ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Jeremy Ortiz, one of first players signed by the Rochester Lancers for their inaugural indoor soccer season in 2011, will return for his fifth season with the Major Arena Soccer League side, it was announced Thursday.
As per league and team policies, no further terms of the agreement were disclosed.
“I am excited that Ortiz will be coming back in the 2019-20 season,” head coach Doug Miller said. “He will bring leadership and quality to the team as a Rochester Lancers staple.”
Born and raised in Mount Laurel, N.J., the 33-year-old midfielder has enjoyed an extensive and productive soccer career. He played for La Salle University, registering 17 goals and 11 assists in 60 games. He was named an NSCAA Regional All -American in 2006, was a three-time Atlantic 10 All Conference player and a three-time Philly Soccer Seven player.
From 2006-2008 Ortiz played semi-professionally for Ocean City Barons (Premier Development League). He was 2006 team MVP while collecting 19 goals and six assists in 40 games.
He also spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Kixx (2009-10), earned five caps with the U.S. futsal national team, before joining the Lancers in 2011. In 79 games, he totalled 54 goals and 34 assists, helping the squad reach the playoffs for three seasons.
In 2013, Ortiz performed for Dandenong City SC in NPL Victoria League, Australia, scoring twice with six assists in a dozen matches.
Ortiz reached the highest highs in the MASL with the Baltimore Blast in 2015-16 as a member of the league championship side. He finsished with two goals and four assists.
“Jeremy has been part of the Lancers family since Day 1,” Lancers patriarch Salvatore “SoccerSam” Fantauzzo said. “I think back to all of the community events and appearances he has done to help the Lancers success and it’s an honor to have him back.”