Empire United Soccer Academy

College Success

Empire United boasts a long history of successful college placements for our student-athletes

CLICK HERE to access Girls College Placement list (since 1995)

CLICK HERE to access Boys College Placement list (since 2008)

Club History

The Premier Youth Soccer Club in Western NY Since 1966
 

Below is an overview of the history of Empire United Soccer Academy, which has transformed itself since the original days as the Rochester Mavericks, founded in 1966.  Since the founding of the Mavericks (boys) and the Rochester Spirit (girls), the club has transitioned into the Rochester Junior Rhinos (1998) and Empire United Soccer Academy (2008).

Rochester Mavericks (Boys), 1966 - 1998

Rochester Spirit (Girls), - 1998

Rochester Junior Rhinos, 1998 - 2008

Empire United Soccer Academy, 2008 - Present

Rochester Junior Rhinos:

Following the 1998 season, the Rochester Mavericks and Rochester Spirit joined forces to create a co-ed club called the Rochester Junior Rhinos.  As the most successful boys and girls clubs in the Rochester area, and both a force in New York State West, the club chose the name "Junior Rhinos" in response to the successful Rochester Raging Rhinos of the A-League.  While there was no affiliation with the professional club, the merging of these two talented clubs created the most successful youth soccer club in New York West.

  • 1999 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (7)  - U10 Boys, U12 Boys, U14 Boys, U12 Girls, U13 Girls, U16 Girls, U19 Girls
  • 2000 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (4) - U11 Boys, U13 Boys, U15 Girls, U18 Girls
  • 2001 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (7) - U14 Boys, U17 Boys, U11 Girls, U12 Girls, U13 Girls, U18 Girls, U19 Girls
  • 2002 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (6) - U12 Boys, U13 Boys, U13 Girls, U14 Girls, U17 Girls, U19 Girls
    • The 2002 U15 Boys won the US Youth Soccer National Championship after wining the Region I Championships as a wild-card
  • 2003 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (5) - U14 Boys, U15 Boys, U16 Boys, U13 Girls, U14 Girls
  • 2004 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (10) - U13 Boys, U15 Boys, U16 Boys, U17 Boys, U13 Girls, U14 Girls, U16 Girls, U17 Girls, U18 Girls, U19 Girls
  • 2005 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (5) - U14 Boys, U18 Boys, U16 Girls, U17 Girls, U18 Girls
  • 2006 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (5) - U15 Boys, U17 Boys, U18 Boys, U15 Girls, U19 Girls
  • 2007 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (3) - U12 Boys, U18 Boys, U19 Boys
  • 2008 State Cup Champions, Rochester Junior Rhinos (7) - U12 Boys, U14 Boys, U16 Boys, U19 Boys, U12 Girls, U15 Girls, U18 Girls

Empire United Soccer Academy:

In 2007, the United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer) launched the US Soccer Development Academy for the top 64 clubs in the United States.  After the merger of the Rochester Junior Rhinos, Syracuse FC, and Buffalo United, Empire United Soccer Academy was born.  Selected as one of the original 64 clubs into the Development Academy, Empire United's efforts created the largest and most successful youth soccer club in New York State, and created a template of cooperation and quality used throughout the country.  The boys Development Academy teams began play in 2007-2008, and beginning in the Fall of 2008, all three branches of Empire United (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse) had officially become one club.  Sponsoring the boys as a member of the US Soccer Development Academy, Empire United introduced the Girls State Academy upon its inception in order to create a similar competitive environment to that of the Development Academy.

  • 2009 State Cup Champions (9) - Rochester (5), Buffalo (2), Syracuse (2)
    • Empire United - Rochester Champions - U14 Boys, U15 Boys, U14 Girls, U15 Girls, U19 Girls
  • 2010 State Cup Champions (8) - Rochester (4), Buffalo (2), Syracuse (2)
    • Empire United - Rochester Champions - U14 Boys, U15 Boys, U13 Girls, U15 Girls
  • 2011 State Cup Champions (12) - Rochester (6), Syracuse (5), Buffalo (1)
    • Empire United - Rochester Champions - U16 Boys, U18 Boys, U13 Girls, U14 Girls, U16 Girls, U18 Girls
  • 2012 State Cup Champions (12) - Rochester (8), Syracuse (3), Buffalo (1)
    • Empire United - Rochester Champions - U12 Boys, U13 Boys, U17 Boys, U18 Boys, U13 Girls, U14 Girls, U15 Girls, U16 Girls
  • 2013 State Cup Champions (12) - Rochester (6), Syracuse (4), Buffalo (2)
    • Empire Revolution - Rochester Champions - U13 Boys, U14 Boys, U18 Boys, U19 Boys, U16 Girls, U17 Girls
  • 2014 State Cup Champions (7) - Buffalo (4), Rochester (3), SDA (affiliate; 2)
    • Empire Revolution - Rochester Champions - U17 Girls, U18 Girls, U19 Girls
  • 2015 State Cup Champions (4) - Rochester (2), Buffalo (2), SDA (affiliate; 2)
    • Empire United - Rochester Champions - U13 Boys, U12 Girls
    • Empire United - Rochester U13 Girls and U13 Boys - Regional Finalists
  • 2016 State Cup Champions (7) - Rochester (5), Buffalo (2), SDA (affiliate; 2)
    • Empire United - Rochester U13 Boys - Regional Finalists