ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Defender Jake Schindler and midfielder Antonio Manfut have signed with the Rochester Lancers, who will compete in the National Premier Soccer League this season.

A graduate of West Irondequoit High School, Schindler was a four-year starter for the Lancers indoor team when it performed in the Major Indoor Soccer League and Major Arena Soccer League.

Manfut is a member of the U.S. national futsal team and has played indoor for the Syracuse Silver Knights since 2013.

“Throughout the country, great local players play in other cities,” Lancers owner Salvatore (Soccer Sam) Fantauzzo said in a statement. “Our goal for the Rochester Lancers is to highlight local talent and help the development of local soccer in our great city.”

Added Lancers general manager Marc Mandell: “Head coach Doug Miller has played indoor with both Jake and Antonio. Doug is really excited about both of these experienced players joining the new outdoor Lancers.”

On Tuesday, training camp will start at the Doug Miller Sports Complex.

“We are expecting over 35 invited players to compete to make the roster,” Miller said. “Having Jake anchor our defense and giving Antonio the freedom to use his speed and magic up front will create an exciting team for our loyal Rochester fans.”

The Lancers’ home opener is set for the Wegman’s Athletic Complex at Aquinas Institute Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m. It will follow the Lady Lancers’ home opener at 1 p.m.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at