Imagine being able to own a soccer team, even if you are not a millionaire.

In fact, you can own part of a professional soccer team in the city where you live – Rochester, N.Y.

You can join the growing Flower City Union brand that also includes Salt City Union and Flower City 1872, our new women’s team.

That’s right, you can have a say in not one, not two, but in three teams in the organization.

Only a handful of sports teams have given their supporters such an opportunity to have a say in their favorite club’s direction.

The legendary Green Bay Packers of the NFL are a prime example of fan involvement and look at the success they have achieved over the decades.

“Since the club’s inception, our goal is to build an authentic soccer club committed to positively impacting the City of Rochester and its surrounding communities,” Flower City Union founding partner Mark Washo said. “We engaged the local community in developing our mission, naming the club and creating our crest and colors. Our fan ownership offering is a unique opportunity to become an equity owner so fans will continue to have a voice and representation within our club.

“By becoming a fan owner, you support Rochester, Syracuse, and all of Western NY in helping us fulfil our community centric mission. And thank you to all who have joined our journey already.”

With Flower City Union, you can have a role and a say in the present and future of Rochester’s only professional soccer club as an equity owner.

In addition to having equity in the club, fan owners also receive several valuable benefits:

* Tickets

* Merchandise

* Invitations to exclusive club and VIP events

* The ability to vote on future fan owner representatives

* Opportunities to voice your opinion on key club matters

* And much more!

Fan ownership also includes supporters a voice in the governance of the club.

The program, started in October 2021 for our inaugural season 2022 National Independent Soccer Association season, has given fan investors a new appreciation, thanks to this novel, off-the-field approach to the beautiful game.

We would love to have you join our burgeoning list of investors to help us to continue to thrive and make some history.

If you want to become a fan owner of Flower City Union, visit

We are looking forward to hearing from you to join the club and giving you an opportunity to voice your opinion not only at the Rochester Community Sports Complex, but behind the scenes as well.

Flower City Union will host a doubleheader at the complex on Saturday, May 20. Flower City 1872, the women’s debut will make its United Women’s Soccer season debut against FC Buffalo at 2 p.m. That match will be followed by Flower City Union, which will welcome Chattanooga FC in an NISA match at 6 p.m.


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