Rochester Rhinos: Preseason Preview

One week from today, on March 18, the Rochester (formerly Raging) Rhinos officially kick off their preseason when they take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Peters Township High School in Pittsburgh.  The Rhinos then host five games at Sahlen’s Stadium against 4 colleges and the Montreal Impact u21 side.  The team looks solid in 10 positions on the field to me, and the team is only one of two signings away from the most attractive team to play in Rochester in ten or so years.

The goalkeeping situation got a whole lot more convincing with the addition of Kristian Nicht.  Nicht, 29, will likely be the starter for the Rhinos while 22 year old rookie Brandon Miller will deputize and look to excel in the newly formatted U.S. Open Cup.  Only the Los Angeles Blues boast a goalkeeper with close to the same pedigree and international club experience as Nicht, in Mexican veteran Oscar Duatt.

Below is a rundown of the rest of the roster and my confidence in each position. Continue reading

Rhinos Postseason Update: November 29

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.” Continue reading