Before the season opener against the LA Blues on Saturday, the Rhinos signed 4 defenders, a back-up goalkeeper and a forward.
Joe Marino re-joins the team after spending 2011 with the Rhinos. Marino was born in Rochester and attended McQuaid High School before starting for the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles. Despite not making an appearance for the club in the 2011 season, Marino brings valuable collegiate level experience and a hometown connection to the table as the team’s third goalkeeper.
At 32 years old, Georgios “George” Kyriazis brings some valuable experience to the Rhinos’ backline. Extensive time playing in the Greek first division and Italian second division means Kyriazis will know how to line up the team and provide a tutoring role for young central defender Tyler Bellamy throughout the season.
Masaki “Mac” Hemmi comes to Rochester as a 25 year old right back with experience playing in central midfield. He was the captain of the Colorado Rapids’ Premier Development League (PDL) side during his college summers. The Tokyo native most recently played for Latvian club FC Gulbheme, which oddly enough, has a strong connection with Japanese youth clubs. Apparently Hemmi is also looking for some good Sushi restaurants, so if you know any send him a heads up on Twitter @daidamac.
Lucas Ezequiel Fernández is a 23 old year defender born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He came to the U.S. to compete in the 2008 MLS Combine. Joining the youth system of stories club, Argentinos Juniors as a child, Fernández broke through to the first team in 2010. He moved to Jorge Wilstermann in Bolivia for the 2010-2011 season, where he participated in the Copa Libertadores, before joining C.A. Progreso in Uruguay’s second division.
Kyle Manscuk graduated from Aquinas Institute and went on to play four years for Binghamton University where he earned a slew of accolades and awards. Manscuk started every game for three seasons for the Bearcats and was named captain for his senior year. Another hometown product, the 6’3″ versatile defender offers relief at a number of positions during the season.
Kendell McFayden was included in the 2012 media guide release, but is not yet listed on the Rhinos’ website probably due to the fine tuning of paperwork for USL-Pro and the U.S.S.F. McFayden is a graduate of Williamsville North High School and spent four years playing for Medaille College. The six foot tall, 23 year old striker made his professional debut for Austin Aztex in 2010 after impressing with the u23 team playing in the PDL. In 2011, the fellow Western New Yorker native spent the summer season playing with the PDL champions Kitsap Pumas of Washington State.
Based on the 4-5-1 / 4-4-1-1 the team played in Fullerton on Saturday, Tam McManus is looking like more of an advanced playmaker and less of a withdrawn forward. This would mean that having Rosenlund (with Zamudio as back-up) and Cost (with Tanke as depth behind him) may be enough to solidify the center of midfield without additional signings.
Hopefully we’ll see an official press release from the club on Monday with some juicy quotes from head coach Jesse Myers.