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Opposition Report: Harrisburg City Islanders - 8/8 @ 7pm

By Rochester Rhinos, 08/07/17, 11:15AM EDT

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The Rhinos (8-4-8; 32 points) travel away for a 7pm Tuesday evening contest against the Harrisburg City Islanders in the second leg of the Capelli Sport Hero Cup. Rochester took the first leg 1-0 at Capelli Sport Stadium on an 85th-minute goal from Jochen Graf.

Each team will wear specially-designed Capelli Sport camouflage jerseys that were worn in the first leg in Rochester on July 8th. You can bid on these jerseys until August 15th at this link.

Harrisburg comes into the contest 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 6-10-6 record with 24 points and a -10 goal differential (18 for / 28 against). 

PLAYER TO WATCH

Brandon Miller.  Miller won the USL Cup with the Rhinos in 2015 in addition to claiming USL Goalkeeper of the Year.  The defense has been really hot-and-cold this season, allowing multiple goals on 8 occasions, yet Harrisburg is tied for 7th in the USL with 7 clean sheets as a team.  Miller holds a 1.17 GAA with 6 clean sheets in 18 starts and his performance will likely determine the result of this match.

STRENGTHS

Home-field Advantage

Despite their overall record, the City Islanders have done very well at home, compiling a 4-1-4 record at FNB Field. They’ve been able to claim results against the top teams in the Eastern Conference, including draws against 1st-placed Charlotte, 2nd-placed Charleston, and a victory over 4th-placed Louisville City FC.

WEAKNESSES

Scoring

Harrisburg has trouble putting the ball in the back of the net and they don’t know where the goals are coming from. They haven’t scored in the last 315 minutes and have the 3rd-worst goal conversion rate in the USL, scoring on just 10% of their shots.  The City Islanders have only scored 18 goals this season (4th-worst in the USL), which have come from 10 different goal scorers.  Paul Wilson leads the way with three goals.

Discipline

Harrisburg comes in leading the USL having committed a total of 347 fouls this season. They’re slotted in the top-10 in the league with 41 yellow cards. James Thomas and Tiago Calvano have combined for 14 of those.

Cold Streak

After winning 4 out of 5 contests (the only exception being the 1-0 loss to the Rhinos), the City Islanders have been winless in four matches (0-2-2), not scoring at all on their latest 3-match road trip.