On 11/21/2011 the team announced that it had re-signed Tyler Rosenlund. With experience in Europe and with Toronto FC in MLS, 25 year old Canadian Rosenlund is a young veteran presence in the Rhinos’ midfield. 2011 team MVP, “Rosie” is the driver of Rochester’s attack and a great addition to the 2012 squad.
“Signing Tyler was an important objective when I took the position because he is the engine in our midfield.” Rhinos Head Coach Jesse Myers said to Democrat and Chronicle’s Jeff DiVeronica. “Tyler is a very good player with MLS and international experience.”
At that end of the press conference Rhinos Head Coach Jesse Myers said, “We’re also in the final stages of bringing some new players into the team. We’re specifically making an effort to sure up our left flank.”
Those signings Myers made reference to were confirmed Monday November 28. Jack Traynor and Michael Zaher both play primarily as left backs and offer ample replacement for departing Rich Costanzo. Traynor with Notre Dame and Zaher with UCLA, were standouts at the collegiate level earning selections in all-conference teams multiple times each.
“Michael Zaher is a very talented player who has a lot of experience. He was the captain of the UCLA team, had a couple of years in MLS, and even played with the U18 Men’s National Team.” Myers said. “He’s a veteran presence who can set a great example for the young players in our locker room.”
26 year old Zaher is the type of player the Rhinos need to play solid in the back with Roberts and Bellamy. His 13 games across 2 seasons in the MLS provides the level of experience that is so valuable in the USL. He can also help nurture younger defenders on the rise in Rochester.
Jack Traynor is the older brother of Rhinos rookie defender Will. At 24, Traynor comes to Rochester with 3 years of professional experience and 63 professional matches under his belt. This includes starting for the 2011 Championship winning Orlando City Soccer Club.
“Jack Traynor is a veteran professional and he brings championship experience to our roster. Jack’s versatility is an asset that will be important to us throughout the season” Myers said “With two talented veteran players on the left side the problem now becomes getting them both on the pitch at the same time. That’s not necessarily a bad problem to have though.”
“When I was looking at the Rhinos roster last season I thought that the left-hand side was an area that was in need of improvement. These two new signings will allow us to shore up the left-hand side with experienced veteran players,” Head Coach Jesse Myers said.
The Rhinos now have 11 players under contract for the 2012 season:
Goalkeeper: Neal Kitson
Defenders: Tyler Bellamy, Troy Roberts, Jack Traynor, Mike Zaher
Midfielders: Drew Cost, Michael Tanke, Tyler Rosenlund, J.C. Banks
Forwards: Andrew Hoxie, Isaac Kissi
I’m still hoping the Rhinos can come to terms with deep-lying playmaker Alfonso Motagalvan and attacking right back Quavas Kirk (former US-17 player and Project 40, the forerunner to MLS’s Generation Adidas)