Leicester striker Jamie Vardy becomes co-owner of American club Rochester Rhinos

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has become a co-owner of the U.S. Rochester Rhinos club after buying a minority stake in the club.

Vardy shares the ownership with David and Wendy Dworkin, who purchased the club in 2016.

The club last competed in 2017 and had been struggling financially since. They plan to field a team again in 2022 with Vardy.

The Rochester Rhinos were formed in 1996. They are a four-time national championship winner. They are also the only non-MLS team to have won the U.S. Open Cup.

While they were able to draw 10,000-plus crowds in the 1990s, their last appearance in 2017 was attended only by 2,000 fans when they were competing in the United Soccer League.

“It’s really exciting,” said Vardy. “It’s going to be a lot different to what I’ve been used to for the last 10 years. But I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it.

“I think it kind of resonates with me because of what they’ve achieved in the past, the only lower-league club to win the U.S. Open Cup, the only team to have ever done it who’s outside MLS [Major League Soccer]. It’s all about bringing that back and trying to replicate it, but we also want to bring it back even better than it was before.”

Rochester Rhinos


The Rochester Rhinos are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 1996, as the Rochester Raging Rhinos, (wikipedia)

Jamie Vardy


Jamie Richard Vardy is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Leicester City. Vardy has also played for the England national team. (wikipedia)

Major League Soccer


Major League Soccer is a men’s professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, which represents the sport’s highest level in the United States and Canada. (wikipedia)

David Beckham


David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. He played for Manchester United, (wikipedia)


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