11/28/2011 1:00 PM -

(Rochester, NY)… Rochester Rhinos Head Coach Jesse Myers has signed Michael Zaher and Jack Traynor for the 2012 USL PRO season.  Zaher played as a left back for the Charleston Battery for the past two seasons, and Traynor was a left back with the 2011 USL PRO Championship winning Orlando City.

“When I was looking at the Rhinos roster last season I thought that the left-hand side was an area that was in need of improvement.”  Head Coach Jesse Myers said.  “These two new signings will allow us to sure up the left-hand side with experienced veteran players.”

Michael Zaher was a collegiate standout with the UCLA Bruins from 2004-2007.  He played in seventy collegiate matches and scored two goals.  He was also a member of the U18 United States Men’s National Team during his time at UCLA.  Zaher played in thirteen MLS matches in 2009 with DC United and the San Jose Earthquakes.  He was a member of DC United’s 2008 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup winning side.  In 2010 Zaher signed with Charleston where he won the USL-2 Championship.  In 2011 Zaher logged 1,846 minutes in twenty-two USL PRO matches for the Battery.  He scored two goals and added one assists for five points.

“Michael Zaher is a very talented player who has a lot of experience.  He was the captain of the UCLA team, had a couple of years in MLS, and even played with the U18 Men’s National Team.”  Myers said.  “He’s a veteran presence who can set a great example for the young players in our locker room.”

Jack Traynor was a member of Orlando City’s USL PRO Championship winning side in 2011.  He logged 1,298 minutes in seventeen appearances and had two assists.  In 2010 Traynor played twenty-seven matches with AC St. Louis in United States Soccer’s Division Two. He made his professional debut with Miami FC on April 26, 2009 when he appeared as a second half substitute in a match against the Rochester Rhinos.  Traynor went on to appear in twenty matches during his rookie campaign.  Jack Traynor was a three-time All-Big East player at Notre Dame where he scored two goals and added seven assists in sixty-five career matches.

“Jack Traynor is a veteran professional and he brings championship experience to our roster.  Jack’s versatility is an asset that will be important to us throughout the season”  Myers said “With two talented veteran players on the left side the problem now becomes getting them both on the pitch at the same time.  That’s not necessarily a bad problem to have though.”

About the Rochester Rhinos

The Rochester Rhinos are one of the most successful franchises in the United States outside of Major League Soccer.  The Rhinos have reached five USL finals and won championships in 1998, 2000, and 2001.  Rochester has also reached two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup finals.  The Rhinos won the U.S. Open Cup in 1999, and they remain the only team outside of MLS to win the U.S. Open Cup. Season ticket packages for the 2012 season are currently on-sale and can be purchased by calling (585) 454-KICK (5425).

Eleven players are now under contract for the 2012 Rhinos season including new boys Michael Zaher and Jack Traynor.  What do you think about how the roster is shaping up so far?  Drop us a line at and let us know.

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