Projecting the Rhinos’ 2012 Roster

The list of trialists who have featured for the Rhinos during preseason are:
Joe Marino (GK), George Kyriazis (D), Pedro Rivas (M), Danny Earls (M)*, Gustavo Zamudio (M)*, Mac Hemmi (D), Kendell McFayden (F), Gary Boughton (M), J.P. Reyes (D), Kyle Manscuk (D), Jeremy Ortiz (F), Jimmy Lannon (D/M), Evans Frimpong (M/F).

* denotes that these players have already signed for the club.

Against Pittsburgh:
Marino started and played 45
Kyriazis started and played 90
Rivas started and played 90
Earls started and played 90
Zamudio started and played 60
Hemmi entered and played 30
McFayden entered and played 30
Boughton entered and played 30

Against Binghamton:
Earls started and played 57, had two assists
Kyriazis entered and played 45
Hemmi entered and played 45
Rivas entered and played 33
Reyes entered and played 33
Boughton entered and played 33
Manscuk entered and played 33
McFayden entered and played 33
Ortiz entered and played 33

Against Colgate:
Manscuk started and played 60
Kyriazis started and played 60
Lannon started and played 60, had an assist
Boughton started and played 60, scored a goal
McFayden started and played 60, scored a goal
Frimpong started and played 60
Rivas started and played 34
Hemmi entered and played 56
Marino entered and played 45
Earls entered and played 30

Against UB:
Earls started and played 71
Hemmi started and played 60
Kryiazis entered and played 44
Frimpong entered and played 30
McFayden entered and played 30
Lannon entered and played 30
Reyes entered and played 23
Boughton entered and played 21
Manscuk entered and played 19

Against Montreal:
Kyriazis started and played 68
Manscuk entered and played 22
Hemmi entered and played 22
McKayden entered and played 22

Against Syracuse:
Kyriazis started and played 68
Hemmi started and played 90
Manscuk entered and played 22

So in summation:
Kyriazis has four starts and one sub app for a total of 331 minutes
Hemmi has two starts and four sub apps for a total of 303 minutes
Rivas has two starts and one sub app for a total of 157 minutes
Manscuk has one start and four sub apps for a total of 156 minutes

McFayden has one start three sub apps for a total of 153 minutes
Boughton has one start and three sub apps for a total of 144 minutes
Marino has one start and one substitute appearance for a total of 90 minutes
Lannon has one start and one sub app for a total of 90 minutes
Frimpong has one start and one sub app for a total of 90 minutes
Reyes has two sub apps for a total of 56 minutes
Ortiz has one sub app for a total of 33 minutes

Though as a contrast, Zamudio only started one game in which he featured for 60 minutes before he was signed.  Earls had three starts and one sub app before convincing the organization to give him a contract after 248 minutes.

Currently the team has 2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 6 midfielders, and 5 forwards. Which adds up to 18 players.  While this is likely to be the core of the team, there are still several holes to fill.

On average, through the organization’s history, the team has had 25.8 players on the roster.  Speaking of averages, the all time roster breaks down with 6.25 forwards per year, 9.25 midfielders, 7.69 defenders and 2.38 goalkeepers.  There have also been five players in team history listed as Midfielder/Defender, so you can add .31 of a player to either category, or divvy it up or something sillier.

So, based on the history of the team we should not be surprised if there is a third goalkeeper (but he won’t feature more than 3 games), we can expect one but probably two more defenders, three maybe four more midfielders, and another forward.

This bodes well for George Kyriazis and Mac Hemmi who both featured extensively throughout preseason and have clocked the most time for the team, at 331 and 303 respectively.  Kyle Manscuk‘s outstanding college career and five appearances in preseason could put him in with a shout as cover across the backline and also considering that Hemmi can also play as a central midfield.  Jimmy Lannon‘s steady improvement through his college career could push him into the fray, especially if he can show an ability to get forward or to fill in as a winger.

On to the midfield.  We have two powerhouse wingers in Banks and Earls, while Rosenlund  and Chinn can play effectively out wide and Zaher was known to play in the midfield with the Charleston Battery.  However, I think the team could use one natural wide player because McManus likes to drop deep so our wingers would need to stay wide to avoid congestion in the middle of the field.  This could be good news for Pedro Rivas or Evans Frimpong, who also played up top at college.

Because of this depth outside, I think two or three of the signings will be central players who might be able to cover outside, as opposed to true wide midfielders.  Perhaps Gary Boughton will act as a utility midfielder for the Rhinos in 2012.  Or maybe the group of four guys the team already has, along with McManus sometimes playing the advanced midfield role that Rosenlund has settled into, is enough for Jesse Myers.

The team currently has a strong group of forwards; Tam McManus, Isaac Kissi, Andrew Hoxie, Conor Chinn, and Graciano Brito.  If the team does sign another forward, I’d look for Western New York native Kendell McFayden to make the team.

Head coach Jesse Myers, assistant Bill Sedgewick, and team general manager Pat Ercoli have some decisions to make between now and the plane trip out to Fullerton, California, next weekend.  Before the team kicks off against L.A. Blues next Saturday, April 14th, I expect at least 5 signings to be announced.

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