The off season is in full swing now

Published November 23, 2010

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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Lots going on

Published November 17, 2010

Grant Wahl Soccer Insider - Video Soccer America MLS Insider Fan House The Original Winger - Highlights The US beat South Africa 1-0 today and Juan Agudelo becamde the youngest goal scorer in USMNT history. It will be interesting to watch all the young talent that Bob Bradley has brought into t...

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MLS Cup is set

Published November 15, 2010

Colorado and FC Dallas took care of business over the weekend to advance to MLS Cup 2010 in Toronto on Sunday evening. While the less than sexy match up has many in the blog-o-sphere yawning , leagues can never guarantee LA vs NY match ups that will make league commissioners and TV execs to get all...

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Thank You on Veterans Day

Published November 10, 2010

I just want to start off today by saying thank you to my father and all the other veterans out there. Now on to soccer. Inside Minnesota Soccer - NASL bid includes Atlanta & Minnesota Inside Minnesota Soccer - More NASL bid tidbits WV Hooligan Soccer By Ives So, the NASL has finally submitted thei...

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Do or die part 1 for USWNT

Published November 8, 2010

Soccer Insider Fan House Soccer America Tune in to ESPN2 at 6pm tonight as the USWNT faces step 1 in their last chance to advance to next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. Thanks to their Semifinal 2-1 loss to host Mexico, the US must now defeat Costa Rica tonight in the CONCACAF Qualifyin...

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USWNT roll into semifinals

Published November 2, 2010

US 9:0 Guatemala US-Guatemala Highlights US 4:0 Costa Rica USWNT Blog - Next Up: The BIG One The US will have a border war on Friday as they face either Canada or Mexico with the winner going to the 2011 Women's World Cup. The US scored 18 goals and did not allow a goal in their three group stage...

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This post is brought to you by the number 112

Published October 30, 2010

US USWNT Blog - Fans Everywhere USWNT Blog - And we're off USWNT Blog - Unique Moment Soccer America - Abby Wambach interview - US v Haiti highlights The USWNT got off to a strong start to World Cup qualifying witha  5-0 win over Haiti on Thursday night. A...

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Lots o' links

Published October 27, 2010

- Former Rhino Chase Harrison has signed with the Columbus Crew on a short term basis as an emergency backup goalkeeper. He signed with DC United in much the same role a few weeks ago. - I feel bad for Austin fans, especially The Free Beer Movement . But how bad does a situation have to be off th...

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Rhinos choose USL PRO League for 2011

Published October 25, 2010

Devo's Direct Kicks Rhinos USL Inside Minnesota In a move I've been expecting since the USL brass took in a Rhinos game at Marina Autos Stadium over a month ago, the Rhinos announced today that they will play in the USL PRO League in 2011. The USL expects to hav...

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Is Austin on the move?

Published October 23, 2010

Inside Minnesota had this report that the Austin Aztex could be moving to Orlando, Florida for the 2011 season. Austin gave this response basically not really denying, but not confirming the report. WV Hooligan analyzes the news as well. If Austin is moving to the USL PRO League for 2...

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League Awards are out

Published October 21, 2010

USSF 2nd Division Pro League Awards Part 1 USSF 2nd Division Pro League Awards Part 2 The Rhinos were honored by the league with Bob Lilley taking home Coach of the Year honors and defenders Troy Roberts and Aaron Pitchkolan being named to the league's Best XI. Portland's Ryan Pore took home the g...

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This better be a no-brainer

Published October 19, 2010

Devo's Direct Kicks If the Rochester City council decides against using the remaining $200,000 of the $4 million NY State grant to improve Marina Auto Stadium to build permanent locker rooms, they will have some explaining to do. Building a permanent locker room facility within the stadium is the ne...

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Late goals get Carolina & Puerto Rico into the final

Published October 18, 2010

Devo's Direct Kicks Inside Minnesota Soccer Puerto Rico got two goals from Nicholas Addlery in the second half of Added Extra Time in Vancouver and Carolina scored twice in the last 20 minutes at home against Montreal to come back from 1-0 down to advance to the USSF D-2 Pro League final. Puerto R...

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What does the future hold?

Published October 14, 2010

D& Devo's Direct Kicks I think Devo was spot on with one thing: nobody KNOWS what the future holds. Whether it's the future of the Rhinos or the future of NASL, USL, or the USSF D2 Pro League, it's all TBD as we move from the 2010 season that just concluded for the Rhinos and move towards a 20...

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Random thoughts after the Rhinos season ends

Published October 12, 2010

Devo's Direct Kicks Here are some random thoughts after Saturday nights win/loss versus Puerto Rico that ended the Rhinos' 2010 season. - I like that the team went down fighting and didn't give up after giving up the first goal and being down 3-0 on aggregate. - I felt like Pitchkolan and Motagalvan...

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A big hole to dig out of

Published October 8, 2010

Devo's Direct Kicks D& US - Scoresheet If the Rhinos are to avoid getting bounced from the playoffs by the Puerto Rico Islanders, they will need to have a big night offensively tomorrow after falling 2-0 in Puerto Rico last night. The Rhinos did defeat Puerto Rico 3-0 at home earlie...

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One touch around the world of soccer

Published October 6, 2010

- Devo has a nice article about the Rhinos' mindset ahead of their playoff opener tomorrow night versus Puerto Rico. - The scoring distribution throughout the rosters of the Rhinos and Islanders are eerily similiar this year. - has their USSF D-2 Pro League Quarterfinal preview up and t...

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Team waving contest

Published October 5, 2010

The NASL and the USL are in the midst of a team waving contest. Yesterday, the NASL announced that San Antonio was joining the NASL for the 2012 season. The USL announced that the Charlotte Eagles will play in the USL PRO League in 2011. San Antonio has been a market that has been rumored to be...

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Does it feel like they won the regular season title?

Published October 4, 2010

Friday night, the Carolina RailHawks helped the Rhinos by defeating Austin 3-1. Saturday night, the Rhinos got two second half goals from Isaac Kissi, after giving up a goal in the 3rd minute, to defeat AC St Louis 2-1 on the road. That win moved the Rhinos ahead of Austin and into first place in t...

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And so it begins......

Published September 30, 2010

Brian at Inside Minnesota is reporting that the NASL has applied to be a 2nd Division league in 2011. Six teams were included in the submission. Those six were Carolina, Edmonton (2011 expansion team), Miami, Montreal, Tampa Bay, and Puerto Rico. The NASL is working with St Louis and Min...

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Backing into the playoffs

Published September 28, 2010

With back to back losses to Miami FC, the Rhinos aren't finishing the regular season the way that they had hoped. Inside Minnesota takes a look at how the playoff picture looks heading into the final weekend of the season. What we know: - Puerto Rico is locked into the 8th seed - Montr...

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The playoff field is set

Published September 23, 2010

- With Miami FC downing AC St Louis last night, Minnesota, Montreal, and Puerto Rico all clinched playoff spots. - Who the Rhinos face in the playoffs will depend not only whether they finish with the 1st seed or the 3rd, but how the 6th, 7th, and 8th place teams shake out. Minnesota finishes thei...

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Karma is a _____

Published September 21, 2010

So, MLS decided to just fine Thierry Henry $2000 for his "goal celebration" that injured Kevin Hartman. $2000 is chump change for a guy that just dropped $9 million for a Soho penthouse apartment. So the fact that Henry will miss Friday's DP-fest between NY and LA with an MCL injury is karmic ju...

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Struggling down the stretch

Published September 20, 2010

USSF D-2 Pro League September schedule This past week not only saw Miami FC knock off the Rhinos 2-1 , but Austin drew Tampa Bay FC 1-1 and then lost to AC St Louis 2-1. Did I mention that all three of the winners are on the outside looking in at the playoffs (Miami & St Louis have been eliminated...

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I love it when FireFox locks up

Published September 17, 2010

I had a nice post going yesterday before my browser locked up and flushed it. Here is a quick little snapshot of the big news heading into tonight's home finale for the Rhinos: - Aaron King's stoppage time goal for Tampa Bay allowed the Rowdies to tie Austin and keep the Rhinos in first place. The...

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Comings & Goings

Published September 14, 2010

I forgot to mention yesterday that I saw Jonathan Greenfield at Wegmans on Sunday and he wasn't limping. Today, Devo has the update that both Greenfield and Neal Kitson both feel good and should be available on Friday night when the Rhinos host Miami FC. The magic number for the Rhinos to clinch 1s...

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A busy soccer weekend

Published September 13, 2010

With lots of stuff happening in the soccer over the past few days, let's go. - Chase Harrison is the new back up goalkeeper for DC United. - My kids loved the silly bandz and I loved the Rhinos 3-0 win on Saturday night. With Austin's 3-1 loss in Puerto Rico, the Rhinos are back on top of the pla...

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USL Pro in 2011

Published September 8, 2010

USL Inside Minnesota In a move that many has expected for a while, the USL announced today that there will no longer be a USL 1st & 2nd Divisions and starting in 2011 there will just be the USL Pro League. It will be interesting to see how this affects the whole USL vs NASL ba...

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More Bob Bradley follow up

Published September 2, 2010

Everyone is putting their two cents out there on the Bob Bradley contract extension: Brian Straus @ Fanhouse Kyle McCarthy @ Frank Dell'Appa @ Paul Kennedy @ Soccer America Martin Rogers @ Yahoo! Brooks Peck @ Dirty Tackle blog on Yahoo! Noah Davis @ The USA 10 Kit George Ve...

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No four more years jokes here

Published August 31, 2010

Yanks Abroad USMNT Blog Grant Wahl @ Soccer Insider Soccer Insider Reader Poll Grant Wahl @ - Stats on keeping a coach on for a second WC run Unprofessional Foul 24th Minute (A little perspective from the north of the border) Daily Soccer Fix Soccer Insider - Bradley & Gulati...

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