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    Empire United MLS NEXT Academy is the official youth academy for RNY FC's professional team.  

    The youth side and the professional side will remain in a strategic partnership where we work together, but are run independently.  We are excited to have a professional pathway here in Rochester for our Academy players, to be working with a professional team backed by a world class player in Jamie Vardy, and to still have autonomy in how we approach player development in our Academy - where we are able to provide a unique culture of developing every single player in our player pool (not just the top few %, as is done in a traditional professional set up).

    Empire United is one of the 95 clubs recognized as 'founding members' in MLS's new elite player development platform