Friday one touch

Published: October 16, 2009 12:00am

I've got a sore ankle and I'm worn down, so here goes a little one touch of the news of the day. (And if you like this picture, here is where you can get the t-shirt ) - WV Hooligan and Fake Sigi have takes on the on going stadium saga in Portland. - Jonathan Bornstein has been nominated for the...

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Tie one for Charlie

Published: October 15, 2009 12:00am - Grant Wahl - Match Report - Grant Wahl - 3 points - Freedman's Throw Ins US - Match Report MLS Talk The Offside Rules The Original Winger - Match Highlights US - Mixed Zone video The Original Winger - Photos Behind the Badge - Photos USMNT Bl...

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The US is headed to WC2010

Published: October 13, 2009 12:00am

USMNT Blog US - Highlights - Grant Wahl - Match recap NY Times - MLS can take credit - Grant Wahl on meeting the president and getting robbed at gunpoint US - Studio 90 for October 13th US - Reactions to the win - Galaxy proud of La...

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Will the US punch the ticket to South Africa tomorrow?

Published: October 9, 2009 12:00am

USMNT Blog Yanks Abroad preview Grant Wahl @ Michael Lewis @ on Feilhaber on Holden Miami Herald on Charlie Davies Big Apple on Feilhaber or Holden replacing Dempsey MLS Talk - Get wide The Original Winger - Inside the Lines I could complain abo...

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Where to look for coaching candidates

Published: October 7, 2009 12:00am

Since I went over my idea on the process for interviewing potential candidates for the Rhinos head coaching opening on Monday, I'd figure that I'd throw out some potential routes to go to get some good coaching candidates. If you like what Martin Rennie did in Carolina this year, you might want to l...

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USSF is stepping in

Published: October 6, 2009 12:00am

Cary News Inside Minnesota Soccer In an interesting development in the power struggle between NuRock/USL versus the TOA, the US Soccer Federation reportedly has stepped in and called a meeting in NY City today to involve the league, the owners, and US Soccer Federation and Kraft Soccer president Su...

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The process of hiring a head coach

Published: October 5, 2009 12:00am

Since I'm an engineer, I am intrigued by the process that Rob Clark will use when he hires the next head coach of the Rhinos. If I were to embark on this journey, I would try and be as methodical as possible. The first thing I would try and do is lay out all the various requirements that it would ta...

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Cross Brian Bliss off the wish list

Published: October 2, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks Well, there goes my first choice for the next head coach of the Rhinos. I know the names of Steve Guppy and Dave Sarachan have been mentioned as well, but I can't see either of them leaving an MLS assistant coaching job for the Rhinos job. It's going to be very interesting to see...

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Published: October 1, 2009 12:00am

I've been away for a while, so I figured I'd have some quick comments on what has happened over the past week. Rhinos crash out in Puerto Rico What can you say? The team had a huge game, came out flat, Sancho received two first half yellows and that was it. And when your three playoff goals are all...

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Just one lapse

Published: September 25, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos D& D& - Notebook Devo's Direct Kicks USL - Scoresheet Outside of the lapse after John Ball scored to make it 2-0, the Rhinos have to be pretty happy with how the 1st leg of their Quarterfinal series with the Puerto Rico Islanders went. Seven minutes...

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Round 1

Published: September 24, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Without knowing what kind of lineup that Puerto Rico will run out there to who will and won't be available for the Rhinos, it's hard to call what will happen in tonight's 1st leg of the quarterfinal series between Rochester and Puerto Rico. Given how things have gone...

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Puerto Rico has to be disappointed

Published: September 23, 2009 12:00am

The Original Winger - Video Highlights USL The Puerto Rico Islanders really needed to take three points from last evening's CONCACAF Champions League match at home versus Saprissa. Things were looks good for the Islanders when they scored in the 72nd minute. But, they were unable to hol...

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Rhinos-Islanders in the Quarterfinals

Published: September 22, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Rochester Devo isn't happy about the ticket prices. Andrew Gregor has openly talked about not wanting anything to do with the referees in Puerto Rico. It will be interesting to see how things play out. You can bet that Coach Tilley will be glued to Fox S...

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Is this a playoff preview?

Published: September 18, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks In what could be a USL 1st Division playoff preview, the Rhinos host the Charleston Battery this evening. It will be interesting to see if the Rhinos can enter the playoffs on a high note after playing Miami FC to a scoreless draw last Sunday afternoon. Portland cli...

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Playoff tickets on sale tomorrow

Published: September 17, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos Rhinos playoff tickets go on sale tomorrow. Here are the prices for season ticket holders: 3 game package - $18, $27, $36, $39, and $42 per seat Window prices: Game 1 - $9, $12, $15, $17, and $19 Game 2 (Semis) - $10, $14, $17, $19, and $21 Game 3 (Final) - $10, $17, $20, $...

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It takes a tribe to support a soccer club

Published: September 16, 2009 12:00am

Pitch Don't take my word for it.  Spend a few minutes to read the latest post at Pitch Invasion by Chicago Red Stars CEO Peter Wilt. It is really, really good. TOA & MLS(2)??? The Kartik Report Football in Miami and Beyond While this latest nugget on the TOA situation will likely...

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Oh, Johnny No!

Published: September 15, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Apparently the scoreless draw that fans had to endure wasn't the worst part of Sunday afternoon. 2008 Rhinos MVP (and perhaps the 2009 team MVP) Johnny Menyongar is done for the year due to a torn ACL suffered on Sunday afternoon. Menyongar is currently tied for the...

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The Dumbest Beckham Rumor Ever

Published: September 11, 2009 12:00am

Whitecaps In what has to be the dumbest David Beckham rumor ever, someone suggested that he would be loaned to the Montreal Impact for the stretch run and the playoffs in the USL 1st Division. This was a spin off of the rumor that Beckham would work with Joey Saputo to jointly take the Impact...

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My 5 day weekend is over

Published: September 10, 2009 12:00am

I'm back after a mini-vacation due to the Labor Day holiday and taking a couple of days off because my younger son had his first day of kindergarten yesterday. Since I've been slacking, here is what has gone down over the last 5 days: We'll be on 107.3 FM now In case you missed it, 107.3 FM has sw...

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Rochester ends Portland's unbeaten string

Published: September 4, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Rhinos Portland USL - Scoresheet Will anyone argue that last night's 2-1 win in Portland was the biggest win of the Rhinos season? I'll put it ahead of the US Open Cup PK shootout win over Columbus since it was on the road and Col...

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Josh Wicks, Mind Cramp

Published: September 3, 2009 12:00am

Soccer Insider MLS Talk The Original Winger No Short Corners Behind the Badge The DCenters The Offside Rules Behind the Badge - Kevin Payne after the match - Sounders angle - DC angle US US - Quote Sheet - Video Highlights DC Sports...

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Published: September 2, 2009 12:00am

Since this Wednesday is far from drama free, I'll split it up into the bad kind (the USL tug o' war) and the good kind (DC vs Seattle for the US Open Cup). Bad Drama Soccer MLS Talk - USL at a Crossroads III The Kartik Report - Exerpts and Analysis of the previous article WV Hooligan...

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The Days of the USL

Published: September 1, 2009 12:00am

More than a few USL owners are ticked off. But, Ottawa wants to join the USL 1st Division. Is the USL at a crossroads? Or are the changes that have been announced largely cosmetic and the status quo will remain? It will definitely be a very interesting off season. It will also be interesting to s...

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I know it's Monday, but I feel a rant coming on

Published: August 31, 2009 12:00am - MLS Playoff Watch MLS Talk - Attendance numbers Whenever the day dreaming about Rochester in MLS comes up on Bob Matthews' radio show, I start screaming at my radio. I scream at my radio because Bob has the same take every single time. And his take is that since MLS has a single entity sy...

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Miami FC is not catching Rochester

Published: August 27, 2009 12:00am

Carolina Miami USL - Scoresheet The Kartik Report The Carolina RailHawks destroyed Miami FC last night by a 9-0 scoreline. That is not a typo. With Miami FC on a 0-6-1 streak where they have been outscored 24 to 2, I think the top 7 in the USL 1st Division are pre...

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Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting

Published: August 26, 2009 12:00am

Whether it's this player in Bolivia or West Ham United and Millwall fans going at it, it's a lovely day to be a soccer hater. When there should be more stories like this one about the fan support in Portland, we get news that the English FA is investigating violence and racism. But on the good n...

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Nano Short named to the team of the week

Published: August 25, 2009 12:00am

USL Nano Short was the lone Rhino named to the USL Team of the Week for this week. I would have liked to have seen Chris Nurse get the nod for his bounce back game versus Carolina. Oh well. News & Notes: - Matthew Delicate was named to the USL 2nd Division 1st team and Chad Severs an...

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Not all ties are the same

Published: August 24, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Rhinos USL - Scoresheet If the 3-3 tie versus Minnesota on Wednesday night was like kissing your ugly sister, then Saturday's scoreless draw versus Carolina was like kissing your hot step sister. It's not all that you want, but it's a step in...

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Published: August 21, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks Granted, the team has been struggling mightily of late, but I can't see them getting leapfrogged in the stadnings by Montreal, Vancouver, and Miami FC to finish out of the playoffs. For instance, Montreal still has to play Carolina three times. Vancouver has an easy schedule and...

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Published: August 20, 2009 12:00am

D& D& - Notebook Devo's Direct Kicks Rhinos USL - Scoresheet If the most important parts of matches are the first and last 10 minutes of each half, then the Rhinos really need to work on that area of the game after the Minnesota Thunder outscored them 3-2...

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