RNY FC, who recently announced their intent to begin competing in 2022, have also announced their affiliation with the prestigious Empire United Youth Academy located in Rochester, New York.
The Empire United Youth Soccer Academy provides player development opportunities for all players in the U7-U19 age groups. Empire United and the Junior Rhinos recently merged their youth clubs and will now act as the pathway for local and regional youth soccer players to feed the RNY FC pro team. Through this affiliation our youth players will train alongside and with the pro team, similar to the models used for MLS and International clubs throughout the world.
"Aligning the Rochester Rhinos with the Empire United/Junior Rhinos' youth programs is a key building block to the success of building our pro team. Developing and using homegrown, local talent is the best way to develop a strong community based football club." says Dr. Lee Tucker, Sporting Director for RNY FC.
The Empire/Junior Rhinos academy intends to rebrand to RNY FC for the start of the 2022/23 season.
The Empire Training Facility is located at 1520 John Street in West Henrietta and features a 100x50 yard indoor turf field house and a 120x75 yard outdoor, lighted synthetic turf field for training and competition. The facility will be undergoing significant facility renovations to accommodate the affiliation with the pro team.