It's offical. We're back. RNY FC joins MLS Next Pro. Today, MLS NEXT Pro announced the 21 clubs that will compete in the new professional league’s inaugural 2022 season.
Established in June by Major League Soccer, the new professional league will complete an integrated player pathway from MLS NEXT through to the MLS first teams. The new league will offer young players and experienced professionals the opportunity to develop and showcase their talents while competing for an MLS NEXT Pro championship.
“We are thrilled that Rochester NY FC will be the first independent club to join MLS Next Pro. Rochester established itself as a winning club with the Rhinos, and we are pleased to add a new chapter in the city’s rich soccer history as Rochester NY FC.”
— David and Wendy Dworkin.
MLS NEXT Pro will debut in 2022, a FIFA World Cup year, and just four years prior to the 2026 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. MLS NEXT Pro will bring professional soccer closer to fans and supporters, while providing more opportunities for players, coaches, referees, and sports business professionals throughout North America.
"We look forward to showcasing Rochester as a premier professional club and are excited to kick off that process by helping to launch the inaugural season of MLS NEXT Pro in 2022.”
— Jamie Vardy