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Rochester Raging Rhinos (5-6-1, 21 pts, 3rd place) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (6-7-2, 25 pts, 1st place)

Monday, July 3, 2006 - 4:30 PM PDT / 7:30 PM EDT

PAETEC Park (FieldTurf), Rochester

LIVE radio, audio Webcasts:

[*]Fickle 93.3 FM Rochester (free registration required)

[*]AM730 Vancouver - Webcast only, no radio

DELAYED radio (& audio Webcast?):

[*]AM730 Vancouver - 7:00 PM PDT

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Rochester 2 Vancouver 0

67' ROC Jonny Steele

71' ROC Matthew Delicâte

Rochester's 5-match winning streak to start the season ended with a draw against Vancouver, which began a 7-match winless streak, which has ended today against Vancouver. This is also Rochester's first win at PAETEC Park.

The Whitecaps are now on a bus headed for Toronto to play the Lynx at noon EDT on Wednesday.

Whitecaps match report:


July 3, 2006 - Rochester Raging Rhinos 2

Vancouver Whitecaps 0

Monday, July 3, 2006

PAETEC Park, Rochester, NY (attendance: 11,119)


The Whitecaps turned in a strong performance in Rochester, out-shooting their hosts 20-8, but were stymied by red-hot goalkeeper Scott Vallow who made a string of sensational saves. Careless defending allowed the Rhinos to score two quick goals in five minutes in the second half to take the game 2-0, as the Whitecaps kick off their road trip with a hard-luck loss.

The Caps remain in first place in the USL First Division, as they fall to 6W-3L-7T for 25 points. Rochester are now just a point back, as they improve to 6-1-6 for 24 points. The Montreal Impact, who the Caps play on Friday, are in third spot at 6-1-4 for 22 points.

The Whitecaps continue their three-games-in-five-days road swing Wednesday in Toronto against the winless Lynx. Their next home game is Sunday, July 16 against the Impact. The Whitecaps Women meanwhile play their final game of the regular season on Thursday, July 6, as they host the Real Colorado Cougars in a 7:00 p.m. start at Swangard Stadium.

Scoring Summary:

67' Rochester Jonny Steele (Frankie Sanfilippo)

Steele scored off a 16-yard blast from Sanfilippo's cross.

71' Rochester Matthew Delicâte (Scott Palguta)

English striker Delicâte put away the rebound on a loose ball following a short-range shot from Palguta.

Game Notes:

It was a good first half from Vancouver, as the Caps did well to limit Rochester's chances. The Rhinos' best opportunity came early as a dipping shot from Aaran Lines hit the crossbar at 3'. The home side had another good chance at 35' as Whitecaps defender John Jones, who otherwise played superbly, misjudged a bouncing ball allowing Danny Kramer to break in on goal. Fortunately, Geordie Lyall got back in time to clear the ball away.

The Whitecaps had most of the chances in the opening 45. Joey Gjertsen forced Rhinos goalkeeper Scott Vallow into a superb diving save at 12'; a blast from Geordie Lyall at 17' was blocked; the keeper again did well to hold a hard free kick from David Testo at 40; and at 42' an unmarked Joey Gjertsen missed with a header from six yards following a Martin Nash cross.

The Whitecaps had more good chances after the break. Steve Kindel went in clear on goal at 46' but a great tackle from Frankie SanFilippo broke up the play; a dangerous cross at 53' was narrowly missed by both Martin Nash and David Testo in front; finally at 55' a rocket from Joey Gjertsen was superbly stopped by Scott Vallow, who then also denied Martin Nash on the rebound.

Down 2-0, the Caps continued to press for a goal. A free kick from the edge of the box was sent over the bar by Martin Nash at 73'; Joey Gjertsen was again stoned by Scott Vallow, as at 83' a partially blocked shot from Sita-Taty Matondo ran to the Vancouver striker just outside the six-yard box but his shot produced another brilliant save; Gjersten made a dangerous run at 84', but when the ball broke to Dave Morris he fired over the bar; the last chance went to substitute Jay Alberts who tried his luck with a blast at 86', but Vallow was equal to it.

The Rhinos almost made it 3-0 on the counter-attack at 79' as Jonny Steele and John Ball broke in two-on-one, but after getting the feed, Ball fired wide from the top of the area.

Martin Nash has played in 52 consecutive games for Vancouver spanning three seasons. Last year, Steve Kindel ran a consecutive game streak to 58.

It was the first ever win in four tries for Rochester at their new 17,000 seat PAETEC Park.

Earlier in the day, Whitecaps forward David Testo was named USL First Division Player of the Week, after scoring twice in last Friday's 3-0 win over Portland.

Vancouver Whitecaps: 1.Tony Caig - 3.Steve Klein, 4.Adrian Cann (25.Anthony Noreiga 87'), 12.Geordie Lyall, 22.John Jones (20.Dave Morris 66') - 2.Jeff Clarke (6.Jay Alberts 72'), 7.Martin Nash (19.Sita-Taty Matondo 80'), 8.Steve Kindel, 14.Tony Donatelli (13.Tino Cucca 87') - 11.David Testo, 17.Joey Gjertsen

Rochester Raging Rhinos: 24.Scott Vallow - 4.Kenney Bertz, 15.Frankie SanFilippo, 20.Scott Palguta, 26.Nate Craft (5.Kevin Taylor 83') - 10.Johnny Menyongar (8.Connally Edozien 63'), 18.Aaran Lines (22.Jonny Steele 39'), 27.Tenywa Bonseu (9.Greg Howes 58'), 29.Danny Kramer (13.John Ball 45') - 7.Matthew Delicâte, 30.Mike Ambersley

Shots: Vancouver 20 Rochester 8

Saves: Vancouver 1 Rochester 8

Offsides: Vancouver 1 Rochester 4

Corners: Vancouver 9 Rochester 4

Referee: Kevin Barci


73' Rochester Kenney Bertz

80' Rochester John Ball

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quote:Originally posted by nolando

How has attendance been at that new stadium in Rochester?

The "official" attendances as given by the USL:

June 3 - Virginia Beach - 13,768

June 17 - Portland - 9,174

June 24 - Montreal - 10,043

July 3 - Vancouver - 11,119

Those figures, slightly bloated for the opening match, are in line with their usual season averages, which last year dipped below five digits for the first time since their inaugural season in 1996 but otherwise have been between 10,000 and 11,600. It seems the new stadium has had little effect on Rochester's attendance so far. No team apart from Montreal (and, ironically, defunct Syracuse) has managed to consistently attain anything better than 50% of Rochester's figures. The league has averaged above 4,000 only once.

quote:They arent going MLS by all account, isn't that right??
I'm not sure I understand the question, but if you're asking if they are not planning to go to MLS and instead want to stay where they are, then the answer, based on comments made by Rochester's Executive VP Matthew Ford during the halftime show of the Whitecaps broadcast, is that, while there has long been talk about it, they seem to be taking a patient approach, wanting to settle into the new stadium for a few years before making a decision. Then again, it could be argued that this approach is essentially being forced upon them by MLS not wanting them right now.
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