Jake Schindler is on loan to the Tropics this season. (Photo courtesy of the Rochester Lancers)
By Michael Lewis
Rochester Lancers head coach Doug Miller has given his blessing on Jake Schindler playing on loan with the Florida Tropics this Major Arena Soccer League season.
The Lancers cannot participate because their home venue, the Dome Arena in suburban Henrietta, N.Y., is being used as a vaccination center for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schindler, an Irondequoit, N.Y. native, was an MASL all-star selection for Utica City FC last season before the pandemic shut down the season.
“Yeah, I think it’s a great situation for guys that can go away,” Miller said on Soccer is a Kick in the Grass radio show Monday night. “Florida is trying to get their 12 games in, so that there can be a playoff. I know St Louis, Kansas City, Tacoma, San Diego, they’re in different situations, than being in upstate New York. New York is very difficult to have a business and to run a business.
“I’m glad to see that some of the guys from upstate, you know, either Utica or the Lancers have been able to go and get a few games under their belt.”
Miller, who is 51, represented the Lancers in the MASL all-star game in Independence, Mo. in December.
“Listen, I was very fortunate to go out to Kansas City for the all-star game and had a great experience out there,” he said. “I just take it one day at a time and I think the fans will be you itching more as we come closer to the summer with our NPSL season and with indoor coming up next November.”
The National Premier Soccer League season is expected to begin in May and run through July. The 2021-22 campaign is scheduled to begin in November.