There are changes ahead for the downtown soccer stadium in Rochester.

On Wednesday, David and Wendy Dworkin, who own the Rochester Rhinos, say that they have received approval from the United Soccer League to join USL Division III by the 2020 season. Division III is a new division in the soccer league, targeting communities ranging  from 150,000 to one million in population, and it set to get underway next year.

It appears both sides are still talking in the dispute surrounding the lease for Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester.

This Wednesday, February 28, had been the deadline set by City Hall for the owners of the Rochester Rhinos to vacate that stadium. City officials had said the previous announcement by team owners David and Wendy Dworkin that they would not field a team for the upcoming season means that they have defaulted on their lease.

But on Monday a spokeswoman for City Hall released a statement which said:

Rochester Rhinos fans support team in rally

Nov 28, 2017
Tianna Mañón, WXXI News

The Rochester Rhinos are on the edge. The soccer team that went undefeated just two years ago may not be around for 2018 if financial support goals aren't met.

On Thursday night, local fans and supporters rallied for the team at Capelli Sport Stadium. Fans shared favorite memories, encouraged support and spoke directly with owners Wendy and David Dworkin.


Pittsford native and retired soccer star Abby Wambach sat down for an interview with Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace, heard weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on WXXI Radio.

She talked about the gender wage gap facing U.S. Women's Soccer, as well as fairness issues involving the kind of fields they have to play on.

Wambach also looked ahead to a life off the playing field.

You can listen to the interview here.

@ussoccer_wnt / U.S. Women's Soccer National Team

NEW ORLEANS (AP & WXXI News) — Pittsford's Abby Wambach threatened to score several times in the final game of her extraordinary career, but China shut out the World Cup champion United States 1-0 on Wednesday night to hand the Americans their first loss on home soil in more than a decade.

Wambach played 72 minutes, managing two threatening headers and a shot from inside the penalty area before subbing out of a match for the final time.

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