Doug Miller celebrates an outdoor win last summer in which he scored a goal. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A lot of wheels will be turning at the Dome Arena this weekend.
The Rochester Lancers (6-4) need a victory over the Detroit Waza Flo (7-4) in the penultimate game of the regular season Friday night to clinch a spot in the Major Arena Soccer League playoffs and head coach Doug Miller, a few months shy of 50, is ready to come off the bench and help his team reach the postseason.
President of soccer operation, Miller will suit up as a player for the first time at home at the IDE Family Field Friday at 7 p.m.
Miller, who scored in his return to outdoor soccer in a Lancers’ win in the National Premier Soccer League last summer, found the back of the net in a victory in Detroit.
“I have waited patiently all season to play home at the new Dome Arena,” Miller said. “I love the energy of this place, and playing with some of the same guys I played with back in 2011 is a dream come true for my family and I.”
On Saturday, the Lancers host the Muskegon Risers at the Dome Arena at 7 p.m.
Miller, who turns 50 on May 5, has been coaching for more 25 years, and has been coaching Rochester’s youth also since 1996. In 2014, Miller coached the indoor Lancers and has guided the outside the past two years.
Goal-scoring hardly is anything new to Miller, who started his Rochester journey with the Rhinos from 1996-99, scoring in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He is the Rhinos’ all-time goals leader and the indoor Lancers’ all-time leader.