Former Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson is to realise his long-held dream of being involved in football abroad.
Thompson, who was once interested in taking over Australian club Newcastle Jets as well as checking out the American scene, is understood to be heading for New England in the United States to head up a club in the National Independent Soccer Association league.
The team, which is expected to be based in Norwich, Connecticut, and to be up and running by August, is provisionally sanctioned by the US Soccer Federation to compete in the new third tier of American football.
Thompson is believed to have passed a fit and proper person test, meaning that he is free to operate in new set-up. He will be joined by other businessmen from the local area.
Thompson severed his ties at Tannadice last summer when he sold his majority shareholding in United to his successor as chairman Mike Martin and fellow director Jimmy Fyffe.
They then sold the Tangerines to a new owner, Minnesota-based Mark Ogren, at the end of last year.