The Rochester Rhinos Rhinos improve to 7-0-1 overall after beating the Brooklyn Italians 3-0 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Sahlen's Stadium on Tuesday, May 22. Rhino forward Tom McManus scored his first goal for the club in the 25th
minute while Conor Chinn and JC Banks added insurance goals to send the Rhinos through to the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup.
The Rhinos came out playing aggressively. In the 6th minute Andrew Hoxie missed the first shot of the game after a long cross from McManus. The Rhinos dominated the first half of play outshooting Brooklyn 11-2.
Troy Roberts earned two assists off two Danny Earls corner kicks for the Rhinos. The first in the 25th minute when he headed a pass to McManus who deflected the ball in off his head; and the second in the 43rd when he passed a forward header to Chinn who buried the goal on a 1st time shot off his left foot from seven yards.
In the 60th minute Scarlet Kirk of the Brooklyn Italians was given a red card after a hard tackle to the shin of McManus. Graciano Brito subbed in for McManus, who needed to be helped off the field by two trainers. Coach Jesse Myers, who won his first U.S. Open Cup game, said McManus will be receiving treatment on his leg.
In the 76th minute Banks beat goalkeeper Nathan Stockie and slotting a goal off a forward header from Graciano Brito. Banks leads the Rhinos in scoring with 10 points, and has scored at least one point in seven of the Rhinos eight games. Banks has appeared on the score sheet 13 times in his career, and the Rhinos are 12-0-1 when he does.
Rhinos goalkeeper Kristian Nicht made one save to earn his first victory and his first clean sheet in the U.S. Open Cup. It is Nicht's seventh clean sheet of the season in all competitions.
"I was happy that we came out, we competed, and we were finally able to score some goals." Myers said. "Now we've got a challenge with two matches in two days this weekend before we travel to Philly for the next round."
The Rhinos will travel to play Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union in PPL Park on Tuesday, May 27th, at 7:30PM as they continue their pursuit of the U.S. Open Cup. The last time the Rhinos beat a team from the MLS was in 2009 when they eliminated the defending MLS Cup Champion Colombus Crew 1-1 (5-3).
The next Rhinos home game is June 2nd
at 7 PM versus the Richmond Kickers.
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