ROCHESTER, N.Y. – After sealing a place in the USL Cup Playoffs midweek, the sixth-place New York Red Bulls II travel to upstate New York to take on the fourth-place Rochester Rhinos, who have a chance to clinch a home match in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs with a victory. The match kicks off at 6:05 p.m. ET on Saturday night at Capelli Sport Stadium.
Rochester Rhinos news and notes
Current record: 12-7-11, 47pts
The Rhinos are coming off a 1-0 win against Bethlehem Steel FC on Tuesday night in the ESPN 3 USL Game of the Week at Capelli Sport Stadium.
The lone goal of the match came in the 38th minute through Jochen Graf, who put away Kendaro Forbes’ angled cross for his team-leading ninth goal of the regular season.
The Rhinos win was their second in a row. The side now has a chance to move into third place in the Eastern Conference standings with a win should the Charlotte Independence take either a win or a draw against the Charleston Battery later on Saturday night.
Rhinos goalkeeper Tomas Gomez is in line to claim his second consecutive Golden Glove award going into Saturday's game, with his 0.73 goals-against average leading the USL.
New York Red Bulls II news and notes
Current record: 13-13-5, 44pts
The Red Bulls II earned a thrilling 6-5 win against Orlando City B last Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium as the visitors held on late to secure the win.
NYRB II jumped out to a 5-1 lead thanks to a hat trick from Stefano Bonomo and goals from Florian Valot, and Arun Basuljevic before OCB hit back with a pair of goals. Valot put home a late penalty kick three minutes from time to make it 6-3, and while Orlando scored twice in stoppage time New York was able to hold on for a crucial three points.
Bonomo’s hat trick was part of a strong week to earn him USL Player of the Week honors, and he was joined by Valot on the USL Team of the Week.
The Red Bulls II clinched their place in the USL Cup Playoffs on Thursday night when Orlando City B's defeat to the Tampa Bay Rowdies eliminated OCB from playoff contention.
New York has scored at least two goals in eight consecutive contests, a mark that should be challenged by the Rhinos' typically stingy defense.
Rochester – GK: Kyle Morton, Dan Lynd, Tomas Gomez; D: Joe Farrell, Ryan Felix, Todd Pratzner, Sergio Campbell, Bradley Kamdem, Ryan James, Raymond Lee, Jordan Dover; M: Brandon Beresford, Jalen Brown, Stefan Defregger, Christiano Francois, Wal Fall, Kenardo Forbes, Mike Garzi, Rayanne Boukemia, Antonio Correia; F: Samuel Edoung-Biyo, Darius Madison, Jochen Graf, Sofiane Tergou
New York – GK: Rafael Diaz, Evan Louro, Sam Ilin; D: Gideon Baah, Jordan Scarlett, David Najem, Tim Schmoll, Andrew Lombard, Hassan Ndam, Jordan Bailon, Noah Powder, Ethan Kutler; M: Dan Metzger, Arun Basuljevic, Florian Valot, Dilly Duka, Andrew Tinari, Ben Mines, Kazu Shigenobu, Junior Flemmings, Zaire Bartley, Vincent Bezecourt, John Murphy, Derrick Etienne Jr.; F: Zeiko Lewis, Stefano Bonomo, Douglas Martinez
Rochester – None
New York – Suspended: David Abidor; Accumulation warning: Dan Metzger
REF: ISMIR PEKMIC
AR1: Gregory Irwin
AR2: Ankur Singh
4TH: Daniel McCagg
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