That gives the Rhinos 7 players on the roster for the 2010 season along with Goalkeeper Scott Vallow, Defender Frankie Sanfilippo, Defender/D-Mid Nano Short, and MF/F Ryan Heins.
Also announced today is that 2008 & 2009 Rhinos MVP Johnny Menyongar is the first signing for the new team in Minnesota. This signing is an obvious fit as Menyongar's family remained in the Twin Cities area while Johnny was playing here in Rochester and he still remains popular amongst soccer fans in Minnesota.
Fan favorite Danny Earls has re-united with Steve Guppy as he has been signed by the Colorado Rapids of MLS.
Earls fought injuries in 2009, but remained a fan favorite for his play on the left side of both the defense and midfield for Rochester.
News & Notes:
- The second division signings have been hot and heavy with AC St Louis signing 9 players, Portland signing James Marcelin away from Puerto Rico, Austin re-signed a couple of players, Crystal Palace Baltimore signed 3 players, Tampa Bay has signed 5 players, and Carolina has signed veteran defender Matt Bobo who spent 2009 with Charleston.
- Former Rhino Chad Severs has signed with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL-2.
- This almost makes me want to see the NFL go away in 2011.
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