“While this past year has been a significant challenge for everyone in sports, Rochester NISA is another example of NISA’s steady footing heading into 2021,” NISA commissioner John Prutch said in a statement. “Five member clubs/markets joined this year, with additional applicants to be announced in early 2021. We are actively bringing quality professional soccer to every city in the United States.”
The Rochester NISA club will hold a zoom chat Friday at 6 p.m. ET to share the club name – decided by the Rochester community – with fans first. Fans can register at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nisarochesterny.com to register online.
Jenna Cottrell of 13WHAM ABC and FOX Rochester – will moderate an informal “soccer” chat with the new NISA soccer club principals. The club planned will continue to foster engagement and gain immediate feedback in the coming months as it develops club colors, crest and other brand elements.
“We are committed to being inclusive and supportive of our community from the start,” said David Weaver, ownership group leader, said in a statement. “The fans will play a big role in adding to the history of soccer in Rochester, and that starts this week.”
Weaver, CEO and founder of Rochester-based Aphex BioCleanse Systems Inc., is a 30-year New York State Emeritus soccer referee and former youth soccer administrator.
He is joined in operations by managing director and Chief Commercial Officer Mark Washo, a long-time soccer executive having held senior leadership positions in Major League Soccer and Women’s professional soccer clubs, as well as the Rochester Rhinos.
The ownership group also has developed a strategic partnership with St. John Fisher College’s Sport Management Department, led by Dr. Todd Harrison, associate professor and chair, to provide faculty expertise and a variety of other support for the club.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (November 12, 2020) – Rochester Pro Soccer Club LLC., an ownership group led by David Weaver, CEO and Founder of Aphex BioCleanse Systems Inc., has applied to join the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) establishing a brand new club in the Flower City. Rochester will be NISA’s fourth new club in the last six months.
“As a 30-year New York State Emeritus soccer referee and former youth soccer administrator, I am extremely excited to return professional soccer to Rochester,” says Weaver. “Our club plans to be inclusive within the local vibrant soccer landscape, as well as supportive of our community as a whole.”
Long-time soccer executive Mark Washo will be the Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer for the club, helping to build an organization focused on supporter and community engagement. Washo is regarded as one of the pioneers of professional soccer in the U.S. having previously held senior leadership positions in Major League Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer clubs, as well as the Rochester Rhinos.
“As a Rochester native, it is a great privilege to be part of continuing a professional soccer legacy,” said Washo. “We have a great opportunity to re-engage the community and honor the history of soccer in Rochester, while also establishing a ‘next generation’ soccer culture consistent with the soccer movement across the USA.”
The ownership group will also be engaged in a strategic partnership with St. John Fisher College’s Sport Management Department, led by Dr. Todd Harrison, Associate Professor and Chair, which will provide faculty expertise and a variety of other support for the club.
“We are always looking for outlets to engage our students with experiential opportunities and provide real-life connections that enrich our courses by expanding our faculty knowledge,” commented Dr. Harrison. Rochester has proven it will passionately support its clubs and soccer’s expansion in the country’s sport landscape made this partnership very attractive.”
“There is such a great soccer heritage in Rochester that this club will be an exciting addition to our league,” says NISA Executive Vice President of Expansion Josh Prutch. “We are on a mission to bring quality, independent soccer to cities across the U.S. The Rochester group’s community-centric approach aligns with and fortifies that mission.”
About NISA Rochester, NY
Rochester Pro Soccer aspires to use the world’s game to honor and expand the Flower City’s long history of opportunity and innovation. Passion and inclusion are our north star, guiding how we live, how we act, how we play, how we serve. From the pitch to the community, Rochester Pro Soccer is a club of supporters, partners, players, and residents committed to being more than a team. We are Rochester.
For more information about NISA Rochester, NY visit NISARochesterNY.com or contact at passion@NISARochesterNY.com. Follow the club on Twitter @NISARochesterNY and on Instagram @nisarochesterny.
The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer pro-am Independent Cup tournament, the year-long amateur league NISA Nation, and NISA Media.
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