Could the Cosmos be coming back?

Published: May 5, 2009 12:00am

This Is American Adam Spangler of has an interview with Peppe Pinton who controls the rights to the NY Cosmos name and logo. Pinton claims that he is open to letting a group that wants to do a NY based MLS club right the Cosmos name. He also says that with the Seattle Sounders in...

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Half way home

Published: May 4, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos Devo's Direct Kicks Cleveland City - Scoresheet The Rhinos couldn't have hoped for more than they got Friday night in Cleveland. Win? Check Fewer Cards? Check (Atieno's first half caution was the lone Rhinos card) No new injuries? Check Get rest for some key g...

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What time is it?

Published: May 1, 2009 12:00am

After last weekend's 4 point road trip to Puerto Rico and Miami, I am really excited to watch tonight's game in Cleveland on the Fox Soccer Channel. If the Rhinos are able to get 3 points tonight, they will vault into 2nd place in the USL 1st Division. And given that Cleveland has lost at Miami FC b...

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Party on Wayne!

Published: April 30, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos The Rhinos are hosting a viewing party tomorrow night at The Distillery on Mount Hope as the Fox Soccer Channel will have the Rhinos game in Cleveland as their USL Game of the Week. It will be interesting to see how many Rhinos fans come out to see the first non-USL Live Rhinos re...

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Paying for a stadium

Published: April 29, 2009 12:00am

Indy There are all sorts of issues with paying the operating expenses for Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis home of the NFL's Colts. And the City, which owns the stadium, is asking the Colts to kick in $5 million to help close the gap in their budget. It just goes to show you that planning fo...

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Slow news day

Published: April 28, 2009 12:00am

The swine flu outbreak has caused CONCACAF to end the U-17 Championships early. I wonder if that is the reason for the slow soccer news day? News & Notes: - MLS Daily has their latest attendance figures up. Only 5 of the 14 returning teams have improved attendance over last season. There are al...

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Four point weekend

Published: April 27, 2009 12:00am

With a scoreless draw in Puerto Rico and a 2-1 win in Miami, the Rhinos are looking really good heading into Friday night's USL Game of the Week on FSC. The Rhinos had a couple of solid firsts for the 2009 USL 1st Division season: - They were the first road team to win in 2009 - They were the first...

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Tough weekend ahead

Published: April 23, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos At Puerto Rico and at Miami That is a tough road trip of two games in three days. Add in that Miami has the reigning player of the week in Diego Serna and I'd be really happy if they were able to get 2 or 3 points out of these two games. Add in the suspensions due to the Earls and...

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What is up with Western NY FC?

Published: April 22, 2009 12:00am

USL Western NY Someone recently posted a question on Joy McKenzie's Facebook page about what is up with WNY Pride, the W-League team that was to play in Rochester this summer. Poking around the internet, I've found some interesting things. First is that the WNY web page doe...

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So who is going to plop down $150 to see the USWNT?

Published: April 21, 2009 12:00am US Tickets to the game in Rochester versus Canada will range in price from $18 to $150. You do get to keep your US Soccer camp chair for the $150, so it's got to be worth it, right? The really interesting thing is that on the seating diagram, sections 101, 102, and 114...

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Seeing red

Published: April 20, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks D& Rhinos USL - Scoresheet The Rhinos got off to a rocky start to the 2009 season in Carolina on Saturday evening as they dropped their season opener to the RailHawks by a 1-0 scoreline. Add to that the fact that they will be reduced to 16 healt...

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I wish.....

Published: April 17, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Rhinos My Fox I wish we could talk about the Rhinos opener tomorrow night in Carolina. I wish we could talk about Pat Ercoli being the new color commentary person on the Rhinos radio broadcasts with Joe Giuliano moving over to...

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Tomorrow is a big day

Published: April 15, 2009 12:00am

Tomorrow the Rhinos will hold a press conference to announce the new naming rights sponsor of the stadium, along with the radio dup for the 2009 Rhinos radio broadcasts. I have no idea who the naming rights sponsor is, other than Sam's hints that it is a local company, and I'm hoping for a company l...

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The final tune up is upon us

Published: April 14, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos Tonight is the final pre-season game for the Rhinos as they take on the University of Buffalo Bulls at 5pm at Rhinos Stadium. It will be interesting to see how many starters play tonight and whether fans get their first look at guys like Tai Atieno and Darren Kenton. News & Not...

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USL 1st Division season kicks off

Published: April 13, 2009 12:00am

Carolina-Minnesota Match Report Carolina-Minnesota Scoresheet The Carolina RailHawks defeated Minnesota 2-1 on Saturday evening to open up the 2009 USL 1st Division season. Carolina's Mark Schulte scored the first goal of the season in the 22nd minute, Minnesota's Melvin Tarley was the first player...

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Rhinos have a new defender and name an assistant coach

Published: April 10, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos The Rhinos have signed English defender Darren Kenton to a one year deal. Kenton has played in the central part of midfield and at right back in his career.   It will be interesting to see if this pushes John Ball back into a right outside midfield spot or if he'll be a depth gu...

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Sanders tears ACL

Published: April 9, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks Jeff is reporting that new Rhinos forward Chris Sanders has torn his ACL at practice this week. Given what he had shown through pre-season, I doubt that if Sanders is done for the year that the team will miss him on the field much. The issue now is more about budget space as the...

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Down goes Puerto Rico

Published: April 8, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks USL Jonny Steele said that they were going to play like the score was 0-0. When I turned the game on last night about 15 minutes in, Puerto Rico was playing a bunker with 5 defenders. That doesn't sound like a team that is playing like they need to win to adv...

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Are we there yet?

Published: April 6, 2009 12:00am

With MLS and WPS underway and the USL 1st Division opening up the 2009 season on Saturday, I can't wait for the Rhinos season to open up. I know, with snow forecasted for tomorrow, I should be patient. But, I'm not! With a USL 1st Division preview out today (feel free to complain about the Rhinos p...

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This makes me ill

Published: April 3, 2009 12:00am

Seattle This is going to end up one of two ways: 1) Fredy Montero will go from a star on the rise to MLS's version of OJ Simpson within the span of a month 2) The woman is lying and will make it harder for woman who are really attacked by celebrities to be taken seriously. Either way, this is...

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Jozy, Jozy, Jozy

Published: April 2, 2009 12:00am

US Colorado Soccer Now MLS Talk No Short Corners US Youtube Highlights Big Apple Bunky Country There were questions about wether Jozy Altidore was fit enough to go 90 minutes. Well, since he got a hat trick (and could have had another goal or two,...

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April Fools Day

Published: April 1, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks D& Honestly, there wasn't a whole lot here that I didn't know about. The big things moving forward will be selling the suites once their finished and getting a solid naming rights deal done. Rob Clark has to have expectations on what those revenue streams will become. I...

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An up and down soccer weekend

Published: March 30, 2009 12:00am

Saturday's show with Kenney Bertz, Jason Perry, Chris Economides, and Abby Wambach was good. The Rhinos 1-0 win over the Italia Shooters, not so much. The first 70 minutes of the US-El Salvador game was horrible. The last 20+ minutes were great and made the point gained on the road bittersweet...

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Rhinos roster looks set at 19

Published: March 27, 2009 12:00am

The Rhinos announced the signings of Mike Ambersley and Nano Short today to bring the number of players under contract to 19. The word I'm getting is that the team will stick with the 19 player roster for a while as opposed to signing another player right now. Here is the positional breakdown: Forwa...

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Is it Friday yet?

Published: March 26, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Rhinos As expected, the Rhinos took care of business defeating the University of Rochester 4-0. The Rhinos played all of the signed players except for Ze Roberto (recovering from knee surgery) and Tai Atieno (not in town due to national team duty). Newly s...

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Rhinos sign Kwame Sarkodie

Published: March 25, 2009 12:00am

The Rhinos have signed midfielder/defender Kwame Sarkodie to a one year deal. Sarkodie played his college soccer at the University of Cincinnati. He made his pro debut last season with the Cleveland City Stars of the USL 2nd Division. After the USL 2nd Division season ended, Sarkodie was signed by...

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Where do we go from here?

Published: March 25, 2009 12:00am

With Seattle making it's MLS debut and both Vancouver and Portland landing 2011 MLS expansion teams last week, some Rhinos fans are wondering what is the future of the USL 1st Division and the Rhinos? Over the past year or so, I've heard talk off an MLS 2nd Division should FIFA demand a promotion/re...

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Rhinos sighting!

Published: March 23, 2009 12:00am

On Saturday, the Rhinos kicked off the 2009 pre-season with a scoreless draw versus the Cleveland City Stars. I called Devo after the game to give him my quick hits on the match that he put on Devo's Direct Kicks and Rhinos has a recap as well. Since that was covered, I'll go over the...

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Drew Carey was wrong

Published: March 20, 2009 12:00am

Picture from Seattle Times Gallery NY Daily News Seattle Times Notebook Seattle Sounders Seattle Times Seattle - Michael Lewis Drew Carey predicted a 1-0 Sounders victory. Well, that would have been the final score had Fredy Monter...

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2009 MLS season kicks off tonight

Published: March 19, 2009 12:00am - Sounders FC host Red Bulls in debut The Sports Network - Seattle, New York set to open 2009 season Advantage Played - 3 Questions for Seattle and New York Next Season Sports - It's About All of Us Seattle Times - What to expect from Sounders FC Seattle Times - Be in your seat by 6...

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