The Rhinos went into Titan Stadium at Cal State Fullerton hoping to take a point away from the L.A. Blues. Instead of settling for a draw, the team exploded out of the half time break and notched two quick goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half. Despite defending heavily, Rochester remained dangerous on counter attacks and continued to press for a third goal when they had possession. This victory moves the team to 2-0 on the early season, which Jeff DiVeronica revealed on Twitter is the first time the Rhinos have accomplished this feat since 2006. Not only that, but the Rhinos picked up 6 points on the road from one of the pre-season favorites in USL-Pro.
The Los Angeles play-by-play analyst Marc Serber (@SoccerSerber) was fantastic throughout the match. But onto the actual game..
The Rhinos lined up in the same 4-5-1/4-4-1-1 with Tam McManus playing in the hole. Kristian Nicht started behind a back line of Jack Traynor, Troy Roberts, George Kyriazis, and Quavas Kirk. J.C. Banks and Danny Earls again started on the wings, while Tyler Rosenlund and Drew Cost combined in the center of midfield. Graciano Brito was the lone man up top.
Kirk was determined to be fit after coming off with a knock late in the first match, but the 32 old year Greek central defender replaced the injured Tyler Bellamy for his first league start as a Rhino.
Los Angeles started in the same formation they played last week, a 4-5-1 that transitions to a 4-3-3. Starting from the goalkeeper, the Blues’ starters were: Jose Miranda; Sunyhung Cho, Carlos Borja, Ebrima Jatta, Bryan Burke; Erlys Garcia, Irving Garcia, Ricky Waddell; George Davis IV, Brian Farber, and Matt Fondy. Continue reading