Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has become co-owner of American football club Rochester Rhinos.
Vardy has bought a minority stake in the New York state-based side but has no plans to retire from playing.
Rochester, formed in 1996, have not competed at any level for four years, but they have won the national championships four times and are the only non-MLS team to have won the US Open Cup.
With Vardy involved, they plan to field a team again in 2022.
The Dworkin family who have owned the Rhinos since 2016 have been in negotiations with Vardy and his representatives for more than two years.
A big part of Vardy’s plan is to try to recreate some of the success he managed with his “V9 Academy” in England, which gave a second chance to non-League players who Vardy felt were good enough to play in professional football.
Rochester has now signed a partnership with the highly respected Empire United Soccer Academy, which will operate in tandem with the Rhinos to provide a pathway to the first team for elite local players.
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By FARPost Reporter