Arthur Blank wanted to invest money because including a financial stake tends to result in consistent focus. Though Eales will have a seat on Aberdeen’s board, Atlanta United will not share in any of the day-to-day running of the club because Eales said his focus will remain on the MLS club.
“We are really excited and can’t wait to get started on the partnership,” Eales said. “Excited about what the future brings.”