The Rochester Rhinos have agreed to terms with former D.C. United midfielder Lance Rozeboom pending approval by the USL and USSF. The 6'1”, 23 year-old central midfielder broke onto the national soccer scene as a senior at the University of New Mexico in 2011, and was drafted by D.C. United in 2012. The two-way midfielder is expected to join 2011 Rhinos MVP Tyler Rosenlund and newcomer Ross LaBauex as box-to-box central midfielders, with third year Rhino Michael Tanke slated to be a holding midfielder.
“Lance is going to be another player who can run in the middle of the park for us this season.” Rhinos head coach Jesse Myers said. “He had a great collegiate career in New Mexico, and this will really be his first full season as a professional after he was injured last season with D.C. United. We're looking for him to join Tyler, Ross, and Tanke in what we expect to be a very athletic, hard-working central midfield for us.”
Rozeboom emerged as a collegiate star during the University of New Mexico's undefeated season in 2011. The Lobos went 18-0-4, and he started all 22 matches scoring three goals and adding two assists. Rozeboom played in 78 matches with the University of New Mexico, and he made 57 consecutive starts during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He was a two time All-Conference selection and a two time All-Region selection during his junior and senior seasons. He finished his career with six goals and five assists.
Rozeboom was a second round selection of D.C. United in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. He signed a contract on March 7th, 2012, but suffered a season ending injury to the ACL in his left knee. He had reconstructive surgery on April 5th, 2012. He participated in training camp with D.C. United and had a trial with FC Toronto this season.
“Lance lost last season to a knee injury, but it's not a concern for us this season whatsoever.” Myers said. “I actually had the chance to speak to Pat Onstad about him because he was with him last year in D.C. United and this year in Toronto. We believe he has fully recovered from the ACL injury, and just needed an opportunity to play. We're expecting him to be a contributor from day one.”
The Rhinos first pre-season game is on Thursday, March 21st at 7:30PM against Canisius College (NCAA Division I). The Rhinos open their 18th season on Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 PM against Tampa Bay. The Rhinos home opener is on Saturday, May 4th at 7PM against Harrisburg City in Sahlen's Stadium. Season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are currently available, and they can be purchased by calling (585)454-KICK (5425), by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen's Stadium, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.
About the Rochester Rhinos
The Rochester Rhinos, the most successful soccer club in the United States and Canada outside of Major League Soccer, were founded in 1996 and currently play in the USL PRO Division – the top tier of the United Soccer Leagues. The Rhinos have appeared in eight finals and won four championships including the 1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and three A-League Championships (1998, 2000, 2001). In 2013 the the New England Revolution became the official MLS affiliate of the Rochester Rhinos.
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