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USL Match Preview – #ROCvNY

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 10/13/17, 9:12AM EDT

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Rochester and New York fight for playoff seeding

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.

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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.

Series Notes

  • The Rhinos hold a narrow lead in the regular season series between these two teams with a 2-1-5 record against NYRB II, but NYRB II leads the season series between the two with a 1-0-1 record after its 2-1 victory on Aug. 5.

Squads

  • 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

Discipline

  • Rochester – None

  • New York – Suspended: David Abidor; Accumulation warning: Dan Metzger

Officials

  • REF: ISMIR PEKMIC

  • AR1: Gregory Irwin

  • AR2: Ankur Singh

  • 4TH: Daniel McCagg

Game hashtag:

  • #ROCvNY

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