The Rhinos added Chilean central midfielder Gustavo Zamudio on Tuesday. He adds a Latin American playmaking spark to the Rhinos midfield and I think he could be the “diamond in the rough” signing for the team this season. The Rhinos midfield already includes tremendous talent out wide with J.C. Banks, a very versatile and talented Tyler Rosenlund, and a great partner who can martial the midfield in either Drew Cost and Michael Tanke.
“The first thing that impresses you about Gustavo is his technical ability. He’s very good on the ball,” Rhinos head coach Myers said. “After watching him play for a while you end up realizing how well he reads the game and how well he passes the ball. I inherited a hard working central midfield from Bob [Lilley], and I think Zamudio will complement that group very nicely with his technical flair and ability to get everyone involved.”
On Friday, the Rhinos played their third preseason match at home against Colgate University. The game recap comes from the Rhinos’ press release on their website:
The Rhinos opened the scoring off of a set piece in the 55th minute. Trialist Evans Frimpong served a corner kick to the near post. Front runner Andrew Hoxie made a near post run and flicked the ball onto the far post with a header. Trialist Kendall McFayden was on the far post and beat the Colgate keeper to give the Rhinos a 1:0 lead.
The Rhinos took a 2:0 lead two minutes later when central midfielder Drew Cost played trialist right back Jimmy Lannon through on the right flank. Lannon served the ball in from the right flank and trialist central midfielder Gary Boughton was there for the volley to give the Rhinos a 2:0 lead.
Jimmy Lannon is a 2012 Cornell graduate who has played both right back and center midfield in his career. Lannon finished his four years as a Big Red sixth in school history in games started (58), tied for sixth in assists (13) and tied for eighth in games played (62). The Tinton Falls, NJ, native has also faced and overcome adversity in his short career. In his freshman year the Cornell team went 1-15, but Lannon played a stabilizing role in the responsive growth of the team over the following three years. Lannon started as a right back for the Rhinos against Colgate University for Friday’s match at Sahlen’s Stadium before getting subbed out in the 60th minute.
Evans Frimpong played right midfield against Colgate University before J.C. Banks replaced him in the 60th minute. Frimpong was selected by the Chicago Fire in the first round of the four-round MLS Supplemental Draft. Although Frimpong had impressed Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas enough through his collegiate career to merit a draft pick, he was unable to do enough during the team’s training camp in Florida to earn a roster spot. After being released by the Fire, Frimpong trained with the San Jose Earthquakes for nearly a month. Although Frimpong played forward in his two years at the University of Delaware, he ran the right side of the midfield for Reading United of the Premier Development League for three consecutive summers.
Frimpong received several awards during his senior season, among which were second team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American, first team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region, Herrmann Trophy semifinalist, CAA Player of the Year, and ECAC All-East first team. During his senior season with the University of Delaware, Frimpong ranked among the CAA leaders in scoring, tallying 29 points on 12 goals and five assists this season.
I still cannot find any information on central defender on trial George Kyriazis, which is a little odd considering I could find profiles and biographies on every other player. Another potential mystery is the forward player that the Rhinos’ report listed as “Pedro.” He could be Pedro Rivas, who has previously played as an attacking midfielder, getting a shot at striker. Or he could be an entirely different player, the report didn’t provide a first name so I can’t give you any more details on that.
The team is slowly but surely taking shape. During a radio interview in the past week head coach Jesse Myers said we could expect movement on a contract to Danny Earls in the near future. I, for one, am very excited about the squad we have for the 2012 season.