PROVIDENCE, RI - The 2017 Rhinos US Open Cup run ended with a 3-0 Fourth Round loss to the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer at Providence College.
Rochester was able to play their brand of soccer for the first 40 minutes of the match, as there were few shots and the midfield was being actively contested by both sides. They shared possession 50-50 up to that point.
That all changed when Joe Farrell was controversially given his second yellow card of the match just 5 minutes before halftime. The referee judged that Farrell made contact with his man after he cleared the ball out with a sliding challenge.
The Revolution made quick work of the man advantage and went 1-0 up before halftime. Teal Bunbury slid a well timed ball into Zachary Herivaux who split his defenders and was taken down from behind by Wal Fall. Bunbury would step up and hit his penalty into the lower right corner. Goalkeeper Tomas Gomez got a hand on it, but couldn’t keep it out, and New England went into the locker room up a man and up a goal.’
New England came out of the halftime break and went right to work. In the 50th-minute, a well-executed training ground routine doubled the Revolution lead. A high floated corner fell to former-Rhino Donnie Smith about 16 yards who threw his body into it and found the right side of the net to make it 2-0.
Less than a minute later, the Revs extended their lead to three. Femi received the ball in the box after Todd Pratzner missed his clearance, and got a hard shot off that Gomez could only parry. The ball dropped right into Herivaux who tapped it into the empty net to put the game effectively away.
New England did well keeping the Rhinos off the ball, passing the ball around for long periods of time, taking advantage of the extra man.
Darius Madison played very well for the Rhinos all match for the Rhinos, making several crafty moves to separate himself from defenders and made several big hustle plays.
Stefan Defregger came in off the bench in the 61st provided a couple of the Rhinos more dangerous moments. In the 70th minute, the aforementioned Madison played a nice ball back to Defregger, who got his shot between the defenders legs on goal right at Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton. 6 minutes later, Defregger hit a lovely half volley from about 30 yards that went towards the top corner, but Knighton was there to collect.
The Rhinos fall to 1-6 all-time against the Revs, and hasn’t beaten an MLS side since 2014.
Next up for the Rhinos: Our first match at home in two weeks as we take on the Ottawa Fury on Saturday, June 17th at 6:05PM. It’s ROC Real Beer Night presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill. You can sample local craft beers and get an advanced Reserved ticket with 2 beer vouchers for just $15! Visit this link to buy today!