Some random news & notes for this evening

Published: May 5, 2011 12:00am

Since I was slacking earlier this week, here are some random news & notes from around the soccer world: - Grant Wahl has a piece on Marta and the Flash in the latest issue of SI. - Ali Riley and the Flash have some Royal Wedding fun. - Is Orlando now in the lead to land MLS club #20? Steve D...

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Flash dominate at home

Published: May 5, 2011 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks Equalizer Soccer ESPNW Youtube - WNY Flash post game reactions The WNY Flash had a great debut on the field. The dominating 3-0 win over the Atlanta Beat was a performance that many expected from a roster that looks to be the best in the WPS. Marta was magical on the ball. Ch...

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Rhinos rained out & Flash to make their Rochester debut

Published: April 30, 2011 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks USL Blog The Rhinos won't be headed to Harrisburg this weekend as City Island, where the City Islanders home stadium is located, has been shut down for the weekend due to flooding and power outages. The match is now scheduled to take place on Tuesday May 10th. That means the Rh...

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RSL comes up short

Published: April 28, 2011 12:00am

MLS Insider SBI.net Dirty Tackle Soccer America It was sad to read this morning that RSL fell 1-0 to Monterrey in the 2nd leg of the CCL final and lost the tie by a 3-2 score. Now it will be interesting to see if MLS can build on RSL's success or not. Or, was this just a fluke? Clint Dempsey ent...

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4 point weekend

Published: April 27, 2011 12:00am

Rhinos 3:2 Dayton Devo's Direct Kicks The good news is that JC Banks' run to Rhinos Rookie of the Year gains more momentum with his first pro goal, Alfonso Motagalvan gets his first goal as a Rhino, and Anthony Hamilton is back and netted the winner. So, after getting blanked in the first two games...

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The WNY Flash are all over the interwebs

Published: April 22, 2011 12:00am

Ali Riley , Caroline Seger , and Christine Sinclair are on ESPNW. Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris are rocking new training gear over at the USWNT blog. All White Kit has their WPS preview up that includes the Atlanta Beat-WNY Flash Sunday FSC Game of the Week. Equalizer Soccer has their Opening W...

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Kiwi, Kiwi. Kiwi, Kiwi.

Published: April 20, 2011 12:00am

The latest WNY Flash video has head coach Aaran "Kiwi" Lines and Flash D Ali Riley talking about their international careers with New Zealand. Although, with Ali being a California native, she doesn't have the same accept as Aaran. U.S. Soccer unveils new coaching curriculum  US Soccer.com...

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Weekend Roundup

Published: April 19, 2011 12:00am

The Rhinos had a bad weekend after a pair of 1-0 losses while the WNY Flash had a great debut in Boston in a 2-1 win. With the Rhinos not scoring a goal and not getting a point, it's hard to pick out a player that looked really good. But, it sounds like maybe JC Banks and Andrew Hoxie might be gett...

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Rhinos fall in Richmond 1-0 to open 2011 season

Published: April 16, 2011 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks Richmond Times Dispatch Stop me if you've heard this one before: Former Rhinos forward comes back to haunt the Rhinos. Well, it happened again last night with Matthew Delicate getting his 3rd goal in three games for the Richmond Kickers. And Deli's goal in the 24th minute would...

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Weekend Roundup

Published: April 12, 2011 12:00am

In case you missed it, the Rhinos tied the Harrisburg City Islanders 0-0 in a friendly on Saturday in Lancaster, PA. This report sounds like former Rhino GK Chase Harrison had to make a couple of good saves on Tony Donatelli to keep the sheet clean. Also, the WNY Flash tied the Greece Cobras U18 b...

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The season is really under way now

Published: April 9, 2011 12:00am

Last week the USL PRO started the 2011 season and this week WPS and the NASL get their seasons under way. Although, we have to wait a week for the Rhinos and Flash to kick off their 2011 seasons. USL PRO: - Inside Minnesota Soccer.com has a week 1 wrap up. - USL Live.com is back in 2011. - The U...

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The April Fools Joke That Wasn't

Published: April 2, 2011 12:00am

The Original Winger Toronto FC & the NY Red Bulls picked the wrong day pull off a blockbuster trade. Especially when there were reports that the deal was on hold due to a player involved not being able to cross the border. But, Dwayne DeRosario is now a Red Bull and midfielder Tony Tchan...

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Rhinos sign Tony Donatelli

Published: March 19, 2011 12:00am

Rhinos Soccer.com The Rhinos announced yesterday that they have signed midfielder Tony Donatelli. Donatelli had been in camp with the San Jose Earthquakes before being released a month ago. Donatelli has won a pair of USL 1st Division titles with Vancouver in 2006 and Montreal in 2009. Bob Lilley wa...

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Two posts in one week....

Published: March 12, 2011 12:00am

It's mind blowing, but here goes: - Devo has the Rhino's training camp roster. Chris Gbandi and Guy-Roland Kpene are the two non-roster invitees with some solid MLS experience that pique my interest. Although, knowing Bob Lilley's eye for young talent, it's likely that one or two of the rookie invi...

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The Duke is on the loose

Published: March 8, 2011 12:00am

Here is the best of the best for the last 9 days or so... - The Rhinos signed three more players, including a backup keeper. - Devo has the news that Danny Earls is a free agent. - WPS has announced the format of the 2011 playoffs. - Grant Wahl has an article on Charlie Davies' return to the p...

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Good business decision but a bad soccer decision?

Published: February 26, 2011 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks It was tough to read yesterday that the Rhinos were selling 2010 team MVP Aaron Pitchkolan to the Puerto Rico Islanders of the NASL. That means that the Rhinos have lost their 2010 captain (Frankie SanFilippo) and 2010 team MVP to NASL clubs in the past month. The Rhinos, the US...

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Big news week

Published: February 18, 2011 12:00am

The Rhinos signed a forward , WPS unveiled their schedule , and Pat Onstad is coming out of retirement. And that doesn't even get to one of the most interesting bits of news this week: the NASL will not have teams in the US Open Cup in 2011. All in all, it was a pretty interesting week. Oh yeah, SI...

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Sahlen's Stadium

Published: February 12, 2011 12:00am

Rochester Rhinos.com Inside Minnesota Soccer The Rhinos announced this week that Sahlen's Stadium is the new name of the stadium. Obviously this is a big part of the Western NY Flash playing their home games at the stadium and indicates that the Rhinos and Flash will be partners moving forward. Th...

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The NASL Drama Is Fun To Read About

Published: February 2, 2011 12:00am

First you have the open letter by the NASL Supporters Groups to Sunil Gulati expressing dismay that the USSF has denied the NASL sanctioning. Then you have Kenn Tomasch destoying the letter on his blog and Fake Sigi giving Kenn a virtual high five and Dan Loney took Kenn's lead to pile on, as we...

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Marta and Vallow to WNY Flash

Published: January 28, 2011 12:00am

The Western NY Flash added the best women's player in the world and an assistant coach that most soccer fans in Rochester will know. First, they added Marta to an already dangerous group of forwards. That came less than a week after Flash owner Joe Sahlen said that Marta's contract status was up in...

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This offseason is anything but dull

Published: January 22, 2011 12:00am

Brian Quarstad at Inside Minnesota Soccer has been all over the happenings with the NASL over the last couple of days. First, it was a report that the NASL had hired a couple of people for their league office. Next came a report that the NASL might not get sanctioned by US Soccer as a 2nd Divisio...

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Lots to catch up on

Published: January 18, 2011 12:00am

I've been slacking and a lot has happened since I posted last. Here goes: - The Rhinos 2011 schedule is out. Personally, I like that the regular season wraps up mid-August and the season should be completed before the end of September. - Inside Minnesota Soccer looks at the USL PRO divisions and s...

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Lilly hangs up the boots and more

Published: January 7, 2011 12:00am

SBI.net Soccer America The Original Winger USWNT Blog 352 caps and 130 goals Those are two huge numbers and are just the tip of the iceberg when talking about what Kristine Lilly meant to the USWNT over the past two plus decades that she repped the red, white, and blue. She starting playing with...

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Happy New Year!

Published: January 1, 2011 12:00am

I won't resolve to post every day in 2011 since there is no way that will happen. I do hope to improve upon my spotty record of late, though..... Here is the best of the drama that is happening in the world of soccer today: -  Dwayne DeRosario appears to be ticking off Toronto FC, and some fans and...

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Pat Onstad has a new gig

Published: December 21, 2010 12:00am

Soccer Insider I guess Pat Onstad won't play forever. He is going to join Ben Olsen's coaching staff at DC United. I wonder if Pat will come out of retirement if Steve Cronin gets hurt? And if he does, will DC have to trade for his rights? The surprising piece of this news isn't that Pat is getting...

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My computer is alive!

Published: December 13, 2010 12:00am

My computer was taking a mid-winter nap the past few days, so that's why the blog was silent. So, here goes: - The WNY Flash officially announced the signing of Christine Sinclair, along with 2010 WPS ROTY Ali Riley and Kandace Wilson. - WPS has one fewer team with the Chicago Red Stars suspendin...

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Flash signing more players

Published: December 8, 2010 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks The Western New York Flash have announced the additions of 2010 WPS Rookie of the Year Defender Ali Riley and  MF/D Brittany Bock. The Flash had perviously selected midfielders Beverly Goebel and Kaley Fountainin the WPS Expansion Draft and signed GK Ashlyn Harris. Flash head co...

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Nuts and bolts

Published: December 3, 2010 12:00am

The Original Winger - US Bid Presentation Soccer Insider FanHouse US Soccer Daily Soccer America MLS Talk Inside Minnesota Soccer Dan Loney @ Big Soccer The old "Nuts & Bolts" chant pretty much sums up how most American soccer people were thinking when it was announced that Qatar had won...

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Busy week

Published: December 1, 2010 12:00am

The soccer world didn't take Thanksgiving week off, like I did. - The USWNT clinched their trip to Germany 2011 thanks to A-Rod's goal. And they got a bit lucky at the draw with North Korea, Colombia, and Sweden in their group. - Devo has coverage of the Western NY Flash announcement. And while e...

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The off season is in full swing now

Published: November 23, 2010 12:00am

The Rhinos have exercised options on 14 players and now have 15 players under contract for the 2011 season. The biggest name that the Rhinos have yet to secure for 2011 is captain Frankie Sanfillippo. It will be interesting to see if the Rhinos can get his name on a contract or not..... News rundow...

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