The Rochester Lancers are still waiting on whether they play as an indoor team in the Major Arena Soccer League this winer, but they are not taking any time to grow the brand.

The Doug Miller Soccer Academy has announced that it will be rebranding its youth club to become the Rochester Lancers Youth Soccer club.

“The original Lancers were the pioneers of youth soccer in our area and will continue to inspire our youth to love our game and help them reach their goals and desires,” the DMS Facebook page said.

The Lancers youth teams will wear the Lancers’ familiar white, royal and gold jerseys on the field, expanding the visibility of the Lancers as the youths teams.

“We feel as if we are now prepared to focus on the next steps of our soccer evolution in the Rochester area,” Lancers president Soccer Sam Fantauzzo said. “Partnering with Doug Miller Soccer and making that club part of our family as the Rochester Lancers Youth Soccer Club was, in our minds, the most logical next step.”

Rochester returned to outdoor soccer this year, with a men’s team in the National Premier Soccer League and with a women’s side, the Lady Lancers, in United Women’s Soccer.

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