02/18/2014 9:00 AM
ROCHESTER, NY – The New England Revolution (Major League Soccer) and the Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) have renewed their partnership that makes the Rhinos the official USL PRO affiliate of the Revolution.
This is the second year of the teams’ affiliation and is one of the founding partnerships of the MLS and USL PRO relationship that launched in 2013 to help further the development of professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada.
The agreement calls for the Revolution to loan a minimum of four players to the Rhinos for the season. Rochester head coach Bob Lilley joined the Revolution in Bradenton, Fla., for a part of its 12-day training camp to observe players and collaborate with the Revolution coaches.
The Revs players loaned to Rochester will be announced closer to the start of the season once that determination has been made.
“We believe our partnership with the Rhinos was mutually-beneficial in 2013 and we’re looking forward to the continued relationship in 2014,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “Having the ability to get players consistent and meaningful playing time is important to their development, and we saw the benefits of it last year with a few of our players when we needed to recall them for first-team games.”
“We are happy to be back working with the New England Revolution this season.” Rochester Rhinos President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Ercoli said. “USL PRO's affiliation with Major League Soccer has raised the profile of our league and level of play on the field. Our partnership with New England puts our franchise on par with the best minor league organizations in Rochester. We are looking forward to another great year working with the Revs.”
Per an announcement made on Jan. 23, 2013 by the two leagues, MLS teams can partner with, or form their own, USL PRO clubs to further player development. As the Revolution’s official affiliate, Rochester will retain a minimum of four Revolution players for development for the entire USL PRO regular season. Those players would then get regular playing time, and have the opportunity to be called back up by the Revs if needed.
In 2014, 11 MLS teams will be involved with USL PRO teams, either through affiliation or by having their own team in the league. In 2013, four MLS teams had USL PRO affiliates: New England, D.C., Philadelphia and Kansas City. MLS teams without representation in USL PRO will compete in the MLS Reserve League in 2014.
The 2014 Rochester Rhinos schedule can be found here: www.rhinossoccer.com/schedule/
The Rhinos open their 19th season on Saturday, April 5th against the defending USL PRO Champion Orlando City Lions. The Rhinos home opener is on Sunday, April 27th against the Charleston Battery in Sahlen's Stadium. Season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are currently available, and they can be purchased by calling (585)454-KICK (5425), by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen's Stadium, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.
About the Rochester Rhinos
The Rochester Rhinos, the most successful soccer club in the United States and Canada outside of Major League Soccer, were founded in 1996 and currently play in the USL PRO Division – the top tier of the United Soccer Leagues. The Rhinos have appeared in eight finals and won four championships including the 1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and three A-League Championships (1998, 2000, 2001). In 2013 the the New England Revolution became the official MLS affiliate of the Rochester Rhinos.
All home matches are played in western New York's premier outdoor sport's facility, Sahlen's Stadium, located in downtown Rochester. For group and season tickets visit our website www.rhinossoccer.com or call the MVP Health Care Box Office in Sahlen's Stadium at (585)454-KICK. Don't forget to follow the club on Twitter (@rochesterrhinos) and on Facebook (RochesterRhinos) to stay up to date on all the latest news.
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