By Michael Lewis
The Rochester Lancers have taken an important step towards having a team in the Major Arena Soccer League this season.
The Lancers Friday night signed a lease in suburban Henrietta, N.Y., it was revealed on the Kick This! radio show Saturday night. Lancers president and coach Doug Miller signed the lease with Dome officials, it was reported.
Lancers patriarch and Kick This! host Soccer Sam Fantauzzo announced that development, although he admitted that was the first step because the team needs to be approved by the league and the boards and turf from the Blue Cross Arena, at which the Lancers played indoors in downtown Rochester, N.Y.
“We have to pull that all off once we get league approval,” Fantauzzo said. “It may be too late for this upcoming season.
“We signed a lease, that’s step one. Now it’s up to the league to say, ‘We accept you guys, we reject you guys.’
“If they say OK, then we have whatever amount of months to get the turf and boards in.”
The Lancers will try to acquire the turf and boards from the Blue Cross Arena.
“If we have to get turfs and boards, it might be pretty close,” Fantauzzo said purchasing both.
The MASL is scheduled to kick off in December.
The Lancers competed in the Major Indoor Soccer League and MASL from 2011-2015 before shutting down due to high workman’s compensation costs.