|Stadium||Marina Auto Stadium|
|League||National Independent Soccer Association|
The Flower City Union are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 2021, the team plans to debut in the National Independent Soccer Association, a third tier league of the United States soccer league system, in 2022 and play at Marina Auto Stadium.
In 2017, the long time professional soccer team in Rochester, the USL's Rochester Rhinos, announced that they were going on hiatus as of the 2018 season. The departure of the Rhinos left Rochester without a professional soccer team for the first time since 1995 and left the team's stadium, Marina Auto Stadium, without a tenant. In 2020, a ownership group headed by David Weaver, the CEO and founder of Rochester-based Aphex BioCleanse Systems Inc. and a former Kodak optical engineer, submitted a application for a NISL team in Rochester. Mark Washo, a former Chief Business Officer with the Rhinos was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer and the group later announced a partnership with St. John Fisher College’s Sport Management Department. In December 2020, NISA approved the group's expansion application, and soon after the team was unveiled as Flower City Union, a nod to Rochester's nickname as the Flower City On April 14, 2021, the team logo and colors were introduced, the primary color being Lilac purple in honor of Rochester's signature flower.
On 24 June 2021, it was announced that Flower City Union would incorporate the Rochester Lancers of the fourth-tier National Premier Soccer League and the Rochester Lady Lancers of United Women's Soccer within its organization upon completion of their summer 2021 seasons. The NPSL team would act as a developmental squad between Flower City Union’s first team and the organization's Homegrown Partner Program. The UWS team would continue as the top of the pyramid squad in Rochester, supported by the same Homegrown Partner Program. It remains to be seen if the Major Arena Soccer League incarnation of the Rochester Lancers would form part of the arrangement, as no contact had been made between them and Flower City Union.
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