Minnesota Thunder was an American professional soccer team based in Minnesota, United States. Founded in 1990, the team played in the USL First Division, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, until 2009; the team played its home games at the National Sports Center in nearby Blaine, Minnesota for its final two seasons. The team's colors were navy blue, light blue and white; the team had a development team, Rochester Thunder, which independently played in USL Premier Development League for another season after the Thunder folded, a sister organization, the Minnesota Lightning, which played in the women's USL W-League. Prior to the Minnesota Thunder forming in 1990 Minnesota had two former professional soccer teams. After two seasons as the Denver Dynamos the franchise was purchased by Minnesota investors and became the Minnesota Kicks; the Minnesota Kicks played the state's first professional soccer game in May 1976 to a crowd of over twenty thousand at Metropolitan Stadium. The team survived for six seasons competing in the North American Soccer League before folding after the 1981 season.
After two years without a team the Fort Lauderdale Strikers were moved to Minnesota becoming the Minnesota Strikers in 1984. The team played one season in the NASL before transferring to the Major Indoor Soccer League; the team disbanded in 1988 after the 1987–1988 season. The team was founded as an all star team in 1990; the team was composed of top amateur and former professional players who were in their late 20s or early 30s. The team was coached by Saint Paul Academy soccer coach Buzz Lagos; the team scheduled five exhibition games against teams in the A-League. At the time the goal was to get a semipro soccer team for the Twin Cities; the Thunder operated on a budget of $35,000 dollars in their first year paying no salaries. The budget supported stadium rental at the National Sports Center, office rental and promotions. In the first season the team played against the amateur Madison 56ers, professional San Francisco Bay Blackhawks and Winnipeg Fury and the indoor professional Chicago Power and Milwaukee Wave.
Attendance averaged around 1,000 fans a game. In the first season the team lost around $12,000; the next year, 1991, with the help of corporate sponsors Rainbow Foods and Liberty State Bank, the team played an expanded schedule with a record of eight victories and three ties losing $10,000 in the process. The following year the team added four more corporate sponsors and expected to lose about $5,000 with a budget of $45,000 By their third season the team became a model for teams in Chicago, Milwaukee and Canada due to their competitive schedule, reasonable budget and fan base; as an amateur team, the Thunder was responsible for an opponent's hotel and lodging for each road trip. The team was undefeated through their first twenty games. On November 13, 1993 the Thunder announced its intention to join the U. S. Interregional Soccer League; the team retained their amateur status for the 1994 season. The team finished the year 25–2 losing in a sudden-death shootout to the Greensboro Dynamo in the championship game.
The team became professional for the 1995 season. On July 15, 2004 coach Buzz Lagos earned his 300th victory, it was his 123rd since the Thunder joined the A-League in 1997. Lagos improved his record to 300–127–31 all-time as coach of the Thunder. Five days Lagos led the Thunder to their first victory over a MLS team in a nonexhibtion game; the Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy in fourth round U. S. Open Cup game played to 5,505 fans at the Metrodome; the 2004 season holds the highest average attendance with 4,400 over 14 home games. The 2005 season brought many changes to the Thunder; the Thunder's A-League and the lower Pro Soccer League were reorganized. The Thunder were placed in the twelve team First Division which had sixteen teams. Additionally, the team was sold to an ownership led by majority owner Saeed Kadkhodaian; these changes led to Buzz Lagos announcing on August 1, 2005 that he would retire as coach after sixteen season. Lagos cited wanting to spend more time with his family as the main reason to retiring.
On October 12, 2005 Amos Magee became the second head coach in the history of the Thunder. The Thunder purchased a W-League team in 2005; the team was named the Minnesota Lightning in 2006 before their opening season. 2005 was the only season the Thunder turned a profit, making $6,000, paid in taxes to the state of Minnesota. The Thunder defeated four MLS teams over the course of the 2004 and 2005 U. S. Open Cup competitions. Beginning in August 2007 the team spent $400,000 on a beer garden called the Thunder Lounge and started the Minnesota Thunder Academy; the team founded the Rochester Thunder in the Premier Development League. In November 2009 the Thunder announced their intent to leave the USL First Division to become the co-founders of a new North American Soccer League. Minnesota's participation in this new league was, not to be. In early November 2009 they released all players from their contracts in response to heavy debts and unpaid bills, including wages; the organization was operating with a skeleton staff of 3 people as they tried to reorganize in their final days.
In January 2010, the National Sports Center announced the formation of a new club, the NSC Minnesota Stars that functions as a replacement for the Thunder. A new logo using the colors of navy blue, light blue, silver was unveiled for the 2008 season; the identity was designed by the Minneapolis design firm Capsule. The previous Thunder badge incorporated the logo of a capital'T' and an active soccer ball on a shield reading "Minnesota Thunder"; when on the team uniform, it is adorned atop by a go
Nike, Inc. is an American multinational corporation, engaged in the design, development and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, equipment and services. The company is headquartered near Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area, it is the world's largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of US$24.1 billion in its fiscal year 2012. As of 2012, it employed more than 44,000 people worldwide. In 2014 the brand alone was valued at $19 billion, making it the most valuable brand among sports businesses; as of 2017, the Nike brand is valued at $29.6 billion. Nike ranked No. 89 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. The company was founded on January 25, 1964, as Blue Ribbon Sports, by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, became Nike, Inc. on May 30, 1971. The company takes its name from the Greek goddess of victory. Nike markets its products under its own brand, as well as Nike Golf, Nike Pro, Nike+, Air Jordan, Nike Blazers, Air Force 1, Nike Dunk, Air Max, Nike Skateboarding, Nike CR7, subsidiaries including Brand Jordan, Hurley International and Converse.
Nike owned Bauer Hockey from 1995 to 2008, owned Cole Haan and Umbro. In addition to manufacturing sportswear and equipment, the company operates retail stores under the Niketown name. Nike sponsors many high-profile athletes and sports teams around the world, with the recognized trademarks of "Just Do It" and the Swoosh logo. Nike known as Blue Ribbon Sports, was founded by University of Oregon track athlete Phil Knight and his coach, Bill Bowerman, on January 25, 1964; the company operated in Eugene as a distributor for Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger, making most sales at track meets out of Knight's automobile. According to Otis Davis, a student athlete whom Bowerman coached at the University of Oregon, who went on to win two gold medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics, Bowerman made the first pair of Nike shoes for him, contradicting a claim that they were made for Phil Knight. Says Davis, "I told Tom Brokaw that I was the first. I don't care. Bill Bowerman made the first pair of shoes for me.
People don't believe me. In fact, I didn't like the way. There was no support and they were too tight, but I saw Bowerman make them from the waffle iron, they were mine". In 1964, in its first year in business, BRS sold 1,300 pairs of Japanese running shoes grossing $8,000. By 1965 the fledgling company had acquired a full-time employee, sales had reached $20,000. In 1966, BRS opened its first retail store, located at 3107 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, California next to a beauty salon, so its employees no longer needed to sell inventory from the back of their cars. In 1967, due to increasing sales, BRS expanded retail and distribution operations on the East Coast, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. By 1971, the relationship between BRS and Onitsuka Tiger was nearing an end. BRS prepared to launch its own line of footwear, which would bear the Swoosh newly designed by Carolyn Davidson; the Swoosh was first used by Nike on June 18, 1971, was registered with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 22, 1974.
In 1976, the company hired John Brown and Partners, based in Seattle, as its first advertising agency. The following year, the agency created the first "brand ad" for Nike, called "There is no finish line", in which no Nike product was shown. By 1980, Nike had attained a 50% market share in the U. S. athletic shoe market, the company went public in December of that year. Together and Wieden+Kennedy have created many print and television advertisements, Wieden+Kennedy remains Nike's primary ad agency, it was agency co-founder Dan Wieden who coined the now-famous slogan "Just Do It" for a 1988 Nike ad campaign, chosen by Advertising Age as one of the top five ad slogans of the 20th century and enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution. Walt Stack was featured in Nike's first "Just Do It" advertisement, which debuted on July 1, 1988. Wieden credits the inspiration for the slogan to "Let's do it", the last words spoken by Gary Gilmore before he was executed. Throughout the 1980s, Nike expanded its product line to encompass many sports and regions throughout the world.
In 1990, Nike moved into its eight-building World Headquarters campus in Oregon. The first Nike retail store, dubbed Niketown, opened in downtown Portland in November of that year. Phil Knight announced in mid-2015 that he would step down as chairman of Nike in 2016, he stepped down from all duties with the company on June 30, 2016. In a company public announcement on March 15, 2018, Parker said Trevor Edwards, a top Nike executive, seen as a potential successor to the chief executive, was relinquishing his position as Nike's brand president and would retire in August. Nike has acquired several apparel and footwear companies over the course of its history, some of which have since been sold, its first acquisition was the upscale footwear company Cole Haan in 1988, followed by the purchase of Bauer Hockey in 1994. In 2002, Nike bought surf apparel company Hurley International from founder Bob Hurley. In 2003, Nike paid US$309 million to acquire Converse, makers of the Chuck Taylor All-Stars line of sneakers.
The company acquired Starter in 2004 and Umbro, known as the manufacturers of the England national football team's kit, in 2008. In order to refocus on its core business lines, Nike began divesting of some of its subsidiaries in the 2000s, it sold Starter in 2007 and Bauer Hockey in 2008. The company sold Umbro in 2012 and Cole Haan in 2013. As
AC St. Louis
AC St. Louis was an American professional soccer team based in St. Louis, United States. Founded in December 2009, the team played its first and only season the next year in the NASL Conference of the temporary USSF D2 Pro League, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. With plans to join the new North American Soccer League the following season, the club folded in January 2011 under unmanageable financial strain. St. Louis played its home games at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Missouri; the team's colors were green and yellow. St. Louis was first coached by Claude Anelka, the older brother of French international striker Nicolas Anelka; the men's team was one of three parts of the sports club owned by St. Louis-native Jeff Cooper. Saint Louis Athletica of Women's Professional Soccer, folding in 2010, a large youth soccer league throughout the metropolitan area were the other components of AC St. Louis; the origins of A. C. St. Louis lie in Jeff Cooper's bid to land a Major League Soccer expansion team.
With his investment group St. Louis Soccer United, Cooper twice attempted to bring MLS to the St. Louis metropolitan area only to have both bids turned down in favor of other cities in 2008 and 2009. Despite approved stadium plans to build the Collinsville Soccer Complex in suburban Collinsville, Illinois, MLS was not impressed with the bid's financial backing and suggested Cooper expand his group of investors; as the price of the expansion fee rose, Cooper refocused his efforts to building a second division club. This involved Cooper selling a majority interest to investors in the fall of 2009. By November SLSU changed its name to the Athletic Club of St. Louis with their new men's team AC St. Louis. Announced was their intent to become co-founders of the new North American Soccer League formed from teams breaking away from the established United Soccer Leagues. After filed lawsuits and heated press statements between the two conflicting leagues, the USSF declared neither league would be sanctioned for the coming year, ordered both to work together on a plan to temporarily allow their teams to play a 2010 season.
On January 7, 2010, the interim solution was announced to be the new USSF D2 Professional League comprising clubs from both USL and NASL. In February 2010, AC St. Louis announced that Steve Ralston – MLS career leader in games played, minutes played, assists – would become the first player to sign with the club; the rest of the roster was filled out with lower division signees and former college players. After a successful launch in April, the club fell into financial trouble by May 2010 when the investors pulled out of funding both AC St. Louis and St. Louis Athletica. Despite Cooper resuming financial control of the teams, Athletica was unable to be saved. Other cost-cutting measures included selling Ralston's contract back to the New England Revolution and negotiating contract buyouts of players who did not reside in the St. Louis area. AC St. Louis finished the season second to last in both league. During the following off season, Cooper sought to sell the club to keep it financially afloat.
However, despite his best efforts to secure the long-term future of the club, AC St. Louis folded in January 2011; the inverted shield features a fleur-de-lis with a golden flame beneath a catenary arch. The fleur-de-lis, a long time symbol of the city featured in the region's iconography, was a symbol of French monarchs including Louis IX of France, for whom the city is named; the flame alludes to the 1904 Summer Olympics which were held in St. Louis as part of the St. Louis World's Fair, is seen by many St. Louisans to be one of the formative events in the city's history; the arch represents the Gateway Arch, built in 1965 as a memorial to the city's placement in American history as the "Gateway to the West." A. C. is an homage to the Missouri Athletic Club, which has promoted soccer in the region for more than 100 years. On February 11, 2010 the team announced it had entered into an agreement with Nike upon a multi-year apparel and footwear sponsorship; the team's color scheme was green and white.
Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park. The fans united under this one banner while keeping their individual identities as groups alive, they comprised the "Seven Nation Army" of the St. Louligans supporters movement, with those being Chickenhead, Day Pints Club, Eads Brigade, Henry Shaw Collective, Laclede's Army, River City Saints and United Knights; this list is a historical record of the final group of players on the last ACSTL roster for their final game in 2010. Source: Note: Flags indicate national team. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Dale Schilly Head Coach John van Buskirk Assistant Coach Tim Leonard Assistant Coach Blake Decker Assistant Coach Tim Owens General Manager Paul Rogers Goalkeeper Coach This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left.
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Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies are an American professional soccer team based in St. Petersburg, Florida, U. S; the club was founded in 2008 and first took the pitch in 2010. Since 2017, the Rowdies have been members of the USL Championship in the second tier of the American soccer pyramid, they played in the North American Soccer League and USSF Division 2, which were second-tier leagues. The Rowdies play their home games at Al Lang Stadium on St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront; the current club shares its name and some of its club culture with the original Tampa Bay Rowdies, who were active from 1975 until 1993, most notably in the original North American Soccer League. The owners of the current club announced their intention to use the old Rowdies' trademarks at its introductory press conference in 2008. However, licensing issues forced the club to use the name FC Tampa Bay until December 2011, when it gained full rights to the Rowdies name and other intellectual property; the current Rowdies have always used the same green and yellow color scheme and "hoops" as the original team when they could not yet use the Rowdies name.
The Rowdies captured the NASL championship in Soccer Bowl 2012, their team shield includes two stars: one for their 2012 win and one for the 1975 Soccer Bowl championship won by the original Rowdies. The club has had a long-standing rivalry with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, with whom they have contested the Florida Derby since the original Rowdies and Strikers first met in 1977. In October 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays, the area's Major League Baseball franchise, announced plans to purchase the Rowdies and assume control of Al Lang Stadium; the original Tampa Bay Rowdies were an expansion franchise in the original North American Soccer League and played for 10 seasons in Tampa Stadium starting in 1975. The Rowdies were an immediate and consistent success, winning Soccer Bowl 1975 in their inaugural season, reaching the league final on two additional occasions, earning playoff berths, they showcased international stars such as midfield captain Rodney Marsh, league-leading goal scorers Derek Smethurst and Oscar Fabbiani, assist leader Steve Wegerle, all-star defenders Arsene Auguste and "Iron" Mike Connell.
Head coaches included well-known managers Eddie Firmani, John Boyle, Gordon Jago. The Rowdies enjoyed broad popular support from their "Fannies" until the NASL folded in 1984, after which the team played in the AISA, ASL and the APSL before folding in 1993. On June 18, 2008, local businessmen David Laxer, Andrew Nestor and Hinds Howard announced plans to start a new soccer club which would revive the Rowdies name and start play in 2010 as an expansion team in the USL First Division, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. However, in November 2009 FC Tampa Bay announced their intent to instead become the co-founders of a new North American Soccer League, which would begin play in 2010; these plans were subsequently superseded by the USSF Division 2 deal, which created a compromise one-season only league comprising teams from both the USL and the new NASL. In December 2013, local businessmen Bill Edwards bought a controlling interest in the club. In October 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball club announced their purchase the Rowdies for an undisclosed amount, pending St. Petersburg City Council approval.
Once the sale was finalized, Rays presidents Matthew Silverman and Brian Auld became vice chairmen of the soccer club. In January 2010, the club became known as "FC Tampa Bay" due to a legal dispute with sports apparel company Classic Ink over the merchandising rights to the Tampa Bay Rowdies name and related trademarks; the name was still used informally by the club until October 2010, when the team announced that it would not use the "Rowdies" nickname at all until the ongoing rights issue was resolved. On December 15, 2011, after two seasons of play, the club announced that it had reached a licensing agreement to use the "Rowdies" name and classic logos, allowing it to change its name back to "Tampa Bay Rowdies" before the 2012 season; the team played its first official game on April 16, 2010, a 1–0 victory over Crystal Palace Baltimore. The first goal in franchise history was scored by striker Aaron King; the first home game was held at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on May 8, 2010, ended in a 2–2 draw with Austin Aztex FC.
The club started their inaugural season with a 5–1–3 record, but won only 2 of its last 21 games and failed to make the playoffs with a final record of 7–12–11, leading to dismissal of manager Paul Dalglish. They did, capture the 2010 Ponce De Leon Cup. For the 2011 season, FC Tampa Bay transitioned to the new North American Soccer League, a second division league, changed their home pitch, as they moved across Tampa Bay to Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. Former original Rowdie Ricky Hill was named the club's manager in January 2011. After winning only 2 of their first 10 matches, the club rebounded to finish 3rd in the league table and qualified for the NASL playoffs. A highlight was a 1–0 mid-season friendly win over the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League at Al Lang Stadium; the 2012 season marked the return of the Rowdies name, as the club was able to secure full rights to use the moniker. It was the most successful season in modern Rowdies history, as the club finished second in the league table and became NASL champions with a victory in Soccer Bowl 2012.
Tampa Bay amassed 45 points in 28 matches during the regular season under returning manager Ricky Hill, tallying 12 wins, nine draws. and seven losses. The Rowdies earned a bye to the semifinals of the 2012 NASL Playoffs, where they
The Montreal Impact is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec. The Impact competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer; the team began play in 2012 as an expansion team of the league, being the league's third Canadian club, replaced the North American Soccer League team of the same name. In 2015, the Impact became the second MLS club, first Canadian club, to advance to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, in its current format since 2008, where they had finished runners up in the two game aggregate goal series against Club América; the Impact had won the Canadian Championship in 2013 and 2014. The club is coached by Rémi Garde. Toward the end of 2007, much speculation had been made about a possible franchise move for the lower division Impact to Major League Soccer; the construction of the expandable Saputo Stadium further suggested an interest on the part of the group to move up to the top level North American league. Although Toronto FC held a three-year Canadian exclusivity deal that did not expire until 2009, they stated in March 2008 that they would gladly welcome the Impact into MLS.
Chairman Joey Saputo held talks with George Gillett regarding possible joint ownership of a franchise. On July 24, 2008, MLS announced they were seeking to add two expansion teams for the 2011 season, of which Montreal was listed as a potential candidate. On November 22, 2008, the group's bid for an MLS franchise was not retained by commissioner Don Garber. In response to Vancouver's successful bid in March 2009, Impact GM Nick De Santis commented that he expected chairman Saputo to pursue and realize his vision of Montreal as an MLS franchise someday. By May 16, 2009, the Montreal Gazette reported Garber and Saputo had resumed talks for an expansion team to begin play in 2011. On May 7, 2010, Garber and Saputo announced Montreal as the nineteenth club in Major League Soccer, set to begin play for the 2012 season; the MLS franchise is owned by the Saputo family. On June 14, 2011, the Montreal Impact announced a five-year agreement with the Bank of Montreal to become their lead sponsor and jersey sponsor in MLS.
On March 10, 2012, the Impact played their first MLS game, a 2–0 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. A week the team made its home debut at the Olympic Stadium, playing to in a 1–1 draw with Chicago Fire. On May 12, 2012, the Impact played in front of a crowd of 60,860 spectators during a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy, establishing a record attendance for a professional soccer match in Canada. In the 2012 regular season, Montreal had finished in seventh in the Eastern conference with a record of 12 wins, 16 losses, 6 ties. On February 23, 2013, Montreal won the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, beating Columbus Crew 1–0 in the final during their pre season campaign. Montreal Impact have won the 2013 Canadian Championship on May 29, being their first major trophy as an expansion team in MLS, second in the club's existence; this victory gave the Impact its 8th Voyageurs Cup. In the 2013 MLS season, they had finished the regular season with a record of 14 wins, 13 losses, 7 ties.
Montreal Impact earned their first berth in the playoffs by clinching fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. During the playoffs, Montreal were eliminated by the Houston Dynamo in the knockout round. By being champions of the 2013 Canadian Championship, Montreal earned their first berth as an MLS expansion team for the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League. In 2014, The Impact became repeated champions of the Voyageurs Cup by beating Toronto FC in the 2014 Canadian Championship final on June 4, 2014.. In the 2014 MLS season, Montreal Impact finished their season with a 6–18–10 record being the worst team in MLS that season, being last in both Eastern conference and overall in the league. With the chances of appearing in the playoffs gone and still competing in the 2014–15 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League, Montreal Impact had placed their focus in the regional tournament winning their group, advancing in the knockout stage. On March 3, 2015, Montreal became the first Canadian team, only the second MLS team to eliminate a Liga MX side from the CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage when they eliminated Pachuca on away goals.
They drew the first leg 2–2 in Pachuca and drew 1–1 at home on the return leg, sending the Impact through on away goals. On April 29, 2015, Montreal became the first Canadian team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final where they lost to Club América, after a 1–1 draw at Estadio Azteca and a 4–2 loss in front of 61,004 fans at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. In their 2015 MLS regular season campaign, Montreal finished third in the Eastern conference with 15 wins, 13 losses, 6 ties returning to the playoffs. During the summer transfer window, the franchise acquired Didier Drogba who went on an scored 11 goals in his first 11 appearances for the club that season. In the conference knockout rounds of the playoffs, Montreal defeated Toronto FC 3–0 advancing to face Columbus Crew in their two-game conference semifinal series. In regards to keeping the name "Impact", Montreal stated its intention "to maintain its name and global team image." The official logo for the team was revealed at the start of a match between the NASL Montreal Impact team and the NSC Minnesota Stars on August 6, 2011.
The logo is a shield in blue, black and silver containing a stylized fleur
The Rochester Rhinos are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 1996, as the Rochester Raging Rhinos, the team played in the United Soccer League in the second tier of the United States soccer league system, is on hiatus, they changed their name to Rochester Rhinos to start the 2008 season. The club is the only non-MLS team to have won the U. S. Open Cup since the league's formation. On November 30, 2017, the team announced that they would not play in 2018 while additional funding was sought. On August 22, 2018, it was announced that the club will pursue a new stadium location and join USL League One by the 2020 season. Rochester Raging Rhinos was founded in 1996 and played in the now-defunct original A-League until it merged with the USISL for the 1997 season, creating the new A-League. After reaching the championship game in 1996 they won their first league championship in 1998. In 1999 the club made it to the final of the U. S. Open Cup, where they defeated MLS club Colorado Rapids 2-0, becoming the first team from outside MLS to win the national cup since MLS's inception.
This win was followed by two further A-League titles in 2000 and 2001. A year after the A-League's renaming to the USL First Division in 2005, the Rhinos moved into the newly completed PAETEC Park, a 13,768-seat soccer-specific stadium now known as Marina Auto Stadium, again made the championship game; the Rhinos were considered a candidate to be an expansion team at the MLS level when PAETEC Park was in the planning stages. The team was declared insolvent in 2008 after defaulting on their stadium agreement, PAETEC Park was seized by the city of Rochester. After a brief search for a new owner and investor who could improve the team's financial outlook, in March 2008 the club was taken over by Utica businessman Rob Clark. Clark changed the team's name to the "Rochester Rhinos," and assured that the financial situation of the team was stable and it would be able to play the next year. After two seasons under Clark the club joined the new NASL for its 2010 season; the United States Soccer Federation refused the NASL's application for sanctioning, instead operated its own temporary second-division league for 2010.
The Rhinos were part of that temporary USSF Division 2 Professional League league. The Rhinos switched leagues again before the 2011 season to the third-division USL Pro league, who considered themselves competitive with the second-division NASL; the 2011 season ended with the Rhinos first in their division followed by a playoff season that lasted 2 games. The Rhinos saw off the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4–0 in first round of the playoffs and lost 2–1 at home to the Harrisburg City Islanders to finish the season. At the end of the season, head coach Bob Lilley was replaced by Jesse Myers, most an assistant coach of the Richmond Kickers. In January 2013, the Rhinos became the official USL Pro affiliate of the New England Revolution. Following a 1–6–1 start to the 2013 season, on May 19 Myers was dismissed and Pat Ercoli named Head Coach, they missed the playoffs for the first time finishing with a 6–10–10 record. The league revoked the Clark family's ownership of the club in January 2016, citing the revocation of the lease on Rochester Rhinos Stadium by the City of Rochester.
The league took over operations of the club. David and Wendy Dworkin, minority owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball club, were identified as the Rhinos' new owners in the month; the Dworkins were announced as the new owners on March 10, 2016. On November 30, 2017, the Rhinos announced. Fauver Stadium at the University of Rochester. Occupying section 101 at Capelli Sport Stadium, the Brigade stands and sings for 90 minutes every game and 30 minutes before and after. Best known for their "1 ton bass drum" and a flurry of streamers and smoke bombs following every Rhinos goal, their biggest rivals are Pittsburgh. The name Oak Street Brigade refers to the address of Capelli Sport Stadium. See All-time Rochester Rhinos roster 2011: Lenin Steenkamp 2012: Craig Demmin, Doug Miller, Pat Onstad 2013: 1999 U. S. Open Cup Team 2014: Yari Allnutt, Scott Vallow 2015: Darren Tilley, Mali Walton 19 – Doug Miller Pat Ercoli Laurie Calloway Darren Tilley Bob Lilley Jesse Myers Pat Ercoli Bob Lilley United Soccer League Championship Winners: 2015 USL Regular Season Winners: 2015 Eastern Conference Winners: 2015 Winners: 2015 USSF Division 2 Professional LeagueRegular Season Champions: 2010 Champions, USL Conference: 2010 USL A-League Winners: 1998, 2000, 2001 Northeast Division Champions: 1998, 1999, 2002 U.
S. Open Cup Winners: 1999 Official website