UAE’s Etihad to sponsor US soccer league

MLS has attracted top talent such as David Beckham in the past.

MLS has attracted top talent such as David Beckham in the past.

Abu Dhabi airline Etihad Airways is to be announced as the latest sponsor of the US’s Major League Soccer (MLS), in a sign of growing ties between the emirate and US sport, the Wall Street Journal said.

The deal, in which financial terms have not been disclosed, comes less than a year after Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a majority owner of England’s Manchester City, unveiled plans to launch New York City FC. That team is set to begin playing next year.

MLS is aiming to become one of the world’s top soccer leagues by 2022 and has in the past attracted talent such as England’s David Beckham, as well as commercial sponsors including Red Bull and Pepsi.

Etihad Airways is currently the primary sponsor of Manchester City.

A spokesperson for Etihad Airways did not immediately respond to Arabian Business’s request for comment.

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