During the first half, it was hard to believe that the Rhinos were the home team. Orlando easily passed around and through the center of the field as if the Rochester midfielders never showed up to the game. Depending on how you count the Rhinos’ 4-4-1-1 formation, the team plays five midfielders; on Friday night it looked like they played two in the midfield.
Danny Earls was playing in center midfield alongside Tyler Rosenlund. Earls has been highly effective for the Rhinos this year, but only when he plays on the left wing. Head coach Jesse Myers plays Earls inside because the team lacks a playmaking midfielder. Myers thinks Earls can better help the team with his passing ability inside rather than providing a consistent threat down the outside.
Tyler Rosenlund’s only consistent characteristics this season have been to misplace simple passes and easy traps. Having the first touch of a rhinoceros doesn’t necessarily mean Rosenlund should start games for the Rochester Rhinos. Rosenlund can’t pass, trap, tackle or score. He offers nothing to the team except as a scapegoat for criticism. It boggles my mind that the coaching staff hasn’t been able to figure out a winning midfield combination. In the five months since the players first started playing together for the 2012 season, Jesse Myers hasn’t yet realized that he needs a player who can pass and a player who can tackle in his midfield. Continue reading