LET’S PLAY THREE: A big weekend at home for the Lancers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Lancers will have not one, not two, but three home games this weekend at Marina Auto Stadium.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the fifth-place Lancers men (2-2-1, 7 points) will host third-place Cleveland FC (3-1-1, 10) in a National Premier Soccer League game. Cleveland defeated Rochester, 2-0, in the latter’s season opener May 19. The Lancers need a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Charlie Schiano Sr., a founder and an owner of the original Lancers, will be the honorary captain.

On Sunday, the Lancers will hold a doubleheader at the stadium as all fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc. will receive free admission. Fathers also can sign up to receive a free haircut at the game by Cut Pro’s Barber Shop.

In the first game, the Lady Lancers (3-1-2, 8), who are in East Division leaders, will welcome New Jersey Copa FC (1-1-1, 4) for the United Women’s Soccer match at 2 p.m.

In the nightcap, the Lancers men will host sixth-place Syracuse FC (2-5-0, 6), which droopped a 2-0 home decision to Rochester June 6. Again, the Lancers need a win to keep their postseason hopes afloat.

Both game dates will feature live music, kids bounce house, t-shirt tosses, frisbee tosses and more throughout the games. Youth soccer players are always free at Lady Lancers and Lancers home games, if they wear their youth soccer jersey.

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 Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. 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 Amazon.com.