BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 08: A General view of the Camp Nou stadium prior to the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Rochester New York FC is set to make history as it will play St. Louis CITY2 in MLS NEXT Pro’s inaugural match on March 25, the league announced on Thursday.

Rochester, the league’s lone independent club, will play the match at Saint Louis University’s Hermann Stadium (8 p.m. ET,

For St. Louis CITY2 and its fans, this game signifies the first step in a culmination of efforts to bring Major League Soccer to this legendary soccer community, in advance of St. Louis CITY SC’s MLS launch in 2023. For Rochester New York FC, it represents a return to professional action for this former Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship club.

The kickoff weekend will also feature the following games across the league (all times Eastern):

March 26 – Orlando City B vs. Chicago Fire FC II (3 p.m.)
March 26 – Inter Miami II vs. Crew 2 (6 p.m.)
March 26 – North Texas SC vs. MNUFC2 (9 p.m.)
March 26 – Houston Dynamo 2 vs. Whitecaps FC 2 (9 p.m.)
March 27 – Philadelphia Union II vs. FC Cincinnati 2 (2 p.m.)
March 27 – Tacoma Defiance vs. Real Monarchs (3 p.m.)
March 27 – NYCFC II vs. New England Revolution II (5 p.m.)
March 27 – Colorado Rapids 2 vs. Sporting KC II (6 p.m.)

All games will be streamed live on

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at