The Rhinos magic number is now 22

Published August 27, 2010

Austin With Austin playing Portland to a 1-1 draw, the Rhinos magic number to clinch first place overall is down to 22. With the Rhinos playing in Montreal tonight, that number could be as low as 19 by tomorrow morning. It will be interesting to see if the Impact play much better tonight....

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Soccer Yogi

Published August 26, 2010

D& Devo has an article in today's paper about the Rhinos doing yoga. This is one of the influences that Bill Sedgewick has had on the team. And I wonder if this is one of the factors for why injuries seem to be down this year? News & Notes: - Devo & Bob Matthews ponder if any Rhinos are in lin...

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Published August 24, 2010

In the whole magic number stuff yesterday, I forgot to mention that the Rhinos and Austin Aztex became the first teams to clinch playoff spots over the weekend. On the flip side, NSC Minnesota, Crystal Palace Baltimore, AC St. Louis, and Miami FC are the four teams that will need some help getting...

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A fun night

Published August 23, 2010

D& - Match Report D& - Notebook Devo's Direct Kicks - Report Card US - Scoresheet Rhinos It was pretty much a perfect night to honor the Rochester Lancers and celebrate the 70th anniversary of their 1970 NASL Championship. The Rhinos certainly held up th...

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Sam clears the air

Published August 19, 2010

I haven't gotten this much flak for a blog post since I said that I would shop Johnny Menyongar at the trade deadline a few years back. When I posted yesterday morning that the Rochester Lancers owned the rights to a USL outdoor franchise in Rochester, that statement came under fire. Here is Sam's...

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Will the Rhinos drop from the 2nd Division?

Published August 18, 2010

MLS Rumors MLS Rumors is very hit and miss with their "reports". But, they have one up right now saying that they are hearing that Rochester & Austin could drop down to 3rd division soccer in 2011 after last week's meetings with US Soccer that outlined what US Soccer wants from leagues and team owne...

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Top of the table

Published August 16, 2010

Rochester 2:1 Montreal - Scoresheet USSF Division-2 Pro League Standings Devo's Direct Kicks - Report Card D& - Match Report 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 lo...

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I'm back

Published August 9, 2010

After being out on vacation and missing time due to "personal reasons", I am back. I've been gone so long that Rafa Marquez has made his NY debut and Clint Mathis has retired from LA. The Rhinos even have a new Executive VP in Bob Russell that will be running things day to day. Seattle added a...

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Rhinos end road trip with a win

Published July 28, 2010

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Rhinos Carolina US - Scoresheet It wasn't pretty, but the Rhinos got 3 points in Carolina last night when Jamie Franks' cross deflected off of RailHawks defender Matt Bobo and into the Carolina net in the second half. The win gives...

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Show me the money!

Published July 27, 2010

Not me, Rafa Marquez . It looks like the NY Red Bulls are giving me another reason to hate them. It will be interesting to see how the two ex-Barca stars change the Red Bulls on the field. Thierry Henry is saying that he's nowhere near fit ahead of this weekend's match in Houston. So, how long will...

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Rhinos fall in Puerto Rico

Published July 26, 2010

D& Rhinos US - Scoresheet With the short turnaround between Thursday's win in Tampa Bay and Saturday night's game in Puerto Rico and with captain Frankie Sanfilippo back in Rochester awaiting the birth of his first child, the Rhinos fell in Puerto Rico 3-1. Nicholas Addl...

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Give me more of Hoxie & Kissi

Published July 23, 2010

D& US - Scoresheet Devo's Direct Kicks While Devo is wondering if the Hoxie-Kissi game winner is a flash in the pan, I want to see more of Hoxie & Kissi up top for the Rhinos. The last time they started up top, Kissi scored twice with Hoxie getting both assists. For me, n...

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It's official

Published July 22, 2010

Rochester Rochester Lancers Facebook Group D& -  No issues at Blue Cross Arena D& - Lancers cornerstone of new league Devo's Direct Kicks USL The Rochester Lancers v2.0 will not play a game for over a year. They don't have a coach. The...

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Published July 20, 2010

Devo's Direct Kicks (yesterday) Devo's Direct Kicks (today) D& Pitch Invasion All I know is that I'm going to a USL press conference tomorrow. It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out. With the I-League keep costs down by having teams up and down the I-90 like the AHL does?...

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Published July 15, 2010

NY Daily News NY Post NY Times The Offside Rules The Final Third - Steve Davis Big Apple Red Bulls Reader The Red Bulls did the expected yesterday when they announced that they have signed ex-France international forward Thierry Henry. As with most DP signings, I'll take a...

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That's gonna leave a mark

Published July 13, 2010

- I can't argue with the World Cup award winners. - I like Grant Wahl's World Cup Best XI better than Beckham's. - Here is an interesting ESPN piece on why Americans don't appreciate soccer. Although, it doesn't appear that ESPN is upset with the ratings that they got for the World Cup. Perhap...

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1st vs 2nd

Published July 9, 2010

D& With the weather not looking great for tonight's first place versus second place showdown at Marina Auto Stadium, here is your theme music for tonight. With a win tonight, not only will the Rhinos pull within three points of Austin for first place in the USL Conference (and the Rhinos wil...

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Back from the long weekend

Published July 7, 2010

I'm back from the four day weekend. Had to love the Rhinos 2-1 win over Montreal on Saturday night. Thank goodness Constanzo got the insurance goal that turned into the game winner with Montreal getting a goal in stoppage time. Here are some of the best links out there: - I gotta love Devo getting...

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Rhinos v Montreal on 4th of July Weekend

Published July 2, 2010

Montreal The Rhinos get to try and get the taste of losing in the Open Cup out of their mouths against Montreal tomorrow evening at Marina Autos Stadium. Montreal will likely be in a foul mood after falling to Vancouver on Wednesday 2-1 on a stoppage time goal by Whitecaps defender Luca...

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Published July 1, 2010

With NHL UFA opening up today and my day job blowing up, I've been distracted the past few days, but here goes: - The Rhinos came close on Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 stoppage time loss to the Crew to get bounced from the USOC. Bob Lilley is now the only Rhinos coach in history wit...

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Where does the US go from here?

Published June 29, 2010

After the US fell to Ghana 2-1 in added extra time on Saturday, the questions immediately moved to Bob Bradley's future with the USMNT. US Captain Carlos Bocanegra has come out in support of his coach. But, there is tons of internet chatter that the US needs a change.  US Soccer president Sunil G...

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Mama said knock you out

Published June 25, 2010

Inside Minnesota Soccer Fanhouse Grant Wahl @ Yanks Abroad Soccer Insider with Bob Bradley quotes Steve Davis @ Jonathan Wilson @ Reuters via The match previews are coming in as we are a day away from the US versus Ghana with a Quarterfinal berth on the l...

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One Goal Changes Everything

Published June 23, 2010

U2 has done the "One Game Changes Everything" ads for the last two World Cups. Well, the US can re-do that ad with a twist as one goal changed everything for the USMNT yesterday versus Algeria. For well over an hour, the US was not advancing out of the group stage with England leading Slovenia 1-0 a...

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Do or Die

Published June 22, 2010

US - Match Preview Grant Wahl's 5 Things to Watch For Yanks Abroad Inside Minnesota Soccer USA 10 Kit The Original Winger - Donovan and Bob Bradley interviews MLS Insider - Alexi Lalas on Findley suspension Forget all the stuff about the US needing to score first. That's too simple...

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Ugly Ties

Published June 21, 2010

Since Grant Wahl's recap of the US-Slovenia 2-2 draw starts off talking about how the US got jobbed, let's go in that direction. The USA 10 Kit ,  SI's Peter King , Steve Davis , Yahoo Sports ,  Yanks Abroad , & the DC Sports Bog are just a touch of the various takes on the call. My quick takes on...

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Lots of previews of US-Slovenia

Published June 17, 2010

Since we are one day away, here are some of the best previews I've found today: Inside Minnesota Yanks Abroad - Preview Yanks Abroad - Slovenia Expectations Yanks Abroad - The Most Intense Is Yet To Come MLS Talk Grant Wahl's 5 Things to watch for Steve Davis @ The...

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On to the 2nd round of the USOC

Published June 16, 2010

The - 1st Round results The - Bracket D& Devo's Direct Kicks - Report Card It wasn't the best performance ever. But, the Rhinos certainly took care of business against the Dayton Dutch Lions of the PDL as they advanced to the 2nd Round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tourname...

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Stay Medium

Published June 14, 2010

The most hyped game in USMNT history is over and the US got a point. Now they need to get three points versus Slovenia on Friday and get 3 points against Algeria in the group stage finale. While many think it's a foregone conclusion given what the US accomplished on Saturday, it's not. This team nee...

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One day away

Published June 11, 2010

The jerseys are being printed. Carlos Bocanegra is gracing the cover of beer cans. And ESPN did The Homecoming with Landon Donovan.  That must mean that we are only a day away from US-England at the World Cup. Unprofessional Foul has it's England preview. WV Hooligan has it's questions for the...

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Lots o links

Published June 9, 2010

Let's see how many links I can pack in before I get kicked out of here.... - The Rhinos have let Roy Clark go and added MF Kenold Versailles previously of Crystal Palace Baltimore. - Steve Ralston has left AC St Louis and returned to the New England Revolution. - If the USSF asks the NASL to ke...

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