ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Flower City Union is laying down roots in women’s soccer this season.

The club on Tuesday announced that amateur women’s team, Flower City 1872, that will play in the United Women’s Soccer.

The team will play at the Rochester Community Sports Complex, alongside the Flower City Union squad. FC1872 will provide an opportunity to local women’s talent to continue their soccer career in Rochester.

The namesake and crest honor the iconic Susan B. Anthony. In 1872, she and 14 Rochester women voted in a federal election in a groundbreaking case for voting rights.

“We are excited to continue the legacy of women’s soccer in Rochester,” Flower City owner Jimmy Paola said. “There has recently been a strong presence in Rochester between the WNY Flash and the [Rochester] Lady Lancers. We are appreciative of SoccerSam [Fantauzzo, Rochester Lancers owner] for giving us the usage of the UWS franchise in Rochester. We are beyond excited to expand the Flower City Union brand to provide women the opportunity to play in a competitive league in our community.”

Added Susan B. Anthony House president and CEO Deborah L. Hughes: “Susan B. Anthony was all for women to have every opportunity to participate in sport, which was an incredibly radical position in her day. She also was committed to pay equity, and we are thrilled that women’s soccer has been leading the charge. Connecting Anthony and Rochester with professional women’s soccer could not be more appropriate.”