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, mlsnextpro.com).
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 mlsnextpro.com.