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USL Week 10: A Midweek Look Ahead

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With USL sides involved in the U.S. Open Cup, the first double game week of the season is upon us.

The Rochester Rhinos match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies will headline the midweek slate as the USL Game of the Week on ESPN 3. ESPN picked a good one as the Rowdies will look to take sole possessionof the top spot in the East.

USL Rewind: San Antonio FC keeps rolling, Sounders 2 win thriller and more

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The weekend's USL slate saw San Antonio FC continue their dominance by blanking Portland Timbers II. With the win, San Antonio continues their run as USL's only unbeaten team. The victory by the Western Conference leaderwas one of two 4-0 victories, with the Rochester Rhinos also blanking the Charlotte Independence by that score.

USL Look Ahead: Week 3

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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.

USL Look Ahead: Week 2

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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.

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.

Bob Lilley

Rochester 2-2 New York Red Bulls II: Rhinos Draw Baby Bulls Yet Again

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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.

Rochester Rhinos Head Coach: There's no Affiliation with New England This Year

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The relationship between New England and Rochester has looked rocky for a while but Bob Lilley has now all but called its time of death.

If we had a nickel for every time someone here at The Bent Musket or in either fanbase asked, "What is the New England Revolution doing with its affiliate relationship with the Rochester Rhinos?

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.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Rochester Stumbled through Toronto en route to Charleston

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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.

Match Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Rochester Rhinos

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Bethlehem kicks off their 2017 season with a visit from the Rochester Rhinos

Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs Rochester Rhinos

Date: Saturday, April 1

Time: 4:00pm EDT

Venue: Murray H Goodman Stadium, Lehigh University

Officials: REF-Jorge Ramirez AR1- Gjovalin Boli AR2- Joe Zawistowski 4TH- Michael Guzzetta


Record vs.

Rochester Rhinos add two more players with ties to the Philadelphia Union

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Former Union defender Raymond Lee and former Union youth Todd Pratzner sign with the USL club

Add two more players with ties to the Philadelphia Union to the list of players to sign with USL club Rochester Rhinos this year.

Former Philadelphia Union defender Raymond Lee and former Union youth Todd Pratzner were announced as new signings on Monday.

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.

Derrick Jones

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.

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.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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.

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.

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.


Southie’s Cup Run Ends in Rochester

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Photo credit: Prescott Rossi @PrescottRossi

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.

The Rest

Raul Gonzalez Breaks Scoring Drought for Richmond Kickers

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The rookie's first professional goal saved a point on the road against Rochester

Richmond's scoring drought finally broke while on the road against 2015 USL champs Rochester Rhinos Sunday afternoon. The match saw Rochester dominate possession early, but Richmond found a new hero in recently signed Raul Gonzalez.

Rochester Rhinos to Host FC Motown in U.S. Open Cup Second Round

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While the Revolution are still a month away from entering the Open Cup, the Rhinos will play next week against a talented amateur side from New Jersey.

New England is sending players to other USL teams and disastrous flooding in Missouri interrupted their USL schedule, but the Rochester Rhinos just want to get back on the field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.