The Rochester Lancers are moving closer to returning to the great indoors.
Lancers coach Doug Miller told the Kick This! radio show Saturday he was “95 percent” certain the team will play indoor soccer again this fall.
The Lancers last played in the Major Arena Soccer League in 2014 after team owner Soccer Sam Fantauzzo revived the team in 2011.
A decision would have to be made by Aug. 15, according to a source, because the league needs to plan a schedule for the 2017-18 season.
The big question mark is where the indoor Lancers will play. The final choices are the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester, N.Y., where the indoor side called home for four seasons, or the Dome Arena in suburban Henrietta, south of the city.
The Dome Arena, which recently was upgraded, has a seating capacity of 4,086.
The Blue Cross Arena holds 11,200. The Lancers would be No. 4 in pecking order behind the Rochester Americans (hockey), Rochester Nighthawks (lacrosse) and Rochester RazorSharks (pro basketball) The arena also saves other dates for concerts.
As for stocking the team, Miller has indicated that should not be a problem. He said 11 players from the Lancers outdoor team that performs in the National Professional Soccer League have 11 players that would play. And, there are players who perform in Buffalo and Syracuse in the NPSL that would be candidates for a roster spot.
Two Lancers teams returned to outdoor soccer for the first time since 1980 this past year. The Lancers men performed in the NPSL, the Lady Lancers played in United Women’s Soccer. Both teams are expected to be back for their respective 2018 seasons.