The years 2020 and 2021 will be one big special celebration for the Rochester Lancers.

Not only will their indoor team wear throwback jerseys of the 1970 Rochester team, the organization will pay tribute to the history of Rochester pro soccer. The team’s custom new blue and yellow striped uniforms will be in honor of the Lancers 1970 North American Soccer League champions and the 1996 A-League Rhinos.

The jerseys are $50, plus shipping and handling. They will go on sale at RLancers.com on Sept. 13, the 50th anniversary of when the Lancers won the 1970 championship. Fans select which player and number, coach or staff to have on the back of the shirts. All proceeds go to players, owners and staff or the families of these legends.

You want a jersey of soccer icon Carlos Metidieri and his No. 11? You can buy one.

You need a shirt with the legendary Frank Odoi and his No. 16 that season? You can own one.

A fan of current Lancers head coach Doug Miller? Yes, one can be yours as well.

And there are plenty more legendary names from which to choose.

Rochester boasts a storied soccer history of more than five decades.

The Lancers joined the NASL in 1970, capturing the championship as well. Fifty years ago that began an amazing era of Lancers soccer. The team helped develop indoor soccer and was part of the Pele era in America.

The original ownership group, led by Charlie Schiano and Pat Dinolfo, changed soccer in Rochester, N.Y. forever. The original team folded after the 198O season. In 2011 Salvatore “SoccerSam” Fantauzzo brought the Lancers name and logo back. Since then, the Lancers have played indoors in the Major Indoor Soccer League, Major Arena Soccer League and M2. The outdoor Lancers have played in the National Premier Soccer League and the Lady Lancers in United Women’s Soccer.

The Lancers-Rhinos connections run deep.

Former Rhinos Billy Andracki and Doug Miller have coached the team. Several former Rhinos players and staff members have been part of the new Lancers. Chris Wilmot, a minority owner with the Rhinos, was part of the new Lancers ownership group in 2011. Rhinos front office executives Rich Randall and Kayla Klark Kent helped relaunch the Lancers in 2011. The history of the Lancers name and logo has continued throughout Monroe County and Western New York with Lancers youth teams, adult indoor, outdoor and beach soccer teams operated by former and current Lancers and Rhinos players.

The Rochester Raging Rhinos brought pro soccer back to the town in 1996. Twenty-five years ago the team was announced and was the first pro sports team to play at Frontier Field, even before the Red Wings. The 1996 Rhinos reunited the passion and love for soccer in the area. With sellout crowds, with star players and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup wins over Major League Soccer teams. Former Lancers fans Steve Donner and Chris Economides, with their hockey friend from Utica N.Y., Frank Duross, helped the team make Rochester Soccer Town USA! Led by former Lancers player and head coach Pat Ercoli, the Rhinos won several championships including the 1999 Open Cup. Pat is married to the daughter of original Lancers owner Pat Dinolfo. Assistant coaches Francisco “Pancho” Escos and Frank Odoi also were Lancers players. All three coaches were inducted into the Lancers Wall of Fame with several original owners and players. Original Rhino Yogi McKay’s father Andy was an original Lancer in 1967.

The Rhinos moved from Frontier Field in 2006 and a new ownership group led by Utica, N.Y. banker Rob Clark and operated by Fantauzzo helped keep pro soccer alive in 2008. David and Wendy Dworkin saved the team in 2018 and are planning to relaunch the club soon. All three Rhinos ownership groups invested millions of dollars to help keep pro soccer alive in Monroe County.

The jerseys are $50, plus shipping and handling. They will go on sale at RLancers.com on Sept. 13, the 50th anniversary of when the Lancers won the 1970 championship. All proceeds go to players, owners and staff or the families of these legends.

Here is a list of replica jerseys that you can own (in number order):

1970 Rochester Lancers

0. Dick Howard

  1. Claude Campos

 

  1. Phil Davis

 

  1. Jesus Pelez Miranda

 

  1. Charlie Mitchell

 

  1. Bob DeLuca

 

  1. Peter Short

 

  1. Nelson Bergamo

 

  1. Dave Thomson

 

  1. Jim Lefkos

 

  1. Raul Herrera

 

  1. Luis Marotte

 

  1. Carlos Metidieri

 

  1. Francisco Ullivari

 

  1. Carlos Hernandez

 

  1. Winston Earle

 

  1. Josip Ognjanac

 

  1. Yao Kankam

 

  1. Alfredo Torres

 

  1. Frank Odoi

 

  1. Gladstone Ofori

 

  1. Cehan Yazar

 

Coaches: Sal DeRosa. Alex Perolli

 

Trainer: Joe Sirianni

 

Owners: Charlie Schiano and Pat Dinolfo

 

Special guest player: Michael Lewis

 

1996 Rochester Rhinos (with Lancers logo)

 

  1. Rhett Thompson

 

  1. Bill Andracki

 

  1. Dino Lopez

 

  1. Marco Rizi

 

  1. Tim Ashe

 

  1. Leon Minott

 

  1. Yuri Smotrich

 

  1. Rene Rivas

 

  1. Henry Gutierrez

 

  1. Tommy Tanner

 

  1. Danny Kelly

 

  1. Yogi McKay

 

  1. Kofi Debrah

 

  1. Paul Young

 

  1. Gustavo Villagra

 

  1. Tom Wurdak

 

  1. Gustavo Romanello

 

  1. Howard Allen

 

  1. Pat Ercoli

 

  1. Chris Kennel

 

  1. Zoran Karic

 

  1. Fuseini Dauda

 

  1. Carl Hopfinger

 

  1. Doug Miller

 

  1. Ken Tometsko

 

  1. Hector Marinaro

 

  1. Darrell Stuart

 

  1. Lenin Steenkamp

Coaches: Pat Ercoli, Frank Odoi, Francisco Escos

Original owners: Steve Donner, Chris Economides, Frank Duross.

Special guest player: Jeff DiVeronica

The jerseys are $50, plus shipping and handling. They will go on sale at RLancers.com on Sept. 13, the 50th anniversary of when the Lancers won the 1970 championship. All proceeds go to players, owners and staff or the families of these legends.