While the club's men's team has established itself as one of the best in the world, especially when it comes to talent development, the club's women's team is still very, very new and very much in development.
When the women's team was launched, supporters made it clear that they didn't want the club to buy their way up the ladder. They wanted to do it "the Dortmund way" by starting all the way at the bottom in the seventh tier of German soccer. They earned promotion in their first season but all involved know there is a long way to go.
And that is what makes the club's interactions with the American market so interesting. Historically, no country has produced more top women's players than the U.S., where the game has been far more advanced than in most other countries. In recent years, many European giants have started to catch up but Dortmund, as a club, know they're far behind.
"This definitely is the beauty of this relationship, because it's not one way," Heinrich said. "Especially when it comes to girls soccer, we also can learn something because girls soccer in the U.S. is well-established and we are making our first steps. We're building it from scratch.
"We now have two women's teams. We started with one and now we have two next year when we bring in our U-17, so we are really doing it the BVB way and not just buying a franchise or buying a license from a professional women's team. We are doing it our own way starting in the lowest league and then getting promoted step by step and, for sure, I'm convinced the U.S. girls will play a role in this in the next few years."
The group of girls brought to Germany were mostly in the U-15 through U-17 range, with a few in the U-18 and 19 age group. And, according to Wright, they showed fairly well against Dortmund's first team.
The club understands that, as things stand, the best American players have an obvious pathway that brings most of them from college to the NWSL. Will we see the next Morgan or Swanson in black and yellow over the next few years? Probably not, but the club hopes that American players could play a big part in lifting the club to where it wants to be.
"Our girls are competing right at the level where there's an opportunity in the next, to be honest, probably the next two to five years, where we can potentially have a player opportunity for these girls to come play professionally here as a part of this relationship," Wright said.
"It's something that's changing in the mindset of female soccer in the U.S. Currently right now, for the average female player in the U.S., the number one path is to go play in college. That's their pathway to go. That's what most people do in this day and age, but players are now starting to broaden their horizons to wanting to go play overseas.
"Obviously in the professional game for the women in the U.S., they don't only just play in the U.S., but a lot of them also play overseas in offseason. That mindset is starting to change a little bit as an opportunity that girls want to go to want to take early on."