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Rhinos knock off defending U.S. Open Champs

Updated: 06/18/2014 6:07 AM
Created: 06/18/2014 12:11 AM WHEC.com

The Rochester Rhinos defeated D.C. United 1:0 in the Fourth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 17th 2014. Rhinos striker Colin Rolfe scored the game winning goal off of an assist from Michael Garzi in the 27th minute. Rochester rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy made two saves on five shots faced for his first shut out of the tournament. The Rhinos will visit the winner of the Fourth Round pairing between Richmond Kickers and New England Revolution in the Firth Round on a date and at a time to be determined.

In the 27th minute the Rochester Rhinos scored the only goal of the match. Michael Garzi got on the end of a through ball from Tony Walls on the left side of the United penalty area and ran at D.C. United right center back Nana Attakora. Garzi stepped over the ball, dribbled past Attakora, and played the ball from the endline back to Colin Rofle at the top left corner pf the six yard box. Rolfe applied a deft finishing touch to slip the ball under D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to give the Rhinos the lead. It was only the second goal the Rhinos have scored against DC United in their five game U.S. Open Cup series.

A severe thunderstorm rolled into Sahlen's Stadium and play was suspended in the 61st minute at approximately 8:24 p.m. Just before the suspension of play DC United left center back Steve Birnbaum received his second caution of the match and was sent off by head referee Sibiga. The holders were left to play the remaining half hour of the match down a player.

The match resumed at 9:02PM in the 61st minute on the rain soaked turf of Sahlen's Stadium after a 38 minute delay. The match entered the second delay of the evening at 9:11 p.m. in the 70th minute. Play resumed at 10:42 p.m. after a 91 minute delay.

The result was the first time that the Rochester Rhinos defeated D.C. United in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Entering the match Rochester had been 1-10-4 versus Major League Soccer opponents since the Rhinos won the tournament in 1999.





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