By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Flower City Union has taken over the Rochester Lady Lancers’ membership in United Women’s Soccer, it was announced on Monday.

The Lady Lancers competed in the UWS from 2017-22, taking the 2020 season off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so excited to announce that we will be expanding as a club in 2023 and starting a WOMEN’S CLUB who will be playing their inaugural season in the United Women’s Soccer league! ⚽️,” Flower City said in a statement it issued in a press release.

There was no other comment or details from the team.

In 2022, the Lady Lancers enjoyed their best season. They finished the season only a goal from qualifying for the playoffs as it went unbeaten in its nine final matches while securing six consecutive shutouts.

“We wish Jimmy Paola and his staff the best,” Lady Lancers operating partner Kayla Kent-Moreira said on Facebook “We are thankful for the many years of Lady Lancers operations with the best coaching staff, players, game-day staff, sponsors and loyal fans.”

Added team owner SoccerSam Fantauzzo on Facebook: “We are excited that there are many outdoor leagues for our Rochester soccer fans to enjoy. The Lancers are going to focus on indoor soccer for years to come.”

The indoor Lancers will host the Muskegon Risers in Major Arena Soccer League 2 this Friday and Saturday at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester, N.Y. both games kick off at 7:45 p.m. ET.

“Dear Soccer Fans, we did our best to be a place-hold for outdoor soccer when the Rhinos & Flash left,” Fantauzzo said on Facebook. “I feel good about the future of outdoor soccer in Rochester with all the current teams involved. We hope our amazing coaches, players and staff have the opportunity to shine with the new groups. Doug Miller will continue to operate his youth & amateur Lancers.

“My staff & I will continue with our M2 Indoor Lancers! FEEL THE KICK! 💙💛⚽️”