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MATCH PREVIEW: Rhinos Attempt to Get Revenge on NYRB in Home Opener

By Rochester Rhinos, 04/20/17, 11:15AM EDT

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Rhinos lost to eventual champs via shootout last season

Rochester:  1-1-1, 4 pts
New York:  2-1-2, 7 pts.

Kickoff:  6:05pm, Gates Open at 5pm.  $2 Genesee Happy Hour + Maroon Five Tribute Band prior to game.

Are they our biggest rivals? That's for you to decide,  but these are the last two USL Champions.  In the two seasons of the NYRB II's existence, every match has been an absolute dogfight, and both teams have taken turns knocking eachother out of the USL Conference Semi-Finals en route to titles.  The Rhinos also lost a thrilling 1-0 contest to the Red Bulls MLS side in last year's US Open Cup.

Last season, the Red Bulls and Rhinos played to four draws in four matches, including a playoff thriller that ended in heartbreak for Rochester.   The first matchup ended in a 0-0 draw to close out last year's season-opening three-match road trip at 1-1-1.  The teams played out another 0-0 draw at Red Bull Arena in July.  The third and final regular season matchup ended all square at 1 after the Red Bulls equalized in the 89th minute.

The 2016 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals was an absolute thriller that both sides will remember for years to come.  The Rhinos came from behind twice to send the match into extra time, where they took the lead through a Wal Fall tally in the110th minute, only to be equalized at the penalty spot in the 118th minute.  The Red Bulls would win the shootout 5-4, and go on to beat Louisville City FC and Swope Park Rangers to win the USL Championship.

In 2015, the Rhinos lost only one game all season en route to winning both the USL regular season and playoff championships.   Rochester went 2-1-0 against the Red Bulls in the regular season, which included a season-opening 0-0 draw followed by 2-0 and a memorable 3-2 victory in which NYRB drew level in the 93rd minute only for the Rhinos to pull off the win a minute later despite being down to 10 men.  

Two weeks later, the Rhinos defeated NYRB 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals behind a pair of second half goals from Steevan Dos Santos.  Red Bulls may have felt injustice by receiving a red card only 22 minutes into the match.  The Rhinos would then defeat Louisville City and LA Galaxy II to win the 2015 USL Championship.


Rhinos lead the all-time series 3-5-0, including playoffs.   We will face NYRB on two other occasions:  August 5th at Montclair State University and the final match of the regular season October 14th at Capelli Sport Stadium.

 

Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. ET.   Gates open an hour prior to each game, where fans can enjoy $2 Genesee happy hour drafts until 15 minutes before kickoff.

Advance single game tickets are always available at a discount. Order online using this link, visit the Capelli Sport Stadium Box Office or call 585-454-5425. For limited time, fans can use the promo code 'SOCCER' for $10 off opening day tickets.  Those who use this promo code will automatically be entered in a drawing for a Rhinos Prize Pack, which includes an autographed jersey. 

Season tickets are available here, including the Youth Fan Club which includes a home jersey, full season ticket and more for just $45!

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is in the building cooking up ribs, wings, pulled pork/brisket sandwiches and select sides!  

For groups of 10 or more and special discounted season tickets and packages please contact the Rhinos at tickets@rhinossoccer.com or call us at 585-454-KICK!