Joshua Schaub on Soccer Sam Fantauzzo (above):
By Michael Lewis
Major Arena Soccer League commissioner Joshua Schaub has welcomed back the Rochester Lancers back into the fold.
After a three-year hiatus from indoor soccer, the Lancers will compete in MASL 2 this winter.
“I really look forward to Soccer Sam being back in the mix,” Schaub said in a recent interview.
“Just from a relevancy standpoint people have a connection to history to arena soccer. They know the Rochester Lancers and to me personally, bringing Soccer Sam is a real big deal. He is one of the best owners this game has ever seen.
“From an ownership perspective, just having him back at meetings and having him back as ownership goes a long way in making us a better league.
Schaub would love the Lancers to return to M1, but that is something the league and team will have to wait on.
“I just wish the New York government system would figure things out to allow this team get back to the M1 standing,” he said. “It’s a sad state of affairs and we have such a great entertainment product that is only held back by bureaucracy. at the end of the day. I look forward to the Lancers being back. I look forward to the story they are telling about arena soccer there and I really look forward to Soccer Sam being back in the mix.
Fantauzzo was forced to put the Lancers into hibernation after the 2014-15 MASL season due to the high cost of workman’s compensation in the state.
The Lancers, who will make several major announcements today, including their home venue, coach, player signings and title sponsors, will play a six-game home schedule at the Dome Arena in suburban Henrietta, N.Y. Their home opener is set for Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
The M2 schedule is expected to be announced this week.
Rochester will play in the five-team Eastern Division of the 15-team league.