ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester Lancers will announce 21 returning players for the 2021 Major Arena Soccer League season this Sunday, Sept. 13.

That date represents the 50th anniversary of the Lancers’ 1970 North American Soccer League team winning Rochester’s First professional soccer championship.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Lancers decided to purchase 50 commercials on all Rochester television stations throughout the day Sunday to announce the returning players and coaching staff.

“We wanted to have a huge press conference to announce our 21 returning players for 2021 at the IDE Family of Dealerships,” Lancers owner Salvatore “SoccerSam” Fantauzzo said in a statement. “However, with covid concerns we decided to try something that has never been done.”

The Lancers’ 1970 NASL championship team. (Photo courtesy of the Lancers)

And, there’s more for the fans.

“We will also announce aggresive discounts on 2020/2021 season tickets to help our fans during these challenging times.” Lancers director of operations Kayla Klark Kent-Moreira said. “The historic replica jerseys will also go on sale to the public on the 13th.”

The Lancers will wear replica jerseys throughout the season representing the 1970 Lancers championship team, the 1981 Rochester Flash and the 1996 Rochester Rhinos. The game worn jerseys will be auctioned off to raise money and awareness for Rochester based charities.