The future of the Rochester Lancers’ indoor team could be made by the end of the year.

The Lancers, who sat out the last two Major Arena Soccer League seasons, won’t play in the 2022-23 campaign. The Dome, Arena, the Lancers’ home for the two most recent seasons, has not been available and their are not optimal dates at the Community War Memorial.

“We should have a decision for the 2023-04 season by the end of this year,” Lancers owner SoccerSam Fantauzzo said on Monday. “My dream would be to help keep the MASL indoor Lancers in Rochester.”

With Fantauzzo winding down as an owner, that would be to find someone else to pay the bills.

The outdoor versions of the team are likely to return in 2023.

The Lady Lancers, who were co-champions of the Penn-NY Division in the United Women’s Soccer this past season, plan to play.

“We hope to keep the same players and coaches in place to win a league championship next season.” said Kayla Kent-Moreira, co-owner of the Lady Lancers.

Former Lancers and Rochester Rhinos standout Doug Miller, most likely will operate the NPSL Lancers next year, according to the website.

The Lancers men took the 2022 outdoor season off, although Miller directed the Lancers Academy side in the United Premier Soccer League last year.

“Kayla did an amazing job with the UWS Lady Lancers as did Doug Miller’s UPSL Academy team,” Lancers, Inc. president Ashley Maria King said. “Doug will continue to create pro soccer stars from our area with his programs bearing the Lancers name.”

Added Lancers King: “We are navigating through SoccerSam’s retirement as a team owner from the sport, but we will continue to support youth and adult soccer here in Monroe County.”

 

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.