June 24, 2021
Salvatore “SoccerSam” Fantauzzo the owner of the Rochester Lancers has passed the ball to Flower City Union, a men’s professional soccer club who will begin play in NISA in Spring 2022. Bringing together the Rochester soccer community while providing clear player pathways from the youth ranks to the first team, the outdoor men’s and women’s Rochester Lancers teams will operate within the Flower City Union organization upon completion of their summer 2021 seasons.
“After meeting with the Flower City Union group, I realized that their team had the ability to make outdoor soccer great again in Rochester, NY.” said SoccerSam, “Our outdoor Lancers had filled the soccer void with the WNY Flash and the Rhinos leaving Rochester. After 41 years of promoting and supporting soccer in my great city, it is time for me to enjoy outdoor games as a fan again.”
“SoccerSam has been the most influential voice in Rochester soccer over the last 40 years and has introduced the game to Rochesterians of all ages. His energy and commitment to growing soccer and his love of the city are perfectly in line with our club’s mission and we couldn’t be more excited to come together with him to build a true soccer pyramid for Rochester.” said Dave Weaver, Flower City Union’s Majority Owner/President.
The NPSL Men’s team will act as a developmental squad and will slide in between Flower City Union’s first team and the youth development happening within the organizations who are part of the Union’s Homegrown Partner Program. The UWS Women’s team will continue as the top of the pyramid squad in Rochester and will be supported by the same Homegrown Partner Program. Flower City Union does not have plans for an academy but created the Homegrown Partner Program as a consortium of youth soccer clubs in the Rochester area, working with each of the clubs to help support the development of their athletes and enhance the game in our city.
“Our goal from the beginning has been to work with the tremendous youth soccer organizations in the area when so many other organizations have been exclusive. We believe in open soccer and the opportunities that reduced barriers present to expanding the game and this relationship with Sam and the Lancers will help to expand that access.” said Mark Washo, Managing Director & Chief Commercial Officer for Flower City Union.
Doug Miller will continue to operate the Lancers very popular youth program and the Lancers will return to the Dome Arena and the MASL for the 2021-2022 professional indoor soccer season. This agreement opens the door for the Lancers and Flower City Union to share front office resources as well as opportunities for players to try out for the outdoor teams and indoor Lancers.
“Flower City Union have a stadium and league to play in,” said SoccerSam, “Their office staff has been working hard for several months with their ownership group to focus on every detail to kick start their success. I look forward to helping them in any capacity if needed.”
The UWS & NPSL Lancers final home game of the 2021 outdoor season is this Sunday, June 27. The Lady Lancers kickoff at 2pm and the Men at 5pm @ Aquinas Institute.
Media Contacts: Kayla Kent-Moreira – (585) 590-7140 & Todd Harrison – (585) 329-8919
About Flower City Union
We are a professional soccer club committed to positively impacting the City of Rochester and its surrounding communities by fielding a competitive, championship-caliber team while supporting the development of youth soccer locally. Passion and inclusion are our North Star, guiding how we live, how we act, how we play, how we serve. Rather than being a sport business operating in Rochester, we are a Flower City business operating in sport. As such, we acknowledge our responsibility in nurturing social and economic connections through inclusive business practices. We actively embrace diversity and aim to reflect the faces and voices of our region.
For more information about Flower City Union visit our official website: www.flowercityunion.com