01/17/2013 2:25 PM
The Rochester Rhinos have chosen Admiral® to be the club’s official sportswear and technical kit supplier for the 2013 season. Founded in 1996, the team plays in the USL Professional Division and is considered one of the most successful franchises in North America having won league championships in 1998, 2000 and 2001, and is still the only team to have defeated four MLS teams en route to winning the Lamar Open Cup in 1999.
Admiral, the world’s oldest British football brand, supplied kits in the 1970s and 1980s for the English national team and Manchester United. The brand has a long history in the United States as well, having supplied kits for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, New York Cosmos, Rochester Lancers and Vancouver Whitecaps in the original North American Soccer League (NASL). Admiral supplies many USL teams including USL PRO teams Charlotte Eagles & VSI Tampa Bay in addition to the 2012 and 2011 PDL Champions and many youth teams and associations throughout the USA.
The Rochester Rhinos President/COO Pat Ercoli said, “Partnering with the world’s oldest soccer brand, Admiral is great news. We are proud to be one of Admiral’s partners alongside other USL Pro teams and New York State West Youth Soccer Association. In sharing the same brand we can continue to positively develop the game in our community.”
The Rochester Rhinos are working with Admiral to develop a new primary jersey for the 2013 season to complement the club’s iconic black and white striped kit and the traditional yellow U.S. Open Cup kit. Admiral will also be outfitting the Rochester Rhinos youth soccer program. The club re-launched their youth club last season, and now offers playing opportunities for youth players ages U8 to U12. The youth program wears the same kit as the professional team and is coached by the professional team’s players and coaching staff.
“Admiral was recently appointed the official supplier for apparel and equipment for all New York State West Youth Soccer programs. So we’re delighted to now partner with the Rochester Rhinos. It re-enforces our commitment to soccer in western New York. Teams are choosing us because we’re offering better product, pricing and service.” says Paul Hamburger, CEO of Admiral Soccer. “We’re designing and making a "made to order" customized soccer kit for the Rhinos in our own factory.”
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About Admiral; Admiral, founded in 1914, first began manufacturing sportswear in 1966, when England won the World Cup. The company was a pioneer of the replica kit market, creating home and away kits for England, Leeds United, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and many other teams. They expanded overseas to the US supplying New York Cosmos, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Vancouver Whitecaps and others in, Canada and Latin America. Admiral designs, manufactures, markets and distributes team wear, leisure apparel and accessories. For more information, visit http://admiralsoccer.com
For more information on the Rochester Rhinos including sponsorships, internships, tickets or to volunteer, visit http://rhinossoccer.com/ or contact the Rhinos Front Office at (585)454-5425
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