Lancers will not return for 2014-15; shutting down operations

Created: 08/02/2014 3:54 PM WHEC.com

An open letter from SoccerSam

To my Rochester Lancers family:

Regretfully, today I announce that the Rochester Lancers will not return for the 2014-15 season.

I appreciate everyone’s support. I’ve had the greatest 3 years of my new life. Each and every one of you helped me re-connect with my past and I fell in love with PRO indoor soccer again. I hope you will cherish these amazing memories for life and smile thinking about ALL the great Lancers times we had.  Thank you so much!

We had something really special, from our amazing staff, players, coaches, team staff, dance teams, mascots, game day staff, TV and Radio production team, City of Rochester officials, BCA staff & our ownership group. Everyone worked so hard. Thank you!

So many great local sponsors with my original investment group of Chris Wilmot, Steve Stokes, John Coraggioso, Dom Vieira, Louis Ribeiro and my friend Chris Economides helped make this dream possible. To all the former MISL owners, especially Tommy Tanner and Ed Hale, thank you for some amazing times.

Our staff and production was the talk of the game. We did things never done at this level. So much was out of our control and we still put on an amazing show, game after game! We had a 3 year lease at the BCA and a 3 year agreement with the MISL. Both have now expired. We have decided not to join a new league.

I plan to personally invest my soccer time helping youth soccer in the community and my staff and I will continue to support local charities, clubs and events. We will keep the Lancers name and heritage alive.

Thanks again to everyone involved and thanks to our amazing fans! Especially thanks to my wife Linda & my family for supporting this dream. 

Feel the Kick for Life! ss

Salvatore “SoccerSam” Fantauzzo

Lancers staff will begin to contact season ticket holders and sponsors for account credits on Monday August 4, 2014. Lancers merchandise and memorabilia will be available on RLancers.com

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