The 1970 NASL Championship banner, won by the Rochester Lancers, will be unveiled at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. this weekend.
The Lancers, who currently compete as an indoor team with the MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League), will honor the only outdoor league championship in the club’s history along with the original players at the event set for 2:45 pm ET on Sunday.
After three years with the ASL II (the second version of the American Soccer League), the Lancers joined the NASL in 1970 and finished ahead of the defending champion Kansas City Spurs for the Northern Division crown.
With Sal DeRosa at the helm, the Lancers won the first-leg of the final series against the visiting Washington Darts 3-0 at Rochester’s Holleder Memorial Stadium on Sept. 3, behind two goals from midfielder Renato Costa and one by teammate Luis Marotti. Ten days later, Washington took the return match 3-1 thanks to tallies by forwards Gerry Browne, Leroy Deleon and Joseph Gyau. However, Costa’s goal in the loss at Washington D.C.’s Dufour Field was the deciding one for the NASL title as Rochester won the series 4-3 on aggregate.
That same year, the NASL awarded DeRosa the Coach of the Year honor, while forward Carlos Metidieri was named the league’s MVP and earned First-Team All-Star accolades. Defender Charlie Mitchell also made the best XI selection, while midfielder Bob DeLuca earned second team honors.
After capturing the 1970 NASL title, the Lancers became the sixth U.S. club to qualify for the CONCACAF Champion’s Cup (now Champions League) and went on to finish fourth in the 1971 final round tournament in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
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