Part of what creates SB Nation and a USL village so cold is that we have a outrageous network of people that speak about a teams Bethlehem plays. It helps me figure out other teams, that in spin helps me figure out how to tell you, poetic reader, about how these games should play out. This year I’m going to be a bit some-more magnanimous with giving my friends a possibility to speak on this forum. The easiest approach to do that is with “3 Questions” form threads. Below we speak to my podcast co-host and proprietor upstate New Yorker Brendan Doherty of The Bent Musket before Rochester play Bethlehem on Saturday. Enjoy and be on a surveillance for these each week.
1.) Evan: We played Notre Dame (the University of, that is) flattering most privately to get prepared for a Rhinos play style. For those who are unaware, how does Rochester like to play?
Brendan: When USL Hall of Fame member and Rochester Rhinos conduct manager Bob Lilley is sketch adult this compare in his head, I’m flattering certain a ideal outcome is a 1-0 win. Rochester had a 4-3-8 (W-L-T) record on a highway in 2016, and customarily conceded some-more than one idea on 3 occasions divided from home in USL play. That’s a devious approach of observant Rochester will burden adult a midfield, urge resolutely, and collect out chances on a break.
Only dual teams in a 2016 USL deteriorate conceded fewer sum goals than Rochester: New York Red Bulls II and Rio Grande Valley Toros. For those who don’t know, a Rhinos conceded a absurd 15 goals in 28 unchanging deteriorate matches en track to a USL three-way in 2015. The subsequent best defensive teams in USL that year conceded 28 (Charleston), 31 (Sacramento), and 31 goals (LA Galaxy II) respectively.
tl;dr – There will not be many goals in Rochester Rhinos games.
2.) Evan: Rochester mislaid Christian Volesky and Steevan Dos Santos in a offseason, who was brought in to reinstate those guys and what was a logic behind those dual withdrawal rather unceremoniously?
Brendan: The dual heading goalscorers for a Rhinos over a past dual seasons were Christian Volesky and Steevan Humberto Fortes “Duba” dos Santos. Across a unchanging deteriorate and playoffs in 2015 and 2016, Volesky scored 20 goals and dos Santos tallied 21 times. Standard handling procession for Rochester is to pointer players to two-year contracts (usually a one-year understanding with a group choice for a second) and afterwards wish they pointer in a opposite joining or during slightest a opposite conference; that’s not happened with this strike partnership, however. The customarily stream Rochester players who are returning after that second year are Mike Garzi and Kenardo Forbes in midfield.
In terms of replacing that unchanging idea production, Lilley has a series of options during his disposal. I’ve created that if rookie winger Jalen Brown can turn out his game, he’ll be an all-star during a USL level. Darius Madison is a brazen with a chip on his shoulder and a indicate to infer who can be effective both chasing prolonged balls and as a poacher in a area. Recent signing Jochen Graf played as a cold brazen in preseason and, along with former Wilmington Hammerheads FC midfielder Stefan Defregger, could act as a couple between a deeper midfield players and a sole striker depending on a defensive reduction of a midfield.
At a impulse however, a best we can contend is a Rhinos will reinstate a idea hazard of Volesky and dos Santos with a cabinet of enemy until a team’s best XI emerges.
3.) Evan: Rochester is a USL associate of a New England Revolution, hence because we’re carrying this contention where we are. That being said, how is that attribute and is carrying some-more ex-Union guys than you’ve ever had Revs players a terrible thing? It has to feel a bit awkward.
Brendan: The connection agreement between a New England Revolution and a Rochester Rhinos in that several players come over to Western New York from Foxborough has not lived adult to a billing. For whatever reasons, a Revolution did not worry to send a singular actor to Rochester in 2016 to play for a Rhinos. Three players met a group on a highway for a singular diversion before returning to New England and a goalkeeper played for Richmond on loan from a Revs opposite a Rhinos final year.
The connection of former players from a greater-Philadelphia-Union-affiliate-program-umbrella, as we wrote progressing this week, is really applicable to Saturday’s match. Philly internal Joe Farrell, who scored a prop opposite Bethlehem final year, and a aforementioned Madison, who was substantially as tighten as any actor to earning a agreement offer from a Union, will be dismissed adult and should be in a lineup.
The Rhinos are not awaiting any players from a Revolution for Saturday’s compare in Pennsylvania.
4.) Evan: Any discerning hits about how a Rhinos play and who to demeanour out for?
The group will substantially send out a opposite aggressive 4-5-1 formation.
(right to left): Tomas Gomez; Jordan Dover, Joe Farrell, Ryan Felix, Bradley Kamdem; Ryan James, Wal Fall, Kenardo Forbes, Mike Garzi, Jalen Brown; Darius Madison
Ryan James staid in during right wing behind final year though Lilley has pronounced he likes a Canadian’s feet speed and his softened tactical recognition in a attack. Christiano Francois, a one-time member of Philadelphia’s girl system, is substantially a quickest actor on a team. He’s not nonetheless been listed on a team’s register page on a USL website, so there might be a official lament (or someone in Tampa is behind on their information entry).
Lilley will demeanour to open fast on a mangle and third-year playmaker Kenardo Forbes can collect out a ideally weighted passes into a paths of peaceful runners.
Towering German defensive-minded Rhino Wal Fall started his Rochester career as a core behind though his operation and rebellious ability done him a first-choice executive midfielder in 2016. Whether he plays in midfield or if Lilley switches to a 5-player behind line, Fall will be instrumental in violation adult Bethlehem aggressive sequences.
Thanks to Brendan for responding my questions, follow him on Twitter here and go check out my thoughts on his questions on The Bent Musket here.