Rhinos conceded twice from awful defensive mistakes but still battled back to earn the fifth regular season draw between the teams. Mike Garzi scored just before halftime and Joe Farrell grabbed the equalizing header in stoppage time.
Defensive mistakes have plagued Rochester early in the 2017 USL season and Saturday's home opener was no different.
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.
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.
The Rhinos did not excite many with a scoreless draw at Toronto last weekend and prepare for a defensive showdown with Charleston Battery on Saturday
This past Friday, the Rochester Rhinos traveled north to face Toronto FC II and the team brought a point back over the border with them. In their second game of the 2017 USL season, the Rhinos failed to generate the same attacking fervor they did against Bethlehem Steel FC that sparked excitement in the fanbase.
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.
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.
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.
Three weeks into the USL season, there are only a few teams fighting to hold on to perfect records. One of those teams is taking the league by storm after its arrival from the NASL in the offseason as the Tampa Bay Rowdies are one of six teams that enter the weekend with perfect records. Real Monarchs became the first team to hit nine points on Thursday night.
After a very successful opening weekend for the new second division league, Week 2 seeks to deliver further entertainment for the USL.
Saturday opens the slate with several compelling matches to watch. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati clash in a regional rivalry match after the former tied in a shootout in week one with the New York Red Bulls II, who themselves will face the Richmond Kickers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.