Every sport has its go-to underdog story. For American soccer, it’s the 1999 Rochester Raging Rhinos
A reserve-laden New England Revolution team beat an undermanned Rochester Rhinos (USL) 3-0 in Wednesday’s US Open Cup fourth round in front of 1,633 fans at Chapey Field in Providence, Rhode Island.
GPS Omens came into Wednesday night’s third-round U.S. Open Cup match in Rochester as the clear underdogs but proved over the course of 120 minutes that they deserve respect on merit, despite losing 2-1 to the Rochester Rhinos.
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Rochester improves to 16-0-0 all-time against amateur sides in the US Open Cup and they haven’t lots a tournament opener since 2001.
The Red Bulls earn their first win against the Rhinos.
The Rochester Rhinos are known as giant killers, but they are also dominant against amateur clubs. They improved to 16-0-0 all-time against amateur clubs with a win over Lansdowne Bhoys.
The Rhinos broke the club record for goals in a US Open Cup
Union goalkeeper John McCarthy, a former Rochester Rhinos player, was the hero, saving three penalty kicks to help Philadelphia win the shootout 3-1 after a scoreless draw.
Asani Samuels only played 32 minutes in the Rochester Rhinos’ US Open Cup Third Round win over the Harrisburg City Islanders, but that was plenty of time to turn in a man-of-the-match performance.