Apparently the fans in Rochester aren't the only ones that were upset with the way local refs handled a match in which the Charleston Battery were the visiting team. On Sunday, the Puerto Rico Islanders and their fans were upset with the local officiating crew because of some decisions that were made late in the 1-0 Battery win.

However, the reaction of the Puerto Rico players and fans was far different than the reaction Rhino players and fans had on July 8th.

Reports out of Puerto Rico and from some of the members of the Charleston Battery have the Islander fans storming the field after the game and physically attacking the referees. It will be interesting to see how the USL will react to this.

Once in a Lifetime special event

On Monday, September 25 The Little Theatre will host a post-movie discussion with three members of the Rochester Lancers soccer organization after Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos. The movie will be in Little 1 and will begin at 7:30 p.m., the discussion will be in the theatre immediately following the movie. Tickets cost $7.

The Rochester Lancers were Rochester's professional soccer team from 1967 - 1980. Members of the organization including Pat Ercoli, Charlie Schiano and Frank Odoi will all be present Monday night for the discussion. They'll discuss what it was like to be a part of the soccer scene in the 1970's and to play against The New York Cosmos.

Romario refuses to talk about his future with Miami FC


I would like to see Romario back in the USL 1st Division next season. I just don't see it happening.

First, Romario got paid a whole lot of money and Miami FC didn't draw flies this season. So while I'd love to see Romario, Zinho, Loco Rodriguez, and the rest of the crew back, I just don't see it happening.

Second, will Romario want to come back to the USL 1st Division next season? It would seem to me that this league isn't meant for 40+ year old strikers.

The interesting thing to watch is will any MLS teams become interested in Romario or Zinho for next season? Or, will other USL 1st Division teams try and pluck some of the more creative attacking players off of the Miami FC roster?

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