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GAME PREVIEW: #NYvROC

By Rochester Rhinos, 08/04/17, 12:30PM EDT

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The Rochester Rhinos will play the second of a three-match road trip in New Jersey this weekend at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5th at Montclair State University as they take on defending champion New York Red Bulls II.

Unbeaten in their last six matches (3-0-3), the Rhinos will look to continue their hot summer.   However, Rochester is currently 2-2-5 away from home.  NYRB II are .500 at home (6-6-0).  

In head-to-head action all-time, the Rhinos are unbeaten against New York, sporting a 3-6-0 record.  Rochester drew NYRB II 2-2 at Capelli Sport Stadium on April 22nd this season, marking their fourth straight draw in USL regular season play. Joe Farrell scored a miraculous header in the dying seconds of the Rhinos home-opener directly from Kenardo Forbes midfield free kick.  The teams drew 0-0, 0-0, and 1-1 last season.

NYRB II currently resides in the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (7-11-3; 24 points), and can create a little distance in the playoff race with a victory. At the moment, six teams (including Red Bulls II) are all in the race separated by just two points.  

With a win, the Rhinos (8-3-8; 32 points) can leapfrog the Tampa Bay Rowdies and move up to fourth place in the East and move within two points of first-placed Charleston.  Charleston travels to last-placed Toronto FC II on Saturday, while Tampa Bay hosts the Harrisburg City Islanders.  Second-placed Charlotte Independence and third-placed Louisville City FC will also do battle in an extremely important Saturday evening fixture.
Fans can watch all of the weekend’s action on ROC Sports Network, WBGT channel 18 and digital 46.1.  If you’re out of town, you can still watch the game on USL’s Youtube Channel.  Follow along with all the stats, lineups and analysis on USL Match Center.  

Further details on the match can be found below:

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GAME INFO

WHO

Rochester Rhinos @ New York Red Bulls II

WHEN

4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5th

WHERE

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

WATCH

ROC Sports Network, WBGT channel 18 and digital 46.1; USL YouTube Channel

FOLLOW

Twitter: @RochesterRhinos - #NYvROC ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Official Match Preview

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TEAM RECORDS

Rochester overall record:  8-3-8, 32 points

Rochester away record:  2-2-5

Streak:  Unbeaten in 6 (3-0-3)

New York overall record:  7-3-11, 24 points

New York home record:  6-6-0

Streak:  Losers of 4 out of 5 (1-0-4)

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RECENT HEAD TO HEAD

April 22, 2017 - Capelli Sport Stadium

Rochester 2 New York Red Bulls II 2

Scoring summary

ROC - Michael Garzi 45 + 1’ (Darius Madison)

NYRB - Brandon Allen 50’ (Justin Bilyeu)

NYRB - Vincent Bezecourt 65’

ROC - Joe Farrell 90 + 4’ (Kenardo Forbes)

September 10, 2016 - Rochester Rhinos Stadium

Rochester 1 New York Red Bulls II 1

Scoring summary

ROC - Asante Samuels 58’ (Steevan Dos Santos)

NYRB - Vincent Bezecourt 89’

July 2nd, 2016 - Red Bull Arena

New York Red Bulls II 0 Rochester 0

April 17, 2016 - Red Bull Arena

New York Red Bulls II 0 Rochester 0

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SEASON LEADERS

New York

Goals:  Brandon Allen (9)

Assists:  Vincent Bezecourt (8)

Points:  Vincent Bezecourt, Brandon Allen (20)

Shots:  Vincent Bezecourt (40)

Chances:  Vincent Bezecourt (45)

Saves:  Evan Louro (44; 13 apps)

Save %:  Rafael Diaz (75.9%; 6 apps)

GAA:  Rafael Diaz (1.17), Evan Louro (2.31)

Rochester

Goals:  Wal Fall (6)

Assists:  Kenardo Forbes (4)

Points:  Wal Fall (13)

Shots:  Kenardo Forbes (33)

Chances:  Kenardo Forbes (34)

Saves:  Tomas Gomez (34)

Save %:  Tomas Gomez (75.6%)

GAA:  Tomas Gomez (0.69)

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LAST TIME OUT

New York

Louisville City FC 2 New York Red Bulls II 1

SCORING SUMMARY

LOU –  Paco Craig 39’ (Oscar Jimenez)

NY –  Stefano Bonomo 58’

LOU – Luke Spencer 70’ (Paolo DelPiccolo)

LINEUP

Evan Louro; Ethan Kutler, Noah Powder, Hassan Ndam, Jordan Scarlett; David Najem (Tim Schmoll 90’), Junior Flemmings, Andrew Tinari (Kazu Shigenobu 84’), Florian Valot ©; Zeiko Lewis, Stefano Bonomo (Zaire Bartley, 68’)

Rochester

FC Cincinnati 2 Rochester Rhinos 3

SCORING SUMMARY

ROC – Jochen Graf 12’

CIN – Jimmy McLaughlin 29’ (Kenney Walker)

ROC – Wal Fall 78’ (PEN)

ROC – Wal Fall 82’ (PEN)

CIN – Danni Konig 86’ (PEN)

LINEUP

Tomas Gomez; Jordan Dover (Stefan Defregger 72’), Bradley Kamdem Fewo, Joseph Farrell, Ryan Felix; Wal Fall; Michael Garzi (Jalen Brown 61’), Ryan James, Kenardo Forbes ©, Sofiane Tergou (Todd Pratzner 83’), Jochen Graf