Rochester Rhinos

Bob Lilley

Trialist-Heavy Rochester Rhinos Start Preseason with a Win

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Several returning players and some newly signed players got a rest while Bob Lilley and his coaching staff evaluated trialists on Friday night during a 2-1 win over Canisius College.

Bob Lilley was not exactly ecstatic but still was not upset about the performance he saw from the mix of trialists and contracted players on Friday night against Canisius College.

Rochester Rhinos Sign Five Players for 2017 USL Season

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Bob Lilley's 2017 roster is beginning to take shape.

On December 9, 2016 the Rochester Rhinos announced ten players returning for the 2017 USL season. Those returning players are: Midfielders Kenardo Forbes, Brandon Beresford, Michael Garzi, Ryan James, and Sofiane Tergou, defenders Wal Fall, Joe Farrell, Bradley Kamden, and goalkeepers Tomas Gomez and Dan Lynd.

Rochester Rhinos Host Southie FC in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday

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The Rhinos look to maintain its unbeaten run against lower division teams in the Open Cup when they take on the amateur team from Boston.

The Rochester Rhinos have never lost to an amateur team in the U.S. Open Cup. Further to the point, the Rhinos have never lost to a lower division opponent in the tournament.

Rochester 3-2 Charleston Battery: Rhinos on Top in Sahlen's Stadium Slugfest

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Kenardo Forbes had another strong performance and Steevan dos Santos was involved in two goals as Rochester came out on top in a five-goal game. Neither team's defense looked nearly as good at their reputations suggested.

Rochester Rhinos win by a goal at home. This is not a recording.

Bob Lilley summed up widespread expectations for this contest in his postgame comments to media: "Charleston will battle and games usually are physical and hotly contested; usually it's 0-0 or 1-0.

Checking in with the Rhinos before the team's 2016 USL Home Opener

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While the playing surface looks ready to host its first USL match of the 2016 season, the Rhinos haven't quite put all the pieces together so far.

"It's unrealistic to think they're gonna hit the season in the same stride we were at at the end of last season. It's a new season and we have to go through the process.

Rochester Rhinos Travel to Face New York Red Bulls II

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The Rhinos take their 1-1-0 record on the road to Red Bull Arena to play a dangerous NYRB II team. The Baby Bulls have a couple of the hottest players in the Eastern Conference of the USL at the moment.

In 2015 the Rhinos did not lose until the twentieth game of the season; in 2016 that only lasted until the second.

Philadelphia Union

Player to Watch: Derrick Jones

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Mental quick study Derrick Jones may become the first product of the Union Academy and wholly-owned affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC to start for the Union as a complementary player to Haris Medunjanin and Alejandro Bedoya.

Darius Madison signs with Rochester Rhinos

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Former Philadelphia Union youth starred in college at Virginia and UMBC

Former Philadelphia Union youth Darius Madison has been given a shot to continue his pro career in upstate New York with the Rochester Rhinos.

The Philadelphia native was announced as the latest signing for the USL club on Monday.

D.C. United to play Kickers/Strikers winner in first Open Cup Match

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Soccerplex, soccerplex, soccer soccer soccerplex!

D.C. United will play their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game on June 15, presumably at the Maryland Soccerplex, as they will host the winner of a June 1 match between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Richmond Kickers.

D.C. defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in last year's fourth round match before falling to the Philadelphia Union in the Round of 16.

Harrisburg City Islanders

Old Guard Shield highlights tradition in USL

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The Supporters Group-founded cup looks to remind everyone how they got here

Last Friday morning, you might have noticed a pretty interesting story develop. Headed up by the Steel Army out in Pittsburgh, the Old Guard Shield is an upcoming regular season tournament (think Cascadia Cup) between the Rochester Rhinos, Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders, Charleston Battery and (obviously) the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

La Salle alum named second-team all-USL

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Joe Farrell scored five goals and had an assist in his rookie season with Rochester Rhinos

Former La Salle defender/midfielder Joe Farrell was named to the USL all-league second team after a successful rookie season with Rochester Rhinos.

The Blue Bell, Pa. native who played for his dad Pat Farrell at La Salle from 2012-15, scored five goals and added an assist in 29 appearances for the Rhinos this season.

Match Preview: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

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The City Islanders kick off the first of two home games this weekend against expansion club FC Cincinnati.

Game: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: FNB Field

Referees: REF: DAVE BRECKNER, AR1: Daniel Richman, AR2: Ryan Dos Reis, 4TH: Terrence Mull


Harrisburg City Islanders return home to host FC Cincinnati at FNB Field on City Island in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday at 7:00pm.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Bethlehem Steel FC announce home opener

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We also learned they play Harrisburg two weeks later

The USL released the home openers yesterday for every team in the league ahead of a schedule release which should be sometime next week. That being said, we know who Bethlehem Steel FC will face when they open Goodman Stadium for their second season.

Rochester 2-2 Bethlehem Steel FC: Rhinos Leave it Late to Maintain Home Undefeated Run

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Joe Farrell scored from a free kick early and during a goal mouth scramble very late to earn Rochester a draw at home. The rookie defender has impressed this season while the Rhinos are now winless in three league games.

In 85+ degree heat on Saturday evening, the Rochester Rhinos hosted first-year team Bethlehem Steel FC.

Match recap: Bethlehem Steel FC 2, Rochester Rhinos 2

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The kids, they're gonna be alright

Other than two late decisions, one of the youngest rosters fielded to date played a great game. Bethlehem Steel FC started what was their fifth different defensive pairing, this time with a different goalie, and still managed a respectable point on the road.

Match Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC at Rochester Rhinos

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A young lineup will look to see Bethlehem Steel FC bounce back against the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday night

Game: Bethlehem Steel FC at Rochester Rhinos

Date: Saturday, May 28

Time: 6:05 PM EDT (10:05 PM UTC)

Venue: Rochester Rhinos Stadium (Rochester, New York)

Referees: REF: BRANDON ARTIS AR1: Sean Regan AR2: Georgios Zervos 4TH: Shawn Cummings

Television: None


After one of their worst defeats at the hands of Harrisburg City Islanders FC, Brendan Burke's squad will look to respond with a big win against the Rochester Rhinos in upstate New York tonight.

Christian Volesky

Portland Timbers Trade Rights for 4th Round Pick

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Not every bit of news coming from the Portland Timbers today is a block buster.

In addition to sending out Lucas Melano on loan, the Timbers also traded away the rights to 2015 second round draft pick Christian Volesky to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for SKC's natural fourth round draft pick, No.

Rochester 2-0 FC Montreal: Rhinos Win and Volesky Extends Scoring Run against the Quebecois

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Volesky's late first half strike was his eighth in six matches against FC Montreal while the early second half goal by Steevan dos Santos was his first in the run of play in USL this year. Rochester is now 6-0-0 all-time against FC Montreal.

Coming on the back of a decisive victory in the Third Round of the U.

Rochester 2-1 FC Montreal: Rhinos Down Rival in Home Opener

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After a momentary deficit, the Rhinos stormed back to quickly take the lead in the second half. Christian Volesky added to his already impressive goal tally against FC Montreal.

Rochester Rhinos hosted FC Montreal for a sunny, but chilly Saturday afternoon USL contest. Despite a rather drab first half, the game sprang to life after the break and Rochester came out with a 2-1 win.

Red Bulls

USL Playoff Rewind: Red Bulls II eliminate Rhinos; Swope Park Rangers edge Blues; and more

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The USL's final four is set, and the league will see a new champion crowned following the elimination of last year's winner.

Louisville City, New York Red Bulls II, Swope Park Rangers and Vancouver Whitecaps II booked spots inthe league's final four following the conclusion of the quarterfinal round.

Rochester 3-3 Red Bulls II: Rhinos Lose 5-4 on Penalties in Eastern Conference Semifinal

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The Rhinos traveled to Red Bull Arena and lost for the first time against the Red Bulls II. Steevan dos Santos had a brace in regular time but missed his penalty in the shootout as Rochester is eliminated from the 2016 USL Playoffs.

The Rochester Rhinos battled back twice to draw level with a Steevan dos Santos brace on the road in the playoffs and force extra time.

New York Red Bulls

Rochester 0-1 Louisville City FC: Rhinos Fall at Home in League for the First Time Since August 2014

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The Rhinos failed to put up much of a fight against league-leading Louisville at home. Andrew Lubahn's 28th minute goal was the difference against an experimental Rochester side.

The Rochester Rhinos came into Saturday night's USL game against Eastern Conference leading Louisville City FC on a 21-game undefeated run at home in the regular season.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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A preview of what's to come in the Mexican Liguilla will take place on Friday.

Santos Laguna will host Chivas Guadalajara at the Estadio Corona, and while both sides have already qualified for the end-of-the-campaign tournament, only one point separates second place from fifth place on the Liga MX table.

Rochester 0-0 New York Red Bulls II: Rhinos End Road Trip with a Draw

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The Rochester Rhinos were held scoreless at Red Bull Arena as goalkeeper Tomas Gomez shined in his first start for the team.

A very young attack-minded New York Red Bulls II team hosted the traditionally defensive Rochester Rhinos on Sunday afternoon. Despite the best efforts of Brandon Allen and Derick Etienne for New York and Rochester's Steevan dos Santos and Kenardo Forbes, the match ended scoreless.

Revolution Transfers 2016: Michael Gamble loaned to Rochester Rhinos

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2016 draftee Michael Gamble is heading to Rochester for a short-term loan.

New England Revolution midfielder/forward Michael Gamble has been loaned to the Rochester Rhinos, according to a team release. The short-term loan will allow Gamble to compete against New York Red Bulls II on Sunday, April 17.

U.S. Open Cup

Southie’s Cup Run Ends in Rochester

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Another upset win wasn't in the cards for Boston-based amateur side Southie FC on Wednesday after they fell 7-0 to the USL defending champion Rochester Rhinos in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup in Rochester, N.Y.

The Boys in Neon came out flying but were quickly put into an early deficit after Christian Volesky scored from the spot in the sixth minute.

An Underdog’s Tale

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Photo credit: Southie FC

Like many great success stories in American soccer, the creation of Southie FC started with an idea among a couple of soccer-playing friends. In this instance, it was a pair of college teammates who weren't quite ready to give up playing the beautiful game after graduation.

City Islanders

Rhinos 2-1 City Islanders: Rochester Holds Off Late Surge from Harrisburg

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Kenardo Forbes gave Rochester the lead in the 23rd minute and Ryan James doubled the advantage in the 60th before Craig Foster cut the deficit in half. The Rhinos held on late through a flurry of physical challenges to maintain a perfect home record.

Harrisburg City Islanders have developed an organic rivalry with the Rochester Rhinos.

Match Recap: Rochester Rhinos 2, Harrisburg City Islanders FC 1

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Despite a late goal, the City Islanders prove no match for the 2015 USL Champion Rochester Rhinos

The Harrisburg City Islanders FC fell to the 2015 USL Champion Rochester Rhinos 2-1 on Saturday night at Sahlen's Stadium.

Harrisburg's head coach Bill Becher utilized a new lineup for their third match in eight days.

Michael Gamble

Gamble Makes Cameo for Rhinos

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Revolution rookie winger Michael Gamble went 25 minutes during his one-match loan spell for the Rochester Rhinos in their 0-0 draw to New York Red Bulls II on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Gamble, who was sent to the Revolution's USL affiliate on Friday, spelled Providence College alum Marcos Ugarte in the 65th minute and manned the left side of the midfield.

Gamble Gets Short-Term Loan to Rhinos

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Revolution rookie midfielder Michael Gamble is the latest player to be sent to the USL for a short-term loan after the squad loaned him to the Rochester Rhinos on Friday.

The 2016 second-round pick, who hasn't made the gameday roster through the Revolution's first six games, will suit up for the Rhinos for their match at New YORK Red Bulls II on Sunday at Red Bull Arena.

The Rest

Rochester Rhinos Add Ryan Felix and Christiano Francois

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Felix brings two years of experience with Orange County while Francois has raw talent the team is hoping to refine into a potent threat

The Rochester Rhinos announced late on Monday that the team had signed center back Ryan Felix and right winger Christiano Francois. Both have previously played in USL and impressed Rochester's coaching staff as preseason trialists.

Rhinos signal attacking intent with Jalen Brown signing

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The rookie winger out of Xavier University offers an immediate attacking threat and room for growth in 2017. Rochester's coaching staff is fairly high on what Brown can do for the team this season.

While the Rochester Rhinos have set about quietly assembling a squad to challenge for the playoff spots in the USL Eastern Conference in 2017, one offensive signing may be the key to push Bob Lilly's side over the top.

Rochester 2-1 Charleston Battery: Rhinos Secure Important Road Win With Playoffs Looming

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Rochester Rhinos rookie midfielder Bakayoko Gaossou came off the bench in the second half and earned the team all three points down in Charleston.

The Rhinos drew their previous seven matches on the road heading into the game in Charleston. While the team has not lost on the road since June 11 at Toronto, Rochester hadn't won an away game since June 4 at struggling Montreal.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Rochester Rhinos

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An early Derrick Jones goal wasn't enough to hold off a Rochester team that responded well in a battle of tactical smarts and excellent game plans.

Revolution Waive 2016 SuperDraft Pick Michael Gamble

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The Wake Forest product did not appear for the Revolution and is now without a professional club.

On Monday, the Revolution waived forward Michael Gamble, who the club selected in the second round (30th overall) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Gamble dressed for the Revolution on April 30 vs. Orlando City SC, but never appeared in a regular-season match.

Rochester 1-2 Orlando City B: Rhinos Undone on the Road by Speedster Hadji Barry

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Rochester native Hadji Barry scored both goals as Orlando City B defeated the visiting Rhinos. Steevan dos Santos scored from the spot late on to cut the deficit in half.

The Rochester Rhinos split a three-game road stand, 1-1-1, to start the 2016 USL season. Since that time, the defending champions have gone undefeated at home, 3-0-1.

Rochester 7-0 Southie FC: Rhinos Run Riot on Boston Amateur Side

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Asani Samuels scored a hat-trick in a dominant Rhinos performance in the U.S. Open Cup while Marcos Ugarte was involved in four goals.

As I noted in the preview of the U.S. Open Cup match, the Rochester Rhinos have a tendency to struggle against amateur teams. The Rhinos raised eyebrows with their decisive victory over Southie FC on Wednesday night in Second Round of the tournament.

Rochester 0-0 Charlotte Independence: Rhinos Held Scoreless at Home

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While Rochester's defense was strong, the forwards misfired in the attacking third and the midfield did not deliver consistent service. Rookie central defender Joe Farrell shined despite finishing his final college exams earlier in the week.

The Rochester Rhinos cannot figure out how to beat the Charlotte Independence.

Match Preview: Harrisburg City Islanders at Rochester Rhinos

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Harrisburg will play their third game in nine days against the 2015 USL Champion Rochester Rhinos.

Game: Harrisburg City Islanders FC at Rochester Rhinos

Date: Saturday, April 30th

Time: 6:05 PM

Venue: Sahlen's Stadium

Referees: REF: GARY GUTTIERREZ, AR1: Ben Pilgrim, AR2: Gregory Irwin, 4TH: Christopher Trottier


Harrisburg City Islanders FC travel to New York to take on the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen's Stadium at 6:05pm on Saturday, April 30.