Heading into Saturday night's match, Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley was talking about how Montreal was playing better than their record indicated.
Montreal certainly looked better than a team that was on the outside looking in at a playoff spot. With the recent additions of Wesley Charles and Ali Gerba, the Impact are better than they were a month ago.
But, the Rhinos did enough to win. Despite the early miss by Tyler Rosenlund (Andrew Hoxie said that Tyler owed him dinner after not converting that set up from Hoxie), the Rhinos again got offense from everywhere with Frankie Sanfilippo scoring his first goal of the season.
The Impact made things really interesting when they evened the match just before halftime. But, the late goal from Isaac Kissi sent the home fans home happy and sent the Rhinos to the top of the table as Austin fell in Puerto Rico.
This Rhinos team really looks to be hitting it's stride and while anything can happen from here on out, I think most fans would have taken it if you told them before the season started that the team would be on a four game winning streak and have the most points in the league in mid-August.
News & Notes:
- Soccer Sam was amongst 23 people that were inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame yesterday. Congrats!
- Bob Matthews had a nice column in yesterday's paper about Lancers unsung heo Joe Sirianni.
- FC Tampa Bay added another nice player last week when they received Maykel Galindo on loan from Chivas USA. Add him to Jonny Steele and Ricardo Sanchez and the Rowdies have added some serious firepower in the past few weeks.
- Sam must be dancing a jig to read that FIFA is considering eliminating ties in the World Cup.
- The Portland Timbers have their MLS coach in John Spencer.
- I wonder if Omar Salgado getting loaned to Vancouver means he's a lock to go to the Whitecaps in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft?
- Team USA.org has a piece on Abby looking forward to the 2012 Olympics.
- Last week the answer to the question that Sam has wondered for years was finally uncovered: This is David Beckham's favorite Spice Girls song.
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