The formation could have been a traditional 4-4-2, or a 4-2-3-1 with advanced wingers, but the team most likely operated as a 4-4-1-1. Scottish forward Tam McManus is the self-proclaimed “number 10″ for the Rhinos and likes to pop into spaces and exchange quick passes.The first half was largely the Danny Earls show and I fully expect his effort to be rewarded with a contract. The Irish trialist had two assists to set up Tam McManus and J.C. Banks in the opening quarter of an hour. Continue reading
One week from today, on March 18, the Rochester (formerly Raging) Rhinos officially kick off their preseason when they take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Peters Township High School in Pittsburgh. The Rhinos then host five games at Sahlen’s Stadium against 4 colleges and the Montreal Impact u21 side. The team looks solid in 10 positions on the field to me, and the team is only one of two signings away from the most attractive team to play in Rochester in ten or so years.
The goalkeeping situation got a whole lot more convincing with the addition of Kristian Nicht. Nicht, 29, will likely be the starter for the Rhinos while 22 year old rookie Brandon Miller will deputize and look to excel in the newly formatted U.S. Open Cup. Only the Los Angeles Blues boast a goalkeeper with close to the same pedigree and international club experience as Nicht, in Mexican veteran Oscar Duatt.
Below is a rundown of the rest of the roster and my confidence in each position. Continue reading
Since November the Rochester Rhinos have made three signings, all of a different nature. In Conor Chinn, the Rhinos signed a striker looking to kick-start his stuttering professional career. In Brandon Miller, the Rhinos signed a promising young goalkeeper fresh out of college. And in Quavas Kirk, the Rhinos re-signed a solid performer from the 2011 season.
On Monday December 19, Rhinos fans got an early Christmas present in the form of 24 year old striker Conor Chinn. Chinn was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in 2010 and made 5 league appearances for the club before being waived after the season. After a brief spell with Real Salt Lake, Chinn joined Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL in June where he made 10 appearances. Continue reading