August 31, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC II vs Rochester Rhinos game preview (from torontofc.ca)
Know your opponent: Rochester Rhinos August 31, 2017 12:54PM EDT Adam Krueger TFC2.ca The Young Reds return to action this Saturday as they host their across lake rivals the Rochester Rhinos. To get you set for the match here is everything you need to know about the Rhinos. 2017 Season: The Rhinos have put together a solid 2017 thus far. They currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 10-5-8 and a positive goal differential of +5. The 2015 USL Cup Champions are looking to secure their fourth straight playoff appearance. Current Form: WLWLW Win vs. Saint Louis FC (2-1) Loss vs. Charleston Battery (1-0) Win at Harrisburg City Islanders (1-0) Loss at NYRB II (2-1) Win at FC Cincinnati (3-2) Last time we met This will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season. The two sides played to a 0-0 draw at the OSC in early April and then Rochester took the reverse fixture 2-0 in late July. All-time the Reds are 1-5-3 against the Rhinos. Key Player: Kenardo Forbes Forbes should be making his return to the lineup for the Rhinos on Saturday after serving a three-match ban for violent conduct. The Jamaican international is in his third season in Rochester. Forbes has recorded four assists to go along with two goals. Forbes has made 1060 passes at an 85.8% clip. Forbes has made 36 key passes. Forbes made his full international debut in 2010 for the Reggae Boys. Unsung hero: Ryan James No relation to TFC II’s Brian James, the Canadian is having a fine season with the Rhinos. James has played in 23 games (22 starts) without recording a goal or an assist but leads the team in interceptions with 66. The midfielder is in his second season with the Rhinos after being picked 52nd overall by Sporting Kansas City in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Canadian Content Fellow Canadian Jordan Dover joins the aforementioned James on the Rhino’s roster. Dover has made 18 appearances for the Rhinos. The former Green Bay Phoenix spent time with Durham United in League1 Ontario before signing with the Rhinos in February. Projected lineup The Rhinos have rolled out in a 4-1-4-1 position with an out and out striker. Forbes plays as the lone defensive midfielder. Tickets for Saturday’s match are still available here. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM.
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