Two-Thirds Done, Rhinos Approaching the Home Stretch in 2012 USL-Pro Season

The Rochester (formerly Raging) Rhinos have now played 16 games out of their 24 game season.  For the mathematically challenged that means the campaign is now two-thirds over.  Currently, the team sits in third place behind Charleston in second and defending champions Orlando in first.  These are the same teams that occupied the top three spots after the first third of the season.

As I mentioned at the time, the Rhinos got their biggest travelling out of the way early by playing at Los Angeles their first two games of the season.  Rochester still has the easiest remaining schedule of the three teams with six of the last eight games at home, including the last five.  In that time Rochester hosts Pittsburgh twice, Dayton, and Los Angeles.  The team will face a difficult road trip playing fourth place Wilmington next Thursday (July 12) before traveling to the belly of the beast to play Orlando in the Citrus Bowl two days later on Saturday (July 14).  Rochester will then host second place Charleston and league-leading Orlando on consecutive weekends in August.

Sat July 7, Dayton at Rochester
Thu July 12, Rochester at Wilmington
Sat July 14, Rochester at Orlando
Sat July 21, Pittsburgh at Rochester
Fri July 27, Los Angeles at Rochester
Fri Aug 3, Orlando at Rochester
Sat Aug 11, Charleston at Rochester
Sat Aug 18, Pittsburgh at Rochester

Charleston have currently only played 14 games but are sitting pretty in second place with 30 points.  The Battery have to play Rochester once, Orlando twice, and fourth place Wilmington (now with electric Corey Hertzog) three times in their remaining 10 games.  They also have two sets of back-to-back games in different cities; July 6 and 7 and then August 3 and 4.

Fri July 6, Charlotte at Charleston
Sat July 7, Charleston at Charlotte
Sat July 14, Wilmington at Charleston
Thu July 19, Orlando at Charleston
Fri July 27, Charleston at Orlando
Fri Aug 3, Wilmington at Charleston
Sat Aug 4, Charleston at Wilmington
Wed Aug 8, Charleston at Harrisburg
Sat Aug 11, Charleston at Rochester
Sat Aug 18, Dayton at Charleston

Orlando have been at the top of the USL-Pro standings all season long and there is little to suggest anyone will knock them off their pedestal any time soon.  In the 9 games left in their regular season, the City Lions play Rochester twice, Charleston twice, and host Wilmington.  If Orlando can get at least 4 points from their farthest remaining road trip, 2 games in California, they may have all but locked up the first round playoff bye that comes with finishing in the top two places in the regular season standings.

Fri July 6, Orlando at LA
Sun July 8, Orlando at LA
Sat July 14, Rochester at Orlando
Thu July 19, Orlando at Charleston
Wed July 25, Wilmington at Orlando
Fri July 27, Charleston at Orlando
Wed Aug 1, Orlando at Harrisburg
Fri Aug 3, Orlando at Rochester
Fri Aug 17, Dayton at Orlando

Wilmington’s season will come down to the contributions of Corey Hertzog and third highest goal scorer in the league Andriy Budnyy.  The Hammerheads have to face Charleston three times (twice in Charleston) in addition to traveling to Orlando and hosting Rochester.  If Wilmington’s attackers can get out in front, they may be able to pip the Rhinos and Battery for that second automatic semifinal berth.

Sat July 7, Richmond at Wilmington
Thu July 12, Rochester at Wilmington
Sat July 14, Wilmington at Charleston
Fri July 20, Dayton at Wilmington
Sat July 21, Wilmington at Charlotte
Wed July 25, Wilmington at Orlando
Fri Aug 3, Wilmington at Charleston
Sat Aug 4, Charleston at Wilmington
Sat Aug 18, Charlotte at Wilmington

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2 thoughts on “Two-Thirds Done, Rhinos Approaching the Home Stretch in 2012 USL-Pro Season

  1. I must admit I may not be not the biggest Rhinos fan but your love for the club makes me proud of where this country is headed. Soccer is certainly on the up and up and as a die hard USMNT supporter I thank you for doing your part in spreading the good word!! Hope your Rhinos make a late season push

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